A historic textile mill in the heart of Leeds is set to be brought back to life when it is transformed into a new multi-arts and music venue.
The nineteenth century Canal Mills will showcase an array of electronic music events, live gigs, art exhibitions, theatrical projects and film screenings this Autumn.
The mills, which is situated next to the Leeds Liverpool Canal, was originally one of the city’s leading textile mills during the industrial boom of the 19th century.
Leeds-based events company Sound Channel have masterminded the transformation.
They are set to work with local artists and collectives to create a vibrant new space that will connect with the regional heritage of the building,
Promoter Mark Newton said: “We wanted somewhere that was original and different.”
“We looked at different places but we liked the fact that it had such heritage and is different to everything else in the city.
“When we got the space it was an empty blank canvas.”
He is hoping to utilise the building’s rich history and added: “We’re going to play on it being a textile mill and we’re hoping to service some original parts and make them fit into the events space.
“We will bring out its original features and build new features in that reflect its heritage.”
Mr Newton said that he hoped the space could be used by universities for arts and to become a creative venue.
He added: “We’re really excited. I’ve worked in Leeds for the last 10 or 11 years and I’ve always wanted to have an event space.”
The Canal Mills opening weekend will start on Friday, September 28, when the venue will welcome acclaimed DJs Simian Mobile Disco, Julio Bashmore, Tensnake and The 2 Bears.
On Saturday, September 29, Metropolis will present the Skreamizm tour, which will be headed up by BBC Radio One Dj Skream.
A series of installations inspired by the mill’s history will provide a backdrop to the venue’s events.