MiNT music festival signs £5m deal to buy Leeds farm to give it a permanent home
MiNT Festival has taken steps to secure its future by buying a permanent home in the form of a farm just outside of Leeds.
The music festival, now in its 10th year, has invested £5m in a new 136-acre location at Newsam Green Farm, 10 minutes from Leeds city centre.
With over 20 year’s experience, the team behind the MiNT brand, which includes the famous The MiNT Club and MiNT Warehouse, have been running the electronic music festival for a decade and have attracted the likes of Craig David and Skepta to its stages.
Previous events have historically been staged at a range of venues including Wetherby Racecourse, Tetley Brewery, Stockeld Park and more recently The RAF base at Church Fenton.
However, the new site, established at Newsam Green Farm, will now offer a permanent base becoming Yorkshire first ever dedicated festival sites.
Founder, Shane Graham said: “We have taken MiNT Festival all over Leeds, Wetherby and as far as Lincoln showground in search for a home that provided an atmosphere the attendees deserve.
"We have been looking for a permanent site for the last three years and have finally found the location that ticks all the boxes. We are extremely happy to have acquired the farm; not only is it 10 minutes out of the city centre, but it also boasts acres of greenery, woodland and amazing views that make the perfect background for a music festival.
"Now that we have a permanent home, we can channel our energies into developing the amazing features and make sure Leeds is home to one of the best festival sites in the UK.”
Newsam Green Farm is based near Temple Newsam, just off junction 45 on the M1 and 10 minutes from the city centre.
Originally an open coal mine and then a livestock farm, it extends over 136 acres and comprises a farmhouse, a range of agricultural buildings, 123 acres of grassland and acres
of woodland plus the added bonus of Leeds City centre views.
Baz Arjomand, co-owner, said: “Our long-term vision for the farm is to continue to develop the concept whilst trying to maintain as many of the original natural features on the site as possible. The bricked garden orchard will be home to one of the arenas and we plan to incorporate some of the outbuildings into our VIP and food villages.
"By purchasing our own venue, it allows us to invest in the long-term infra-structure, providing purpose-built arenas with incomparable sound quality – something that the MINT brand prides its self on”.
After a year off due to COVID-19 MiNT Festival will return on 25th September 2021, promising to take things to an even higher level with its biggest and best line-up to date.
Baz continued “Due to COVID 19 last year’s event was postponed and all existing tickets were transferred to this year’s event. As soon as the Roadmap was revealed demand for
tickets went through the roof, and we sold 6 months of tickets in less than 48 hours. The appetite for the event has been phenomenal! We have been working extremely closely with
the safety advisory officers at Leeds City Council and the event has been granted a license for up to 15,000.
"With only a couple of thousand tickets remaining once we announce the artist line-up, we expect to sell-out”