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Leeds venue The Well to re-open on Saturday (May 14)

New managers promise 'a wider range of live music' under their stewardship

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Leeds' The Well will re-open on Saturday (May 14), less than three months after its previous managers announced that it was to close down.

The 375-capacity venue, which primarily played host to punk and hardcore live gigs, closed down on March 10, but will re-open again on Saturday under the management of Simon and Sharon Colgan.

Speaking to NME about how they acquired the venue, Simon Colgan said: "We first tried to get it about two years ago, but it didn't work out. This time, it came out of the blue, we had a meeting with the landlord a month ago and we were in charge a week later."

Then asked how they planned to tackle the previous manager's assertion that the venue's rent meant that it was impossible "to break even never mind make anything which resembles a profit", Colgain replied: "There's always going to be a problem there, but we've got an agreement that will make it possible for it to continue the way it is. Our estimates on the turnover should guarantee its future."

Colgan, who confirmed that they had put in an improved PA as part of a recent refurb, said that he and his partner planned to expand the range of music the venue offered from its live bookings.

He said of this: "One of the problems was the previous owners were too narrow minded in their choices. A lot of really good stuff got turned away because they thought it didn't fit the venue. It's got such a loyal following, so we can use that as a base and then expand to a wider range of music, which will guarantee its future."

The Well re-opens this weekend as part of Live At Leeds festival.
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