Historic Sheffield venue The Harley has been forced to close “with immediate effect” in a move that has shocked gig goers in the area.
Blaming increasing financial pressures, the owners said the venue was no longer viable in a statement released earlier today (April 5).
Having hosted a number of high-profile acts in their early days including Artic Monkeys, Alt-J, The XX and Royal Blood, the venue was a keen supporter of local music and hosted several club nights throughout the year.
Writing on Facebook in a now deleted post, The Harley wrote: “It brings us great sadness that we have to shut The Harley with immediate effect. Mounting financial pressures, much like many other music venues across the country, means that the business was no longer viable.
“The Harley, over the years, has been a beacon for new music, bands, and grassroots promoters and a home for the fantastic independent restaurant, Twisted Burger Company. The venue may have come to an end, but the memories will live on.
“Any future events booked in for the venue will be moved to another venue, with the Harley team working with local promoters to ensure they go ahead. The team appear to be working on a new venue in the city centre. “Our events and music department, and key promoters, have begun working on a new city centre event space which will be announced very soon.”
Gutted. Loved The Harley when i lived in Sheffield. Support your local venue. https://t.co/TyscDcDu3d
— Andrew Trendell (@AndrewTrendell) April 5, 2019
Not the Harley?
— keg➊ (@keg__1) April 5, 2019
anyone wanna start a gofundme with me to keep the harley open
— ruby (@rubyxsimone) April 5, 2019
fuck off is the Harley closing sheffield is CANCELLED
— Rory (@RoryMeep) April 5, 2019
the harley has passed away. RIP u will live on forever. Can’t believe it. I wanna run to u. Really can’t believe this. @ pic.twitter.com/LQApnkNAH1
— stella fan, carrot soup stan, anti-fascist man (@_Lewww) April 5, 2019
I cannot believe the Harley has shut down. It was my second home while I was a student in Sheffield – a place to drink, dance and eat *a lot* of burgers. Some of my all-time favourite gigs happened there. It was an iconic venue, and it's a real shame it's gone.
— Coral Williamson (@coralamberrr) April 5, 2019
Had some great times in The Harley over the years. Sad to see it’s demise.
It’s bloody tough out there.
— O'Hara (@JAMESOHARA) April 5, 2019
The Harley shutting down is absolutely devastating. There have been some crazy nights there, big bookings and phenomenal local talent.
— Jamie Bryan #VOTELABOUR ? (@jamiebryandj) April 5, 2019
Today is a very sad day as we say goodbye to a true Sheffield institution; a legendary venue extremely close to our…
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