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New 15,000 cap London venue Drumsheds coming to Tottenham Ikea site

It comes from the team behind Printworks

By Will Richards

Drumsheds. (Photo: Press)

A new 15,000 capacity venue is coming to north London, set on the site of the Tottenham branch of Ikea.

The new venue comes from Broadwick Live, the team behind the recently closed dance institution Printworks, which closed earlier this year.

According to Broadwick, Drumsheds will feature “a carefully curated programme of music, arts, culture and community”.

Of the space itself, Broadwick added: “Guests will be able to see the old lift shafts, loading bays, sprawling floors and machinery as they transition through the impressive space,” and it will also feature “malleable, hybrid areas that will be moulded for multiple purposes”.

A previous Broadwick venue, also called Drumsheds, opened nearby and hosted the 2019 edition of Field Day. It closed in early 2022, and was opened as part of a £6billion regeneration programme of the Meridian Water area.

Drumsheds. (Photo: Press)

Simeon Aldred, Director of Strategy at Broadwick, said of the announcement: “Broadwick’s mission has always been to build brands that deliver unrivaled, live experiences that create real impact.

“We are proud to announce DRUMSHEDS, set to be London’s most impactful cultural space of its kind, set across 608,000 sqft in North London. We want Drumsheds, like all the spaces we create, to be new centres of cultural gravity that provide the basis for human connection. A connection that people crave now more than ever.”

In response to the news, Michael Kill of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) added: “Amazing to see new investment within the sector, with Printworks operator Broadwick expanding their portfolio to encompass one of the largest cultural spaces of its kind in North London. The space is over 600 thousand square feet and 15,000 capacity, situated in the heart of London, and scheduled to open in September.”

“Great news for London and the UK, bringing thousands of jobs to the area and expanding London’s portfolio of cultural spaces even further.”

In a Rolling Stone UK piece from earlier this year, writer Joe Goggins argued that the closure of Printworks and continued shuttering of the legendary Brixton Academy showed that the threat to UK nightlife exists beyond the closure of grassroots venues.

He wrote: “When neither heritage venues like Brixton nor cutting-edge newer ones like Printworks can be assured of their future, and those among the grassroots are set for their most torrid year in recent memory, the UK has never been at greater risk of cultural homogenisation.”