Friday 12 July 2019, 13:42

Sheffield nightclub and music venue The Plug ‘Forfeits Lease,’ closes for good?

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The Plug on Matilda Street, Sheffield The Plug on Matilda Street, Sheffield

Could The Plug have been pulled for one of Sheffield’s most beloved nightclub and live music venues?

A notice that current operators of The Plug on Matilda Street in Sheffield have forfeited their lease has this week been posted on the doors of one of the city's most popular entertainment venues.

The ‘Notice of peaceable re-entry’ appeared on the club’s door on Wednesday, stating that “the landlord of the premises has today re-entered the premises under the re-entry provisions in the lease and the lease is now forfeit.”

Rumours have surrounded the future of the venue for some time with speculation the building would become a golf shop in 2018. Operators MJR Group denied those rumours and ‘relaunched’ the venue.

However, since then the operators have seemingly had many issues in a challenging market which ended up in the closure, without notice, of sister venues such as The Assembly in Leamington Spa and led publications like RGM to ask: “What’s Going On?”

Another rumour that has been doing the rounds in the city recently is that the venue was to be merged with or sold to the operators of CODE nightclub (whose current venue is situated just around the corner on Eyre Street), although if true the forfeiture notice might complicate such a deal.

The Plug Notice of Peacable Re-Entry

So what is going on with The Plug? MJR Group, who seemingly operate The Plug under the ‘Alchemy Plug Limited’ and ‘Alchemy Promotions Limited’ companies remain tight lipped on the matter despite many enquiries from media and music fans alike.

Following up on our story here, RGM also reports that a search of Companies House records shows that Alchemy Plug Limited are overdue in filing their accounts and there is a proposal to strike off the company, although we have found that action has been suspended following 'an objection to the striking off being received by the registrar'.

Alchemy Plug Limited at Companies House

The Plug’s website and Facebook page still lists live music events through to next year and some of the artists we have spoken to state they haven’t heard of any cancellations as yet, so perhaps there is hope there - however, the venue’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since the lease forfeiture notice was placed on the doors.

Closure of The Plug would be another blow to the live music scene in Sheffield following the sudden shut down of The Harley earlier this year.

With Tramlines festival coming up, this situation serves as a timely reminder for music fans to support local music venues, or lose them.

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