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Arctic Monkeys are selling Alex Turner's Fender guitar in order to save Sheffield venue The Leadmill


Arctic Monkeys have launched a crowdfunding campaign to aid Sheffield venue The Leadmill as well as other venues in a similiar position up and down the country.

The Sheffield band are raffling off Alex Turner’s black Fender Stratocaster guitar which he used for many of the band’s early performances including legendary shows at The Leadmill during their early days as well as their debut headline performance at Reading Festival in 2006.

The iconic group are seeking to raise £100,000 which will be split between the Music Venues Trust as well as The Leadmill and within a matter of minutes, Arctic Monkeys had already raised several thousand pounds towards their goal.

“The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for all music venues and particularly those independent venues who have provided a stage for countless artists at the very start of their careers. The Leadmill is a Sheffield venue that has played host to an incredible amount of talent over the past four decades including Pulp, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Muse, Oasis, Stone Roses, The White Stripes, Jorja Smith, Michael Kiwanuka as well as Arctic Monkeys,” the statement reads.

“Since closing their doors back in March, The Leadmill has had to work to reschedule or cancel over 120 events. With no clear opening date on the horizon, the future of this legendary Sheffield venue and the dedicated staff who run it is now uncertain,” it continued.

Entries will be accepted between 12pm BST Tuesday 11th August 2020 and 6pm BST Tuesday 25th August 2020. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted before Friday 28th August 2020. They will be contacted by email on how to claim their prize. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours of the initial email is sent, the next winner will be chosen at random and emailed within one week. 

Visit here to get involved and help our venues when we need it most. Without venues like The Leadmill, there might not be another Arctic Monkeys so let’s keep them thriving.