UK: Academy Music Group (AMG) has announced that it is planning to open three new venues in early 2008 – two located in the north of England and the other on the site of the Hippodrome in Brighton. The move looks set to consolidate the position of AMG – which is headed up by CEO John Northcote (pictured) – as one of Britain’s most dynamic live venue owners and operators, writes David Davies.
As part of this development, the group has completed negotiations on two brand new sites in Leeds and Sheffield. The Leeds venue is the site of the former Town & Country Club and occupies a Grade I-listed building that AMG intends to restore to its former glory as one of the city’s most celebrated live music venues. Meanwhile, in Sheffield, the company has concluded the leasehold acquisition of the former Roxy nightclub on Arundel Gate.
The trio of major new developments is completed by what AMG describes as “excellent progress” on the refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Hippodrome in Brighton. The work – described by the company as its “most ambitious project to date” – has been carried out following consultation with eminent conservation specialists and heritage organisations.