£5m deal gets the party started for purpose built music festival site
MiNT Festival, the electronic music festival has purchase a new 136-acre site at Newsam Green Farm.
The new venue is the result of a £5m investment by the team behind that festival which has been going for a decade. The stunning Farm is situated just outside Leeds city centre and offers a naturalistic setting with barns, forests and orchards all set to provide the backdrop to a world class line up that will be announced soon.MiNT Festival is part of the iconic MiNT brand, including The MiNT Club and MiNT Warehouse. The event which is one of the country’s most reputable electronic music festivals has attracted an enviable line-up to Yorkshire over the years, with previous venues including Wetherby Racecourse, Tetley Brewery, Stockeld Park and more recently The RAF base & Leeds East Airport in Church Fenton.
However, the new site, established at Newsam Green Farm, will offer a permanent base for the event and will become the region’s first ever dedicated festival site.
The festival’s founder, Shane Graham said: “We have taken MiNT Festival all over Leeds, Wetherby and as far as Lincoln showground in search of a home that provided an atmosphere the attendees deserve. We have been looking for a permanent site for the last three years and have finally found the location that ticks all the boxes.
“We are extremely happy to have acquired the Farm; not only is it 10 minutes out of the city centre, but it also boasts acres of greenery, woodland and amazing views that make the perfect background for a Music Festival. Now that we have a permanent home, we can channel our energies into developing the amazing features and make sure Leeds is home to one of the best festival sites in the UK!”
The site which was originally an open coal mine and then a livestock farm, extends over 136 acres and comprises a farmhouse, a range of agricultural buildings, 123 acres of grassland and acres of woodland alongside unique views of Leeds City centre.
As part of the investment, the co-owner, Baz Arjomand, said they want to maintain as many of the original natural features of the site as possible while also continuing to develop the festival’s offering.He explained: “Our long-term vison for the farm is to continue to develop the concept whist trying to maintain as many of the original natural features on the site as possible. The bricked garden orchard will be home to one of the arenas and we plan to incorporate some of the outbuildings into our VIP and food villages. By purchasing our own venue, it allows us to invest in the long-term infrastructure, providing purpose-built arenas with incomparable sound quality – something that the MINT brand prides it’s self on”.
The first festival to take place at the site will be on 25th September 2021 when MiNT returns following after being forced to cancel last year’s event due to Covid-19.
Arjomand added: “Due to COVID 19 last year’s event was postponed and all existing tickets were transferred to this year’s event. As soon as the roadmap was revealed demand for tickets went through the roof, and we sold 6 months of tickets in less than 48 hours! The appetite for the event has been phenomenal! We have been working extremely closely with the safety advisory officers at Leeds City Council and the event has been granted a license for up to 15,000. With only a couple of thousand tickets remaining once we announce the artist line-up, we expect to sell-out”