Hunt begins for operator to run city centre’s next live music venue

Sheffield City Council and its Strategic Development Partner, Queensberry, is looking for a potential operator for Bethel Chapel – a new live entertainment venue at the Heart of the City regeneration.

Located on Cambridge Street, the 15,000 sq ft Bethel Chapel building, which dates back to the 1800s and was most recently the John Lewis toyshop, is currently being refurbished.

It will become the latest addition to the tradition of live music and performance spaces in Sheffield when it opens next year.

The venue will further complement a food hall development, Cambridge Street Collective, and the independent retail, studio and maker spaces in Leah’s Yard, which will also both open next in 2023.

The Council and Queensberry are now seeking an operator to take a lease of Bethel Chapel. The chosen organisation will be responsible for curating all events and social activities – anticipated to be live music, comedy and other live arts.

Alongside the live entertainment space on the ground floor, there will be a bar and café area on the first floor and the top floor will also have an external roof terrace and balcony.

A new outside space at the rear will have seating areas for Bethel Chapel and the adjoining Cambridge Street Collective.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, co-chair transport, regeneration and climate policy committee, Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield has a longstanding music tradition and we know there is a real hunger for new live venues in the city.

“Bethel Chapel is perfectly placed, right in the heart of our city centre, close to lots of bars, cafés and cultural spaces.

“It’s a really interesting building with loads of potential and  prospective tenants will need to match our vision and create an exciting venue that draws visitors from Sheffield and beyond.”

Alex Hyams, senior leasing manager of Queensberry, added: “Bethel Chapel epitomises our ambition to create unique places of character and personality within Heart of the City.

“We have already secured tenants for Leah’s Yard and Cambridge Street Collective and there has been lots of interest in Bethel Chapel.

“We will be undertaking a thorough applicant process in the coming months to ensure we get the right quality operator to reflect this great new venue.”