New Leeds venue Testbed to open in early 2021

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  • The 10,000 square-foot space will host arts, community and electronic music events.
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  • Leeds is getting a new 10,000 square-foot venue in early 2021. Located on the edge of the city centre, Testbed is in a similar mould to large industrial spaces such as Depot Mayfield in Manchester or London's Printworks, the press release says. Its owners, The Wunderkind Group, which also runs nearby spot Sheaf St, say it'll host electronic music, arts and community events, as well as corporate conferences. Founders James Abbott-Donnelly and Laura Wellington have set their sights on early 2021 for a series of socially-distanced events as part of a research and development phase. "Leeds has a real lack of large venues that can accommodate bigger groups while maintaining social distancing," says Abbott-Donnelly. "The city's had a real problem. With Testbed we've got the chance to create a solution." Wellington adds: "While breathing room might keep people safe, it doesn't necessarily create the best experience. We're designing a flexible space to cope with the unexpected, while providing an amazing home for electronic music in Leeds, regardless of whether 'normal' has been turned on its head." Promoters interested in working with Testbed are encouraged to get in touch via Instagram or the official website. Watch a teaser video.