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Leeds Common Place needs your help

August 6th, 2008 · post by Edd · Make a comment

On 30th July The Common Place, an autonomous social centre in Leeds, had their license withdrawn. It means that whilst The Common Place will continue to function, the centre will no longer be able to do a number of things, which is potentially threatening the centre’s future.

The revoked license means that the centre can no longer have:

  • Performance of dance
  • Exhibition of a film
  • Indoor sporting event
  • Performance of music (live or recorded)
  • Performance of a play
  • Provision of facilities for dancing
  • Sale by retail of alcohol

The Common Place isn’t taking it lying down though and is asking for help with making a compilation CD of all the DIY bands who’ve played at the Common Place over the years. The aim of the CD is to raise money to keep the space open, whilst an appeal to get the entertainments license back is made.

As the Common Place said, “We thought about having another ‘please give generously’ type appeal, so we can keep paying the rent etc., but where’s the fun in that?! Wouldn’t it be more fun to make a CD to celebrate all the brilliant DIY acts that have played here over the last 3 years, and sell ‘em?”

They’re looking for band’s who’ve played at the venue in the past to donate tracks to get in touch. They’re also interested in hearing from people who could help with local distribution in their area.

If you’re interested in helping you should email

In related news, if you live in Leeds and want to be directly involved in supporting the space, and what the space should do in the future the Common Place is having a meeting on August 17th to discuss it’s future. Vegan food is being served from 12.30pm, with the discussion starting at 1pm. More details about the event can be found at:

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