MJR Group : What’s going on?

Rumours are rife within the industry that cracks might be beginning to show for one UKs largest live music promotion companies.

The MJR Group are known for running numerous tours as promoters but also own and operate many venues around the country, such as; Plug Sheffield, Tramshed Cardiff, The Globe Cardiff, Digbeth Arena Birmingham, Sub89 Reading and more. One of their flagship venues; the stunning Grade 2 listed Leamington Assembly in Leamington Spa announced a shock closure this week; prompting a public outpouring of love for the venue space.

What’s perhaps more shocking is that upon departure from the venture someone (or someones) rumoured to be internal to the departure procedure have took it upon themselves to trash large parts of the venue.

Speculation upon many facebook threads is that this is likely due to outstanding unpaid payments, something which has been whispered about behind closed doors regarding industry dealing with MJR for sometime. Many shows are due to be cancelled at the venue including shows from Midge Ure, Paul Young, Peter Hook and The Light and more. 

Furthermore whilst some MJR venues seem to be thriving with a wide variety of events being offered, others seem to have very little events on at all which is confusing because most venues of these sizes need a wealth of events every week just to pay their overheads (Plug Sheffield is a good example of this) where’s all the events? Somethings not right, what’s certain is change seems to be afoot at MJR and it will be interesting to see how things play out for the UK concert operators.  Here are a few observations we found online that made us ask the question, What’s going on?

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