Leeds-based events company, Trouble At Mill, has secured a permanent home at the Sunny Bank Mills complex in Farsley, signing a 10-year lease. This new location marks the beginning of year-round shows at the Old Woollen venue, a 500 capacity space capable of providing an ambitious and eclectic range of entertainment offerings, from music and comedy to theatre and spoken word performances.
“The Old Woollen is an incredibly flexible and dynamic space that has already seen us host famous names,” says Dick Bonham, Trouble At Mill’s director. “The setting is ideal for providing all our acts and audiences with a warm welcome.” Bonham reveals that the first year at the Old Woollen will be host to double the amount of shows and boasts visits from famous household names.
As part of the lease, the events company has leased the Old Engine Room, which serves as one of the best Green Rooms in the business and provides Trouble At Mill with a stylish base to work from.
Prior to the move, Trouble At Mill started nearly a decade ago in 2014 with the Trouble At mill pop-up nights, which were hosted in another Sunny Bank building, now demolished. Commenting on the partnership with Sunny Banks Mills, Bonham says, “We are tremendously grateful to William and John Gaunt, the owners. We share exactly the same vision for the Old Woollen, and it makes perfect sense to be based at the mills, which is such a trailblazer for the arts in West Yorkshire. This is a continuation of a beautiful and productive partnership.”
William Gaunt, owner of Sunny Banks Mills, revealed: “We are delighted to welcome Trouble At Mill to Sunny Bank on a permanent basis. This move will strengthen our relationship and ensure that the Old Woollen has one of the most exciting and eclectic arts programmes in the Leeds area. Bringing the Old Woollen back to life was a true labour of love. Now it is a thriving cultural and community hub and maintains the mills’ proud connection with the arts.”