Flat-pack music venue coming to Meridian Water

Events company Broadwick Live announces conversion of former Ikea store into multi-purpose space

The rebranded Ikea store in Edmonton
The rebranded Ikea store in Edmonton

The former Ikea store in Edmonton is set to reopen – as a 15,000-capacity live music venue.

Events company Broadwick Live announced that it has secured a lease for the building and will be converting it into “an impressive hybrid home for culture in London”. As well as live music, the space is likely to be used for fashion shows, conferences and other events where a large capacity is needed.

Broadwick Live previously operated a music venue called Drumsheds within a disused warehouse beside the River Lea, just a short distance from Ikea, as part of Enfield Council’s move to provide ‘meanwhile’ uses for old industrial buildings across its Meridian Water housing redevelopment zone.

The converted Ikea venue will also be called Drumsheds.

Simeon Aldred, director of strategy at Broadwick, said: “Broadwick’s mission has always been to build brands that deliver unrivalled, live experiences that create real impact.

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“We are proud to announce Drumsheds, set to be London’s most impactful cultural space of its kind, set across 608,000 square feet in North London.

“We want Drumsheds, like all the spaces we create, to be new centres of cultural gravity that provide the basis for human connection. A connection that people crave now more than ever.”

The opening programme for Drumsheds will be announced shortly with the first events set to be held in September. The venue will be “continuously reconfigured and transformed to create new and exciting spatial environments” with adaptable layouts available for whoever hires the space.

Broadwick, which hosted Field Day Festival at its previous Drumsheds venue, says it is “focused on evolving the world of venue and entertainment space through a fluid and flexible approach”

The new Drumsheds will be easily accessible by public transport, just a five-minute walk from Meridian Water Station.

Ikea closed last August, after operating in Edmonton for 17 years, and was subsequently put up for sale.

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