The Cribs back Unity Hall music venue scheme

The Cribs 2012
The Cribs 2012

PEOPLE have got until Sunday to support a project to restore Unity Hall as a major music venue.

The £4.4m scheme to create an 800-capacity venue at the Smyth Street hall depends on investors buying shares of at least £200.

And the share issue, which has already attracted 130 investors and raised more than £100,000, closes on Sunday.

The Cribs and Wakefield Council have pledged cash towards restoring the building, which has not been used for about 10 years.

Ross Jarman, of The Cribs, said: “Wakefield is our town and it needs a major music venue of this quality. It will be a huge boost for the local music scene - we’d urge everyone to get behind it.”

Leeds-based firm Shine are leading the project, which would also provide a function room, office and exhibition space, a cafe and independent shops.

Chris Hill, a founding director of the co-operative called Unity House (Wakefield) Limited, said: “It is our aim to develop a creative space that the community can call their own and be proud of.

“By restoring Unity Hall to its former glory we can develop a vital new hub for the city. The regeneration work aspires to give Wakefield a nationally acknowledged music, theatre and arts venue, a thriving conference centre and provide a hot-bed for new business innovation.”

Unity Hall was built in the late 1800s and became a rock venue in the 1980s, hosting acts including The Eurythmics, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden and The Specials.

For more information or to download a copy of the prospectus, visit, email or call 0113 388 000