The team behind MiNT Festival has invested in its future with the purchase of a new 136-acre site. The £5 million investment in Newsam Green Farm, situated just outside Leeds city centre, will give the festival a permanent base in Yorkshire.
Shane Graham, founder of MiNT Festival, said: “We have taken MiNT Festival all over Leeds, Wetherby and as far as Lincoln Showground in search for a home that provided an atmosphere the attendees deserve.
“We have been looking for a permanent site for the last three years and have finally found the location that ticks all the boxes. We are extremely happy to have acquired the farm; not only is it 10 minutes out of the city centre, but it also boasts acres of greenery, woodland and amazing views that make the perfect background for a music festival. Now that we have a permanent home, we can channel our energies into developing the amazing features and make sure Leeds is home to one of the best festival sites in the UK.”
Newsam Green Farm is accessible with a convenient location in LS15 near Temple Newsam, just off junction 45 on the M1 and 10 minutes from the city centre. Originally an open coal mine and then a livestock farm, it extends over 136 acres and comprises a farmhouse, a range of agricultural buildings, 123 acres of grassland and acres of woodland plus the added bonus of Leeds city centre views.
The promoters are investing £5 million into the project to transform the location into the ultimate festival site with the aim to maintain existing elements wherever possible.
Baz Arjomand, co-owner, added: “Our long-term vision for the farm is to continue to develop the concept whist trying to maintain as many of the original natural features on the site as possible. The bricked garden orchard will be home to one of the arenas and we plan to incorporate some of the outbuildings into our VIP and food villages. By purchasing our own venue, it allows us to invest in the long-term infrastructure, providing purpose-built arenas with incomparable sound quality – something that the MINT brand prides itself on.”
After a year off due to COVID-19, MiNT Festival will return on September 25 2021.
Arjomand continued: “Due to COVID 19, last year’s event was postponed and all existing tickets were transferred to this year’s event. As soon as the roadmap was revealed demand for tickets went through the roof, and we sold six months’ of tickets in less than 48 hours! The appetite for the event has been phenomenal! We have been working extremely closely with the safety advisory officers at Leeds City Council and the event has been granted a license for up to 15,000. With only a couple of thousand tickets remaining once we announce the artist line-up, we expect to sell-out.”