The Leeds Academy
is a music venue situated in Leeds
intended as a larger music venue for the city. It is run by the Academy Music Group
and follows in-line with their other music venues around the UK
The venue for the Leeds Academy on Cookridge street in the city was originally opened in 1885 by Prince Albert
and is a grade I listed gothic building. Known originally as the Coliseum it hosted many different events during the early 20th century such as political meetings and circus shows. Between the 1930s and 1990s the building accommodated a cinema, television studio and bingo hall.
The venue opened in 1992 as the Town and Country Club and between 1992 and 2000 staged gigs by artists such as Blur, David Bowie, Robbie Williams, The Stereophonics and The Stone Roses. The venue however closed in 2000.
In 2001 after a £7 million re-development of the venue by Luminar Leisure it opened as Creation Nightclub, however after six years this closed in February 2007. The licence was acquired by AMG from Luminar and plans put in place for the new Leeds Academy in November 2007.
The Venue itself has a large room accommodating 2,300 guests, including a balcony which can hold 500 people. There is also a side room for gigs by up and coming bands which will accommodate 400 guests. The Kaiser Chiefs
opened the venue with a gig on 8 October 2008
with gigs by Foals
, Last Shadow Puppets
, The Pigeon Detectives
and Hot Chip