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O2 Academy Leeds is a spectacular building situated at the site of the former Town and Country Club and in more recent years, Creation nightclub (2001-2004), Academy Music Group restored the Grade I listed building to its former glory as one of the City’s most historic music venues.
Originally the Coliseum building on Cookridge Street, the venue was opened in 1885 by the Prince and Princess of Wales. Designed by William Bakewell, in Gothic style, it featured an ornate stone frontage and a hall described as ‘one of the finest in the North of England’ (Kelly’s Directory – 1914).
In its early years, it was used for circus and Variety shows of the day, through to political meetings and religious gatherings. Changing hands between various theatre and property developers, the Coliseum converted to a cinema in 1938 and was renamed the Gaumont. It closed in March 1961 and re-opened as a Bingo Hall and Social club, through to use as a television studio in the 1980s until 1991.
From 1992 to 2000, it was home to the legendary Town and Country Club, playing host to many high profile acts including Blur, INXS, Mark Knopfler and The Stones Roses.
Following a £4.5 million refurbishment, the venue opened with an outstanding show by the most successful band from the City, Kaiser Chiefs on Wednesday 8th October 2008. Since opening, the venue has been an instant hit with artists and promoters and customers, all delighted the venue retains as many original features and grandeur of its former years by converting back to the theatre format, but adding up to the minute and facilities and production values.
Designed to the highest technical specification, the auditorium is theatre style and has a capacity of 2,300 with original brick features and exposed beams and perfectly combines its magnificent heritage with a modern development.
The venue also has a 400 capacity second room downstairs called ‘Underground’, an intimate club space, top of the range PA and lighting specification to host the perfect club events and pre and post bar trade.
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We operate our own guest list and box office from the venue entrance and provide staffing for this from 30 minutes before doors. We will happily deal with all your guest lists from our box office.
The Venue operates a strict 10pm curfew with a club turnaround on Saturday nights and some Friday nights (TBC when booking). On these shows the house racks and stacks must be used and touring lighting kept to a floor package. Please contact the technical manager for more details.
There is a purpose built booth house right in the main room. Please contact our designated agent CMI Ltd. to discuss merchandise arrangements for your show. Tel: 0121 683 0901.
Security is provided by Showsec International Ltd. and booked through the Venue, please contact the general manager for details, or to discuss any specific security requirements.
Local crew is provided by Usual Suspects who are booked through the venue.
The venue has 4 dressing rooms, 5 showers and 5 toilets backstage, plus a kitchen and dining room.
CREW SHOWER ROOM
Shower block containing toilets and 2 showers cubicles for touring crew use- located above catering
Please note there are no laundry facilities available at the venue.
Kitchen access is via a lift from ground floor and comes equipped with a large catering sink, preparation surface, microwave & fridge freezer.
Catering can stay in during the show if required.
The venue also has a dining room / green room located upstairs house left adjacent to the kitchen.
Included with the hire of the venue and fixed at a distance of 1.2m is a Mojo-style ‘blow through’ front of stage pit barrier, for audience safety we insist this be used on all standing format shows. The FOH position is also protected with Mojo at the front of the position and at the sides and back by a purpose built barrier.
A parking map can be found HERE The best route in is northbound on Woodhouse Lane then left on to Portland Crescent. Postcode for SatNav is LS2 3AW
There is parking for 2 buses/trucks at the rear of venue (c/w 2 x 32/1 & 1 x 16/1 ceeform sockets), and for another 3 at the front of the venue (c/w 2 x 16/1 ceeform sockets). Tourbusses can park here from arrival until departure. The costs of parking is approx £60/bus. This will be advanced on a show by show basis.
Load-in is at street level, a push down from Portland Crescent to the dancefloor then ramp to stage – approximately 50ft.
For further Technical Specifications please contact our venue technical manager: