55 Cookridge St | Leeds LS2 3AW
Phone: 0113 389 1555
Although known as the O2 Academy Leeds since 2008, this Cookridge Street venue has a long history of putting on some of the biggest events in Leeds, having been opened in 1885 by Prince Albert and spending much of the early 20th century hosting political meetings and circus shows.
It's Leeds live music scene that the O2 Academy Leeds is best associated now however, the venue going through several incarnations, including hosting the likes of Blur at the Stone Roses as the Town and Country Club in the 90's, and running six years as Creation Nightclub between 2001 and 2007. As the O2 Academy Leeds it boasts a 2,300 capacity main live room, making it one of the biggest Academy group venus in the north of England, while it's also home to a 400-capacity basement venue ideal for up and coming bands.
A key venue in the city's annual Live at Leeds multi-venue music showcase, the O2 Academy Leeds has also hosted everyone from Nu-Yorkshire graduates the Kaiser Chiefs and Pigeon Detectives, to eventual nationwide stars like Foals and veterans The Pogues. [William Gunn]