The O2 Academy Leeds is one of Leeds’ most historic venues. The Grade II listed building opened as a theatre called the Coliseum in 1885 and has since become a go-to for Leeds’ music scene. Now run by the Academy Music Group, the 2,300-capacity venue regularly hosts pop and rock artists.
The Coliseum was officially opened in 1885 by Prince Albert. A diverse venue, for decades it hosted everything from political meetings and religious gatherings to circus shows. After going through several later phases as a successful cinema, bingo hall and social club, the venue eventually became the iconic venue the Town and Country Club in 1992, welcoming acts like Blur, Primal Scream and Stone Roses through its doors.
Sadly the Town and Country Club was no more by the end of the 90s, but the venue was revived as the O2 Academy, Leeds in 2008 with local heroes Kaiser Chiefs playing the very first gig at the new venue. Since then the O2 Academy, Leeds has gone from strength to strength, combining fantastic live acts with a burgeoning reputation for club nights as host of Projekt, the largest weekly club night in Leeds.
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