Developed as part of a £15m redevelopment of the UoL SU, the new venue will be operated by the Academy Music Group (AMG) and comprises three spaces: the 1,450-capacity main venue, the 500-capacity O2 Academy2 and the 250-capacity O2 Academy3.
AMG CEO John Northcote commented: “Students now choose where to study based on the social and cultural aspects of a town or city, as well as the university’s academic reputation, and it is a positive step to introduce the O2 Academy brand to Leicester in partnership with the Students’ Union. It’s refreshing to work with likeminded individuals within this sector, aiming to improve facilities and live entertainment. O2 Academy Leicester will put the city back on the touring circuit as a primary destination, with all live gigs open to the general public as well as students.”
Subsequent to the launch announcement, AMG has revealed that Professor Green – whose hits include the Lily Allen collaboration ‘Just Be Good to Green’ – will be the first act to headline O2 Academy Leicester. The performance will take place on 23 September and tickets are available now.
“It is a real honour to be asked to perform at the opening of O2 Academy Leicester,” said Green. “No doubt it will have the great energy and vibe that all O2 Academy venues have and I look forward to being the first headline act to grace the stage.”
The Magic Numbers, Plan B and Corinne Bailey Rae are among the other acts set to play the new venue in the near-future.