UK: Leeds Academy will be the Academy Music Group's 13th live music venue, writes David Davies. Situated on the site of the former Town and Country Club at 55 Cookridge Street, the venue will occupy a restored Grade I listed building and offer a maximum main room capacity of 2,300 (1,800 stalls, 500 balcony) for live music and club events. Elbow, Hot Chip, Goldfrapp, Mercury Rev and Billy Bragg are among the acts set to play the venue during its first two months of operation.
Intended to emulate the success of recent developments in Sheffield and Oxford, Leeds Academy is AMG's 13th live music venue. The group is currently developing venues in Brighton and Birmingham for 2009, with further prospective site acquisitions in negotiation.
"A landmark building, Leeds Academy is set to be the largest independent venue in the city," commented AMG CEO John Northcote. "Adding to the existing vibrant music scene, the Academy is the perfect size to attract major touring acts. It's always exciting to develop a venue with such history and keep as many original features and grandeur of its former years by converting back to the theatre format, but adding up-to-the minute production values and new technology, with outstanding artist and customer facilities."
The Stranglers, MGMT, Feeder and Rancid are among the other acts scheduled to appear when Leeds Academy opens this autumn.