Kasabian offer to save doomed Leicester venue

Tom Meighan says his band want to help the 'legendary' Charlotte

Kasabian have offered their services to try and save one of Leicester‘s best-loved music venues, which is set to close down at the end of this month (January 31).

The band – who are from the city – played some of their first gigs at The Charlotte, which has also hosted gigs by the likes of Oasis, Blur and Arctic Monkeys.

The venue has been forced into administration after a major financial backer pulled out. Proprietor Andy Wright has said it will be forced to close at the end of the January unless new financial backing is secured.

Speaking to The Leicester Mercury, Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan said his band were willing to fight for the venue.

“If we can help, we will. At the end of the day, it’s a legendary venue,” he told the paper.

Punch Taverns, which owns The Charlotte‘s building has said it is planning to reopen the pub “as soon as is feasibly possible”, although it is unclear whether it would still be a licenced venue.

“It will definitely be closing at the end of the month. That’s when the company officially ceases to trade,” said Wright. “Then it’s up to Punch Taverns as to what it wants to do with it. I will be gone at the end of the month and it will be closed until further notice.”

An internet petition against the closure of the venue has been signed by over 1,000 people, including Leicester South MP Sir Peter Soulsby.