O2 Academy Leicester to launch on University Of Leicester campus

Three new venues are set to open in September

The University Of Leicester has announced details of three new O2 Academy Leicester music venues set to open at its Students Union building this September.

The news follows the closure of one of the city’s most popular and respected venues The Charlotte, which went into administration in January.

Each of the new venues are part of the O2 Academy group, and all three will operate together in the Percy Gee building of the campus, which is situated on University Road.

The biggest venue, called the O2 Academy Leicester has a capacity of 1,450 people, while O2 Academy2 Leicester holds 500 and O2 Academy3 holds 250.

Student Officer Max Cawthorn said that the development – part of a £1 billion framework plan for the university – will help both Leicester and the university to maintain their past as a live music hub.

“In years gone by, the Percy Gee building welcomed gigs from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Jam and The Smiths,” he explained. “By working with Academy Music Group, we will once again attract top quality acts that music fans associate with O2 Academy venues nationwide.”

The new venues will open this September, with Plan B among the first to confirm a date there, playing on October 28.