Music Venues in Leicester

Music Venues in Leicester

Leicester has an awesome underground music scene, with up and coming bands rocking audiences at venues like The Shed formerly graced by bands like Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian on their way to the top! Here at Guitar Lessons Leicester we are never more proud than when we hear that one of our guitar students has formed a band and have started gigging! It is such a great experience & something that all young musicians should aspire to! To help local bands along the way we have drawn together a list of the best venues to get gigging at, as well as for checking out Leicester's best up and coming bands! So in no order... 

The Shed is the most important music venue in Leicester if you are a young up and coming band! The likes of Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian, as well as many many more bands, have all learned their trade on this historic stage. Completely geared towards local bands The Shed is an excellent place to start your gigging career! With the capacity of around 200 it is the perfect size for local bands to try and sell out and is a fantastic springboard onto bigger music venues. Record lable reps often check out venues like The Shed to search for local talent so it is well worth getting you name on the band list as soon as you can. The Shed should always be your first call if you are a local band! Awesome venue!

De Montfort Hall is one of Leicester's longest standing and best music venues, with the likes of the Beatles having played here you know it is a top venue! Almost anyone who rose in national fame played De Montfort Hall prior to the opening of Leicester's 02 Academy in 2010. Kasabian (pictured), McFly, Keane, The Vaccines and Muse are just a few of the more recent bands that have rocked Leicester audiences, with De Montfort Hall drawing in such good bands it is well worth watching out for who is playing! Local bands should also be pushing hard to get a support slot alongside some of these major international artists! Great venue!

The Charlotte was one of the most prestigous music venues in Leicester, steeped in music history and ideal for local bands to pack out. All the greats of recent years have graced the Charlotte's stage on their early UK tours, the likes of Radiohead, Pulp, The Stone Roses, The Killers, Bloc Party, The Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The Libertines (pictured!), The Offspring, Razorlight, Muse and Kasabian to name just a few! The 400 capacity venue, sadly closing for good in 2010 will be remembered for some amazing gigs by bands that went on to be internationally famous, just to walking on the Charlotte's stage you could feel the rock history that have gone before! Will be sorely missed by underground music fans in Leicester!

02 Academy Leicester is now Leicester's leading music venue for watching the best in the business! Since opening in September 2010 the likes of Chase & Status, Ben Howard, Bat for Lashes and The Cribs have rocked audiences. Amazingly these are only a few of the great bands that have played the Leciester's 02 Academy, with many more lined up over the next few months it is well worth keeping your eye on who is playing! With two independent venues, the O2 Academy2 and O2 Academy3 with capcities of 500 and 250 repectively they are also fantastic venues for local bands to build up an audience. With the opportunity to progress up to supporting some of the UK's best bands young up and coming bands should be knocking the door down on these venues to get a gig!

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