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O2 Academy Leicester, in partnership with the University of Leicester Students’ Union, successfully opened on campus in September 2010 with a sell-out performance by Professor Green.
Housed in the award-winning Percy Gee building, one of the oldest on the main campus, the Students’ Union welcomed a £15m refurbishment to create a first class SU, with outstanding entertainment facilities.
The University of Leicester is consistently ranked among the top in the country for student satisfaction and has been ranked as ‘University Of The Year’ by The Times Higher Education magazine. The University can point to a proud history of the biggest names in music to its Percy Gee Building; the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who Genesis, The Smiths and The Jam have all played there in its former incarnation.
With a healthy diary, O2 Academy Leicester is not only a centre of attraction for the vibrant student population, but a well-received addition to the live music scene for the general public in the East Midlands.
Academy Music Group invested £1.4 million in production equipment across its two unique venues at O2 Academy Leicester (1,400 capacity) and O2 Academy2 Leicester (500 capacity).
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We operate our own guest list and box office from the venue entrance and provide staffing for this from 30 minutes before doors. We will happily deal with all your guest lists from our box office.
The Venue operates a strict 10pm curfew with a club turnaround on Wednesday & Friday nights. The house racks and stacks must be used and touring lighting kept to a floor package.
The venue charges 12p/head + VAT to sell merchandise. This does not include a vendor, though with notice this can be arranged.
Security is provided by Showsec International Ltd. and booked through the Venue, please contact the general manager for details, or to discuss any specific security requirements.
Local crew is provided by all alliance and booked through the venue.
There are 2 dressing rooms, 1 production / promoter’s office, 3 showers and 3 toilets backstage. (A third dressing room can be arranged with notice)
Please note there are no laundry facilities available at the venue.
Catering can be set up in Academy 3, the kitchen is 11 x 11ft with 2 x 32amp power connections, multiple 13amp sockets, a large Extractor fan, double sink, large fridge & shelves. There’s a serving hatch to seating area and the venue has tables & chairs available for dining. Any touring catering company wishing to use the venues facilities must fill out and return the ‘Visiting Caterers Agreement’ form available from the technical manager.
Please note the use of gas for cooking is not permitted.
Included with the hire of the venue and fixed at a distance of 1.2m is a Mojo-style ‘blow through’ front of stage pit barrier, for audience safety we insist this be used on all standing format shows. The FOH position is also protected with Mojo at the front of the position and at the sides and back by a purpose built barrier.
A parking map can be found HERE. The venue can accommodate two buses (3 x 16 Amp and 1 x 32 Amp single phase available). Please provide vehicle registration details 48 hours in advance. Trucks: Parking available dependent upon bus requirements. Please contact the Venue Manager to discuss. Cars / Splitters: The University has parking for smaller vehicles available. Please provide vehicle registration details 48 hours in advance. A much more detailed parking document can be provided upon request.
Flat load: From loading bay via ramp, then straight on to back of stage. Loading to venue floor can be done from vehicle level. Load in lift available if required. Please ask for further access information if required. There is a fair amount of storage for empty cases, but any extras will need to go back on the truck / trailer.
For further Technical Specifications please contact our venue technical manager: