Leicester venues

Live Music Venues in Leicester

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Page last edited: 14th June 2014

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Permanent venues

Theatres for music

Other venues for live music

Permanent Live Music venues

These venues have a fixed sound system with a stage, fixed lighting, sound control desk and a sound engineer present throughout the gig. They exist mainly for performances of live music, although some might also present other types of shows from time to time.

The Cookie Jar

The Donkey



The Looking Glass

The Musician

The Music Cafe

The O2 Academy (three rooms)

The Shed

The Soundhouse

Sumo (Facebook page)

The Vic at Coalville


The DeMontfort Hall and Curve are the two main theaters in Leicester and do of course include live music in their programme of shows.

The Y in East Street also puts on music shows from time to time

Other venues for live music

These venues also put on live music from time to time. Most do not have a fixed sound system.

The Barley Mow

Basement Bar in Wellington Street

The Black Horse Braunstone Gate has a sound system and weekly music events (esp Friday and Saturday)

The Criterion

The Crow’s Nest

Exchange bar

The Font

Fubar (has now closed)

The Guildhall

Looking Glass


O Bar, Braunstone Gate

Pi Bar – music events every week

The Plant Room

Turkey Cafe

Upper Brown Street (the old Phoenix Arts Centre)

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