Academy celebrates fifth birthday

The Cribs, appearing at the O2 Academy Leeds.
The Cribs, appearing at the O2 Academy Leeds.

The O2 Academy Leeds is officially five years old after celebrating its birthday last night with Rudimental providing the entertainment.

It was five years to the day that the Academy opened its doors with a sell-out performance from local heroes Kasier Chiefs on October 8, 2008.

Now what better way to celebrate than a look ahead to the months ahead of great entertainment at the venue.

This autumn O2 Academy Leeds will be hosting some of the best gigs and events, ranging from some of the best dance acts in the UK to some of the biggest rock bands from across the globe.

Kicking off the season in style last night was Rudimental creating their own brand of dance floor carnage before literally thousands of bodies fill the dance floor at the Academy for the last Hospitality of the year on Friday.

Mercury Prize Nominees Disclosure will be heading to the venue on November 18 after the release of their debut album ‘Settle’ and making the rounds on his ‘Torus’ album tour, Sub Focus will be making an appearance at the venue on October 25.

From across the Atlantic, American rockers Bowling For Soup will be adding O2 Academy Leeds to their schedule one last time on their last ever UK tour – say goodbye to the ‘1985’ stars in 2013 on Monday (October 14).

On the contrary, Goo Goo Dolls will be returning to the UK on their first UK tour since 2010 and following on from their tenth album release, the band will be heading to O2 Academy Leeds on October 20.

Rounding up the end of the year with hilarity, outrageous comedy duo Tenacious D will be wreaking havoc on December 16, much to UK fans delight.

After a sell-out tour earlier this year, Tom Odell is gracing the stage again for a UK autumn tour, including a performance at O2 Academy Leeds on Tuesday (October 15).

Thirteen years since their formation, boy-band Blue will headline a UK tour following their reunion earlier this year. Catch them live on October 18. Alternatively, you can catch newer ‘boy-band’ Bastille on October 21, who – despite their short two-year run – have taken the UK by storm.

For those who love dance, there’s still plenty more events to come to O2 Academy Leeds this autumn. Dubbed as ‘The Godfathers of UK House,’ Basement Jaxx are all set to play the venue on November 28, and less than 24 hours later, O2 Academy Leeds will be taken over by Annie Mac on her AMP Annie Mac Presents tour, bringing with her an amazing line-up of artists.

Ending 2013 in style, Wakefield boys The Cribs are returning close to home for two special end of year shows at the O2 Academy Leeds. headlining on December 18 and 19.

There’s plenty more going at the venue and for full listings visit