Leeds Town and Country Club back

A DISUSED Leeds nightclub is going back to the future when it is transformed into a major live music venue.

The old Creation club, on Cookridge Street near Millennium Square, has been taken over by the London-based Academy Music Group (AMG).

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Bosses at AMG plan to carry out a full refurbishment of the grade-one listed building before re-opening it next September as a Carling Academy concert hall.

The proposed changes are in keeping with the history of the site, which was the home of the much-missed Town & Country Club between 1992 and 2000.

During that time it staged gigs by star names such as David Bowie, Robbie Williams and Blur.

AMG operates a chain of Carling Academy live music and club venues in cities such as Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Liverpool.

Its presence in London includes the Shepherds Bush Empire and the Carling Academy Brixton.

Today, the company's chief executive officer, John Northcote, told the YEP: "I used to go to the Town & Country Club, so I know what a big hole it left in the Leeds music scene when it closed.

"That makes this project something of a labour of love for me."

The Carling Academy Leeds will boast a main hall capable of holding at least 2,000 people.

It will also have a 400-capacity room for gigs by up-and-coming bands.

Refurbishment work is due to get under way in February. AMG's takeover marks a new chapter in the story of a building which has undergone successive transformations since it first opened in 1885.

Originally known as the Coliseum in its early years, it hosted everything from circus shows to political meetings.

From the 1930s it was used as a cinema, bingo hall and even a television studio before becoming the Town & Country Club.

Creation opened in 2001 following a 7m redevelopment of the site but closed in February this year.

AMG has acquired the lease on the venue from Luminar, Britain's largest nightclub operator.

YOUR VIEWS

As a regular frequenter of gigs at the T&C in the 1990's, I am thrilled that it is coming back. Leeds does still play host to some top names, however the University in a poor replacement for the T&C with no view and warm beer and the Town Hall does not have the facilities to handle larger gigs.

Some of bands I saw in the old T&C were Suede, Blur, Primal Scream, The Stone Roses, Verve and greatest of all the gigs I saw there – INXS. I even saw 'Noble' of the band British Sea Power playing in a schools competition – Vicious Sounds with Blind.

As well as concerts, the T&C is memorable for hosting Love Train – not a fan myself but the indie room upstairs was class and was one of the few indie nights available on a weekend back then.

Matt, Chapel Allerton.