Popular live music venue closes in Leeds city centre after more than 10 years

Carpe Diem.
Carpe Diem.
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A POPULAR bar known for its live music has closed its doors after more than 10 years in business.

Carpe Diem – on the corner of Great George Street and Calverley Street – confirmed the closure yesterday on Twitter.

It said: “Alas its true we have closed doors for final time.

“Our heartfelt thanks to anyone who played, drank, ate, laughed and cried inside our walls.”

The underground bar has hosted hundreds of live gigs over the years and became well-known within the Leeds music scene.


Famous names that have stepped on stage at the bar include the Pigeon Detectives and the Kaiser Chiefs.

The closure comes after legendary music venue The Cockpit closed in September last year.

Indie venue Fab Cafe on Woodhouse Lane also closed earlier this year.

Fans and local bands have flocked to social media to speak of their shock and disappointment of the closure.

Leeds band The Gonzos said on Facebook: “It’s a sad day. One of the best small venues in Leeds, Carpe Diem, has shut down.

“We have had some great times there both watching bands and playing ourselves.

“RIP Carpe Diem.”

Leeds-based rockers Humble Scoundrel posted pictures of their last gig at the venue on Twitter.

They added: “Few shots of us playing at @CarpeDiem_Leeds the week before it shut it’s doors. Sad times man, but what a gig!”

Leeds-based metal band Shots Fired said on Twitter: “Sorry to hear the last metal institution in Leeds has gone.

“Hope you and your staff move on to bigger and better things.”