Five of the greatest Leeds music venues that have closed their doors

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Following the sad announcement that Carpe Diem has shut its doors we look at five other great Leeds music venues which have closed their doors.

The YEP reported yesterday that Carpe Diem was closing after more than ten years in the city.

The Cockpit, on Swinegate in Leeds, which has now been closed down.

The Cockpit, on Swinegate in Leeds, which has now been closed down.

1) The Cockpit

Based under the railway lines The Cockpit was one of the mainstays of the Leeds music scene for nearly two decades.

The White Stripes, Amy Winehouse, Queens of the Stoneage and The Libertines all played their during their rise to international stardom.

More importantly The Cockpit hosted virtually ever major Leeds band during their formative steps into live music, with The Pigeon Detectives, Kaiser Chiefs and The Cribs all playing there (the latter even recorded a live album there).

It closed its doors last year.

2) The Duchess

A traditional and much-loved pub on Vicar Lane by day but at night it was a formidable live music venue. Its finest hour came when Nirvana played there around the time of the debut record Bleach. The band’s follow-up Nevermind became one of the best-selling records of all time and redefined the musical landscape of the 1990s.

3) Joseph’s Well

A troubled venue that had many ups-and-downs it enjoyed a similar reputation to The Cockpit in terms of its ability to bring in up-and-coming talent.

Multi-platinum selling bands like Lamb of God and The Killers all performed in the tiny venue near Leeds General Infirmary over the years.

4) The Town and Country Club

OK, yes, technically it is still there in the shape of the 02 Academy, a state-of-the-art venue the hosts some of the best bands in the world on a weekly basis.

But, for many years, the T&C fell silent to live music when it closed and became a superclub.

The Cribs even called their recent live DVD at the venue “Down the old T&C” such is the strength that the Town and Country Club was lodged in people’s memory. David Bowie was among the most celebrated people to play there.

5) Kirkstall Rolarena.

Speaking of David Bowie, the second to last time EVER that he performed in his Ziggy Stardust character was in Leeds at this long-demolished venue.

Performing tracks from the Ziggy record plus the follow-up Alladin Sane a special piece of rock history was borne witness to.