Leeds music venue The Cockpit closes

The Cockpit Leeds

Renowned Leeds music venue, The Cockpit, has closed.

The club shut up shop back in July to carry out “essential maintenance work”, but the owners have now revealed that the state of the premises means that they won’t be reopening.

A statement on The Cockpit’s official website reads: “After 20 great years as a pillar of the Leeds music scene, we have decided it is no longer viable to deliver the level of service you deserve, with the building in its current condition.”

“We’d like to thank every one of you who came to watch your favourite bands, found your life partners and gave The Cockpit its reputation as one of the best live music venues in the UK.”

All the concerts that had already been booked at the venue are being re-scheduled at other locations, with Cockpit tickets remaining valid.

The news comes in the wake of the closure of other Leeds venues such as Queen’s Hall and Rio’s. The Empress in Bradford also recently closed, and The Snooty Fox in Wakefield is fighting for it’s financial future.

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