The Charlotte

The Charlotte was a live music venue in Leicester, England, on the edge of the City Centre, on Oxford Street, opposite De Montfort University. The venue closed on March 13th 2010.

Andy Wright took over The Princess Charlotte (later to be known simply as "The Charlotte") in March 1989. He had been an employee of the business since September 1985 when it was a more traditional public house environment with bands appearing two or three nights a week in the 200 capacity back room. Over the course of two decades The Charlotte became established as a nationally recognised "circuit venue" on the live music scene, known as an essential stop-off for many bands on their tours of the UK. Bands who appeared at the Charlotte included Radiohead, Elastica, The Cranberries, Pulp, The Stone Roses, The La's, Spiritualized, The Killers, Bloc Party, The Arctic Monkeys, Kingmaker, Oasis, The Libertines, The Offspring, Razorlight, The Buzzcocks, Primal Scream, Muse and Kasabian

The DVD release of the Blur promotional video Starshaped includes additional video footage of the band's appearance in the Charlotte.


On January 15, 2009, it was announced the Charlotte was facing closure, after the operating company behind the venue went into administration. On March 10, 2009 it was announced that the Charlotte would remain closed for the foreseeable future, however it reopened on October 8, 2009. It was subsequently announced that the last ever night would be on March 13th 2010 and that the site would be developed into student flats.

The Venue finally closed for good on March 13th 2010.

Famous quotes containing the word charlotte:

    Last night, party at Lansdowne-House. Tonight, party at Lady Charlotte Greville’s—deplorable waste of time, and something of temper. Nothing imparted—nothing acquired—talking without ideas—if any thing like thought in my mind, it was not on the subjects on which we were gabbling. Heigho!—and in this way half London pass what is called life.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)