Chart topping rapper Professor Green will be the first act to headline the new O2 Academy Leicester on Thursday 23rd September. O2 Priority tickets for the event are now on sale!

Opening this September, O2 Academy Leicester will become the 14th O2 Academy venue. The 1,450 capacity venue is housed at the heart of the University of Leicester and is currently undergoing a £15m development. The first class facilities will cater for the biggest live acts on the touring circuit. There will also be two additional production-complete venues on site, O2 Academy 2 Leicester (500 capacity) and O2 Academy 3 Leicester (250 capacity).

The launch show will see Professor Green take to the stage for his first non-festival appearance of the year, with his full live band and an energetic set following hit collaboration with Lily Allen on ‘Just Be Good to Green’ and dancefloor smash, ‘Need You Tonight’ with Ed Drewitt.

Professor Green

First signed to Mike Skinner’s record label, ‘The Beats’, Professor Green has grown from an underground hero to mainstream star. He has just released his debut album (Monday 19th July) ‘Alive Till I’m Dead’ on Virgin Records to mass critical acclaim, reaching #2 in the UK album charts.

Over the coming months established acts including The Magic Numbers, Corinne Bailey Rae, Plan B, Frank Turner and dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip are already confirmed for the venue.

“With its location at the heart of this vibrant University we think Leicester is going to be a great addition to the Academy family,” said O2’s Head of Music Sponsorship, Jasmine Skee. “O2 customers in the Leicester area are now going to get all the benefits of priority access to tickets to some of their favourite bands, right on their doorstep.”

O2 customers can purchase tickets for Professor Green at O2 Academy Leicester from Wednesday 28th July. To register for Priority Tickets text PRIORITY to 2020 from an O2 mobile or visit

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