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 13, 2010 and that the site would be developed into student flats.
The Venue finally closed for good on March 13, 2010.
On 11 April 2014 The Charlotte would re-open as a traditional old English pub with weekly acoustic nights.
- "Charlotte to be turned into student flats". Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Facebook group regarding the end of the charlotte". Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- Famous City Venue Faces Closure, Leicester Mercury
- Who Will Save The Charlotte? - article in the Leicester Mercury
- 'I Owe This Venue A Fair Bit: My Missus, My Kids, My Beer Gut ...', Leicester Mercury
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