The Cockpit (Leeds)

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Coordinates: 53°47′41″N 1°32′40″W / 53.79472°N 1.54444°W / 53.79472; -1.54444

The Cockpit entrance from Swinegate

Formerly the Cock of the North pub, The Cockpit opened in 1994. Situated on Swinegate in Leeds, close to Leeds station the venue hosts small to medium sized touring artists as well as occasional showcases for local acts. The venue's main room can hold 500, whilst the second room can hold 250, and the small upstairs room can hold 125.

A regular competition run by promoters Futuresound (and sharing their name) gives unsigned bands from Yorkshire the chance to win a spot on the bill at the Leeds Festival.

The Cockpit is also apparently where Nick Hodgson introduced Ricky Wilson to the other members of Kaiser Chiefs, who were then known as Runston Parva.[1]

The Cockpit is split into three live gig rooms with individual stages in each: The Cockpit (The Pit), Cockpit 2 (The Venue) and Cockpit 3 (The Upstairs). The venue has the ability to host 2 gigs on the same night, with a band in the main room using the second room as a bar, and a band in the upstairs using the main bar.[2]

The venue has played host to a variety of different bands playing a wide range of musical styles including rock, metal, hardcore, emo, punk, indie, alternative and folk.

In November 1997 the club was one of three venues spotlighted in the Club City documentary about Leeds nightlife, screened as part of the BBC North Close Up North strand.[3]

On 10 September 2014 Cockpit announced that they are to close down after 20 years due to the state of their building.[4]

Notable bands that have played at The Cockpit[edit]

Four weekly clubnights run at the Cockpit - Slam Dunk on a Tuesday, Southern Fried on a Wednesday, Heavy Soul on a Friday and Garage on a Saturday.


  1. ^ "Runston Parva - biography, band news, gig listings and reviews. (1100)". Leeds Music Scene. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
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  3. ^ Close Up North: Club City, 13 November 1997
  4. ^ "The Cockpit". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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