Academy Music Group have announced that Professor Green will be the first act to headline O2 Academy Leicester.
The show will see the chart-topping rapper 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 Drewett.
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.
"It is a real honour to be asked to perform at the opening of O2 Academy Leicester. No doubt it will have the great energy and vibe that all O2 Academy venues have and I look forward to being the first headline act to grace the stage." Professor Green
His performance marks the beginning of an exciting diary of shows at the brand new O2 Academy Leicester, including new and established artists from The Magic Numbers, Corinne Bailey Rae and Plan B, to Frank Turner and Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip already on sale.
O2 Academy Leicester is the latest 1,450 capacity venue to join Academy Music Group's expanding estate. The Students' Union, housed in the Percy Gee building, is the heart of the University of Leicester and currently undergoing a £15m development.
The introduction of the live music and club venue is an integral feature of this programme, with first-class facilities to cater for the biggest live acts on the touring circuit. With a vibrant local scene, there will be two additional production-complete venues on site, O2 Academy2 Leicester (500 capacity) and O2 Academy3 Leicester for 250 patrons, all of which will operate independently, as well as simultaneously.