You only have to walk through the tunnel at the side entrance and see the vast amount of marker pen graffiti to realise just how popular The Cockpit was. The venue was home to a impressive deal of memories over its twenty year span of hosting live performances. The latter mentioned wall outside emphasises just that, since so many visitors wrote on it whilst waiting in line for the doors to open.
It’s closing down is not only a shame, but also a great loss to the Leeds music scene. The building and its three rooms allowed the lesser known artists to do what they loved in front of crowds of people, and the people to have affordable yet unforgettable nights with the best atmosphere. Many local bands such as; The Rook and Vendettas trying to make it played there and got a taste of fame, and Leeds based The Kaiser Chiefs actually got signed after performing live at the venue.
The website states:
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you who came to watch your favourite bands, danced, stage dived, crowd surfed, found your life partner and gave the Cockpit its reputation as one of the best live music venues in the UK.”
However, I would like to personally thank the location itself purely for existing. The Cockpit will always remain to be my favourite music venue, and I know I’m not the only person living in hope that one day it will be safe to enter again and refurbished to its former glory.
By Rae Coppola