Venue Profile: The Cookie

With a matter of weeks until the festival opens it’s doors, we look at another ‘original’ Handmade venue, The Cookie:

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Tommy and I’m the General Manager of The Cookie.

When did you open and what’s the story behind the venue opening?

The Cookie has gone through many phases through the years. Starting as a cafe adjacent to the old Domino’s Toy shop it officially became a venue in 2010 and has become nationally recognised within the music and comedy circuits. We have always had an ethos of promoting brilliant but smaller acts through our venue and then into our local O2 acadamy, I think it’s really important to be able to provide a route like that to those bands.

What are some memorable gigs you’ve had through the years?

In the past we’ve had the likes of Blossoms, Royal Blood, The Amazons, Wolf Alice, George Ezra and Gaz Coombes. More recently we’ve acts such as Yonaka, The Japanese House, Blaenavon, Willie J Healy and Mahalia. As one of the core comedy venues in the city we’ve also had Russell Kane, Rhod Gilbert, Jamili Maddix and Greg Davis grace our stage. 

What are you most looking forward to at Handmade this year?

Having personally been involved in Handmade since it’s first year I’m really looking forward to it going back to multi venue festival, to have so many spaces being involved this year really gives the local music scene a real sense of community.

Why do you think Handmade is important for Leicester?

With cities like Nottingham and Birmingham so close I think it’s important to showcase what Leicester has to offer and for people to see that we as a city are real force in live music.

What do you think is great about Leicester’s arts community?

The Leicester arts community is a thriving space with so much to offer and is completely inclusive to everybody.

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