New life is coming to Leicester’s live entertainment scene as The Big Difference is set to open this month.

The Big Difference is opening in the former site of The Cookie on High Street. The venue will be run by the registered charity behind the annual Leicester Comedy Festival, and is set for a packed programme of entertainment for their opening weekend, taking place from Friday 1 October – Sunday 3 October.

The Big Difference is set to stage comedy, live music, family events, and more as it once again returns to life as a key hub of live events in the city. As well as on stage events, The Big Difference bar will also be open every week from Thursday – Saturday serving those out and about in the city. Plus this involves a great local collaboration as the bar will be supported in its opening months by the team from Firebug.

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The venue’s launch weekend will kick off with live comedy on Friday evening, followed by family comedy performances on Saturday, before closing with live music on Sunday evening.

Friday 1 October (7.30pm) –  Pope Lonergan, Sarah Johnson, Daman Bamrah and more
Saturday 2 October (4pm) – The Dark Room for Kids comedy gameshow
Sunday 3 October (7.30pm) – Live music with The Table Troubadours & Lydia Lutudi

Tickets are on sale now for all events, but the bar also remains open to the public throughout the weekend with DJ Ninja Bob and Soulshaker spinning tunes until closing time on both Friday and Saturday evening.

The space itself is no stranger to big names. Over the years the stage has hosted performances by comedians including Rhod Gilbert, Russell Howard, Romesh Ranganathan, and concerts from the likes of Royal Blood, George Ezra, Easy Life and many more. The reopening as The Big Difference marks the next stage for the venue, which is already close to the hearts of so many in Leicester.

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Upcoming shows:

Ignacio Lopez – Thursday 23 September
Union Jack Radio Comedy Club – Friday 24 September
Josh Berry – Saturday 9 October
The Nightingales – Sunday 14 October
Olga Koch – Saturday 16 October
Black History Month Comedy Night + Panel Discussion – Friday 22 October and Saturday 23 October
Rachel Fairburn – Saturday 23 October
Kae Kurd – Thusday 18 November
Leif Erikson – Monday 22 November
Fenne Lily – Wednesday 24 November
Pozi – Friday 3 December

The Big Difference is also working with local promoters on external events throughout the year, as well as full venue private hire. Anyone wanting to book the venue can contact [email protected]

The Big Difference is based at 68 High Street, Leicester LE1 5YP.  For more information visit @bigdiff_venue on Instagram and keep up to date with show listings as