The interior of the venue
Now, with news that the venue is closing, here's a look back at some of the most notable acts to have taken to the stage.
Beverley Knight has been one of Britain's foremost soul singers for the past three decades De La Soul broke new boundaries in hip hop The poet was a key figure on the punk scene and retains a devoted following The actor and broadcaster was a frequent visitor to the Assembly with his funk and soul nights The post-punk band are one of the most influential of their era Led by the irrepressible Buster Bloodvessel, Bad Manners were responsible for numerous ska-party nights at the Assembly The Mott the Hoople frontman remains one of the most enduring figures of '70s rock Fairport Convention pioneered folk-rock and retain a loyal following The arch purveyors of perfectly poised indie-pop brought gentle joy, melancholy and colour to the venue The legendary DJ is renowned for bringing reggae and dancehall music to wide audiences Billy Ocean had some of the biggest hits of the '80s One of the most influential figures in rock history, Lou Reed fronted the Velvet Underground before embarking on a remarkable solo career One of the greatest bands to emerge from Warwickshire, Spiritualized brought their immense sound to the Assembly in 2009 The hip hop greats brought big beats and devastating lyricism The cult favourites were one of Britain's most popular indie-rock bands in the '80s and still have a devoted fanbase. Picture: Jessica McMillan The Queen guitarist is responsible for some of rock's best-known solos and riffs The cheeky New Yorkers shot to fame in the 1990s with their blend of pop, rock and funk David Bowie's drummer in the Ziggy days played two classic albums at the venue in February KT Tunstall is one of the most successful British singer-songwriters of the century so far The scottish singer-songwriter is known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career The writer and raconteur came to the Assembly with tales of his remarkable life Numan's synth-pop was one of the defining sounds of the late '70s and early '80s and he remains a compelling live act. Picture: David Jackson Richard Hawley has achieved widespread acclaim for his lush and evocative music Ian Broudie's band are one of Britpop's most distinctive acts, thanks to their well-crafted songwriting and a certain football-based hit Seth is a modern folk music great, capable of rabble-rousing stomps and haunting melodicism Gareth won plenty of hearts on Pop Idol - and remains popular Martha Reeves is one of the greatest figures in Motown The Smiths guitarist, one of the most lauded of his generation, played at the Assembly with The Cribs The Liverpool band lit up the 1990s with their jangly indie-pop