IN PICTURES: Big names and cult favourites who have played the Assembly in Leamington

From rock legends to soul stars and from hip-hop heroes to teen-pop pin-ups, the Assembly in Leamington has hosted them all.

The interior of the venue
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