R&B Legend Alexander O’Neal to Launch Origin Live at Batley Music Venue

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Origin Live is a new programme of live music and entertainment at the Origin bar in Batley. And it launches on Saturday 30th October with a special performance from R&B legend Alexander O’Neal.

Billed as the ‘Batley Frontier Reunion’, O’Neal will be performing some of his biggest hits from the 80s and 90s, including ‘Criticize’, ‘If You Were Here Tonight’ and ‘Fake’.

During the course of his prolific career, O’Neal has achieved huge critical and commercial success. He’s released fourteen UK Top 40 singles and three Top 5 albums. In the US, his 1987 album, Hearsay went gold, while in the UK where his popularity was soaring. The album achieved triple platinum status and is now considered a classic record from the golden era of R&B. And his performance at Origin Live on the 30th of October will be a rare opportunity to see the soul legend performing some of his greatest hits in an intimate live setting.

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O’Neal was the last act to play the iconic venue The Frontier before its closure in 2016. He said: “I can’t wait to be back on stage in Batley again. Last time I was here performing at The Frontier, the crowd was phenomenal. And I’m sure it’s going to be even better this time around.”

The venue will also be bringing the celebrated comic Billy Pearce, Britain’s Got Talent star DJ Murray Mint and the renowned tribute bands Abba Revival, Complete Madness and Oasish to Batley over the coming months.

The shows will take place on the ground floor at Origin before its popular club events begin upstairs at midnight. In an effort to make the venue accessible to a wider range of audiences, the venue is extending the dancefloor, building a new stage for live performances and offering an eclectic programme of live music, comedy shows and bingo nights.

The venue owners say the new venture will operate completely independent of its club room nights upstairs. And this will offer more discerning audiences of all ages a relaxed environment to enjoy top-quality live music and entertainment.

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“Dramatic changes”

The brainchild behind Origin Live is Nick Westwell. He said: “Things change, people’s requirements change, people’s needs change. So, we’re changing the venue from a party bar into a live venue before midnight.

“This means we’re making some dramatic changes, like building a stage and extending the dance floor to make it more adaptable to different audiences. We’ll be doing 70’s shows, 80’s shows, hosting international artists, comedy acts, the very best tribute acts available as well as rock, mod and open mic nights. We’ll also be running an event called Boogie Bingo, an alternative to Bongos Bingo. This is all going to happen early doors before midnight ahead of the nightclub opening upstairs. So, they will be operating as two completely separate venues.”

“With Origin Live we are investing in the venue and in the town. There’s a lot of people of all different ages that need entertaining and we’re trying to facilitate that while also becoming part of the community.”

Alexander O’Neal: Up Close and Personal tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 1st October. They’ll be available via ticketmaster.com


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