Live At The Piece Hall Set To Grow After Sensational Summer
Close to 60,000 people attended this summer’s sensational series of headline shows as some of the biggest names in music took to the stage at the historic Halifax venue over 12 stunning nights.
Live At The Piece Hall co-promoters The Piece Hall Trust and Cuffe and Taylor are certainly not resting on their laurels as they look to expand the event in 2023 amid a “real buzz” about the venue within the music industry.
Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “It’s actually quite hard to describe how I’m feeling as Live at The Piece Hall 2022 comes to a close. Epic, incredible, amazing and brilliant are among the words used in the feedback given to me. It was all of that and more. It was always the plan to bring world class artists to this iconic building and the partnership with Cuffe and Taylor has made that vision happen. Seeing the sheer joy on faces in the crowds as people came together to experience some absolute musical legends has been so heart-warming.
“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all the incredibly talented artists who’ve taken to the stage here this year. The feedback from the performers and their teams has been exceptional and I know the word will spread far and wide about how great it is to play at our unique venue and what a phenomenal reception you get from our crowds.
“It will be some task to top this in 2023 but I actually believe we can. The work has already started and I’m incredibly excited at what we have planned.”
“Next year will be even more incredible”
This year saw headline shows from the likes of Duran Duran, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tom Grennan, Paul Weller and Primal Scream. With many of the shows selling out, the gig series smashed the box office records. The shows also delivered a multi-million pound boost for the local economy with many of the thousands of concert goers visiting from outside Yorkshire.
Peter Taylor, co-founder of Cuffe and Taylor which is part of Live Nation – the world’s largest live entertainment company, said: “What an incredible summer it has been at this stunning venue. We knew it was going to be amazing, but the shows here have been something else.
“There is a real buzz right now within the music industry about The Piece Hall. A lot of agents and artists are talking about what has happened here, and we are already having some really exciting conversations about next summer. We’ve set the bar very high, but we feel certain next year will be even more incredible. Watch this space!”
On: Magazine’s Steve Crabtree attended many of the shows. He told us: “The Piece Hall is a magnificent space, and I’m proud to have it in my home town. It’s mind-blowing to think of the calibre of artists it’s attracted this summer, and I’m sad the season is over for another 12 months. It’s been a fantastic three weeks, not only for the music and the feel-good factor that it’s given to Halifax, but also for how well organised all the shows have been. Security, stewards, toilet marshalls, bar staff, cleaners – they’ve all been in great spirits, and contributed more to the success of Live At The Piece Hall than perhaps they know. The entire package will be one to remember for a very long time.”
The Piece Hall is a unique architectural and cultural wonder. Grade I listed, it originally opened in 1779 for the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth produced by Yorkshire’s famous woollen mills and is the only remaining Georgian cloth hall in the world.
Now an award-winning contemporary cultural, heritage and live entertainment destination, The Piece Hall has welcomed more than eight million visitors through its historic gates since it re-opened in 2017.
Cuffe and Taylor has extensive experience in staging major concerts in Yorkshire. Since 2016, they have exclusively programmed all live music events at Scarborough Open Air Theatre – including massive headline shows by the likes of Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Kylie, Stereophonics, Biffy Clyro, Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi.
They are also responsible for staging UK tours with Britney, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Little Mix, while also curating major festivals and events such as Lancashire’s Lytham Festival.
images: Cuffe & Taylor / The Piece Hall Trust