Posted On: 27 Aug 2019

The Piece Hall has today announced the first ten shows to take place in its magnificent circus-style Salon Perdu (formerly known as the Spiegeltent) this festive season; a vibrant mix of entertainment to keep visitors to the Grade I listed building feeling festive throughout the season.   

Manchester native Badly Drawn Boy will bring his highly anticipated signature dulcet tones across the Pennines to the Salon Perdu (Wednesday 18 December), following the postponement of his 2018 show due to illness. The much-loved singer songwriter will perform hits from his Mercury-Prize-winning album ‘The Hour of the Bewilderbeast’ and the critically acclaimed soundtrack to the 2002 film ‘About a Boy’. Support acts will be announced in due course.

Also heading to the Salon Perdu is four-piece jazz funk band The James Taylor Quartet (Friday 6 December). Adored by BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles, the band have set the standard for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz and kitschy-cool melodies for more than 25 years. The quartet have worked with legendary acts including Tom Jones, Manic Street Preachers and U2.

Legendary folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne will return to the Salon Perdu on Sunday 15 December following their sold out show last year. The band’s repertoire of unforgettable songs like Meet Me On The Corner and Fog On The Tyne, powerful live performances and unpretentious style led to worldwide success and an enviable reputation as festival favourites, and the annual Christmas concerts they present in their native Newcastle have become the stuff of legend. 

FLASH: A Tribute to Queen will bring all the hits from Queen’s back catalogue to The Piece Hall on Monday 30 December, and jazz vocalist Annette Gregory will be accompanied by her full band for what is set to be a spellbinding performance on Sunday 8 December.

The Piece Hall’s resident record shop Loafers have curated a night of classic rock and soul on Friday 13 December for their second Loafers Presents show. The show will be headlined by Stone Foundation, an 8-piece band who will bring their brand of sophisticated soul to Halifax having recently supported Paul Weller on his 2019 tour. The Paul Weller link continues with Liverpudlian Steve Pilgrim, originally drummer in 'The Stands’, and now an established solo artist and drummer and vocalist for Weller. Also joining the lineup is Andy Crofts, bass player and vocalist in Weller’s band and a founding member of indie band ’The Moons’, and Bradford’s retro rock band Kascarade. The evening will be topped off with a DJ set from ‘Happy Heads’ spinning some of Loafer’s favourite tunes.

As well as the eclectic lineup of music, there’s plenty of comedy and family fun to get stuck into. Circus of Horrors will bring their unique blend of horror and burlesque, which propelled them to the 2011 semi-finals of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, to the Salon Perdu on Saturday 7 December. Combining horror, comedy and rock and roll with circus acts, Circus of Horrors is one not to be missed.

Fans of CBBC’s hit nineties show ‘Get Your Own Back’ will love Get Your Own Back – The Family Show which heads to The Piece Hall on Saturday 14 December. Contestants can enter solo or as a team and play Dave's crazy silly interactive challenges that eliminate the players until only a couple are left staring the enormous gunge tank in the face. Or opt for Get Your Own Back plus 80s DJ and party like it's 1989 after the show with a retro mix of tunes until late.

Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show (Sunday 15 December) explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies. Perfect for both kids and adults, this fun, family friendly show flips the notion that science is boring completely on its head.

Perfect for an unforgettable night out with friends or colleagues, Indeedy Musical Bingo brings bingo, music, prizes and even glittering dancing grannies to the Salon Perdu on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 December. Guests can compete to win a range of hilarious prizes, from sandwich toasters to inflatable bananas, and take part in air guitar performances, dance-offs and lip-sync battles.

The Piece Hall is a truly magical Christmas destination. Alongside the Salon Perdu shows, from 22 November – 31 December the courtyard will host a stunning Christmas tree, a thrilling fair-like Victorian carousel and a cosy Deluxe Bar. A Christmas Fair showcasing some of Yorkshire’s favourite independent craft stalls, artisan makers and pop-up food and drink traders will feature for a festive shopping weekend, while the surrounding shops, cafes, bars and restaurants will be open throughout the season. An array of creative Christmas workshops will give visitors the chance to get crafty and learn a new skill, while outside brass bands and choirs will illuminate the Grade I listed building with festive cheer.


A full seasonal programme of more than 30 shows, including for New Years’ Eve, will be announced in the autumn. Tickets for the events listed above go on general sale at 10am on Thursday 29 August. Members of The Piece Hall Trust get 24-hour pre-sale access from 10am on Wednesday 28 August. Tickets can be purchased at online and via the box office, which can be reached on 01422 525200.

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