Halifax Piece Hall is aiming for even bigger things after enjoying a record-breaking summer season of concerts.
On Sunday, Sir Tom Jones rounded off the Live At The Piece Hall 2022 run of gigs. Close to 60,000 people attended the run of shows which saw headline performances by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Duran Duran and Paloma Faith among others.
The series co-promoters The Piece Hall Trust and Cuffe and Taylor don’t plan to rest on their laurels with plans to expand the festivities in 2023. This is because of the popularity of this summer’s fun.
The Piece Hall is a beautiful Grade I listed attraction. 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 it is an award-winning contemporary cultural, heritage and live entertainment destination. The venue has welcomed more than eight million visitors through its historic gates since it reopened in 2017.
Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, the Piece Hall Trust’s chief executive officer, 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.”
The programme is thought to have brought a multi-million pound boost to the local economy.
Peter Taylor, co-founder of Cuffe and Taylor which is part of Live Nation, 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.”