Brighouse, Calderdale, Halifax

Blondie bring timeless hits, glitz and glamour to the opening show of the highly anticipated Piece Hall Summer Gigs.

Reporting from The Piece Hall Shannon Palmer

Last night saw timeless music legends Blondie with famous leading lady Debbie Harry rock up in Halifax as the opener for the highly anticipated TK Maxx presents Live at The Piece Hall 2024 , it’s safe to say that no other hit maker can do glitz glamour and punk like Debbie Harry and Blondie and last night the front women most definitely brought her A game with a hit laden set, throwing shapes and energetic dance moves in sync to the beat , the famous icons brought a brilliant show, I am still pinching myself now that the actual legends Blondie played in my little home town, it really was something to see and once in a lifetime.

Against the beautiful backdrop of The Piece Hall, The Tide is High, Call Me, Union City Blue and Atomic’s new wave legendary rockers had the Halifax crowd hanging on their every word (no telephones this evening I’m afraid pardon the pun ) as they brought their electric set to Calderdale for their first of 2 highly anticipated live gigs this weekend.

It was so difficult to not stare and be engrossed in watching front women Debbie Harry from the get go, her signature well known bleach-blonde hair and supermodel model bone structure sparkling rocking a simple but hip look in platform trainers only someone as cool as Debbie can pull off, She can still hits the high notes and the lower octaves with ease making it look effortless,  she really is a force to be reckoned with, performing for over 40 years and still going strong at 78 with no sign of hanging up her boots yet and plenty of gas left in the band’s tank , Harry kept a high energy electric performance going on all night, the original Sunday girl had the crowds hooked line and sinker singing along to hit hits such as the tide is high, Maria, Dreaming and my all-time favourite heart of glass being soulful energetic renditions having the full audience in the famous cloth Hall hanging on her every word it really was a joy to watch and the atmosphere electric, the performance was memorable as it was exhilarating even with the rain which actually helped to set the scene it really was a cracking little Friday night in Halifax, I have to mention drummer Clem Burke and bass guitarist Glen Matlock the 2 musicians a force to be reckoned with.

Ahead of the opening show I was lucky enough to have a lovely chat with Nicky Chance-Thompson MBE DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust who said:

“I’m so excited about the 2024 season which is our biggest, best and most diverse summer programme to date.

I’m incredibly proud of the lineup we have secured this year as we’ll be welcoming some absolute legends of the music world with rap, pop, dance and rock all on the bill and for the first time an international comedy star too! There’s some hard work to do over the coming weeks turning this stunning heritage site into one of the UK’s premier venues – but it’s so very worth it to see the reaction of the artists and audiences who completely fall in love with its unique beauty, All our independent stores remain open during the build, so it’s the perfect time for a browse and a peek behind the scenes of what it takes to put on live events of this scale and calibre.”

As reported yesterday, TK Maxx presents Live at The Piece Hall, has already broken records for ticket sales with more than 170,000 tickets sold across the series. Outside of events in London and the south coast, only Glastonbury and Liverpool’s Anfield stadium will welcome more gig goers to outdoor shows in England between June and August – confirming The Piece Hall as one of the nation’s leading live music venues.

Blondie play another show at the Piece Hall tomorrow Sunday 8th and I whole heartedly recommend trying to bag a ticket if you can even if you don’t consider yourself a diehard fan you are guaranteed to know the songs and have the time of your life last night really did cement their star status.

I cannot wait to bring you more over the summer and keep you all in the loop with reviews after the shows over the next couple of months online and in print exclusively for Local Mags,  I will be back next Sunday with my review for Nile Rodgers and Chic I cannot wait

By Shannon Palmer

@thelittlelifeofshazzap

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