Friday, 26 October 2012

Holmfirth Picturedrome - "The North of England's finest intimate music venue?"

The small town of Holmfirth in West Yorkshire which lies in the Holme Valley in the Pennine hills, is probably best known for being the location for the BBC situation comedy, 'Last of the Summer Wine'. But this small town is rapidy becoming known for another feature, which is its much acclaimed music venue, the Holmfirth Picturedrome.

Earlier this year, both Fairport Convention and The Zombies played at Picturedrome and next month, the legendary rock band 'Wishbone Ash' are also doing a gig there with a supporting band.

Musicians who have previously performed here include: Alabama 3, Joan Armatrading, Fun Lovin Criminals, Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa (featured in video). Next March (2013) the venue will be playing host to Robin Trower, and the following month, the blues legend Johnny Winter.

The picturedrome was originally known as the Home Valley Theatre and was opened in 1913. It still continues to function as a cinema and is equipped with two bars. The total capacity is 690 but this is standing only. There are around 100 unfixed seats which are apparently, available on request. Ticket prices for most gigs are around £20 and can be booked online on the official website. There is unfortunately, no train station in Holmfirth and access to the town, is mainly by car and public transport. However, car parking is easily available.

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