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There is a lot of speculation as to what Boris will say later.

If on the outside chance it is good news we will all be celebrating on the 26th June!

If as predicted there is a delay to stage 4 being lifted we will need time read all the guidance and consult with our local authorities before any decision about Little Glastonboro is made. We will endeavour to do this as quickly as possible and will contact ticket holders via email.

During this time we will do our best to respond to messages but replies may be delayed.

Above all else fear not as your tickets are safe. We have got a reserve date of the 31st July 2021 and the 25th June 2022 ready for next year.

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Last Saturday saw the return of live music to the revived Champness Hall in Rochdale. A socially distanced audience were treated to live music from not one but two live acts.

The Shenanigans duo featuring Chris Addington and Cliff Woodworth started the night. They were on top form engaging the audience in a range of popular song covers with their own twist. Chris had the audience in awe with his incredible vocals particularly during the song 'Shallow' by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

We then all found out why the Bruno Mars tribute band are the UK's number one tribute band to Bruno Mars. Taking to the stage in their Jersey Boy's style gold jackets with a fully choreographed show, they got the hall dancing in their seats! It's not until you listen to a whole 90 minute show that you appreciate how many massive hits Bruno Mars has had. There was something for everyone with the age of the audience ranging from 12 to 80!

It's fair to say that the arts industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, but it was great to see the people out in force to show their appreciation on the first weekend of the national restrictions easing.

As organisers, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the incredible support we received from the trustees at the Champness Hall who helped to bring our shared vision of a rejuvenated hall to fruition. It could also not have happened without our bar sponsors from the Flying Horse Hotel. It is not uncommon at large events like this to see bars serving cans and bottles only, however we were treated to a full bar including hand pulled ale, ABK Pilsner, and cocktails. We are also incredibly grateful for the support and guidance we received from Rochdale Council to help us deliver a Covid safe event.

Check out our what's on guide to find out about more events in Rochdale and if you have an event you would like to list for free please get in touch.

We are now looking forward to returning to the Champness Hall on the 17th and 18th September for Oktberfest Rochdale when we transform the hall into a German Bierkeller with the extraordinary Jager Maestros Oompah Band. Before that though we have our two music festivals to brighten up your summer, Little Glastonboro (26th June) and Milnrow Calling (29th August). We hope to see you there!

Photos curtesy of Michael Cliffe Photography.

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As our way of saying thank you for all your hard work during the pandemic. We are giving away 6 pairs of free tickets to our 'Night With Bruno mars' on Saturday 22nd May. We have the UK's top tribute band and support from 'The Shenanigans' lined up for a full night's entertainment. The bar is being provided by the Flying Horse.

The venue for the night is Rochdale's hidden gem the 'Champness Hall' in the town centre on drake Street. The hall is coming back to life for live events and will provide the perfect setting for what will be a great celebration of lockdown restrictions easing.

People can sit in groups with friends following the current stage 2 rules that apply outside. You can sit at tables in groups of 6 or 2 households with table drinks service provided all night.

If you work in the NHS, Social Care, Emergency Services or Schools register for the chance to win free tickets to our Night With Bruno Mars at the amazing Champness Hall on the 22nd May.

All you have to do is enter using your work email address. If we have more than 6 people apply we will raffle off the tickets. The deadline to submit your tickets is Sunday 16th May with winners contacted on Monday.

Register your interest by following the link below.

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