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.
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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.