AN EVENING IN SUPPORT OF WHITE RIBBON – Line up change

Due to personal circumstances the White Ribbons are unable to play tonight. We are delighted to announce that, at short notice, Henry Parker has joined the bill. Henry is a stunning guitar player and skilled songwriter and was a big success on his last appearance at the venue. Also on the bill is Serious Sam Barrett – one of the most highly rated songwriters around. All in all a great evening of entertainment featuring the very best of local talent.

PETE WILLIAMS – Saturday 30 June 2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances Pete Williams will now be bringing his critically acclaimed 2 man show to the mill this Saturday rather than the full band.  The show, described by The Guardian as “warm, welcoming and contemplative”, is ideally suited to the intimacy of the venue and it will be a great evenings entertainment. Support comes from Bradford’s own The Last Minute. Ticket prices are now £12 on the door to with advance tickets at £10.

If you have already booked an advance ticket, don’t worry, we will refund the difference on the night.

KIKI DEE – EXTRA SHOW ADDED!

We are delighted to announce that following high demand Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri – An Acoustic Journey will be appearing at the mill on Sunday 11 November in addition to the Saturday show the previous day.

Tickets are now on sale and are available from our on line ticket partners Skiddle.

FOXES FAUX GIG POSTPONED

Regrettably we have had to cancel the appearance of Foxes Faux on Saturday 24 March 2018. This is to enable us to carry out essential maintenance and refurbishment to the stage and performance area. We are hoping to announce a revised date for the show in the near future.

KIKI DEE – HOME TOWN SHOW

We are delighted to announce that Kiki Dee will be playing her first Bradford show for a number of years when she appears at the Mill on Saturday 10 November 2018.

For almost two decades, Kiki has been working with her musical partner Carmelo Luggeri and have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience.

Tickets are on sale at an advance price of £21.00.

Here’s Kiki at Live Aid

DRAMA COMES TO THE MILL!

Saturday 10 March 2018 sees the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue’s first foray into the world of theatre when we present Spotty Sock’s production of John Godber’s Teechers.

Spotty Socks is Codswallops’ (a charity that nurtures local talent and inspires the next generation of creative thinkers) very own Theatre Company which works hard to prepare budding actors for a professional life in the Theatrical industry. Spotty Socks produce full scale productions of relevant plays in a contemporary manner, engaging wider audiences to the world of theatre.

Teechers features three school leavers, Salty, Hobby and Gail Saunders and their account of their time in secondary school. The play, as is all of Godber’s work, is entertaining, moving and thought-provoking.

The play is not suitable for the under 14s.

This is a pay what you can event and tickets can be reserved at Codswallop’s Box Office.

CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE & CULTURE OF LIVE MUSIC

Independent Venue Week is a 7 day celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. The Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue is proud to part of this great event that brings together venues up and down the country in a celebration of all that is good about the live music scene.

We have two great gigs lined up. Friday 02 February sees the return of Ego States with support from Low Lanes. Ego States will be travelling up the road from Brighouse with their incisive melodies, sharp lyrics and unerring rhythmic sensibility. In lead singer and guitarist George Jenkins, they have a songwriter of rare talent. Think Arctic Monkeys meet The Beatles via a bit of Bowie.

 

As if that was not enough, Saturday 03 February sees the return of Roger Davies and his band with support from Magdalen Bath. Roger is no stranger to the Mill and we are delighted to welcome him back. Expect songs from his new album along with old favourites.

 

COMING SOON TO THE MILL IN 2018

We have some really exciting music coming up at the Mill in the next few months.

On Saturday 27th January we welcome the wonderful My Darling Clementine as part of their European tour. Husband and wife duo, Michael Weston King & Lou Dalgleish, will be playing songs from their latest album – Still Testifying – one of 6 Music’s best albums of 2017.  Saturday 24 March sees Foxes Faux make their debut at the mill.  Virgin Music (no less) describe them as; “Magical and wonderful – melodic covers & fast paced atmospheric vibes”, and who are we to argue.

On Saturday 21 April, the Rob Dylan Band make a welcome return. The UK’s finest Dylan tribute band made a massive impression when they played last year and we are delighted to welcome them back.  Then, on Saturday 19 May, Roger Davies and his Band, make their second appearance of the year to celebrate the launch of their new album. Roger is an old favourite at the mill and this promises to be a special evening.

Later in the year we have Laurel Canyon Union on the 09 June, Miles Gilderdale on 07 July, Dave Nachmanoff (all the way from California USA!) on 13 October and Winter Wilson on 24 November.

More exciting acts are currently being added – watch this space!

The Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue – bringing original music to the heart of Queensbury.

Social Fabric

We are currently designing a project called Social Fabric.

This is based on creating a ‘crafting cafe’ scenario to draw people into contemporary textile and yarn crafting activities, whilst sharing the stories of people who have contributed to Bradford’s textile heritage over the years. The craft activities and the cafe further the QCHAP objective of taking our textile heritage forward in a way that promotes understanding of a shared dynamic culture.

We’re at an early stage of building the project structure, so that we can write funding applications for machinery, materials and some paid staffing for the Venue. We will aim to generate enough income to cover rent and overheads in the production of textile and yarn items for sale. Watch out for pilot activities with the longer-term aim of creating a self-sustaining social business with inter-generational benefits.

Contact Norah 07882657072 if you’d like to know more!

Moving Mayhem!

We’ve been very busy over the last six months.

Moving out from our temporary space up on the second floor of Victoria Mill was quite a wrench. Lots of volunteers helped with this and we left it looking splendidly empty for its next tenant.

We are all volunteers at the Venue and we’ve had fantastic support from many local individuals and businesses. Scroll back through our Facebook page to find mention of heroes and heroines, donations small and big, and workers – also small and big – who have all contributed to creating the new Venue.

We’ve had help with joinery, electrical work, plumbing, security, rubbish clearance, painting, decorating, baking, sewing, mounting, fixing, fettling – you name it!

We’ve had the special help of members of the Black Dyke Band at a benefit concert that raised the money for our fire door, donations of fixtures and furniture and brilliant support from local contractors who have kept costs of materials and labour to an absolute minimum.

We’re all volunteers and we welcome anyone who would like to join in the fun. We’re dead serious about having fun – especially when we’re getting mucky or covered in paint! If you’re interested in textile arts and crafts, music or any aspect of Queensbury’s transport history, come along with your ideas and join us.

The Venue is still developing and we’re open to ideas about making it a happening place. Volunteers to help out at events are very welcome – we feed you!