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.
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 playingsongs 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.
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 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!