A Week to Remember

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Astronomical Adelphi thanks to Paul, Jacqui and Richard for providing such a magical finale to the 30th anniversary week on Sunday night. Thanks to Jonny, Pete and Chris, to Mike Greaves and Swift Nick… “Just another Stitch in the tapestry of life” eh Mr Taylor!

Special thanks to Hugh Whitaker and Stan Cullimore for bringing a lump to everyone’s throat and a tear to the eye as The Housemartins joined the band to finish the night with Me And The Farmer and Caravan Of Love.

A magnificent night was had by all. One fan said “It was privilege to be there”.

“Adelphi is like the mother ship of small intimate venues” said Stan Cullimore, “If the city had a crown jewels of culture, the Adelphi would be the shiniest diamond”.

“Rough and ready as they are but without venues like the Adelphi bands won’t even have a vague chance at learning the ropes of how to perform and hone their craft, so many many bands who have gone on to great success owe a huge debt to these venues who struggle week to week to just survive, not to mention the vast cultural void that will be left if they close. Can you imagine any band going straight from the first hopeful but somewhat inept steps from bedroom, school or back room rehearsals straight to headlining a festival? Don’t confuse the X-factor with music, it’s just vapid entertainment. Places like the Adelphi are where real Rock n Roll begins… and long may it remain” Richard Hawley.

The week included a return to the Adelphi stage for many performers who had previously racked up over 100 appearances on Musicians Night. Tuesday brought a unique Indie/Reggae evening in the company of Easy Skankin guests The Ship-Tones. The wonderful This is the Kit headlined the Wednesday birthday party with support from local girl gone south, Sarah Johns. Thursday drew a crowd to watch Mogwai’s Stuart Brathwaite and RM Hubbert with local guest Tom Skelly opening the evening. The sell-out weekend has been well reported with memorable Adelphi performances by Kaiser Chiefs, Fonda 500 and Paul Heaton & Jaqui Abbott with The Housemartins guests. Local artists performed on every night of the anniversary week. Thanks to Streaming Lights, Life, Mike Greaves, Swift Nick, Tom Skelly and the Black Delta Movement.