The Bradford Review | Issue 39 | Dec/Jan 2019

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Christmas Events Sparkling Bradford ��������������������������������������������������������� 10 Christmas Events ������������������������������������������������������������� 12

Shows & Exhibitions Never Alone ������������������������������������������������������������������� 15 A Flawed Peace �������������������������������������������������������������� 16


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Arts What Ship is this? ����������������������������������������������������������� 32

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News and Updates

More than 150 people have signed up to the Recycling Champions scheme launched by Bradford Council in November.

Tributes paid to Councillor Ian Greenwood OBE

The aim is to create an army of volunteers who are willing and trained to encourage their neighbours, friends and family to reduce, re-use and recycle their waste.

Hundreds of Bradfordians have paid tribute to Councillor Ian Greenwood who died aged 68 on 12 November. In a career in local politics spanning four decades Councillor Greenwood was twice leader of the Council. He represented Little Horton ward from 1995 to 2012 and returned to the Council this year to represent Bolton and Undercliffe ward. He had previously served as a County Councillor on West Yorkshire County Council.

Anyone over 18 who is interested in recycling and helping the environment can sign up to the scheme as long as they are enthusiastic and willing to speak to other people.

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Councillor Greenwood served as the Chair and latterly Vice Chair of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund and forged a national profile in the pensions industry as Chair of the Local Authorities Pensions Fund Forum (LAPFF), representing funds with a combined value of £230 billion.

They are also being asked to pass on their recycling knowledge to any groups they belong to such as faith organisations, In 2013 he was awarded the OBE for services to local government. voluntary groups or parish councils. Leader of Bradford Council, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, said, “This is an enormous loss to Bradford District. For a generation Ian The volunteers will also be able to feed information was possibly the most recognisable and certainly one of the most back to the Council to influential figures in Bradford politics. He was immensely proud to be able to serve the people of his home city which he loved dearly help officers look at new ways to improve the and he wore his passion for the place and its people like a badge service. of honour. “Ian was a pragmatic, big tent politician motivated by an overwhelming desire to bring people together to do the right thing for Bradford. His leadership transcended cultural, community and political party boundaries and his legacy and impact will be long lasting.”

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Christmas Events

Sparkling Bradford Key partners from the Bradford District have announced that they’re working together to offer an all-inclusive Christmas initiative, called Sparkling Bradford. The Sparkling Bradford initiative has been developed by The Broadway Bradford, Visit Bradford, Bradford Council, Made in Bradford and the University of Bradford. Sparkling Bradford will encompass all of the season’s events and experiences, highlighting the district as a Christmas destination for people of the North this festive period. Sparkling Bradford events have been wrapped up in a Christmas brochure, to be delivered across the district in the coming weeks and features events from each corner of the district, including Alpaca Treks in Oxenhope, the Haworth Christmas Market and Saltaire’s Living Advent Calendar. There will also be an opportunity to win £1000 worth of holiday vouchers, with a bauble hunt that takes visitors around the city centre in search of 12 Christmas baubles.


Speaking of the initiative, Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said, “Sparkling Bradford is exactly what the district needs, it brings together all of the events that people love into one big Bradford Christmas. The campaign started on 10th November with Broadway’s Festive Launch and and will be followed by annual highlights such as Illuminate Bradford, Ilkley Christmas Teepees, Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Christmas Specials, the pantomime at the Alhambra as well as events at Bradford Council-run theatres, museums and in our parks and so much more. It’s all in the brochure and online in one digestible package, making it easy for people to see what’s on offer.” Coun Ferriby added, “At key points throughout the next two months you’ll also be able to use our special Sparkling Bradford Snapchat filter, which will add a little glitter to your festive selfie!”

Christmas at the Castle

Baildon Festive Farmer’s Market

Cliffe Castle, Keighley Sunday 9 December 11am – 4pm

Ian Clough Car Park, Baildon 24 November 9am – 1pm & 22 December 9am – 1pm This monthly farmer’s market will have 25 stalls of fresh local produce grown, reared or baked by the stallholders themselves. The November and December markets will host special visits from Father Christmas who will be giving out gifts; free food and drink samples will also be available.

Ilkley Christmas Teepees

Christmas Events

The Cliffe Castle Museum and Park is holding a day of festive fun with winter wonderland filled with Christmas decorations and entertainment. Children can visit Father Christmas in the Grand Drawing Room and receive a special present each.

Riverside Gardens, Ilkley 7 – 22 December. Open Wednesday to Sunday Alongside family fun, food and drink, the Ilkley Teepees will be home to Santa’s grotto for select days throughout December. Head down to the Riverside Gardens for festive food and mulled wine.

Santa’s Grotto Kirkgate Shopping Centre Throughout November and December Meet Santa Claus in his free grotto at the Kirkgate Shopping Centre throughout November and December. Post letters to Santa and Christmas wishlists in the post box outside the Grotto.

Santa Specials Shipley Glen Tramway Weekends from 8 December Ride through a decorated winter wonderland at the Shipley Glen Tramway to get in the festive spirit this Christmas. Meet Santa Claus and receive a gift ever weekend in December leading up to Christmas.

Breakfast with Santa The Broadway Bradford Weekends throughout December Join Father Christmas for breakfast at The Broadway Bradford to create magical memories, listen to stories from the main man and children will receive an early Christmas present.

Bingley Christmas Fayre and Light Switch-on Market Square, Bingley 24 November, 10am – 5.30pm (lights at 4.30pm) Santa Claus will be in his grotto from 10am to 4.30pm offering small presents for all children. The Market Square will also be home to quality street food, festive stalls and entertainment including children’s fairground rides, free donkey rides, tombolas and an indoor Christmas craft fayre.


Christmas Events

Christmas Events Hot Aire! and Fresh Aire! Christmas Concert 1 December, 7.30pm Baildon Methodist Church, 20 The Grove, Baildon The Hot Aire! and Fresh Aire! Christmas Concert with Christmas music and music from the shows and film. £7, concessions £5.

Seasonal Stage & Fair @ The Square 1 December, 11am - 7pm South Square Centre, Thornton Road A celebration of the season including live music, poetry and performance, art work and craft stalls, book signings and readings, carol singing, workshops and activities, street food, cocktails, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and more ........ Free entry.

Clayton Dickensian Market 1 December, 11am - 4pm Clayton Have a Dickens of a good time! Sample traditional Christmas delights at Clayton Dickensian Market. Shop to the accompaniment of live music and a jolly street organ, enjoy a wealth of festive fayre, including roast chestnuts, traditional sweets and hot, spiced drinks. A vast array of Christmas present ideas on offer, as well as greenery to deck the halls. Clayton Dickensian Market is a well established community market event set in the heart of Clayton in Bradford. 2018 will see the market celebrating its 14th anniversary.

Haworth Christmas Market 1 & 2 December, 10am Haworth Central Park Wrap up warm and get into the spirit of the season when you step into Haworth Central Park, the location for the 2018 Christmas Market. You will find 20 unique stalls including jewellery, handmade gifts and local produce, a festive Bar with a special artisan gin and food zone, a winter bandstand, plus live music & popup theatrics on Main Street in the village.


Illuminate Bradford 30 November - 2 December, Bradford City Centre Illuminate Bradford returns on 1-2 December with world-leading 3D projection specialists, the Colour Project beaming a colourful light show onto the facade of Bradford’s historic City Hall. The Imaginarium will take audiences on a magical journey under the sea, into space and through a mysterious fantasy land. The gigantic animated light show will end with a spectacular finale of light and sound. Interactive sound and light artists Illumaphonium will also return with Halo, a magical multisensory sculpture featuring cutting-edge lighting and sensor technologies. The sculptures engage sight, sound and touch using rhythm and harmony. Elsewhere DJ Ukebox presents a ‘wildly absurd’ celebration of pop that will will have audiences dancing and laughing in equal measure. The Colour Project will also stage eyeSay, a projection piece where collective words and phrases describing Bradford will be shone onto the side of Impressions Gallery. LightBikes, mobile cinemas on tricycles, will illuminate Bradford’s streets, buildings and pavements with colourful and interactive animations. The festival will also include funfair rides, a craft market and food stalls.

Christmas Events

Christmas Tree Festival at Thornton St James Church

Christmas with the Great Yorkshire Chorus

1 - 8 December, St James Church, Thornton

16 December, 4-6pm Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Why not start off the season of goodwill with a visit to the Charity Christmas Tree Festival at St James Church, Thornton. Come and see a wonderful display of over 50 trees decorated by local groups! Whilst you relax in the surroundings and admire the beautifully decorated church, the younger ones may like to visit our spectacular Santa’s Grotto.

Get into the festive spirit with the Great Yorkshire Chorus. This relaxed and family friendly concert promises to get you in the mood with seasonal songs and carols from our amazing choir. With special guest performance from Eleonora Gravagna Mackenzie. Tickets available via choir members in advance or on the door. Adults £7, under 16s £4.

Bradford Cathedral Advent Procession

Curry and Carols

2 December, 4pm Bradford Cathedral Spectacular music for Advent from Bradford Cathedral Choir, as we celebrate the beginning of the Christian year. Free entry.

23 December, 7.30pm The Peacock Bar The return of the much anticipated Curry and Carols at The Peacock Bar. A night of festive singing featuring all your favourite Carols and Christmas hits. Free entry, free curry and we finish the night singing around the Christmas Tree in Oastler Square!

Epilepsy Action Reindeer Stampede 2 December, 9.40am Lister Park

Bradford Cathedral Choir Carol Concert

Dress up and run as Rudolph, Dasher or Prancer in Epilepsy Action’s very own 5km festive family fun run. Taking place in Lister Park, Bradford, the route is fully marshalled and stays entirely within the grounds of the park. With a 400m mini-stampede for children under eight years of age, the event is great fun for the whole family.

24 December, 1pm Bradford Cathedral Choir Presents a concert of Christmas Carols and readings. Arrive early to grab your seat. Free entry with retiring collection.

Nine Lessons and Carols 16 December, 4pm Bradford Cathedral A traditional Carol Service with Bradford Cathedral Choir, telling the story of Jesus’s birth through readings, choir pieces and your favourite Christmas Carols. Free entry.


Shows & Exhibitions

Never Alone Until 3 February, National Science & Media Museum The National Science and Media Museum’s new exhibition Never Alone: What Happens When Everything is Connected? explores trends and issues around internet-connected devices, which now outnumber the amount of people living on earth. Never Alone examines the proliferation of smart objects over the last decade. From the humble webcam to children’s toys (such as the doll banned in Germany due to potential misuse as a surveillance device) there’s a growing list of connected items found in the home: audio speakers, wearable technology, thermostats, kitchen appliances, light bulbs, and more. It’s estimated that more than eight billion devices can now be found in households and part of daily life across the globe. Opening just one month after the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published its first code of practice for connected device manufacturers and technology developers, the exhibition looks at the impact these objects have had on entertainment, communication, lifestyle, security and health, and consequences that in some cases have only recently been considered. For consumers these objects are seen as a positive development, helping to make improvements in efficiency, convenience and enjoyment in various aspects of life. There are also concerns this rapidly-expanding industry is operating in largely unregulated and unchartered territory, with access to personal data that few

people fully understand. The exhibition looks at five subject areas – objects that relate to tracking, biometrics, surveillance and smart homes. The final section is titled ‘bias’, which explores the ways devices can reflect the human values of their programmers and developers. Dr Sarah Rawlins, exhibition developer at the National Science and Media Museum, said, “Never Alone looks at the incredible progress of connected devices and the information that drives them. We make the historical comparisons, for example, with equipment that physically measured people’s faces using the Bertillon system developed in the 19th century, and Sky News’ facial recognition software which helped app-users identify celebrities while watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. “Connected devices are becoming more and more prevalent, and while there are undoubted benefits, there are concerns that guidelines and regulation are playing catch-up.” Other objects on display include connected children’s toys, such as the My Friend Cayla doll, which appeared in many ‘toy of the year’ lists on release in 2015/16 but was subsequently banned in Germany for falling foul of communications laws against concealed surveillance devices. These feature alongside 19th century wearable cameras and modern security and CCTV equipment.


Shows & Exhibitions

A Flawed Peace Until 28 June 2019, The Peace Museum, Bradford

The latest exhibition at the Peace Museum explores the post-war peace after the First World War. The exhibition focuses on both heritage of the war and heritage of the peace and features a 1919 copy of the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty signed after the war. The 1919 copy of the Treaty of Versailles belonged to Bradford politician Meredith Farrah Titterington and has remained in Bradford throughout its near one-hundred-year history. A Flawed Peace? examines the question of whether the post-war peace after the First World War was flawed and will explore the kind of peace that was agreed. It will look at perspectives from different nations, peace groups, and individuals. The Peace Museum are working with New Focus, a group of young people from Impressions Gallery, as a continuation of their successful Young Roots funded No Man’s Land project. Research by New Focus into The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, who opposed the Treaty of Versailles, will inform part of the exhibition.


As part of the project The Peace Museum are also offering free school workshops offered to local primary and secondary schools

which will engage over 450 pupils with the exhibition. More details of education sessions will be available on the Peace Museum website. A Flawed Peace? is supported by a National Lottery grant awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme and made possible by National Lottery players. During the week beginning Monday 3 December any visitors who bring their lottery tickets to the exhibition will receive a Peace Museum badge as part of Heritage Lottery Fund’s #ThanksToYou campaign. Shannen Lang, Learning and Engagement Officer at The Peace Museum, said, “The heritage of the post-war peace is so important and must be remembered; the war may have ended on 11 November but the peace process took much longer, and the world took even longer to recover. We are excited to use our First World War collection and welcome the local community to get involved with the exhibition.” The Peace Museum Gallery is open Wednesday to Fridays 10am to 4pm. Entrance to the museum is free, donations are welcome.

Shows & Exhibitions

City Hall Ghost Tour

Tenx9 Storytelling

5 December, City Hall

7 December & 4 January Speakers Corner, Ivegate, Bradford

A traditional Christmas ghost story with a twist is on offer this December as Bradford Civic Society team up with the Bradford Police Museum to offer special night-time tours within historic City Hall. Bradford Police Museum – located in City Hall – will open its doors for budding ghost-hunters who are interested in hearing about the building’s hair-raising history and most infamous inhabitants, including the legendary ghost of “Chains Charlie”. The evening begins with a talk inside the original 1873 courtroom, before guests are led by lantern-light around the Victorian cells to have an eerie encounter of their own... The special evening tours of the Bradford Police Museum began on Halloween in 2017 but were soon extended into December by popular demand. Book online at

‘Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…’ In so many places and contexts nowadays we hear about the importance of stories and storytelling, from fireside tales to blockbuster movies. Here in Bradford a unique monthly community event taps into this natural love of stories that lots of us share. Ten x 9, originating in Belfast but now in Bradford and 14 cities in total, is a story-telling space where nine people have up to 10 minutes to tell a real story from their life. The theme varies from month to month; recent ones have included fire, fall, courage, and hot. Each evening includes a little time to meet and chat, with simple refreshments available. The group meets from 7pm on the first Friday of every month with stories starting at 7.30pm and lasting until 9.30pm latest. Contact for more information or to book a slot.

Sporting Lunchtime Lectures How Football Began, A Global History 15 December, 12-12.45pm, The Record Cafe


Lunch, a pint and a talk on sporting history? From October The Record Cafe on North Parade will be hosting a series of monthly pre-match talks that will focus on sporting history, often with a heavy Bradfordian bias. From noon on selected match days you can enjoy lunch and a pint while listening to speakers who will attempt to bring to life elements from our rich sporting history.

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Bradford’s growing community cinema network By David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film

The Bradford district is fortunate to have a wide range of cinema provision, from the mighty Imax screen at the National Science and Media Museum, to the multiplex cinemas Cineworld and Odeon, Bradford’s newest boutique cinema The Light, plus independent cinema provision at the Ilkley Cinema and the Picturehouse in Keighley. Alongside these traditional ways of watching films there’s also a growing network of community cinemas operating across the Bradford District bringing a diverse range of content to a diverse range of audiences. Bingley Community Cinema is the newest member of the community cinema network and started operating at the end of October 2018 at the Bingley Arts Centre. Hosted by Bingley Little Theatre and with support from Bradford UNESCO City of Film and Bingley Town Council the project will bring a wide range of films for people in the area to enjoy and is part of a growing network of community cinemas across the Bradford District. The film titles to be shown at Bingley include The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, starring Sir Tom Courtenay, the Bradford classic Room at the Top which was written by Bingley librarian John Braine, The Greatest Showman, What We Did On Our Holiday, and Quartet. Other community cinemas already operating across the Bradford District which have benefitted from advice and support from the Bradford City of Film team include Clayton Community Cinema, Greenmoor Community


Cinema in Lidget Green, Keighley Film Club, which organises regular screenings at the Picturehouse cinema in Keighley, Highfield Food Cooperative in Keighley and Thornton Community Cinema which has just started its first season of the screenings at the Thornton Community Centre. The team at Bradford City of Film is keen to support the ongoing development of a community cinema network across Bradford, giving individuals and communities greater access to cultural goods and services. This is not intended to take custom away from traditional cinemas but to give people greater choice and to try to grow film culture and film audiences. The intention is to try to ensure that the community cinema network is then even more aware of the wide film offer at other venues across the area and to get them to participate in film festivals and film related events. Support offered from the City of Film team ranges from advice on setting up a community cinema, loan of equipment to get up and running, advice and film licenses and help with marketing and promotion. There’s something special about coming together to watch a film, sharing the funny moments with laughter and perhaps some of the sad moments with a collective sigh. community cinema is a great way to get to know other people in the locality and can help to combat loneliness, give a greater sense of community spirit and perhaps help to build greater trust between communities. For more information visit


The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long 16 December, Picturehouse, National Science & Media Museum This special print features all the lyrics to the stunning soundtrack written by Academy Award and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Come in all your finery and sing along with your family and friends! Broadway veteran Hugh Jackman returns to his song-and-dance roots in a dazzling feelgood musical about taking risks and chasing your dreams. Inspired by the life of showbusiness pioneer P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman charts one man’s rise from nothing to create a circus spectacle that would become a worldwide sensation.

ROH: The Nutcracker

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3 December, 7.15pm, The Light Cinema

20 December, Ilkley Cinema

Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land Of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz Of The Flowers.

The Nightmare Before Christmas 19 December, 8.30pm Picturehouse, National Science & Media Museum Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!

Ilkley Cinema presents this Christmas Season the greatest action film of all time directed by John McTiernan (The Last Action Hero, Predator). Witness the 40 storeys of sheer adventure in this bullet+packed season classic.

Bolshio Ballet live: The Nutcracker 23 December, Picturehouse, National Science & Media Museum On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.



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ARTS & EVENTS Events from £12.95 - Infinity members £9.95 Breathtaking events screened direct to your local Light Cinema. From opera, ballet, theatre, classical concerts and art, to rock and pop, we offer fabulous value from the best seat in the house. Our winter line up includes The King and I from the London Palladium, The Nutcracker Ballet from the Royal Opera House, Antony & Cleopatra from The National Theatre, A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow, and festive classic It’s a Wonderful Life. January continues to impress with a performance of The Queen of Spades, live from the Royal Opera House and Andre Rieu’s unmissable New Year’s concert from Sydney.

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Watching Water by Rob Walsh & It’s A Mean Old Scene by Ann Driver Until 22 December, Trapezium, 46 Kirkgate, Bradford

Bradford’s newest gallery, Trapezium, launch their third exhibition in December with a shared show of striking water photos from Rob Walsh and timely work on consumerism from Ann Driver. Rob’s enigmatic photos capture water from unusual angles, highlighting how important it is. “Water’s crucial to us - it hosted our single-cell ancestors and now we’re over 50% water,” Rob points out, “We take it for granted but it’s part of us, we’re helpless without it. Every photo of water is different, it’s constantly changing.” Ann focuses on the mess of consumerism, “We can see litter and discarded plastic everywhere in all our towns. Plastic use increases year on year and we’ve only just woken up to the fact we’re drowning in it. My aim is to take the viewer on a journey and point out the discarded remnants of our society.” Trapezium is accessible to everyone, providing artists with a supportive, affordable space. They’re looking for people who want to exhibit or volunteer with them.


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What Ship is This? Exploring Bradford Interchange through the art and poetry displayed or created there. By Robert Butroyd

Rav Sanghera wrote a play about it, Gerard Benson wrote two poems about it, and I’m standing with my back to the Victoria Hotel next to Fran and we’re staring at it. At first glance it appears to be apologising for even being there, tucked away below the road. Apologising for replacing the double arched roof and fluted columns of Bradford Exchange with a functional angular box. But maybe Bradford Interchange is not the blight on the spirit that it thinks it is. Rav Sanghera thinks it’s a place full of stories, worthy of a play. Someone at ‘Metro’, the ‘combined authority’, or whoever runs it now, thinks it has potential as an art gallery. Gerard Benson certainly thought it a place of poetry. So, we head across the road. Fran spots the fractured white sails above the entrance. But what sort of ship is this? She compares it to stepping into Sydney Harbour with its famous Opera House, and its roof of white sails. Above the queuing taxis, their engines filling the air with diesel fumes and rumbling engines, I see the sails of an Egyptian felucca floating dreamily down the Nile. Rising above the sails a pyramid of glass resembles the bridge of a cruise ship, where the crew, thinking it was a good idea at the time, took a short cut, maybe the Suez Canal and, having badly lost their way, intended to moor up for a short while, but rather liked the place and decided to hang around. Inside, the grumble of diesel is mixed with muffled conversations, instructions, exclamations, and the random bleeps of modern life: Greggs’ oven warning the bacon will burn, reversing buses, pinging mobiles. The departure boards, timetables, shops and commuters rushing for buses, trains and home remind Fran of the Paris Metro. She’s not thinking of the daily commute, but the first steps on a journey to more romantic places. Inside, the


Interchange reminds me of a place designed by airport architects; functional, a people-moving machine, not a place to linger. But linger we must, as buses run late, or we run late, or we go to the wrong platform, or we misread the timetable, or granny is on the next bus, having missed the one we came to meet. Maybe that’s why someone thought to hang paintings along the top of the walls on the upper concourse. Something to distract us, keep us out of mischief, keep us on our toes, keep us asking questions - not wrong ones like, where’s my bus? but right ones like, why are there these paintings of elephants, seals and clowns? Who painted them? Who put them there, and why haven’t I noticed them before? Of course, there are other things we can do while we wait. How about a bit of dancing? Fran thinks it’s an intriguing idea. So did Gerard Benson. It was a moment that three dancing little girls may have forgotten as soon as their bus arrived, but it was a magical moment captured in his poem, Snapshot: Interchange Bus Station. But dance, where? The three girls, up past their bedtime,

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watched over by their chatting mums, were inspired by what appear to be random patterns made by the red and blue tiles on the floor. The design may once have had an intention, though it is hard to see now what that might be. Looking down Fran sees fragments of a star, oblongs, parts of a chessboard and other more peculiar shapes. Dancing to an inner music, the girls choreographed their moves between the lines, jumping together from one tile to another, flailing their arms. Children, expressing themselves in the moment, before they are told they can’t: can’t dance, can’t paint, can’t sing, can’t act, can’t write, told so often that in the end they can’t, and so, in the end we don’t. A moment of inspiration captured by a poem. Fran wonders ‘who sets down standards to tell us we are not good enough to do these things?’

On our way out we stop at the information point and Phil behind the desk is pleased that we ask about the paintings, telling us they are hung there all year, only taken down at Christmas. We are pleased too, pleased because they are unexpected, almost hidden, and that someone has made the effort, the effort to hang them and take them down, and then re-hang them. There can’t be any money in it for those who run the Interchange, whoever they are, or for the bus companies, or the artists. Until Fran pointed them out I had never even noticed the paintings below the roof, but now I see them, I hope the bean counters in accounts don’t. For now, I’ve found the ship I want, a ship of camels and clowns, of dancers and elephants, of star gazers, and joyful time wasters. This cruise ship can stay.


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The Wizard of Oz 21-30 December, Bradford Playhouse

The fun-filled family favourite has been turned into a Pantomime-feast for all as Trio Entertainment present the Bradford Playhouse Christmas pantomime for the first time with the magical tale of The Wizard of Oz, starring Harry Potter actor Chris Rankin, best known for his role as Percy Weasley in the hit movies, and Eastenders actress Melissa Suffield, best known for her role as Lucy Beale. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on their adventure to see the Wizard of Oz and for their dreams to be fulfilled. Chris will be playing Scarecrow in the show, alongside Melissa as Dorothy. The show will also feature 40 local children as Munchkins from Bradford and the West Yorkshire region.

A Christmas Carol Starring Simon Callow 12 December, Picturehouse @ National Science & Media Museum

Based on Charles Dickens’ own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. Following critically acclaimed, sold-out theatre seasons in 2011, 2012 and again in 2016, Callow returns to wow audiences with this tour de force performance, reimagined especially for cinema. A Christmas must see!


The Alhambra Theatre

23 December, Kala Sangam

Hop aboard a magical carpet and fly to Old Peking in this year’s must-see festive show, Aladdin. Starring the undisputed King of Bradford Panto, Billy Pearce, stage, screen and pantomime legend, the one-and-only Christopher Biggins and Blue star Simon Webbe. With over 40,000 tickets already booked, audiences shouldn’t leave it any longer to secure their seats for this year’s must-see production, packed full of audience participation, 3D special effects, music, a wishgranting genie and plenty of panto magic!

Beat boredom these winter holidays with some family-friendly fun and follow theatre company Once Upon A Family (a real-life family of seven) on their hilarious journey to perform the UK’s first ever halal pantomime for the second year running.

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8 December - 20 January

The Great Muslim Pantomime


The pantomime shows that Muslims in Britain are confidently Muslim and comfortably British - because what’s more British than a great pantomime, with top talent like the BBC’s Abdullah Afzal, and The Corner Shop Show’s Michael Truong and Mistah Islah, and Once Upon A Family.

Pick and Mix 15 December, Kala Sangam

Kala Sangam’s season comes to a close with our Pick and Mix – a unique showcase of some of the best theatre, music and dance that’s been produced in this fantastic city over the last twelve months! Alongside artists supported by Kala Sangam, the evening will feature work created by, or with the support of, Dance United Yorkshire, Freedom Studios, Mind The Gap, Theatre in the Mill and many more of the great arts organisations that call Bradford their home. Bringing together some of the cultural highlights of the year in one place, the evening is the perfect opportunity to sample the outstanding work that happens in Bradford each and every year.


Alice Nutter Theatre & Performance

By James Collingwood Alice Nutter was part of the anarchist Leeds-based band Chumbawamba for many years, having worldwide hits with Tubthumping and Amnesia in the late 90s. Now a successful TV, stage, and radio writer she has written for the current 10-part series TRUST about the Getty kidnapping as well as successful stage plays, most recently the Barnbow Canaries about female workers in a Leeds munitions factory during the Great War. I talked to Alice about her writing. Hi Alice. How did you get involved in writing Trust? Basically, I was involved in another job that I did for the politics – sort of writing about undercover cops - but it didn’t pan out. Simon Beaufoy (Keighley-born writer of the Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire and showrunner on Trust) was involved in that and through that we met, and he liked my writing. I wrote a couple of scripts and he offered me a gig on Trust and it just worked out really well. I just ended up writing more than I originally thought. So the next few things I’m doing are with him. I worked for two years on Trust. What is the process in writing Trust? Was it a writers’ room method? I’ve never been in an American writers’ room, but yes, it was a room where you would map things out, go away and write it and then get your notes. It worked out that there were two big stints in a writer’s room, a lot of phone conversations and then me and Simon meeting up to try and work out how to do the whole series … so it wasn’t everybody there the whole time. Was location a problem for you as a writer because you live in Leeds? I never ever have meetings in Leeds with anybody! Someone from ITV is coming to Leeds on Thursday. It’s unheard of! Now Channel 4 are coming up I’m gonna finally end up having meetings in Leeds. I won’t have to go to London or Manchester. Could Trust carry on for another series? Obviously there seems more story to tell there about the Gettys. Can you tell us about other TV things you are working on?


With Trust it depends on whether people want it... FX has said if we really want to do it they’ll do another series…we’ll have to see. The sort of TV I have liked over the last few years has been classic American like the Wire, Sopranos, Deadwood. I like the big ambitious stories. I just never got the chance to do it before. You can slow things down and speed it up over longer series length. Although each story has got a natural length and the thing, we’re doing at the moment will be eight episodes. It’s called Happiness 3.0. It’s about artificial intelligence and also an examination of happiness. It’s a bloody struggle at the moment! The first time I encountered your writing was reading your column for the Northern Star. (Leeds listings magazine, descended from Leeds Other Paper). Were you features editor on that? Yes, I was the features editor for about a year round about 1990. Basically I worked full time on it about 70 hours a week. Then Chumbawamba decided to go full time which meant we weren’t just gigging at weekends. I had to make a decision. I didn’t have a degree or anything, so I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder. With writing you just need to write. Write and learn. I always wanted to be a writer. Jimmy McGovern, with whom you worked on the Street and Accused, must have been a good mentor to have. Was he hard to impress? With my age when I started writing full time I had to look round and find opportunities. You only get one chance with people so when you get a chance you have to really impress them. I just tried my best. Occasionally you have to really pull it out the bag!

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Have you got any stage plays coming up at all? Can you write more than one project at once? I don’t have a lot of time at the moment, but I want to write something for Leeds Playhouse (West Yorkshire Playhouse as was). Theatre is a bit like a gig. I’ve done quite a few things for West Yorkshire Playhouse …Foxes, Where’s Vietnam (for the Red Ladder anniversary) And I did My Generation about left wing culture and living in a commune for 18 years. Then I did Barnbow Canaries. I’ve been writing more than ten years and I try to write a play every three years. Do you get more opportunities now you’re successful? When I first started, I thought how the hell am I going to get a toe into this because it’s so difficult. When I got on the, ‘So you want to be a writer?’ course at West Yorkshire Playhouse ten years ago, I felt like a really big thing had happened. When

you get more established and people start coming to you it’s easier. It was hard work though initially, trying to get someone to believe you can write. Which writers inspire you? Initially it was things like Riff Raff (Ken Loach) and Jim Allen. And of course Boys From The Blackstuff had a big effect on everybody. When I first saw Jim Allen’s work I didn’t really know who he was, but I thought I can write like this because I know this world. And classic British sitcoms like Steptoe as well as the American classic stuff such as Deadwood etc. But I also watch MasterChef …it’s not all highbrow! Where we are now with Brexit I think there’s going to be more state of nation stuff in the future because we are in a state!


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Nick Toczek: Wool City Rocker By James Collingwood

Nick Toczek is a performer, writer and journalist. As a journalist he was editor of Bradford fanzine Wool City Rocker and now writes regularly for Rock n Reel (RnR) magazine. As a performer he was central to the Bradford poetry scene and regularly performs in schools and at festivals - lately performing at the Rebellion punk festival. His book of Dragon poems for children sold over three quarter of a million copies and he’s a regular presenter on BCB Radio. Can I ask you, when did you first start performing? Late 60s, so I’m coming up to 50 years of being a performer. My very first reading was in the Birmingham University Students Guild and after that various pubs in the Birmingham area. Did you have to create your own opportunities at the time? Yeah, I’ve always done that. I’ve been a full-time performer and writer all my life. I was already a performance poet and started working with a group called Stereo Graffiti (Stereo = writing, Graffiti = words) with musicians in the group and two poets. Me and a guy called John Row. In the 70s was there a poetry scene? There were the Liverpool Poets previously of course. When I started out there was a really healthy scene in the late 60s. Someone who helped me loads in Bradford was a guy called Jeff Nuttall. Roger McGough was really encouraging to me too. Also, a guy called Albert Hunt was influential. Jeff Nuttall lived in Wyke and was a lecturer at Bradford College. He did a thing called The People’s Show that kind of influenced me to mix media. Jeff also taught me to never say no to opportunities. When I was in Birmingham I chanced on punk. I used to go to a club called Barbarella’s and in September 76 I was one of about 20 people that saw the Clash there. That was just astonishing!


Then I saw Talking Heads, the Ramones, Blondie the Prefects, the Slits… So, when I came back to Bradford I was into punk. I wanted to put on gigs and after doing Wool City Rocker for 14 issues I got to know a lot of people at venues. After putting on nights at the Funhouse in Keighley I put on events in Bradford and Leeds. I was also working as a performance poet. There were no clubs up North for this except for one in Manchester. Me and Willie Beckett got together to run an alternative cabaret club. A lot of people who performed there are now successful. We paid Steve Coogan five quid! It was new fresh and exciting. How did the Bradford poets know each other? Well I put together a package where Little Brother, Swells, me and Attila the Stockbroker toured Holland. We got big write ups in Dutch magazines and that’s how I got to know Little Brother and Swells. Swells became a lodger at my house. Ginger John {Manchester performance poet} Swells and me toured as the Intolerance Tour. You never knew what Swells in particular would do. I remember him giving himself food poisoning once by pulling out a whole load of sausages and eating them raw during a poem about vegetarianism. We all lived in the same house and used to write every day. Swells could go into his room and come out with a two-page article. Stream of consciousness stuff. No one could really write like him. The first time I saw Willie Beckett was at the Vaults Bar and he came on in a nun’s outfit on roller skates wielding a blood-soaked axe and read

I also love the fact that it gives poetry to audiences that aren’t poetry audiences. That’s not to knock poetry audiences but if you just play poetry audiences it’s very tame and you don’t develop muscle. I think literature has to have muscle. Performance poetry has got to lift itself off the page. If you are a performer you only learn to do that by getting up in places that a lot of poets wouldn’t perform in.

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poems. Little Brother was the sharpest of them. Witty, really sharp, fast-witted. Great. With Ginger John included I think that mix and that balance made us quite daunting to southerners. We did a lot of London gigs. We were also used to doing our stuff between bands. A real baptism of fire. It gets people into poetry if they go to a gig and there’s that.

Tell us about the Pete Doherty thing. I understand Pete Doherty used one of your lines uncredited on the Babyshambles song Baddies Boogie on Shotters Nation? (the line was from Nick’s poem/track Stiff with a Quiff). Well, with Pete Doherty if he’d have rung up and asked permission I would have been delighted. I really liked Babyshambles and the Libertines. He’d heard the lyric because his guitarist was in a band called Skin Deep. And they had a shared album on one of the OI labels with a band from Scarborough called the Burial. They’d backed me on my version of the song (which must have been recorded when Pete Doherty was about three). The line is ‘It’s a lousy life for the washed-up wife of a permanently plastered pissed up bastard.’ That’s what was used in Baddies Boogie. I got a call from a journalist who asked me to listen to it. I listened and said, “Those are my lyrics!” The legal case took about five years. I won about £11,000 and now the song is credited to Pete Doherty, me and the guitarist. Kate Moss originally had a credit, but she pulled out. I don’t gamble so it was a lucky thing. I still get about 20 to 50 quid royalties every month. If he’d have rung me I’d have given permission but now I’m glad he didn’t. It’s a nice claim to fame.




Railroads Who are you and what are you about? We’re Railroads, we’re an indie rock trio from Bradford comprised of Sam Da Silva on guitar/ vocals, Adam Dunne on bass and Tom Senior on drums and vocals. We’re trying to bring good guitar music and British indie rock back to the people, on a smaller scale we just want to give people something to move to and make sure they have a memorable night when they come see us! What’s your favourite song to play live? Sam: My favourite song to play live has to be Pretty Intoxicated. It’s got a playful vibe and it’s punchy, a song you could really jump to. It’s our next single as well, it’s coming out this month! Tom: I love playing Never Tried a Cigarette it’s got punky drums and a fast catchy chorus that sticks in people’s heads! What bands are you into? Adam: Joy Divison, Simple Minds, New Order, Led Zeppelin and Rush. Sam: Anyone who made guitar music in the 2000s and the 1990s to be honest *laughing. For me that’s the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, The Vines, Oasis and Blur! Tom: A couple of my favourites are Oasis, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Arctic Monkeys. What do you like writing about? Sam: So far I’ve written all our material, I’m quite inspired by Brit pop and 2000s British guitar music. Lyrically our songs reflect what being young in Britain is like and how fun or not so great it can be sometimes. I like writing about the experiences of youth as well, and reflecting youth culture in our lyrics too.


How did you get together? Sam: We had a little jam session and played Seven Nation Army together badly, and we just said yeah let’s form a band. We were all really excited about it, even though at the time we sounded pretty terrible, compared to now anyways! What are your favourite songs? Adam: Promised You A Miracle by Simple Minds, it’s a brilliant song. Transmission by Joy Division, it’s a simple bass line but it just sounds really good. My last one has got to be Leave That Thing Alone by Rush, it’s got a groovy bass line and it sounds like rock music, yet it still manages to be funky. Sam: My favourite song is Common People by Pulp, it’s just an absolute anthem, it’s genuinely a masterpiece, Last Nite by the Strokes as well, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys too, that song is fantastic! Tom: I love Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, it’s just an amazing tune. Supersonic by Oasis is a great rock song as well.

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Blackjack Tryanuary Tour - The Record Cafe & Mellowtone Records

Glass Mountain

20 January, 12-6pm, The Record Cafe

Since their uncompromising seven-minute debut release Glacial, Bradford quartet Glass Mountain have built their growing reputation on beautifully crafted, often sorrowful music. Named after a David Hockney artwork, Glass Mountain’s approach is inspired by the spirit of hip-hop where anything can - and should - be included. Drawing on influences as far and wide as The Cure, Sigur Ros, Clouddead, Low and The Beach Boys, their sound is both refreshingly beautiful and simultaneously exhilarating. A hard combination to pull off but Glass Mountain manage it, in spades.

The Record Café is handing control of the music to Liverpool’s Mellowtone Records for the day, including a DJ set and live performance from Edgar Jones. With over a decade of parties, gigs and showcases behind them, Mellowtone has presented songwriters and bands from the worlds of folk, blues, roots and so much more, in a variety of Liverpool’s most iconic and intimate venues. Mellowtone Records progresses this mission further, seeking out music with Soul. Magic. Alchemy. And bringing it to the wider world. Also known as Edgar ‘Summertyme’ Jones, Edgar ‘Jones’ Jones’ musical path began as frontman and founder of Liverpool band The Stairs, championed by the likes of Elvis Costello and signed to Go! Discs, then also the home of future collaborators Paul Weller and The La’s. Jazz, rock’n’roll, soul, funk and doo wop were smeared across debut solo album Soothing Music For Stray Cats, which was released to critical acclaim.


13 December, Salt Beer Factory

Support comes from indie rockers Talkboy and melanchonic pop dreamers Lelo. Visual artist Why Issac? will also be bringing his captivating artwork, animations and projections to the Salt Beer Factory to create a memorable 3D experience for the audience.


Inglorious 8 February, Bingley Arts Centre

Inglorious are five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of hard rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. Their influences stem from the iconic rock and roll shrine of albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born. The same albums that have inspired generations of musicians and performers are noticeably evident when you listen to Inglorious, their eponymous debut album. This is the music they were born to play together – inspired by bands in the classic rock genre as diverse as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, and the Rolling Stones, to name a few. Formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as well as Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians who wanted to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion.

Golden Cabinet Sly & The Family Drone 1 December, The Kirkgate Centre, Shipley

The Golden Cabinet most folks remember is the one where a bunch of nutters enlisted the help of the audience to whip up a transcendent wall of sound from their drum circle while a bearded man stood atop a stack of amplifiers with a microphone in his undies. That was Sly & The Family Drone. They’re coming back, baby!



Music Listings Mojo Rising Psychlona album release party

Coffee Concert: Peter Cain (Guitar)

1 December, 7.30pm The Underground

10.30am coffee and cake 11am concert Bradford Cathedral

Welcome Home Sexy 1 December, 8pm The Brick Box Rooms Welcome Home, Sexy (formerly the Little Gay Disco) is our queer-friendly clubnight in the little bar. Come down for DJs, performers, and glitter aplenty.

Henry Parker & Katie Spencer 2 December, 4pm The Sparrow Bier Cafe Double header with Henry Parker & Katie Spencer, at The Sparrow Bier Cafe, Bradford.

Hayley Gaftarnick 2 December, 4pm Idle Beerhouse An independent singer/ songwriter from Leeds with a powerful husky voice, teller of honest and frank stories of a road well travelled. Whilst being inspired by some of the great names of soul such as Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway and Aretha Franklin.


Sumptuous music for solo guitar playing in the beautiful acoustics of Bradford Cathedral.

Tony Wright (Terrorvision) 6 December, 7.30pm Salt Beer Factory Local hero Tony Wright comes to Salt Beer Factory! The frontman of British rock band Terrorvision. When he’s not touring with the Bradford 90s hit makers he writes, records and tours under his own name with a setlist of songs he’s written on his acoustic guitar - some upbeat, some melancholic, but all thoughtprovoking.

Topic Folk Club 6 December, 8pm Glyde House, Glydegate Singers & Musicians night. Free entry.

Waiting for Wednesday (Full Band) 7 December Al’s Dime Bar Feisty female duo with sweet and husky voices harmonise distinctively in their stirring songs on living, loving and losing. Influenced by the likes of Joni, Janis and Emmylou, they write stories in the folk tradition and play them with a rock passion and country twang.

The Wedding Present 9 December, The Underground, Bradford The Wedding Present are touring to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first singles collection, Tommy. Fans can expect to hear tracks from the compilation, as well as favourites from across the band’s career. The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game. It all started in 1985 when David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother’s suitcases and, in this fashion, delivered the band’s debut single Go Out and Get Em Boy! to a distribution company in Yorkshire. That pioneering spirit has been at the core of the band’s philosophy ever since.

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Album release party with live performances from Psychlona, Red Spektor and Loomer. DJ sets from Atom Heart Mutha from HRH (Hard Rock Hell) Radio. Free shots, free band stuff.

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Godthrymm w/ Valafar and Hollow Earth 8 December, 7.30pm The Exchange, Keighley


The heaviest of heavy doom featuring current and ex-members of Vallenfyre, My Dying Bride, and Anathema amongst others. An honour to welcome this Halifax metal outfit to Keighley. Supported by Valafar, fresh from a blistering set at Bloodstock and Keighley’s own epic prog doomsters Hollow Earth.

JATPJazz/Glyde House present Archipelago

Keep on Cluckin’ Galores in Concert

Topic Folk Club present Paula Ryan

7 December Glyde House

8 December, 8pm The Fighting Cock, Preston Street, Bradford

13 December, 8pm Glyde House, Glydegate

North East trio playing energetic jazz.

TLR presents...Reg Meuross 7 December, 8pm Caroline Street Social Club Reg first emerged onto the acoustic music scene in the 1980s with The Panic Brothers and has developed a profound style over the years of touring solo as well as with many other acclaimed artists.

Wilful Missing + Evening Meal 8 December, 6.30pm Bread + Roses, North Parade An evening of music and food, as we host the incredibly talented Wilful Missing for a night of unique cross-genre musicianship, taken from their albums Molehills Out Of Mountains and Unsinkable Sailor. Ticket price also includes vibrant, local and seasonal food from the kitchen of Bread + Roses, including chana dhaal, salad and dressings.

Bradford’s most original originals band spreading peace & love in the City.

Groovers in the Heart 8 December, 8pm The Kirkgate Centre, Shipley Decembers edition of Groovers is sparkly to the max! Get your spangles out, shine up and get glittery on the dancefloor! Festive fun and frolics with special Groovers resident DJs. Yeah baby yeah!

Fightmilk / Ghost Guilt / Panic Pocket 8 December, 8pm The 1 in 12 Club, Bradford Promoting the release of their debut LP, Not With That Attitude out in November on Reckless Yes, London four-piece Fightmilk play Bradford with support from Durham four-piece Ghost Guilt - Everything Sucks Music - and Panic Pocket.

York-based singer/songwriter originally from Tipperary brings her lyrical songs and the wit and musical passion of her Irish Gaelic roots.

TLR presents...The Mammals 13 December, 7.30pm Caroline Street Social Club The Mammals are Ruth Ungar, Mike Merenda and a cohort of compelling collaborators who form a touring quintet on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, organ, bass, and drums.

Black Falcon + Flex Bison 14 December, 8.30pm The Underground, Bradford Black Falcon in Bradford once again with the mighty Flex Bison!

Bigfoot + support 14 December, 8.30pm Trash, Bradford Come check out the amazing Wigan-based hard rockers Bigfoot.



Music Listings Nosebleed w/ Mammoth Tank and Crawlspace

Topic Folk Club present...Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer.

Long Shadow Family

14 December, 7.30pm The Exchange, Keighley

20 December 8pm Glyde House, Glydegate

No frills, smouldering, riffy garage punk from Leeds. We’re very excited to welcome Nosebleed to The Exchange along with Mammoth Tank, punk rock trio from Bradford, and Crawlspace, heavy, loud alt rock from Shipley.

Traditional and contemporary material with some unusual instruments in this festive show to round off 2018. £6 (£5 for Topic members).

One of the finest country rock n roll bands in the land with a wide ranging repertoire of classics from the like of the Rolling Stones, Queen, Gram Parsons,the Grateful Dead, Prince, Buddy Holly, the White Stripes, Elton John and many more.

Grindhouse Rock Night

20 December, 7.30pm Salt Beer Factory

15 December, 9pp - 4am Trash Bradford A roller coaster rock n roll ride of a club night with fire, freakshow, bands, pole dancers and DJs playing mighty metal anthems.

Front Room Disco 15 December, 7pm The Kirkgate Centre, Shipleyr Will Oddsox adds a handful of Christmas tunes to his eclectic playlist.

The 309s 15 December, 7pm Als Dime Bar Vintage 40s & 50s American / Western swing, country blues and rock n roll.

TLR presents...Sugaray Rayford Band 18 December, 8pm Caroline Street Social Club When Sugaray Rayford belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he’s a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large, just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass.


FLING Present... Flinglebells 2

FLING return home to Saltaire, Bradford to present their infamous Christmas special show!

Cabaret Saltaire (Squinty’s Christmas Bash) 21 December, 7pm Caroline Street Social Club A night of cabaret featuring Eddie Earthquake & The Tremors, Edwina Hayes, Aston Fairfax, The Art Of Illusion, Billy Button, Mike ‘Snakefingers’ Nicholas, Bertie McGinty and his talking Irish fiddle, Scandalous, Santa’s Secret Flies, hosted by Squinty McGinty.

Oasis vs The Stone Roses 28 December, 7.30pm The Exchange, Keighley Iconic stand-off between two of the best Madchester tributes, Definitely Mightbe and Adored.

28 December, 7.30pm Al’s Dime Bar, Bradford

Blend presents Masquerave 2 31 December, 10pm-5am The Mill, Bradford Blend bring you Masquerave 2, a party to remember at The Mill, Bradford on New Year Eve. Blandy Ian Bland (Dancing Divas, Dream Frequency) will be performing a live set with support from Fusion Brothers, Dave Heaton, Dirtbox DJs, Tim Underwood and Andy Capp.

Random Hand, Foxes Faux & Lord Ryan And The Tops 31 December, 7pm The Exchange, Keighley A triple-header for New Year’s Eve headlined by The Random Hand. You know what to expect - human pyramids, chaotic skanking and one of the best skametal bands ever!

Topic Folk Club 3 January, 8pm Glyde House, Glydegate Singers & musicians night. Free entry.

TLR presents...Martyn Joseph


25 January, 8pm Caroline Street Social Club Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mindblowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night. He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics, and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own

JATP Jazz/Glyde House present Vibe-ology

Topic Folk Club present Yan Tan Tether

Boy George Tribute Dinner

4 January 2019 Glyde House

17 January, 8pm. Glyde House, Glydegate

25 January, 6-11pm Napoleon’s Casino, Bradford

Yorkshire quartet draw on jazz, blues, latin and funk.

Otley-based all-female trio with beautiful harmonies in their innovative a capella arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs.

A fantastic evening of cabaret with a live Boy George tribute act.

Wednesday@One Organ Recital Geoffrey Webber (Cambridge) 9 January 2019, 1pm Bradford Cathedral The opening recital of the 2019 Centenary Organ Recital Series.

Chamber Concert Tasmin Little and John Lenehan 18 January, 7.30pm Bradford Cathedral

10 January, 8pm Glyde House, Glydegate

One of Britain’s finest violinists Tasmin Little makes a welcome return to Bradford, joined by pianist John Lenehan. Their programme for the evening includes Legende by Bradfordborn composer Frederick Delius.

Unpretentious local favourite returns to the club with a wealth of good songs with intricate guitar accompaniment and heartfelt delivery. £6 (£5 for Topic members).

Topic Folk Club present...Alden Patterson & Dashwood.

Topic Folk Club present Stuart Douglas

24 January, 8pm Glyde House, Glydegate

Mainly original material from this Norfolk-based trio with rich harmonies and fiddle guitar and mandolin accompaniment.


Eddie Earthquake & the Tremors 26 January, 8.30pm The Brown Cow Authentic and energetic beat combo with great harmonies playing rock n roll and pop hits and obscurities from the 1950s and 60s, Eddie Earthquake and the Tremors are playing at The Brown Cow, Bingley.

Topic Folk Club present...Edwina Hayes 31 January, 8pm Glyde House, Glydegate Quality songs and presentation and beautiful singing from this highly-rated and much-travelled singer/songwriter from East Yorkshire.

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A B I G B R A D FO R D W E LCO M E T H E B R O A D WAY I S E X C I T E D T O W E L C O M E A L L N E W A N D R E T U R N I N G ST U D E N TS TO B R A D F O R D. The student population in Bradford is well over 30k presenting a great opportunity for retailers and restaurants. The Broadway will be welcoming students at Bradford University Freshers Fair and hosting the Student Lock-In.

R E TA I L E R M E E T I N G The Broadway is hosting our Autumn retailer meeting at The Midland Hotel on Wednesday 27 September at 3pm. We look forward to seeing you.

WAY M O R E S AV V Y The Broadway is hosting one of the biggest shopping nights of the year on the 21 September 6pm to 9pm - Student Lock-In. Over 42 retailers have confirmed participation. On the evening exciting brands and activities include; The Alhambra, The Media and Science Museum, Hollwood Bowl, Emoji mascot, DJ truck, The Undergound music venue plus plenty of bargains and competitions. A detailed brief will be circulated in the coming days to help you welcome student shoppers to your store.



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