22 October 2014
Reviewed by Norman Totton
St George’s Hall in Bradford celebrated 160 years as a venue in 2013 (built for the princely sum of £35,000), and was officially opened on 29th August 1853 by HRH Queen Victoria and HRH Prince Albert. It originally had seating for 3500 though the hall on some occasions held nearly 5,000! (The current capacity is over 1500 Seated and 1872 Seated and Standing).
The Hall has an interesting history, boasting an appearance in December 1854 of Charles Dickens who gave his first ever reading of “Bleak House” for which he received a fee of £100 for two nights in Bradford.
In November 1910 Winston Churchill held a political rally at the hall and during the rally it was interrupted by a group of suffragettes who had hid under the stage the day before and upon Churchill’s speech leapt from the trap door onto stage (unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a record of Churchill’s response to the intrusion).
St George’s Hall is renowned for exceptional acoustics and an intimate atmosphere and on Wednesday night 22 October the venue played host to the highly talented, inimitable 10cc and what a fabulous night it was. The sound was right, the lighting was right and the audience were there in droves to listen to and appreciate one of the most inventive and influential bands the UK has produced. They achieved creative and commercial success by selling over 30 million albums worldwide and it’s not just us ‘oldies’ who were there trying to relive our youth, there were many younger people who were also in the isles dancing to the songs we all know and love.
10cc have gone through many changes in their line-up over the years but Graham Gouldman, one of the co-founders of 10cc, has stayed at the helm of the band for over 40 years. The current line-up consists of:
Graham Gouldman – bass, guitars, vocals
Rick Fenn – lead guitar, vocals,bass
Paul Burgess – drums, percussion
Mick Wilson – vocals, percussion, guitar, keyboards
Mike Stevens – keyboards, guitar, bass, sax, vocals
Each of Gouldman’s fellow band members have been in other very successful bands over the years and it shows! They all gel together to produce a very professional, slick and exciting show and on Wednesday night they demonstrated that although 10cc has been around for over 40 years, they still have what it takes to capture the audience and keep them enraptured with songs like: I’m not in love, Dreadlock Holiday, Rubber Bullets, Donna and The Things We Do For Love, to name just a few of the incredible array of hit songs 10cc have given us over the past 40 years.
10cc are in the middle of their UK tour and I urge you to see them at your nearest venue (details of the tour can be found at www.10ccworld.com). I hope the staff at your local venue are as friendly and helpful as the staff are at St. Georges Hall, Bradford as it will simply add to an already outstanding evening.
St George’s Hall. Bridge St, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1JT | Box Office 01274 432000