Roll back the years with music legends at Holmfirth Picturedrome

NOSTALGIA COMES comes in many guises: sepia coloured photographs, bell bottom flares, days when England were good at football.

Then there are those musical blasts from the past, guaranteed to make you regret ditching the vinyl and consigning the record player to the rubbish dump.

And there’s no better place to roll back the years than Holmfirth Picturedrome, especially in the coming months from both ends of the genre spectrum.

Real Thing
The Real Thing

If soul and disco is your bag look no further than 70’s and 80’s hit makers, The Real Thing.

Fancy some ska and reggae then try the Beat and if 80’s indy guitar floats your boat, try Lloyd Cole touring with his Leopards rather than his Commotions.

That’s not forgetting the Damned – as if you could – celebrating 40 years since the release of punk’s first ever single, ‘New Rose.’

First up on July 15 are Chris and Eddie Amos plus Dave Smith, better known as the Real Thing, guaranteed to run through a back catalogue including chart smashes: You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force. The three original vocalists perform with their own five-piece band.

Warren Haynes, the Grammy award winning Gov’t Mule frontman and ex Allman Brothers Band guitarists comes to town on July 23.

A week later is Holmfirth’s Summer Ska Splash, headlined by the Beat whose best known tunes include: Mirror in the Bathroom, Too Nice To Talk To and Hand’s Off She’s Mine.

The Damned

The Damned – stopping off their UK Tour on August 4 – beat the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Buzzcocks to release the first ‘mainstream’ punk 45 in 1976 and two of that line-up, Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible, still front the band.

Monty Oxy Moron, Pinch and Stu West complete the current group, members since 2004.

Wrapping up the summer Picturedrome programme on August 18 is Buxton born Lloyd Cole backed by Mick Slaven and Campbell Owens, plus one-time Commotion keyboard player, Blair Cowan.

For details of all gigs contact the Picturedrome box office on 08444 780898 or visit

Godfathers of punk, the Damned, will ‘smash it up’ at Holmfirth Picturedrome on Friday, August 5.

The Independent is offering you and a friend the chance to watch them do it. To win a chance to get your name on the guest list answer this question:

Name the band’s original drummer.
Was it: A) Rat Scabies, B) Hamster Scabies or C) Mouse Scabies.

Send your answer with your name and contact details to or write to: Ticket Competition, Saddleworth Independent, PO Box 725, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7XJ.

The first correct entry drawn after the closing date of Friday, July 29 wins.


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