The walking dead were seen in the streets of Holmfirth yesterday as an indie band staged a secret gig with a twist.

Embrace fans dressed as zombies for the band's 21st secret gig, or #sg21, one of a series of comeback performances staged by the Bailiff Bridge band ahead of the release of their self-titled album on April 28.

And one hardcore fan flew all the way from Australia after snagging tickets for the one-off show.

Linelle Bird, of Old Bar, New South Wales, received an email three weeks ago saying she'd made it onto the band's secret list and could buy tickets for the Picturedrome gig.

The location was kept top-secret until the day itself - all the 49-year-old was told was that the venue was around 40 minutes away from Huddersfield town centre and she would need to wear shoes she could run in and old clothes as the event would be messy.

"We were told there would be the zombies and the 'troops'," she said.

"The 'troops' got an email on Wednesday with what they had to wear, but us zombies didn't get ours until the Friday."

The two groups then spent Sunday afternoon chasing each other around Holmfirth.

Linelle said: "We were in two parts of town and the zombies were told the others were coming with a cure to get rid of the zombies.

"We ran around for a couple of hours then we went to the gig. It was like a big party!"

Linelle, who runs an art supplies store, was also lucky enough to attend #sg20, held at a boxing club in Halifax, and will return to the UK in May to follow the band on tour.

Last night the Brighouse band performed a 16-track set that included hits Nature's Law, Follow You Home and The Good Will Out to a crowd of around 600 fans.

See the video for new single Follow You Home below.

 

Hayley Mccoll, of Wakefield, said the event was like a "big game of tag".

She said: "They used an air raid siren to let everyone know when to come back. The troops that were captured were taken back to the Picturedrome and made up as zombies, so by the end of the night everyone was in full zombie makeup."

Hayley, 27, who first saw Embrace live at #sg17 in Edinburgh,  said the band played new tracks from their forthcoming album and EP as well as classic hits.

"It was a really, really great gig," she said. "They were on really good form. The band were all dressed up as well, they got into the spirit of it."

Fans can sign up to a mailing list on the Embrace website to find out about future secret gigs.

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