IT may be World Cup final night on July 11, but at one Huddersfield venue music rather than the beautiful game will be the cause for celebration.

Huddersfield Elim Church’s Grace Centre, on St John’s Road, is staging a country gospel music night.

And headlining the bill will be American country musician George Hamilton IV.

North Carolina-born Hamilton rose to fame in the late 1950s as a teen idol with his one million-selling record entitled A Rose and a Baby Ruth.

During the next four years he toured with artists including Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Patsy Cline and even appeared on Broadway with Louis Armstrong.

In 1961 he crossed over to country music and became a regular at the Grand Ole Opry, working with the likes of Johnny Cash and Chet Atkins.

Eight years later Hamilton had one of his biggest selling records, ‘Canadian Pacific’, which opened up a whole new fanbase in Canada and the UK.

Throughout the 70’s he had his own TV shows on the BBC and ITV and even played a full season at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Hamilton later became a regular headliner at country music festivals and is currently touring church venues across the UK.

Sharing the stage with Hamilton will be Northern Ireland singer/ songwriter Colin Elliott.

The evening kicks off at 6.30pm. Entry is free although an offering will be taken.