A legend of the Liverpool 1980s post punk music scene is set to play at an unlikely venue in Huddersfield.
Pete Wylie, who notched a number three chart hit with band Wah! in 1982, has been booked for a gig at one of town’s landmark sites, the Byram Arcade.
Wylie, whose early career was spent in bands with influential musicians such as Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen), Ian Broudie (The Lightening Seeds), Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes) has been booked by photographer John Woods who has been based in the arcade since 1987.
Mr Woods said: “Although news of the cancellation of Huddlefest music festival in Greenhead Park was a blow to music fans, live music is alive and well in Huddersfield and I’m out to prove it.
“As Pete is playing small theatres and arts centres in the UK I thought the arcade would make an ideal venue for this type of show.
“It’s a fantastic building.”
Wylie and his contemporaries were hailed for putting the Liverpool music scene back on the map following the demise of the Beatles.
He has played with everyone from Mick Jones of The Clash to Pete Townsend of The Who.
The concert will be an acoustic event with songs and anecdotes from Wylie’s 30-plus years in the music business.
Before opening his photography studio Mr Woods, along with two friends, used to DJ and ran The Lost Weekend at the now defunct Coach House Club on King Street, Huddersfield.
The event next month will hark back to those day and will be run under the Lost Weekend banner.
“People still remember the Urban Angels Aerial Circus from a few years ago where acrobats descended from the arcade roof,” said Mr Woods.
”We hope the arrival of a bona fide music legend will give them another reason to talk about the arcade.
“If this is a success, I’d love to put on more Lost Weekend events in town.
“I don’t mind travelling to Holmfirth or the Brudenell in Leeds but I’d love to see some of my favourite bands in Huddersfield.”
The event on Saturday, October 18 will also feature a mini market where music fans can see clothing and accessories made and supplied by shops and designers in the arcade.
Tickets for Pete Wylie in The Byram Arcade are expected to sell out soon and can be bought from www.wegottickets.com or at Vinyl Tap Records or John Woods’ photography studio, where there will be no booking fee.
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Pete Wylie Factfile:
Pete is best known as the leader of The Mighty Wah! and its various incarnations, including Wah!, Wah! Heat, Shambeko! Say Wah! and Wah! And The Mongrel.
His string of hits include The Story Of The Blues, Come Back, Sinful, 7 Minutes to Midnight and the LFC anthem Heart As Big As Liverpool.
He has written scores for Hurricane Films, Alex Cox and Radio 4.
In recent years he’s headlined the Hillsborough Justice Tour with Mick Jones.
He is currently writing his autobiography MemWah! which is under negotiation with a couple of big publishers.