Tony Blackburn to Michael Parkinson via Cold War Steve – Biggest Names Coming to Warrington
With venues across Cheshire well and truly reopening after months of lockdowns, many are now entering their busiest time as Christmas approaches.
Warrington Parr Hall and the Pyramid Arts Center are no exception, having announced a host of famous faces scheduled to perform on site.
Big names range from radio DJ Tony Blackburn to blues performer Beth Hart to legendary former talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson.
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Below we’ve listed some of the legendary names that will come to Parr Hall and the Pyramid Arts Center.
To purchase tickets for any of these shows, go to the What’s New section of the Culture Warrington website at https://culturewarrington.org/
Comedian Gary Delaney has announced a second Warrington show as part of his new tour due to popular demand.
The one-liner master will present ‘Gary in Punderland’ at the Pyramid center. The evening will give more fans the chance to see the comic stand up after all tickets are sold for the November 19 performance.
Gary’s shows are renowned in the industry for the sheer volume of gags that have won over some of the toughest crowds. He has appeared on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Dave’s One Night Stand and Celebrity Pointless and is one of the nation’s most sought-after joke writers.
Gary in Punderland is at the Pyramid Arts Center on Saturday, November 20.
Steve from the cold war
A controversial artist who rose to prominence while capturing the vibe of ‘Brexit Britain’ brings 20 of his politically charged works to Warrington. Christopher Spencer – better known as “Cold War Steve” – has teamed up with the Pyramid Arts Center for an exhibition that will begin in early October.
The Birmingham artist began to create his surreal, satirical and sometimes shocking collages as a coping mechanism. But his “hellish landscapes” quickly began to garner huge success on Twitter. Since then, Cold War Steve’s work has featured on the cover of Time Magazine, on a billboard installation at the Glastonbury Festival, and in two books for Thames & Hudson.
Now the people of Warrington can see what it’s all about when 20 of the works of art are on display at the Pyramid between October 1 and October 22. This is Culture Warrington’s first exhibit of 2021 after all the challenges of the pandemic.
Christopher’s most recent and ‘no compromise’ work still focuses on the UK’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the showcase is called You, Me and Cold War Steve: The International Exhibition of the People 2021.
You, Me and Cold War Steve: The International Exhibition of the People 2021 is at the Pyramid Arts Center from October 1 to 22.
The heavy metal comedian returns to tour the UK for the first time in six years
Steve Hughes considers himself lucky to be alive. He has spent the past five years facing his demons and recovering from crippling depression and severe depression.
But the Australian comedian’s point of view is that if life becomes hell, there must be some jokes somewhere. Convinced that laughter is the best medicine, Steve is now back on the road with his first full UK tour in six years.
Before that, he made his return to the stage with a series of sold-out Down Under shows.
Steve Hughes will perform at the Pyramid Arts Center on Thursday, October 7.
Mr. Michael Parkinson
The king of talk shows, Sir Michael Parkinson, will share stories from his industrious career by interviewing top and top personalities on Monday October 18, while Tony Blackburn – famous for being the first DJ to broadcast on BBC Radio 1 – will turn back time to the 1960s during its live show on Thursday, October 28.
Sir Michael is widely regarded as one of the best talk show hosts and presenters of his generation. But now the tables have turned as the 86-year-old will be talking about his own life. Over a career spanning six decades, from Madonna to Muhammed Ali, Sir Michael has interviewed over 2,000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
At Parr Hall, he will be in conversation with his son – and longtime producer – Mike on a show that will also feature highlights from his beloved and longtime Parkinson’s show. But the night will also touch on its larger life story – of a village in Yorkshire at the top of those famous stairs.
Sir Michael Parkinson will be at Parr Hall on Monday 18 October.
Broadcasting legend Tony Blackburn brings the live version of his show on BBC Radio 2 to historic Palmyra Square. Joining Tony will be the “Sounds of the 60s All Star Band and Singers” performing the music live. The evening will feature the popular Saturday morning radio show with the best tracks, stories and memorabilia from pop’s golden decade.
Tony made a name for himself on “The Tipped Boat” – Radio Caroline. Pirate radio was broadcasting in international waters to bypass the BBC’s monopoly on the airwaves. It became such a success that the Beeb finally adopted an “if you can’t beat them” mentality and that’s how Tony was asked to become a key part of the launch of BBC Radio 1.
He was the first DJ to broadcast on the station when it launched in late September 1967. He remained the host of the breakfast show until 1973 and between 1979 and 1981 he ran the Sunday Top show. 40 from the station.
Tony Blackburn will be at Parr Hall on Thursday October 28th.
Beth Hart’s music has been described as genuine, sullen, and raw – a far cry from the brilliant output associated with today’s pop. Her songbook was inspired by her chaotic upbringing in Los Angeles and her “roller coaster” life, with its fair share of heartache and trauma.
People experiencing the “real” Beth through her music have led the Grammy-nominated performer to become one of America’s most sought-after blues artists. With a career spanning more than two decades, his last three albums have all topped the American blues charts.
But the UK is growing fast with Beth’s 2019 album, War in my mind , reaching the top 20. The American singer-songwriter is now coming to Parr Hall for the first time to offer fans of the Northwest a rare chance to see her live with a full band. The 49-year-old will only make 10 UK dates on a world tour.
Beth Hart will perform at Parr Hall on Wednesday, October 27.