Review + Photos by Frank Ralph

I met Richard Hawley years ago at the bar before a Nick Cave show I’d gone to on the spur of the moment. I didn’t know I’d met him until he appeared on stage as the support act for the night, but that’s where it all started for me. I loved every minute of that set, the 7 or 8 times I’ve seen since and every minute of tonight’s show in Holmfirth.

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It was a comeback gig of sorts, this apparently was the first show the guys had played together in 2 and a half years, not that you’d have guessed it, they sounded as tight as ever.

With new album ‘Further’ due out in a matter of weeks the show was an opportunity for Hawley to try his new material out as well as soar through some all-time classics. It was a bumper marathon of a show for the fans that lasted a couple of hours and consisted of 21 tracks featuring the entire upcoming album. Off My Mind is the opening track to the new album and opened the show tonight instantly sounding like an old favourite.

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Richard seemed a bit nervous as to how the new stuff was going over but he needn’t have been. Many of the new tracks sounded simply stunning with Further and Midnight Train sounding epic and For Your Lover, the quietest bit of music he’s ever written, being captivating throughout with its exquisite strings.

As was he, with his in between song banter being hilarious with his very Yorkshire sense of humour shining. The story about his son rolling in at 4.30 in the morning on his 19th birthday was brilliant and he led the crowd in a rendition of Happy Birthday F@*kwit as the show was being filmed.

Whether this was for posterity or a future release I’m not sure.

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The Holmfirth Picturedrome is the perfect venue for him also, but when he asks ‘where’s good to go after?’ and someone shouts ‘home!’ it becomes clear that many have travelled from his home town of Sheffield for tonight and he questions why he bothered travelling so far when he could’ve just nipped around the corner and played. We’re glad he did though.

There were parts of the night that just soared and took you to another place, with the epic sprawl of Standing at the Sky’s Edge being a stand out as well as a mercurial Open Up Your Door with Richard bathed in blue light and a glorious Tonight The Streets Are Ours.

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It’s great to have Richard Hawley back crooning his way through his wonderful and emotional songbook. The tour that will follow the album release will surely be a sell out so make sure you don’t miss out.

Further is released on 31st of May.

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See the full photoset from tonight’s gig here.

One Response to “Richard Hawley at The Picturedrome, Holmfirth, UK – 4th May 2019”

  1. Karen Doughty Says:

    Travelled from Southport to see Richard and what a night, absolutely fantastic show and love the new album. Well worth the travel and can’t wait to hear of other upcoming shows.

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