St George's Hall
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Opened in 1853, St George’s Hall is a stunning Victorian Concert Hall. It was the brainchild of Bradford Mayor, Samuel Smith, and conceived as a place where the communities of Bradford could gather to be inspired by the world’s best music and entertainment.
A huge array of black artists and icons have performed at St George’s Hall during its long history, including the Jubilee Fisk Singers, Dizzie Gillespie and Paul Robeson. The iconic city centre venue has also welcomed many LGBT+ icons and performers, such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Big Mama Thornton in the 1950s; Bronski Beat and Erasure in the 1980s; and comedians Sandi Toksvig and Alan Carr in more recent years.
Many legends of rock and pop have performed at St George’s Hall over the years, including David Bowie, Marc Bolan with T Rex and Freddie Mercury with Queen as part of their first world tour. The 1980’s and 1990’s saw performances from Metallica, Bon Jovi and Take That; and more recently indie rock bands Bastille and The Courteneers have played this historic venue.
In 2019 St George’s Hall re-opened to the public after a three-year closure and a multi-million-pound refurbishment, with a gala celebration. Beverley Knight, Sarah Millican, Collabro and Escala performed, as well as some of Bradford’s local groups and artists.