Decades of music history at hall

Chris Hill from Shine who are looking to take over Unity House

Chris Hill from Shine who are looking to take over Unity House

UNITY Hall currently stands empty, boarded-up and seems to be decaying more and more by the day.

But in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the venue attracted some of the biggest acts in the glam, punk, post-punk and heavy metal era.

The Specials, Boomtown Rats, Human League, The Skids, The Only Ones, Iron Maiden, Penetration, Eurythmics, Def Leppard, and Gary Glitter are some of the acts to perform there in its heyday.

The Pretenders also played their first ever gig at Unity Hall in 1978 supporting Wakefield power-pop band Strangeways.

Unity Hall helped to get Strangeways into the spotlight, and they ended up securing gigs with The Ramones, Judas Priest and many others.

Opened in 1902 by the Wakefield Wholesale Co-operative Society, Unity Hall was also a major venue for dances in the 1950s and 1960s.

But the entertainment came to a close at the end of the 1990s and the building has stood empty ever since.

Plans to bring it back as a nightclub were quashed in 2008 due to police concerns about rowdy behaviour.




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