New entertainment planned

w2835b809 Clubland pix - Jade Adams.
w2835b809 Clubland pix - Jade Adams.

It’s all systems go at two of Wakefield’s biggest and best clubs, with new live entertainment plans in motion at both Crigglestone WMC and Alverthorpe WMC.

Alverthorpe is starting Friday night live shows, and from September the club really is encouraging people through the doors to start the weekend in style.

In last week’s column I mentioned Crigglestone’s prospective talent show and, after an e-mail from club secretary Peter Makinson, it seems that the beginning of October is the big launch of Crigglestone’s Search For a Star competition.

The heats will be staged every Thursday, and more information can be obtained by popping into the club.

In the meantime just a reminder that The Blue Bayou Roy Orbison tribute show appears at Crigg on Friday, the brilliant duo Deviance pop up on Saturday night and an all-day music event at Crigg will be staged on Sunday, featuring top bands Beardsmith and Hank Muldoon and the Hangovers. It’s all action at this club for sure.

Among the news from the South Elmsall area is the emergence of a new solo star on the block by the name of Michael Benn.

Michael and I worked together last Friday night and I was impressed with all aspects of his performance.

This new singer even gave us an Al Jolson impression, which was thrown into the musical mix halfway through his set.

Still on the subject of good new male singers, Wakefield’s Trevor Craig appears at Moorthorpe Empire Club for a Saturday night show.

I saw Trevor in a talent show final last month and I thought that given the right management or mentor figure, could conceivably go a long way in our business.

And yet more happy news on young male singers from this area, Lucas Primmer appeared on stage at the Wakefield Gay Pride event last weekend. Lucas tells me that his boyfriend even joined him on stage and proposed. Isn’t romance lovely folks?

I have heard many singers over the years and I tend to categorise them in the same way that football teams find themselves in leagues.

Wakefield’s John Mycroft has always been a premier league singer in my view. Lofthouse Gate Club is set to welcome John for a Saturday night show. I’m sure that Jane Hooley and all the Lofthouse gang will have a great night in John’s company.

I hear that Edward VII Club in Allerton Bywater is changing its entertainment policy, with Sunday night shows being axed and Friday night live acts being introduced instead.

I hope that the venture is successful, especially as I am set to appear at the club on Friday November 18, which is my last booking before I get married that weekend.

Wakefield and Pontefract Concert Secretaries Federation holds its monthly free showcase at Pontefract Sports and Social Club on August 24.

The list of acts appearing includes Mike Summers, Ellie Gent, Lucas Primmer, Scarlet Fever, Scott Richards and Marie Marie.

Impressive singers Jade Adams and Kevin Curtin both appear in our area this weekend. Jade appears at Prince of Wales Club in Pontefract on Sunday evening, while Kevin is the star attraction at Horbury WMC the night before.

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