Pop-up gig is first of many for Unity Hall

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Music lovers were asked to bring their own drinks, chairs and cushions for Unity Hall’s first gig in more than quarter of a century.

The pop-up event, organised by Friends of Unity Hall, played host to city musicians including Matt Abbott, Tom Lawton and Ruby Macintosh who entertained during the intimate show on Friday.

Friends of Unity Hall said on their Facebook page: “Thank you to everyone who turned out last night, we didn’t expect so many of you to arrive, so when we looked around and saw Smyth Street so full it was really special moment.

“Also, a huge special thanks to everyone who performed, we were lucky to get such an eclectic and talented array of people and they all owned the stage on the night.”

Some of the audience took to Twitter to say what a “fantastic” time they had.

And according to @FOUnityHall, it is the first of many such events.

Unity Hall said on their facebook page: “Friends of Unity Hall have pulled off another great evening of fun, entertainment, a real gathering of the local creative clans.

“Wonderful to see so many people in there... and to see the surprised looks on the faces of passers-by on foot and in buses. Nice. Just what we wanted to achieve.”

More than 200 music fans, businesses and organisations have already invested in the development and it is hoped that the hall will be open in time for the Long Division music festival in September.

The Grade II-listed building will feature a 600-seat music and theatre hall, offices, exhibition space, a function room, new businesses, a cafe and conference facilities.