North East folk-rock legends Lindisfarne are heading back home for Christmas to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their now-legendary festive shows at Newcastle City Hall.
The band will play two Christmas shows to end a hugely successful year for the revitalised band that has seen them perform at festivals across the country to more than 50,000 fans.
Fronted by founding member and songwriter Rod Clements, Lindisfarne will play their greatest hits at the City Hall on Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23. Tickets are available now through the City Hall box office and already both gigs are set to sell out.
It’s 40 years since the very first Lindisfarne Christmas Show at Newcastle City Hall took place, which has gone on to become a seasonal celebration and a legendary North East tradition.
Lindisfarne have long viewed the music venue as their home, so the City Hall was the perfect location in 2012 for the Lord Mayor of Newcastle to unveil a commemorative plaque celebrating the late Alan Hull’s achievements with Lindisfarne.
Following a special performance at this ceremony, the seeds were sown to resurrect the band for Christmas shows in 2013 and 2014. Last year the band returned to a full-time live touring schedule that has seen them perform the length and breadth of the UK.
Rod Clements said: “The band has been rejuvenated over the last year and a half and the response from audiences has been amazing.
“Last year’s Christmas shows brought back the old party atmosphere and a great time was had by all. This year has seen the band perform at festivals across the country and we are tighter than ever as a performing unit.
“What better way to end a successful year than celebrating at our spiritual home Newcastle City Hall.”