Full steam ahead for more gigs at North Derbyshire railway shed

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Steam and song united for a successful concert in North Derbyshire – and now organisers are hoping for more.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse Engine Shed, near Staveley, hosted its first concert, with a sell-out show by bandleader Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Mel C and Jools Holland on stage at Barrow Hill. Picture: Paul Bigland.

Mel C and Jools Holland on stage at Barrow Hill. Picture: Paul Bigland.

Bosses at the railway-themed visitor attraction said they are delighted with the success – and have their sights set on future events.

Alexa Stott, for the venue, said: “It seems to have gone down an absolute storm. It was an amazing concert in an amazing venue.

“People felt very close to the artists. It was very intimate.

“We’ve had loads of people coming up since with suggestions for future performances of people they’d like to see at Barrow Hill, people like Arctic Monkeys, Madness and Sting.”

Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, centre, joined Jools Holland on stage at Barrow Hill. Picture: Paul Bigland.

Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, centre, joined Jools Holland on stage at Barrow Hill. Picture: Paul Bigland.

The event saw a stage erected over the turntable in the middle of the engine shed, before 1,800 revellers packed in to enjoy Jools, his orchestra and guest singers including former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm.

Alexa said: “We’ve been looking at ways of making Barrow Hill a more well-known venue.

“In railway circles, it’s very well known, but when it comes to Joe Public, we’re a bit out of it, location wise.

“We’ve been looking for a while at how to expand the audience and this was one of many ideas.

“It’s been in the planning for 18 months.”

* Jools brings his orchestra to Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, November 23. For tickets, call 0114 278 9789.

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