Review: North Derbyshire railway shed provides right sound for Jools Holland show

With a steam engine gently puffing away beside the stage, Barrow Hill railway shed proved a stunning setting for the last night of rail enthusiast Jools Holland’s latest tour.

Joined by guest vocalists throughout the two-hour show, Jools and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra provided a memorable evening for the 1,800 fans lucky enough to secure tickets for the first gig at the famous Roundhouse.
Despite the size of the building, there was an intimate feel to the show, with the corrugated roof and brick walls proving excellent acoustics, allowing vocalists including Ruby Turner and former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm to showcase their voices to stunning effect – particularly Ruby’s version of This Train, in a nod to the unique setting.

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.

Jools was full of smiles, clearly impressed with the venue, before the entire audience joined a mass singalong of Enjoy Yourself during the encore.

Move over Camden, there’s a new Roundhouse in town.