Rock and pop royalty captured on the stage

Michael Stripe. Picture by Mark Bickerdike
Michael Stripe. Picture by Mark Bickerdike
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Some of rock and pop music’s greats have graced stages across Yorkshire over the last five decades.

A roll call of stars have played venues across the county including David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, Wham, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and the Kaiser Chiefs and images taken by former Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Mark Bickerdike and photographer Ian Clegg Walsh at their gigs feature in a new exhibition.

Visitors to the Creative Arts Hub, in Mirfield, will get the chance to view this snapshot of music history.

“For most of my career I was lucky enough to work as a staff photographer on the Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post in Leeds which gave me the chance to photograph some of the biggest acts around,” Mr Bickerdike said.

“From Michael Jackson’s two concerts at Roundhay Park (including the chance to photograph him in his dressing room), to Simple Minds, David Bowie, Metallica and Foo Fighters - they have all been on the other end of my lens.

Mr Bickerdike added: “I got to capture the last night of the legendary Leeds music venue The Duchess of York with Chumbawamba, and the first act on stage at the long awaited Leeds Arena: Bruce Springsteen.”

The images on display include Wham taken at Queens Hall, Leeds, in December 1984, Queen at Leeds Town Hall taken in 1973, Freddie Mercury taken at Bradford St George’s Hall in 1974, Pulp playing Leeds Festival in 2011, Michael Stipe, of REM, snapped at Huddersfield in July 1995, David Bowie, photographed in 1997, at the Town and Country Club in Leeds, and Bruce Springsteen at Leeds Arena in 2013.

The exhibition, which runs until February 27, is at the Creative Arts Hub gallery, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, open Wednesday-Saturday.