Steve Knightly announced as opening act for Stanley Halls

Stanley Halls’ first major public performance since the historic venue was taken over by a local community group has been announced for February 5, featuring Steve Knightly, whose group Show of Hands has been described by Peter Gabriel as “one of the great English bands”.

Steve Knightly: going back to his countryside roots

Steve Knightly: going back to his countryside roots

Knightley is spending 2014 taking his music to community venues throughout the land, with South Norwood’s Stanley Halls among the first.

The solo Grow Your Own Gig Tour sees Knightly return to the rural roots of his music. “Having written so many songs over the years about people who live and work in the countryside and the day-to-day issues they face – it will be great to actually perform them in their spiritual homes,” he said.

With numerous BBC Folk awards and four sell-out appearances at the Royal Albert Hall behind him, Knightly says he is looking forward to getting up close and personal with a whole new audience. “Village halls and community venues attract a unique audience making it as much a social occasion as a musical event. I can’t wait to start.”

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