EEVAH - Richard McNamara and Nicole Hope Smith

Local Heroes EEVAH Open Show For Music Legends Duran Duran Live At The Piece Hall

by Geoff Ford

Halifax’s very own alt-pop heroes EEVAH have landed the ultimate hometown gig, opening the show for stadium-filling British music icons Duran Duran! The White Rose purveyors of high-energy indie pop will support the Grammy, BRIT Award and 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees at The Piece Hall, Halifax, on Tuesday 5 July.

Duran Duran’s show at the historic Yorkshire venue’s stunning open-air courtyard is part of the biggest and best ever line-up for Live At The Piece Hall with headline shows from the likes of Paul Weller, Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds plus many more.

EEVAH are singer/songwriter Nicole Hope Smith (vocals/piano) and Richard McNamara of anthemic Yorkshire indie rock chart-topper’s Embrace on guitars and electronics.

With a musical mantra that is all about combining rock and indie, with catchy pop hooks and echoes of the 80s and 90s, they are about to follow up brilliant debut EP ‘Promises’ with new EP ‘Wild Things’.

Ahead of their appearance with Duran Duran at The Piece Hall they will release new single Out Of Focus, on 1 July, just in time to soundtrack everyone’s summer!

The Piece Hall show with Duran Duran will be EEVAH’s biggest gig to date – and one they actually had tickets for long before landing the support slot!

EEVAH – Nicole Hope Smith

Nicole explained: “We bought four tickets for the show the day they went on sale, there was no way we were going to miss this gig.

“A few weeks later we got a call saying there was a support slot for us. We thought we were going to have to turn it down as it was on July 5th, the same day as Duran Duran! Now we are playing the show!

“I called my Dad to tell him the news and it took me 10 minutes to convince him that we weren’t joking. He then cried and said ‘Oh my God, my two favourite bands on the same bill!’ This will by far be the biggest gig we have ever played and we absolutely can’t wait!”

The show is presented by Cuffe and Taylor and The Piece Hall Trust.  Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “What a moment for EEVAH to be opening the show in our stunning courtyard for music legends Duran Duran. I love that we are able to shine the spotlight on local talent by inviting them to play alongside global superstars at Live at The Piece Hall.

“A truly incredible summer of music is heading to Halifax, with the 2022 line up definitely the biggest and best ever.”

Live At The Piece Hall 2022 dates:

Wednesday 1 June, Jessie Ware

Tuesday 21 June, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Thursday 23 June, First Aid Kit + CMAT

Friday 24 June, Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Saturday 25 June, Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Sunday 26 June, Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra Ibiza Classics

Friday 1 July, Tom Grennan

Saturday 2 July, Paloma Faith

Sunday 3 July, Paul Weller + Stone Foundation

Tuesday 5 July, Duran Duran + EEVAH

Friday 8 July, Primal Scream + Working Men’s Club + LoneLady

Sunday 10 July, Sir Tom Jones

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