Party with icons for Sheffield’s Women Of Steel

Women Of Steel Concert co-producer Eliot Kennedy
Women Of Steel Concert co-producer Eliot Kennedy
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Music fans supporting our star-studded Women Of Steel Concert will now get the chance to rub shoulders with South Yorkshire icons - at the after show party.

The biggest array of Sheffield music stars ever assembled for one show are giving their voices for free to support the city’s unsung heroines at Sheffield City Hall, on Saturday, November 9.

All proceeds will go to the Women of Steel Appeal, raising £150,000 needed to produce a figurative bronze statue, which will be in Barkers Pool, honouring the Sheffield women who kept the steelworks running while their men went off to fight in both World Wars.

And many of the stars on the bill are staying on to party with fans in the ballroom downstairs after the show.

Tickets for the party are just £10 but because this is such a special opportunity they are exclusive to those who buy a ticket for the concert, priced just £20 and £22, subject to a booking fee.

Hundreds of tickets have already been sold for the concert itself.

Only a few VIP hospitality packages are still available as the ballroom is almost full to capacity. The package includes a pre-show Yorkshire supper before the concert, a welcome drink, pie and peas, premium seats and a ticket to the after show party, at £1,000 for a table of ten, or individually at £100 each.

Sheffield’s own Grammy award winner Eliot Kennedy, who will perfom some of his hits such as Everything Changes and Picture Of You, will lead the house band for this once-in-a-lifetime show.

Taking part are ABC’s Martin Fry, Is This The Way To Amarillo? star Tony Christie, Baby Bird, John Shuttleworth, the comedy creation of Graham Fellows, John Reilly of Boy on a Dolphin, Philippa Hanna, fresh from her tour with Lionel Richie, Nat Johnson, buoyed by her sensational Tramlines show in Sheffield Cathedral and Rotherham folk star Ray Hearne.

There will also be special guest appearances by Reverend and the Makers’ front man Jon McClure, Dean Andrews, from hit TV show Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, BBC Ancient Egypt presenter Joann Fletcher and DJs and presenters from our local radio stations, including Real Radio’s Dixie and Gayle, Capital’s Hirsty and BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster.

Purple Cats Choir, Cornerstone Brass, Classic Calypso and The Yorkshire Tea Bags skiffle group will also add extra variety to the evening.

Heaven 17 are playing the concert but have to leave early.

Pyronix, The Sheffield Star and Sheffield Hallam University are headline sponsors of the show, with the Eliot Kennedy’s One Song Foundation. Sheffield International Venues; Human Design Studios and Very Creative Ltd are also supporting the show.

“This is going to be an amazing concert and now fans can also rub shoulders with some of the stars at the after show party,” John Palmer, former Director of Communications at Sheffield Hallam University, who is producing the event with Graham Walker of The Star and Eliot Kennedy.

Eliot, whose songwriting partners include Gary Barlow and Bryan Adams, has written some of pop’s biggest hits for everyone from the Spice Girls to Take That.

He’s sold out the City Hall on previous occasions with some of the artiste’s he’s written for performing for charity.

But he says The Women Of Steel Concert will be a stand-out event.

He said: “Of all the things we do for charity, this gig really feels tangible. The Women Of Steel are going to be there in the audience.

“I’ve done gigs like this before, where we’ve brought together lots of my old artiste friends, singing the songs I’ve written for them. This time it’s really beyond that - it’s a celebration of Sheffield, but in particular of a special group of womem that, had they not done what they did, there wouldn’t be a Sheffield, I’m sure.

“There wouldn’t be much of an England the way that we understand it to be now. We owe a great deal to these Women Of Steel and it’s an opportunity for the people of Sheffield to get together and celebrate them, as well as Sheffield as a music city.”

* Tickets are available in person at the venue, Monday to Saturday, 9.30am - 5.30pm; through the Box Office on 0114 2 789 789, Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 9pm, or on line at http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/

More information about the show at www.womenofsteeltheconcert.co.uk and follow on twitter at @WomenSteelShow.

If you can’t get to the show, you can still support the women with a donation to justgiving.com/womenofsteel.

For further information contact John Palmer at j.palmer595@btinternet.com or call 07881 738029, or Graham Walker at graham.walker@thestar.co.uk, or call 07928 341566.