THE DIARY: Clear the art club, village hall to rock

Half Man Half Biscuit
Half Man Half Biscuit
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THEY were famously declared the best band in Britain by John Peel, are beloved by fans including Jarvis Cocker and Robbie Williams, and regularly sell out venues the size of Sheffield City Hall.

But now cult Merseyside post punkers Half Man Half Biscuit - who once turned down a slot on prime time TV because it clashed with watching Tranmere Rovers - are to play... Stannington’s village hall.

The group, whose debut album sold more than 200,000 copies, will perform there after city music promotor Chris Wilson decided he wanted to put them on somewhere a little different.

“Lomas Hall is more used to hosting art clubs and am dram groups,” says Chris who ran the city centre’s legendary Boardwalk venue between 1997 and 2010, and now lives in Stannington. “But I’ve been working with the band for 20 years and I thought they’d love the place.

“It’s such a fabulous space and the gig will boost local business. Fans will be travelling from all over so I’ve made sure the local pubs and shops are prepared.

“Who knows what next? The Fall at Bradfield Village Hall?”

The 400-capacity gig takes place February 8. Tickets available at Sheffield Arena, City Hall, Record Collector in Broomhill, and, er, Stannington Fruit and Veg Shop.