Embracing the invasion as gig comes to Calderdale

Rock band Embrace staged their latest secret gig in Halifax at the weekend ahead of an anticipated return next year.

The band which had its origins in a garden shed in Bailiff Bridge played in front of specially invited fans at Halifax Amateur Boxing club performing new tracks.

Embrace secret gig in Halifax. Pictured submitted by Hayley Ewens

Embrace secret gig in Halifax. Pictured submitted by Hayley Ewens

It was the 20th secret gig, entitled Invasion, the band have performed and more are expected with number 21 called ‘Occupation’ to be performed in the coming weeks.

The night started with a flash mob in Halifax town centre before fans made their way to the Ladyship Mills off Broad Tree Road on Old Lane, Ovenden.

The five piece of brothers and former Hipperholme Grammar pupils Danny and Richard McNamara, Mike Heaton, Steve Firth and Mickey Dale are on the comeback trail after seven years.

Around 500 people were treated to new songs and classics as the whole place wore full length protective suits and glow sticks.

Alan Whitfield was one of the fans on the night and explained the suits.

“We were all expecting something else to happen; after all we weren’t dressed like an extra from Outbreak for no good reason.

“A man secured a pathway through the centre of the crowd and others followed passing out small cups of powder. As All You Good Good People reached its climax Danny stood grinning at the edge of the stage holding two cups above his head. We all waited, I held my breath and at the absolute height of the crescendo, every single cup, was launched into the air and the entire room fell host to an explosion of multi-coloured powdered paint.”

Hayley Ewens from Bolton was another who watched the performance. “It’s been an amazing ride so far, so well planned and executed.... and addictive. Their new stuff will blow your mind, make your heart race and leave you wanting more.”

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