Sheffield music icons including Heaven 17 and ABC’s Martin Fry are heading a star-studded concert to help fund a £150,000 for a Women Of Steel statue in the city.
Joining them - at Sheffield City Hall on Saturday, November 9 - is one of the biggest arrays of local pop and rock stars ever assembled.
Chart-topping singer Tony Christie, whose hits include Is This The Way To Amarillo? and Avenues and Alleyways, is the latest to sign up.
Other acts, who have all agreed to perform for free, include Baby Bird, John Parr, John Shuttleworth, the comedy creation of Graham Fellows, John Reilly of Boy on a Dolphin, big band singer Paul Pashley, Philippa Hanna, fresh from her tour with Lionel Richie, Nat Johnson and Ray Hearne.
There will be 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, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster and Hallam FM’s Steve White.
The Purple Cats Choir, Cornerstone Brass, Classic Calypso and The Yorkshire Tea Bags skiffle group will also add extra variety to the evening. Line-up subject to change.
Grammy award winning singer songwriter producer Eliot Kennedy, who will perform some of the hits he’s written for Take That, Boyzone and The Spice Girls, will also lead the house band - with some special guests.
And it will have the The X Factor – with Irish singer-songwriter Janet Devlin, who has been writing and recording at Eliot’s famed city based Steelworks and The Foundry studio.
Eliot told The Telegraph: “This is going to be an amazing night of entertainment and for such a great cause, to honour the Women Of Steel.”
More details at www.womenofsteeltheconcert.co.uk and for regular updates follow the show on Twiter @WomenSteelShow
– Tickets are £20 and £22, and may be subject to a booking fee, available in person at the venue, Monday to Saturday, 9.30am - 5.30pm, call the Box Office on 0114 2 789 789, Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 9pm, or buy online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.
You can also support the women with a donation to www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel and there will be other fun opportunities to help raise the money as the show date approaches.