Snapshot of Leeds music history

Photographers Ian Clegg and Mark Bickerdike at The Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield, where 'Still Crazy' exhibiton of their gig photography takes place.  PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Photographers Ian Clegg and Mark Bickerdike at The Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield, where 'Still Crazy' exhibiton of their gig photography takes place. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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They’re the famous faces of rock and pop music’s greats to have graced stages across Yorkshire over the last five decades.

An eye-catching roll call of stars have played venues across the county including David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, Wham, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and the Kaiser Chiefs.

And images taken by former Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Mark Bickerdike and photographer Ian Clegg Walsh at their gigs feature in a new exhibition.

Visitors to the Creative Arts Hub, in Mirfield, will get the chance to view this snapshot of music history as their photographs go on display.

“For most of my career I was lucky enough to work as a staff photographer on the Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post in Leeds which gave me the chance to photograph some of the biggest acts around,” Mark said.

“From Michael Jackson’s two concerts at Roundhay Park (including the chance to photograph him in his dressing room), to Simple Minds, David Bowie, Metallica and Foo Fighters - they have all been on the other end of my lens.

“I got to capture the last night of the legendary Leeds music venue The Duchess of York with Chumb-awamba, and the first act on stage at the long awaited Leeds Arena Bruce Springsteen concert.” The exhibition, which runs until February 27, is at the Creative Arts Hub, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, which is open Wednesday to Saturday.

STARS CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Wham at Queen’s Hall in Leeds in December 1984.

Queen at Leeds Town Hall in 1973

Freddie Mercury at Bradford St George’s Hall in 1974

Pulp headlining Leeds Festival in 2011

Michael Stipe at Huddersfield in 1995

David Bowie at the Town and Country Club in Leeds in 1995

Bruce Springsteen at Leeds Arena in 2013

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