Live gigs setback: Ripley Live cancels all activities as lockdown rules bite
The independent promoters at one of the Harrogate district's greatest live venues may be determined to keep the flag flying for gigs but the ever-changing landscape is making life almost impossible for them, too.
Despite its various efforts to bring back live music to the wonderful 19th century Ripley Town Hall, albeit in the form of socially-distanced concerts, the latest newsletter from Ripley Live has a simple message: "all our activities are currently suspended."
Ripley Live, which is sponsored by The Ripley Castle Estate and Theakstons, now says its next gig will, hopefully, be Martin Harley which is now scheduled for April 17 at Ripley Town Hall or Hotel de Ville, which was built in 1854.
Among the gigs which have had to be postponed include:
Guy Tortora Band - Now May 1st 2021.
State of the Union - TBA
Animals & Friends - Now January 15th 2022
All other events on our website at http://ripleylive.com
The small team at Ripley Live have built up a reputation far and wide in the last ten years by attracting not only the cream of British blues and soul acts but international musical legends such as Steve Cropper, The Animals and Georgie Fame.
Such is their resolve, they did manage to hold a "socially distanced" solo concert in early October last year in the venue's main hall starring renowned British rock-blues singer-guitarist Chantel McGregor - which meant only 60 people were allowed in.
Then the Government's Covid restrictions started tightening again.
Visit http://www.ripleylive.com to keep up to date with Ripley Live's efforts at Ripley Town Hall.
A message from the Editor
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.
Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.