A SUMMER of live outdoor music at Piece Hall, which opens tonight with music legends Blondie, is on its way to a sell-out.

TK Maxx presents Live at The Piece Hall 2024 has smashed box office records with more than 170,000 tickets already sold for this summer’s shows.

Series co-promoters The Piece Hall Trust and Cuffe and Taylor today confirmed this year’s sales had smashed the previous box office record of 125,000 tickets - set in 2023 - as the venue gears up to stage its biggest and most diverse summer series to date.

Organisers say the 34-night concert series at the historic Halifax venue now attracts more people than most of the UK’s biggest music festivals and is well on its way to a 200,000 sell-out.

Outside of events in London and the south coast, only Glastonbury and Liverpool’s Anfield stadium will welcome more gig goers to outdoor shows in England between June and August - confirming The Piece Hall as one of the nation’s leading live music venues.

This year’s series gets underway tonight with Blondie taking to the stage for the first of two gigs. Their second show is on Sunday (June 9).

Music icons Blondie hit the Piece Hall stage tonightMusic icons Blondie hit the Piece Hall stage tonight (Image: Piece Hall)

Debbie Harry and co will be followed by some of music’s biggest names, including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Loyle Carner, Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow, Korn, Biffy Clyro, Fatboy Slim and Bryan Adams.

Stars appearing at Piece Hall’s stunning 6,000-capacity open air courtyard have been full of praise for the venue. Noel Gallagher called it "an epic venue and crowd" and Jessie Ware said: "Halifax is fabulous -the Piece Hall is just like Venice!"

Noel Gallagher described Piece Hall as epicNoel Gallagher described Piece Hall as epic (Image: Piece Hall)

Peter Taylor, co-founder of Cuffe and Taylor part of Live Nation, said: “TK Maxx presents Live at The Piece Hall continues to go from strength to strength and this summer is going to be simply sensational.

“To have already sold in excess of 170,000 tickets - smashing the previous box office record by almost 50,000 tickets - cements The Piece Hall’s growing reputation as one of the UK’s best outdoor venues, one that is loved equally by audiences and artists.

“The series has grown from half a dozen shows just a few years ago to 34 this year. With attendance figures set to eclipse virtually every concert series and major festival in the UK - and with a rich and diverse programme of shows - The Piece Hall is truly one hottest tickets of the summer.”

Many of the shows at the Yorkshire venue sold out in record time, the latest being Biffy Clyro’s date on August 23 which saw tickets snapped up within minutes of going on sale.

The series is expected to deliver a multi-million pound boost for the local economy, with thousands of concert-goers coming to the shows from outside Yorkshire.

Nicky Chance-Thompson MBE DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Charitable Trust, said: “I can't wait to welcome so many iconic artists to our unique heritage site for the first time and welcome back some performers who loved it so much the first time they simply had to come and play here again!

“It's wonderful to see Calderdale so full of life, energy and excitement during the gigs. People are rightly incredibly proud of The Piece Hall and its growing reputation as a premiere music and events venue, not just nationally but internationally.”

Cuffe and Taylor, which entered into a co-promoter partnership with The Piece Hall Trust in 2022, stages major concerts across the UK.

This year, the Olivier Award-winning promoters will present almost 150 outdoor shows at venues and events including Lytham Festival, Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Cardiff Castle.

For the first time, TK Maxx join The Piece Hall and Cuffe and Taylor as presenting partner, underscoring TK Maxx's continued support of the arts and local communities.

* Final tickets are on sale now via ticketmaster.co.uk

For more about the live shows visit thepiecehall.co.uk