Arts & Culture

The Christians perform to the faithful at the Waterside proof Sale is no Forgotten Town

By Barbara Metcalfe at

The Christians, the band famous for a host of songs which never seem to fade from the playlists,  take to the stage in Sale tonight as part of an Autumn programme  of music.

The Liverpool band who made Skelmersdale famous with their song Forgotten Town,  are now playing to a new generation of fans aswell as those who have followed them from the 80s and 90s.  They are on tour throughout the UK at some established venues, and now The Waterside Arts Centre in Sale.

Darren Adams, Arts Centre Manager, Waterside Arts Centre recently started back at there after 12 years away.  He was Operations Manager when the centre first opened in 2004.

He admits the centre is a different venue to the one he left and is able to attract a diverse number of artists.

Darren says:” We are excited to welcome The Christians back to Waterside Arts Centre. They’ve performed in the past and they receive such a great response from the audiences.

The Arts Centre on the Canal side in Sale

The Arts Centre on the Canal side in Sale

“We have excellent relationships with promotors, working with a wide range of music artists and the venue provides a warm, intimate space for both artists and audiences.

“The space is also very versatile and we have a number of configurations and spaces for performance to suit each artist – we can accommodate standing events, seated gigs and also offer our beautiful Chambers as an alternative for intimate performances.

“Autumn is often our busiest season and a time when many artists are touring, so naturally there is a lot of music on offer, but there are many more strands to our programme, that equally engage audiences. Notably our family programme, exhibitions, live comedy and participatory activities also attract very loyal audiences.

Among the performers in the next couple of weeks is the woman  Sean Connery once said:  …….has a throat that is surely touched by God.”

He was talking about Karen Matheson, the lead singer with Capercaillie, who will play the Waterside on September 22.


Karen Matheson of Capercaillie fame, who will perform with young folk musicians at the Waterside

Darren has been working in the arts and tourism sector since he left Waterside, but he has some warm memories of the old days.

“Waterside is hugely important to me, ” he said. “I was the venues Operations Manager when it first opened in 2004 and it is humbling to see how the venue has developed and the huge contribution it has made to Trafford and beyond. Its a welcome return and really look forward to helping the venue to continue to grow and reach its full potential.

“We have a talented team and whilst we are a small in numbers, this allows us to provide a very personal approach to our customers, artists and users of our spaces.”

*There are still some tickets on the door for tonight’s performance by The Christians.