For a second year in a row, Square Chapel will be offering a programme of events as part of Independent Venue Week.

This is a national celebration of live music and comedy based on the notion that events are performed in and ran by independent venues like the Halifax arts centre. This year’s line-up for gig goers includes the fascinating musician and comedian Mik Artistik, punk princess Toyah Willcox, The Wonder Stuff ‘s Dan Donnelly and Clinton Baptiste from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.


On Thursday 30 January from 7.30pm, Square Chapel welcomes comedian and musician Mik Artisk for an evening of entertainment including an in conversation with Mik and hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, Chris Hawkins.

The evening kicks off with a screening of Who is Mik Artistik? – an amusing short documentary following the unconventional life of this very intriguing man. This is followed by a Q&A and then Mik will perform live on stage as part of the night.


On Saturday 1 February, Square Chapel welcomes back punk princess and cult stage actress, Toyah Willcox.

Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s beloved household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage and screen actress (Jubilee, Quadrophenia) and music composer. Toyah has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty-five albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in over twenty feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes.

The film Jubilee, starring Toyah Willcox and directed by Derek Jarman, will commence at 4.45pm followed by an in conversation with Toyah and hosted by BBC 6 Music presenter, Chris Hawkins. The evening will end with a live gig from Toyah and her band. Tickets for all three elements of this event are priced at £30.


Singer and songwriter Dan Donnelly has played in 20 countries across the world and has supported acts such as Air, The Darkness, Bob Geldof, Ian Dury and Duran Duran to name a few. When not touring with his solo music, Dan is a fulltime member of Indie Rock band The Wonder Stuff. Fans can see him at Square Chapel for one night only on Friday 31 January from 8pm.


Fans can join paranormal sensation Clinton Baptiste as he takes them on a hilarious yet touching journey through his life, out the other side and beyond the Celestial Curtains. There is a waiting list for this sold out show on Friday 31 January. Audiences can register their interest by calling the Square Chapel Box Office on 01422 353422.


For more information and to book visit or call the box office on 01422 353073.

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