Chilled out Saturday sessions come to city’s newest venue

Joe Ramsden
Joe Ramsden

One of the city’s newest music venues is taking a laid back approach to its event programming.

The Hall in China Street, owned and run by Atkinson’s Coffee Roasters a few doors down, has been working behind the scenes to put together a music line-up for July and August which will have a “light, chilled, acoustic feel” to suit the cafe environment, says coffee boss Ian Steel.

The Hall was a popular venue when it opened as part of Lancaster Music Festival last year, and has been holding low key events since then.

But throughout July and August there will be something on every weekend, mostly on Saturdays.

Ben “Mr Ben” Hall performs on July 11, followed by Lucas Button on July 18 and Brendan Cronin takes to the stage on July 25.

Lancaster’s Boy on Junkyard perform on August 1, followed by Alan Hempton on Friday August 7.

John Harper and Rosi Chester take to the stage on Saturday, August 15, with Joe Ramsden on Saturday on August 22, and Difference on August 29.

Ian said: “We’re trying to carefully curate what acts we put on. It’s maybe a slightly lighter, chilled, acoustic feel to suit the cafe environment, compared to the rockier fare to be found in most pubs.

“We’ve been working hard to put together a programme of events and now have the next two months nicely booked up.

“The Hall is still a relatively new venue but it’s a space that is enjoyed by both performers and audiences alike.

“I prefer it when it’s full, obviously! But I feel we’re trying to change the culture here by offering people a venue that’s a cafe, not a pub, to go to in the evenings.”

The Hall also has a new “Savoury Menu” to complement its high end hot drinks menu, as well as bottled craft beer.

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Performances start at 8pm and entry is free.