Contact & find us

Most of Howdenlive’s events take place at the historic Shire Hall in the centre of Howden.  Our postal address is

11 Market Place
East Yorkshire
DN14 7BJ (see map and get directions)

There is plenty of free parking at the Co-op on

Charles Briggs Avenue
69 Hailgate
East Yorkshire
DN14 7SU (see map and get directions)

You can follow us on twitter and you can call us on 01430 431535

We thrive on feedback and have created space on all of our web pages for your comments.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Shire Hall is a beautiful, multi-functional building used for community hires such as parties, wedding receptions, fund raising events, and weekly classes.


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  1. BluesBeaten Redshaw says:

    Hi there,

    I’m BluesBeaten Redshaw. I’m a 18 year old solo elecric blues guitarist and singer.

    I’m located 11 miles north of York and will be playing various gigs in the area and around the UK throughout March.

    In 2010 I performed 2 loud and ballsy sets at Glastonbury festival and then a week later I drove my 1948 Ferguson TE20 tractor (Bessie) from my home in Yorkshire to a small town in Switzerland. Throughout my journey, 1500 miles through the UK, France and Switzerland at a top speed of 14 miles an hour, I played numerous festivals and finished performing at a festival of ‘swiss national day’ in Switzerland. A Swiss TV camera crew followed me on my travel and have filmed it as a documentary which I recently found out has had it’s first TV buyer in Switzerland and there’s great hope for it to air in the UK.

    While I’m in the area in March it’d be great to play at Howden Live and so I wondered if you had any possible slots available for me to perform in March? You can find some of my work on my youtube page and more recent clips, info and footage from my Tractor Tour Documentary on I’ve currently a record on sale and will have my next available by March.

    The owners of another venue I’m booked for sent me in your direction as a great supporter of upcoming musicians. It’d be great to play locally ‘n all.

    Thanks, have a great day and I look forward to hearing back from you.

  2. Tony Barker says:

    Dear Howden Live,

    Can we have a link, please, on Blogroll to Vixen 101? We are going to follow you on Twitter but feel Vixen 101’s support for Howden Live coul be reciprocated on your fine new website. We have a dedicated theatre and culture hour every Saturday and a hugely-extensive what’s on guide, broadcast every two hours and available 24/7 online.



  3. Dennis McPeake says:

    Great gig last night – Chantel was fantastic as always. I have uploaded a video from the gig to You Tube – if you are interested the link is: –


  4. Gill Dixon says:

    Chantel MacGregor lbew me awy. The diminutive blonde in the prom dress and diamante necklace would not have looked out of place picking up a violin, but when she first touched the strings of her electric guitar my bottom jaw hit the floor. What a guitarist! Really felt that I was in the presence of greatness.

  5. maggi stratford says:

    I want to send you an email – but can’t find a contact name or an!

  6. maggi stratford says:

    Hi Mark – trying to send you info re ENCORE!!
    Is there an email address I can access & send attachments to?

  7. Gareth says:

    It would be useful if you included information how to get to howdenlive. Hull Trains offer trains to Howden station so could be a good resource to add to your website. I have used them before when buying tickets online, they charge no booking fees and no credit card charges

  8. Hi, I would be grateful if you would kindly tell me who I contact regarding programming at your venue?

  9. maggi stratford says:

    Hi James,
    I’m half of Encore!, we’ve been going down a storm & we would love to play at Howden…..Can you let me have an email address/ contact details so I can give you more info? many thanks

    “a warm and passionate Gallic evening – fabulous to hear an english woman singing these masterpieces of French Chansons so perfectly!”
    Brel, Piaf, Moustaki….& more..

  10. Phil Lyons says:

    We are The New Vintage Band, a Swingin’, Jivin’, Rock ‘n’ Rollin’ high energy, professional band based in North Yorkshire. Would be very interested in playing at Howden!

    • howdenlive says:

      Hi Phil,

      Sorry its taken a while to get back to you, The NVB could be a strong possibility for a gig in Howden, we have established an audience with The Northern Showtime orchestra doing Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller shows, so its not too much of a punt. What sort of fee are you looking for your various combo’s please? If we can come to a mutual agreement we are looking at something in the autumn. My e-mail is I guess you have read all about Howden Live and how we go about things on the website? If there is anything else you would like t know please ask.



  11. Christine Woolasss says:

    Any chance of Holy Moly returning to Shire Hall?

  12. Martyr barrow-esterling says:

    Will not be coming back to here again.seating issues struggled to find seats for me and my girlfriend and a friend. Two pianos sound was terrible and sounded very tinny .a second rate venue. Friend who came with us said it reminded him of a school assembly.

    • howdenlive says:

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion, there were enough seats to accommodate everyone, the seating is unreserved, what time did you arrive? Last year we had a virtually all new PA system installed which was custom designed for the hall. A professional sound engineer did the sound that night and I suspect he, the band and the rest of the audience would dispute your description of the sound as “very tinny” Not any kind of qualified opinion of a sound system I have ever heard I’m afraid. I’m sorry that your experience of the Shire Hall was not a positive one but I know from interaction with audiences at many different concerts featuring numerous different genres of music that your opinion does not reflect that of the vast majority of people attending concerts at the Shire Hall.

    • howdenlive says:

      Not sure if this link will work for you here, if it doesn’t go to the group page for Howden Live on Facebook and have a gander at the very well qualified opinions expressed by professional musicians, sound engineers and audience members in response to your critique, all of whom know what we do well, thank you.

  13. deborah thorp says:

    we understand that you carried an article about our son Thomas Thorp in last months addition. We have not been able to purchase a copy but would really like a copy if that is possible. My parents live in Howden and used to be involved with Howden live, yjey live at 9 the meadows.
    many thanks
    debbie Thorp

    • howdenlive says:

      Hello Deborah, you would appear to be mixing us up with Howden Matters, as it happens our box office at Touchwood should be able to help you out, 01430 431535, cheers.

  14. Ed says:

    I saw you wrote this on Ren Harvieus facebook

    “Hello, would it be possible to message me some contact details about a possible booking in the autumn of 2017 please? we are: Thank you.”

    If you could get in touch with us here about bookings that would be great and we can discuss.

  15. Charlotte Daly says:


    My name is Charlotte, I am 17 years old and currently studying at Wyke Sixth Form College.

    In the next few months I will be beginning to apply to university and am considering degrees in stage management, live events and television. Consequently, I need to acquire as much experience as possible in relevant fields and was therefore wondering if you have any work experience opportunities or volunteer roles available.

    I am open to many options and would be happy doing a variety of roles, even if it may just be ‘shadowing’ another team member and gaining knowledge and experience by watching what they do. I am a hardworking individual with a motivation to learn more about an industry which I aspire to be a part of in the future.

    I would be very grateful if you could get back to me regarding my enquiry. Furthermore I have a CV which I am happy to send if you need it and I am also part of the Hull 2017 volunteer programme.

    Many thanks,

    Charlotte Daly.

    • howdenlive says:

      Hi Charlotte, so sorry for the late response, only nearly a year late! I keep missing comments, obviously, I don’t know if this is still a consideration for you but the short answer is yes. Please feel free to get in touch if this is still something you are looking at? You would be guaranteed a far quicker response if you sent a message or post via the Howden Live group page, just ask to join that? Cheers, Mark.

  16. sue sandford says:

    is there seating for gigs to book,or how many does it hold

    • howdenlive says:

      Sorry for the late reply Sue, comments tend not to show up too well and I keep missing them, obviously, there is always some seating at every show depending on the genre as to wether its all seated or not. Our capcity is 186.

  17. Helen Smith says:

    Hi Mark I’m hoping you might be able to help me. I’ve got my 60th Birthday Party this Saturday 19th August at Junction. I booked my singer in January but yesterday she cancelled due to illness. I’m now in a panic with 70 guests arriving on Saturday evening and no entertainment. I was hoping for someone who does 50s/60s/70s as we all love to dance. Can you recommend anyone please?

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