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Council Clarifies Christmas Concert News

Thursday October 25 2012


Previous guests at the annual Christmas Concert included urban star Mischa B. Pic by Adrian Ashworth. Previous guests at the annual Christmas Concert included urban star Mischa B. Pic by Adrian Ashworth.


CONFUSION over the Christmas celebrations for Barnsley has been cleared up by the council.

A spokesman confirmed this morning that there will be no Christmas Pop Concert - as there has been in previous years.

Last year, the Pop! event was a sell-out at the Metrodome, and featured X-Factor rejects and local bands. 

A council spokesman added: "There won't be a Christmas Goes Pop concert this year. We're focusing on family friendly events in the town centre."

This year, children's TV character Mike The Knight will be flicking the switch at the Alhambra Balcony in the town centre at 6pm on November 21.

Festivities start at 5pm with a roadshow led by Dearne FM on the balcony, that will feature local entertainment.

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Reply Posted by kayleigh on Thursday October 25 2012 at 13:51
so will there be any x factor acts on in the town centre

Reply Posted by Szabo on Thursday October 25 2012 at 20:53
think that barnsley should spice it up a bit and have different genres of music, like heavy metal, punk, hardcore, so it is tailored for everyone not just fans of pop :)

Reply Posted by greenginger on Saturday October 27 2012 at 18:09
Because only ppl under 20 will wanna watch it then.

Reply Posted by Honeywell on Thursday October 25 2012 at 21:03
This appears to be centered on younger children, what about older kids and teens? Perhaps council should have done bits for everyone?

Reply Posted by Andrew on Thursday October 25 2012 at 21:20
not often I agree with the council but I do on this occasion. It costs money to put these events on and with the council having to lay off so many people its being socially conscious this year....well done

Reply Posted by Honeywell on Friday October 26 2012 at 08:52
Andrew I kinda disagree with you, yes I realise it costs money, but with the right planning (ahead may I add) it would also be a good way to earn money... Good acts = good crowds charge for tickets food etc....

Reply Posted by Paula J Harding on Friday October 26 2012 at 16:40
Mike the Knight ? presume if u are under the age of 6 u know who he is the night should be varied for all age groups doesn't have to cost alot just imagination everyone should be catered for...

Reply Posted by Jayne on Friday October 26 2012 at 16:49
I think the council need to have another rethink about the other age ranges across Barnsley.My niece is 13 and she doesn't want to go and stand in town just to see Mike the Knight....They should have a variety of acts for all ages...

Reply Posted by anon on Friday October 26 2012 at 18:30
It was really good at the metrodome last year a range of age groups and everyone having a laugh why not have it again ?? I agree with some of the other comments you cant just have it for little kids what about people inbetween??

Reply Posted by jules on Saturday October 27 2012 at 02:57
pfft barnsley council going over board per usual a mean come on this happens once a year put some thought in to it at least god sake we drag kids art in freezing cold n its rubbish every year

Reply Posted by liam on Saturday October 27 2012 at 17:59
Why carnt people just be grateful that the council is doing something. Dammed if they do, dammed if they dont comes to mind..

Reply Posted by greenginger on Saturday October 27 2012 at 18:11
Why does the council have to spend any money surely they are skint?

If you all want to go to a show put your hands in your pockets and buy some tickets and stop expecting everything to come to Barnsley. There are other places out there besides this little backwater shanty town.

Reply Posted by donna on Saturday October 27 2012 at 21:11
I dont see the problem in splashing at little extra when it boost business and brings money into the area. They should cater for all ages with a mix of acts and finally who wants a dressed up person pressing the button. Last years idea was best of using we are barnsley users to vote for that extra special person to push the button.
The town was packed, you could hardly move, the atmosphere was amazing and actually raises spirits all round during these difficult times.

Reply Posted by Robert on Sunday October 28 2012 at 09:10
Mike the Knight? Not really thought about, is it. What about one of our local sportmen/women? Someone local of whom we cherish would have surely been better that Mr Bloggs in an outfit... I find it cheap and tacky! I am sure someone better would volunteer...

Reply Posted by may on Monday October 29 2012 at 13:38
my daughter took the grandkids to watch the switch on a couple of yrs ago they were 7,5 and eighteen months old and it was a total disaster there was a gang of teenagers at the side of them all acting about 2 of them fell on the baby in the pushchair and another knocked the 5yr old flying and she ended up with a nasty gash to her head the baby was screaming terrified and this gang thought it was funny it isnt safe to take young children any more which is a pity,you ask any teenager what they associate with christmas and i expect in the majority of cases they will say presents, ask any toddler and most will say santa and baby jesus, which i believe christmas is all about.in trying to accomodate everyone the kids who actually believe in santa are put at risk un suprisingly my daugther as refused to take the kids since