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In the Doghouse - it’s the best place to be for music fans ...
Disillusioned with the lack of venues in Halifax for young bands and musicians to play live and find new audiences, Michael Ainsworth and Rothwell Shackleton decided to take matters into their own hands.
 Their efforts to start a regular live music night struck a chord with fans - and 10 years on the two promoters are celebrating a decade of being in the Doghouse.
 With friends and supporters helping out - including designing the distinctive Doghouse logo - the gigs became part of Calderdale cultural life, attracting new bands and up-and-coming names.
 Highlights have featured unique gigs at Halifax Minster by artists such as singer John Grant and Midlake and music festivals in the Piece Hall, the Shears Inn and in the Lake District.
 Michael said: “I don’t think either of us thought the Doghouse would last as long as it has or that we would achieve so much.
 “Once we got to two years, I thought it would be good if we could continue longer than The Return Club, a roving music venue which ran in Halifax from 1989 to 1992. But we have surpassed that by getting to 10 years. 
 Rothwell Shackleton - better known as Shack - said: “I have loved being able to bring some amazing artists to Halifax and, in a small way, add to the cultural life of the town. Ten years on we feel that more than ever. We’ve lost track of how many artists we’ve brought to play for us but it must be going on for 500 now.”
 
 
 

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