What are the Defiance sessions?
Protest songs don’t just belong in the 1960s! The ‘Defiance Sessions’ are a new bi-monthly gig promoting music with something to say. We celebrate songs that challenge an audience, songs with a conscience, stories of real people and real lives, and songs and that have a defiant and rebellious spirit.
The gigs take place every two months in Glossop, Derbyshire and are hosted by singer-songwriter Quiet Loner.
When are the gigs and what time do they start?
The gigs are usually on the last Saturday of the month, every two months – January, March, May, July, September, November. Doors open at 7pm and music will normally start between 730 and 8pm.
The gigs are all timed to finish at 10pm. The bar will stay open and we will have some guest DJs play some great music. This means people who don’t live in Glossop can get the last train back to Manchester which usually leaves around 10.35pm, It also gives the audience a chance to chat to the performers.
How much does it cost?
The door price for each gig is £8. Advance tickets are £6. You can buy tickets in person from outlets in Glossop. You can also book online but this is subject to a 50p booking fee. We also offer tickets for £4 to anyone who is unwaged.
“The name ‘Defiance’ comes from a brilliant song by Bolton singer-songwriter Chris Evans, and these sessions are a tribute to Chris and his spirit.”
Where do they take place?
In Glossop a beautiful Derbyshire town on the edge of the Dark Peak. The Defiance sessions are held at Glossop Labour Club. Established in 1906 by Trade Unionists and Suffragettes, it is one of the oldest independent socialist clubs in the country. It is run entirely by volunteers. The address and postcode is 11-13 Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
How do I get there?
Train : There are regular trains from Manchester Piccadilly. We finish the shows in time for you to get the last train.
Bus : The 236 bus from Stalybridge and Ashton-Under-Lyne will get you to Glossop and get you home again.
Car : Glossop is on the A57 between Manchester and Sheffield. There is free car parking on Chapel Street and a large council car park a minute’s walk away which is free after 6pm.
Who runs it?
The Defiance sessions are curated and compered by Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner. They are inspired by Quiet Loner’s experience of playing at Billy Bragg’s Leftfield stage at Glastonbury festival in 2013 (see below).