Whats On

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 9:00pm

Preston's friendliest and best Open Mic Night, with Matt Gallagher of Victorian Dad. Now twice a month!

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 12:00pm

Riverside Vintage will be taking over the beer garden as well as filling the performance space at The Continental with vintage & handmade stalls. Expect some fabulous items on sale as well as some delicious Riverside cakes.

Monday, 21 April 2014 - 12:00pm

Come along to our Beer Garden on Easter Monday for some lip smacking Sweetsmoke BBQ treats and some family fun, including giant Jenga, sumo suits and a bouncy castle.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 8:00pm

IAN NAGOSKI comes to The Continental with one of his hypnotic interactive lectures on disappearing music of the 20th Century.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 7:30pm

Kyle is comfortable with his life as a gay male escort until the day he is hired by a premiership footballer, and finds himself falling in love. But can Kyle maintain a relationship with a closeted footballer in a country where not one pro player is out? An edgy, moving and subversive one man show laced with sharp humour going in for a hard tackle on football’s last taboo.

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 8:00pm

Avoid disappointment and beware of cheap imitations - if you want authentic Ska and 2 Tone, then you'd be hard pressed to beat the Ska Face experience.

Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 1:30pm

The Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 1976, making 2014 their 38th year. The band plays popular big band music across the whole spectrum.

Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 7:30pm

They're back! THE definitive Street Punk band, GBH have enjoyed a massive cult following all over the world ever since the release of debut LP City Baby Attacked by Rats.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 7:30pm

Following the success of Of Mice and Men at The Continental (March 2011), award winning Black Box Theatre return with a bold and exciting new production of Shakespeare’s most tragic tale.

Theatre | Literature | Family
Thursday, 1 May 2014 - 7:30pm

In the first of our two great 'May Day Radical Voices' events, award-winning actor, writer and singer Tayo Aluko comes to the Continental to present this fascinating show, in which he sings a selection of well known and more obscure songs and illustrates the story with pictures and stories of the great man.

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 7:30pm

The second 'May Day Radical Voices' event presents the story of Woody Guthrie’s personal transformation from a youthful Oklahoma racist to the ardent anti-racist champion who risked his life holding the line against American fascism during the notorious Peekskill riots.

Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 12:00pm

Celebrating 17 years at the heart of Preston's skateboarding culture, Scene presents a birthday party not to be missed.

Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 7:30pm

The original 1980s positive-punk/Goth band is back with original members Hurst, Greenwood and Trotwood, plus John Hyatt (3 Johns) with Goth project Glamogoth!

Friday, 9 May 2014 - 8:00pm

One of Chicago’s premier up-and-coming pianists, Greg has played with the BUDDY RICH BIG BAND and the cream of the Chicago jazz elite. Catch him here in Preston with his amazing US quartet featuring Makaya McCraven (drums, Junius Paul(bass)and De’Sean Jones(sax).

Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 5:00pm

Our legendary Beer Festival returns on Thursday 15th May - bigger and better than ever! Well over 100 ales, lagers, ciders and perrys, free live music and delicious food.

Friday, 16 May 2014 - 5:00pm

No Continental Beer Festival would be complete without a fantastic FREE line-up of live music acts in our outdoor marquee, and this just may be the best so far. Hyperjax, Templebys, The Fast Camels, Doug Perkins and the Spectaculars, more!

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 8:00pm

Rachel Sermanni is a storyteller with a voice that packs an almighty punch with her earthy folk melodies and dextrous fingerpicking. *Rescheduled from March 22nd.

Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 8:00pm

Lo-fi troubadour The Pictish Trail has rebooted his eclectic Fence Records label as LOST MAP. For this showcase gig, Pictish will perform a few sets during the night, in between performances from two of the latest additions to the label - Tuff Love and Monoganon.

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 8:00pm

Another blistering night of pure PUNK at The Continental. Packing the floor at punk’s birth in the 70s, splitting up as it was overtaken by Ska and New Romantics in the 80s, and re-forming due to European bootleg interest in their back catalogue in the Noughties, Glasgow’s socio-politico-proto punk band The Zips are keen to make up for lost time.

Friday, 6 June 2014 - 8:00pm

With their own blend of Acid Jazz infused Funk and Soul, Tripitaka are rapidly gaining a massive fan base across the North West.

Thursday, 12 June 2014 - 8:00pm

Steve Noble is a crucial figure in the UK's improvised music scene and saxophonist Assif Tsahar is an integral part of the New York's improvised music scene. GREEDYADAM are an Israeli trio who describe their music as Psychedelic-Cantorial-Bash.

Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 7:30pm

Burlesque is back in the City of Preston! Crafty Vintage & Suzie Sequin present "The Looking Glass Burlesque" with another exquisite line-up of artistes from around the UK.

Music | Theatre
Sunday, 29 June 2014 - 1:30pm

The Managers' ethos has always been to make big band music accessible to everyone, and they choose their concert programmes to be enjoyed by all, not just aficionados.

Friday, 4 July 2014 - 8:00pm

From their instantly recognisable raffle ticket logo (as seen on the biker jackets of punks the world over) to the stream of pure pop punk classics like Homicide and Emergency, to their high energy live act, 999 are one of punk's true classic bands.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 8:00pm

An exceptional night of alternative folk for the connoisseur.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 8:00pm

Three army cadets are on manoeuvres high on a bleak and isolated moorland plateaux in Cumbria. They think no one knows where they are. But Craig does. He is on his way with a dangerous secret which will blow their lives apart.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 8:00pm

Veering between krautrock edginess and bittersweet pop melancholia, droning medicated tones and noise driven no wave fuzz, The Oscillation recalls the kosmische musik of Neu! with an eye on Pil’s dubbed out punk funk, Miles Davis’ experimentalism and Spacemen 3′s strung out blues rock.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 7:30pm

Burlesque is back! Crafty Vintage & Suzie Sequin present "The Looking Glass Burlesque" with another exquisite line-up of artistes from around the UK.

Music | Theatre
Friday, 10 October 2014 - 8:00pm

As a solo artist Kris has toured the length and breadth of the UK & Europe, has released three critically acclaimed solo albums to date and will release a widely anticipated new album in 2014.

Sunday, 12 October 2014 - 7:30pm

"Absolutely gorgeous music. We've rarely had as big a reaction to any artist in recent years as the one we had for Lizanne Knott." Bob Harris: BBC Radio 2

Friday, 17 October 2014 - 8:00pm

At Last – The Etta James Story is presented by International West End vocalist MāKuini, who brings her heart, soul and funk to the story of Etta’s turbulent life and sings her best loved songs.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 8:00pm

Our Friends, The Enemy is a four star play combining theatre and spoken word to capture the remarkable story of the Christmas truce from the First World War. Following sell out runs in Edinburgh and London, this year's First World War Centenary sees the show tour the UK and parts of Europe affected by the Great War.

Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 2:00pm

Nikki and Mike are normal kids. Except Nikki can transform into a massive dinosaur! This high energy comedy show follows Dommy B’s spring 2014 sell out tour of 'Spark, The Goblin Wizard' and 2013's 'The Dragon Who Hates Poetry'.

Theatre | Family