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Friday, 24 February 2017 - 8:00pm

THE SMITHS UTD is a Lincoln-based The Smiths tribute act. The classic four-piece Smiths lineup is paid homage to by four Smiths-mad lads from the flatlands! All the classic hits and more.

Monday, 27 February 2017 - 7:30pm

ScRibble is a friendly group that meets once a month to share creative writing. They're a group of mixed abilities and experiences - some have had pieces published, some have done courses, others just have a go in their spare time.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 8:00pm

A special film screening organised by Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group. Connected by Coffee is an inspiring and thought-provoking documentary about the lives and history of the people who grow the coffee we drink.

Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 9:00pm

Preston's friendliest and best Open Mic Night just goes from strength to strength. Free entry, all welcome!

Friday, 3 March 2017 - 6:00pm

Vernal Equinox - an exciting new festival in Preston pulling together divergent strands of underground music - folk / psych / wyrd. Trembling Bells, Galley Beggar, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), Mugstar, Alasdair Roberts and many more will be performing at this incredible three day event!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 - 7:00pm

They Eat Culture present their fortnightly film club - a place for the film fanatics of Preston to share in the joyous experience of watching great cinema. Keep an eye on their Twitter account @CinemaATC for weekly clues and hints about the next film to be screened.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 7:30pm

Continen-Tales is a new open mic event for up and coming authors and poets to tell a story from their real or fictional lives, read or recite their work to an audience. Organised by Preston writer’s group scRibble.

Thursday, 9 March 2017 - 8:00pm

NME claimed that ‘Peter Bruntnell's records should be taught in schools’ and if you ask the likes of Rumer, Peter Buck, Scott Mccaughey, Willy Vlautin, Jay Farrar, John Murry or Kathleen Edwards they’ll all agree that Peter Bruntnell is a writer with rare and mysterious qualities. A uniquely British artist, Peter has toured extensively with Son Volt, Kathleen Edwards and Richmond Fontaine. *Rescheduled from Feb 2nd due to unforeseen circumstances

Saturday, 11 March 2017 - 8:00pm

Looking forward to the 2017 summer, Gisburn Forest's Cloudspotting Festival reaches out to Preston with this top quality double bill featuring two very different bands who share the same creative spirit, reflecting the thrilling borderless nature of Cloudspotting's music line-up. It will the first time the mighty HENGE have played at The Continental.

Monday, 13 March 2017 - 7:30pm

The Continental Book Club meets on the 2nd Monday of every month in the Snug. All are welcomed and entry is free.

Friday, 17 March 2017 - 8:00pm

Oskar’s Drum, named after the main character in Günter Grass’s famous novel ‘ The Tin Drum’ are an exciting ‘art beat happening’ featuring esteemed Manchester-based musicians, Patrick Fitzgerald (vocals/guitar in Kitchens of Distinction) and Yves Altana (Chameleons Vox, Wonky Alice, The Chrysalids).

Monday, 20 March 2017 - 7:30pm

@PrestonGeekUp is a social event held on the 3rd Monday of every month in the Snug. Anyone is welcome, whether interested in technology, computing, or cake. Yes, cake.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 7:00pm

They Eat Culture present their fortnightly film club - a place for the film fanatics of Preston to share in the joyous experience of watching great cinema. Keep an eye on their Twitter account @CinemaATC for weekly clues and hints about the next film to be screened.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 7:50pm

When Disney-loving Aminah meets blood-soaked Kayla in after-school detention, neither expects to bring a whole community to its knees. Borderland is a provocative, urgent look at modern-day segregation; a story of race, class, sexuality and power. This play will challenge liberal and traditional values alike.

Friday, 24 March 2017 - 8:00pm

“Britain’s premier YES tribute band” (Classic Rock Magazine). Concentrating mainly on the British Prog Rock gods' golden 1970-79 period, this is an absolute MUST-SEE-SHOW for any devotee of this classic act.

Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 8:00pm

With a blistering set consisting of all the classics the Anglo-Spanish tribute band Deeper Purple feature the best reproduction of the Deep Purple live sound you’re ever likely to hear, delivering the ultimate rock experience.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 - 8:00pm

Avant-rock jazz-blues from the classic albums of the legendary Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. Not really a “tribute band” - tunes from most of the Captain’s albums are interpreted as instrumentals with room for improvisation. Not too many liberties are taken so as not to disappoint Beefheart aficionados!

Friday, 31 March 2017 - 8:00pm

UCLan Music & Preston Jam present an evening of the best in modern experimental music. Entry is free!

Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 7:30pm

Celebrating 26 years on the road around Europe, The Muffin Men have played nearly 2000 dates, often featuring ex-Zappa alumni. The band play their own arrangements of Frank Zappa material, along with some note-for-note versions of old favourites. Here they are again, this time with legendary Zappa & Beefheart sideman DENNY WALLEY!

Saturday, 8 April 2017 - 8:00pm

Tuff Life Boogie and They Eat Culture are delighted to present this magnificent double-header featuring super-rare shows from two of the finest acts on legendary indie label Creation Records.

Friday, 14 April 2017 - 8:00pm

Tuff Life Boogie & They Eat Culture are delighted to present an intimate seated show from BBC Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. With the release of 'Overnight' last year, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker produced an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met.

Saturday, 15 April 2017 - 8:00pm

The heavy, heavy monster sound of Ska Face performing the best of The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat and many, many more! Back in sunny Preston once again for two sets of classic 2 Tone and Ska hits from those cheeky Rude Boiz - Ska Face. Tickets on sale now!

Sunday, 16 April 2017 - 12:00pm

Riverside Vintage return to The Continental for 2017. Third Sunday every month (excluding June). Local designer-makers with the very best of vintage home-ware - and cakes!

Thursday, 20 April 2017 - 7:00pm

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of British folk’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo). Their latest album, Shadows, is the follow up to their groundbreaking album The Hum, which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Friday, 21 April 2017 - 8:00pm

Manière des Bohémiens play energetic and improvised Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli influenced Gypsy Jazz and Eastern European Swing. They are the most debauched, ecstatic and downright amazing live band you will have seen for a long while.

Saturday, 22 April 2017 - 8:00pm

British folk-punk for a summer's afternoon, a sound forged in festivals and bonfires, with fiddle-driven rabble rousers and songs that stir the soul. With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fan base, The Leylines are guaranteed to have you up on your feet – and they will be having as much fun as you while they're doing it!

Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 7:30pm

The musical collaboration of Michael Chapman and Ehud Banai may not seem like an obvious coupling, except for the fact that Michael Chapman has for some years now been pushing his musical envelope in all directions, embracing many genres of music, some for the first time, and Ehud Banai cut his musical teeth back in the 70’s listening to Michael Chapman, in the valley of Rosh Pina in Upper Galilee.

Saturday, 29 April 2017 - 8:00pm

Multi-Instrumentalists Frank Benbini (one third of FUN LOVIN CRIMINALS) and Naim Cortazzi are UNCLE FRANK. Both are talented songwriters, producers and musicians that have toured the world. They're always busy creating the best kind of music... music with soul, funk, rage and love!

Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 8:00pm

Hailing from the North West of England, The AC/DC Experience perform classics from both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras such as "Highway To Hell", "Shoot To Thrill", "Back In Black", "Whole Lotta Rosie", and many, many more - The AC/DC Experience provide a live show second only to the legends themselves!

Friday, 5 May 2017 - 8:00pm

A night of the finest 50's Rock and Roll and Rockabilly. A four piece band who take their inspiration from the pioneers of Rock 'n' Roll. Recreating and reinventing the unique sound of the 1950's as they emulate the greats from Presley to Perkins and Cochran to Cash.

Saturday, 6 May 2017 - 8:00pm

In 2017, 40 years after the historic 'White Riot' tour, London Calling, the UK’s premier THE CLASH tribute act will be paying homage to this epic event by playing shows throughout the UK, including here at The Continental . Playing a retrospective of that legendary first album they will then go on to perform the best of the rest including all the hit singles and more.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 5:00pm

Preston’s Biggest and Best Beer Festival is BACK! Over 200 ales, ciders, craft beers, perrys and specialist kegs, live music, DJs, BBQ, and more TBA! Come and find out for yourself why our Beer Festivals are one of the most popular events in Preston.

Friday, 26 May 2017 - 7:30pm

The new combo led by legendary Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier. When we hear synth lines diving, lifting and drifting, unusual guitar textures, the plucked sound of flat wound bass strings or the bottomless pulsing of bass pedals stepping out of the mix with an exquisite vibrancy, this is the sound of the Source Ensemble!

Friday, 2 June 2017 - 8:00pm

A top class and authentic tribute to the late, great Lemmy Kilmister and his band, Motörhead. Motörheadache is a three piece tribute to Lemmy's musical career with Motörhead from 1975 to 2015, but features some his solo projects with the likes of Foo Fighters and Slash. Set up by lifelong Motörhead fan Rob Campbell on Rickenbacker bass and vocal, the line-up features Neil Archer on guitar and Nic Rudd on drums.

Friday, 9 June 2017 - 8:00pm

Combining off-world electronica and live vocals from Fiona Soe Paing with 3D animation from New Zealand based collaborator Zennor Alexander, ALIEN LULLABIES is an immersive live gig/cinema hybrid. "Unutterably cool, darkly alluring, fascinatingly inventive." Scotsman

Music | Film
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 7:15pm

To celebrate our visit from the great man himself on Friday 23rd June we offer you OTWAY THE MOVIE! In the midst of Britain’s 70s punk revolution and after a momentous TV appearance where five and a half million viewers watched him land painfully on his testicles, Otway was high in the charts. Too bad his next HIT was 25 years later.

Music | Film
Friday, 23 June 2017 - 8:00pm

Rock veteran Otway dubbed himself “rock’n’roll’s greatest failure” after many unsuccessful attempts to produce a second hit single to follow his 1977 classic (Cor Baby, That’s) Really Free with Wild Willy Barrett.However, a mere quarter century later, he was back on Top of The Pops and back in the charts as a birthday present from his adoring and patient fans. Expect madcap mayhem and some scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better…..and also to be surprised at just what a showman and musician really lies underneath the tomfoolery.

Friday, 30 June 2017 - 8:00pm

Rated as one of the UK’s premier Mod revivalist outfits, The Immediates perform the classic British sounds of The Who and The Kinks through to Trojan and American influences from Booker T through to Nolan Porter and beyond. All delivered with conviction and uncompromising authenticity.

Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 8:00pm

The Machine Rages On is the UK's No.1 tribute to legendary US Rap Metal act RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of THAT stormin' debut LP!

Friday, 13 October 2017 - 8:00pm

Mörderstein have been labelled as the UK's Ultimate Rammstein tribute band by some of the people who have witnessed their live show. Six members, fully live with the attitude, determination...... and pyromania!