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Thursday, 23 January 2020 - 8:00pm

Experience a different classic vinyl LP every month through a high-end audio system provided by our friends at Richer Sounds. Hear them as they're meant to be heard with equipment from some of the world's leading manufacturers! Records from Action Records. This month is the turn of Guns N' Roses' finest hour!

Friday, 24 January 2020 - 8:00pm

FIRST PRESTON SHOW IN OVER A YEAR. IVAN CAMPO's songs tell tales; inspired by life, love and literature. The Manchester based group have been seen by a range of audiences at festivals and venues across the UK & beyond - their song 'The Great Procrastinator' was used for E4's 'Skins' and they have received radio play from Bob Harris, Janice Long, (BBC Radio 2), Guy Garvey, and Tom Robinson, and performed four live sessions for Marc Riley's BBC 6 Music show. Their latest album 'Season of the King' was released in October 2017 on Debt Records. FREE ENTRY SNUG SHOW - ALL WELCOME.

Saturday, 25 January 2020 - 7:00pm

A great chance to catch one of Lancashire's most talented young performers playing a full-band set, plus special guest supports. JAKE HEATON's guitar stylings resemble the likes of John Mayer and Richie Sambora. Plus support from Three Day Weekend and more!

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 - 7:30pm

Damson Poets is a monthly poetry event featuring an open mic, guests poets, and themed evenings. Every last Wednesday of the Month.

Thursday, 30 January 2020 - 8:30pm

Expect a little Stones, a little Dylan, Appalachian murder ballads and some Grateful Dead, along with an essence of pure country and an added hint of gospel blues; all this wrapped up in a dark Americana coating of pure southern-fried. Delicious. Try some at this fantastic FREE ENTRY show in our Snug on Thursday 30th January!

Friday, 31 January 2020 - 7:30pm

Beat the winter blues with ZAMAICA - LIVE & DIRECT in a Roots Rock Reggae style!
Zamaica band are based in Preston and have played at venues and festivals across the UK, wowing crowds young and old with our mixture of REGGAE covers and originals!

Saturday, 1 February 2020 - 8:00pm

BLACK SABBATH are without a doubt the creators, the pinnacle ... the GODFATHERS of heavy rock, and JACK SABBATH have come together to emulate their greatness, and bring it to the masses! Plus classic Ozzy solo tracks and special guests THE DROP OUT WIVES!

Thursday, 6 February 2020 - 8:00pm

Two chilling and thrilling tales from M R James, the master of the English ghost story. In A View from a Hill a pair of old binoculars reveal the grisly history of an idyllic stretch of English landscape. In The Treasure of Abbot Thomas a treasure-seeker comes face to face with unspeakable horror at the bottom of ancient well. “Wonderful, magical storytelling…” Daily Mail

Theatre | Literature
Thursday, 6 February 2020 - 8:30pm

The friendliest and best Open Mic Night in town! Take to the stage or simply come along and sample some of the finest grassroots talent that Preston has to offer. Free entry - all welcomed.

Saturday, 8 February 2020 - 8:00pm

BLINDSIDE are a young, up-and-coming band from right here in Preston. With singles 'Face to Face' and 'Tie Me Down' available from all good services and more music, including the 'Eventually' EP, soon to be released. In support is youthful acoustic artist LAUREN MCKENZIE.

Friday, 14 February 2020 - 8:00pm

Eclipse – The Pink Floyd Experience brings together a wealth of musical talent to perform music from The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Meddle, Animals, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Division Bell, the whole of Floyd's epoch-making album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Apart from a level of musicianship that is second to none, the performance includes spectacular multi-media and laser effects to provide the perfect backdrop for this wonderful music.

Sunday, 16 February 2020 - 1:30pm

Led by experienced jazzer Paul Rigby, The BwD Big Band is a modern youthful twist on the big band tradition. Aiming to bring the big band sound to the masses, with repertoire ranging from Miller to Mars...

Music | Family
Thursday, 20 February 2020 - 7:00pm

Tom Meadows is one of the UK's most in demand pop drummers. Tom has been providing the drum beats behind Kylie for 9 years, in which time he has played the Royal Albert Hall, the main stage at Glastonbury, as well as several world tours. A great way to learn with one of the world's top drummers!

Saturday, 22 February 2020 - 7:30pm

THE BIG CUBAN SOCIAL comes to Preston with Afro Cuban duo SON Y RUMBA taking you on a Cuban musical journey to the sounds of traditional Afro Cuban rumba, son, bolero, cha cha cha & salsa descargas. The night features a pre-party Cuban dance class (beginners welcome), live Cuban drumming with the audience followed by dancing to the finest Cuban Son, Cha Cha Cha, Timba & Salsa with DJ IRMITA.

Friday, 28 February 2020 - 8:00pm

JAMES tribute LAID have hit the scene with lightning pace, receiving high praise everywhere they play. Bookings all over the country are coming in thick and fast and the band have marked their territory as the leading tribute to one of the best bands to come out of Manchester.

Saturday, 29 February 2020 - 8:00pm

West on Colfax are back to the Conti showcasing their debut LP - also on the bill are from Preston the excellent The Amber List and Dead Captain from Manchester - who have been getting worldwide airplay of their great last single Fireflies. It's going to be a great night of music - all for £3 pounds on the door - get there early!

Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 8:00pm

Featuring Paul Morris (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Purpendicular) and comprising of seasoned professionals from New York, Spain and the UK who, deliver the most authentic tribute to these Classic Rock giants! After all, it takes some doing to encapsulate the music of a band that have been going for over forty years and worked through so many different line ups!

Friday, 6 March 2020 - 8:00pm

With a repertoire that is as eclectic as it is energetic, The Balkanics deliver an exciting mixture of traditional and original tunes in a style that is all their own. Fiddles, guitar, bouzouki, cello, whistle, flute and percussion combine in The Balkanics’ pan-European melting pot to produce a rich sound that never fails to delight!

Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 8:00pm

DEEP CABARET is the culmination of bandleader Steve Lewis' life's work: to make a band that curates all the musics that fascinate him - jazz, improv, African, folk and leftfield pop. To use that music to set fragments of text taken from novels, journalism, spiritual and other texts that have interesting things to say about being human.

Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 8:00pm

The Life of Brian meets The Young Ones! The Four Horsemen is a satirical comedy which brings the fabled Horsemen of the Apocalypse into a contemporary setting. The play flip-flops between examining complex world events and issues, and problems that are equally important for the Horsemen, such as who ate Death’s last Curly Wurly...

Friday, 13 March 2020 - 8:00pm

PULP FRICTION is the world's best QUENTIN TARANTINO live tribute band! Bringing a unique cocktail of singing, dancing & theatrical performance using the effortless stylised themes from the films.
Everybody be cool, this is a robbery!

Saturday, 14 March 2020 - 8:00pm

Back once again! 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!

Friday, 27 March 2020 - 7:30pm

You lucky people! Earth’s funniest footwear are back, with a comedy double bill. ROLL UP! for their circus-themed romp, featuring a Killer Clown, The Greatest Showman, and Nicole Kidman, and brace yourself for the award-winning Superheroes. (Winner of Bath Comedy Festival’s Best Joke Award 2018). In SUPERHEROES, everyone from The Avengers to Superman, The Joker, to the hero of your choice gets the legendary Socks treatment.

Saturday, 28 March 2020 - 8:00pm

The Ultimate Stone Roses are the only Roses tribute to hail from Manchester. Each member has dedicated themselves to mastering the music of their heroes. Playing songs from the seminal first album, The Second Coming and early fan favourites, The Ultimate Stone Roses give their audiences the most authentic Stone Roses experience possible.

Friday, 3 April 2020 - 8:00pm

Hard rockin' power trio BLACKBALLED's killer rep continues to grow and grow and we're pleased as punch to be welcoming them back once again. Once again with SOLDATO on the bill after their going down an absolute storm last time, plus acoustic artist PAUL HENSHAW opening up.

Saturday, 4 April 2020 - 8:00pm

THE MARLEY EXPERIENCE are an eight-piece BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE BAND with a difference, with lead vocalist Lionart & his undeniable vocal resemblance to the late great King of Reggae himself. Expect all the hits and classics and get ready to sing along to One Love, Three Little Birds, No Woman No Cry, Iron Lion Zion, I Shot The Sheriff, Buffalo Solider and many, many more.

Friday, 10 April 2020 - 8:00pm

HENGE are a true crossover band fusing musical elements recognisable from electronic dance music, prog, psychedelia etc ... but when genre tags inevitably fall short in describing their unique sound we are encouraged (at the band's behest) to refer to this music as COSMIC DROSS! Ravelings of Earth, Rebel!

Saturday, 11 April 2020 - 7:00pm

The legendary sound, spirit and attitude of the mighty AC/DC is alive and kicking and set to be unleashed across the UK in 2020.THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE – Britain’s best AC/DC tribute band!

Friday, 17 April 2020 - 8:00pm

Established in 1977, THE MEMBERS' eclectic Mix of Punk, Reggae, Surf, and Pop, and anthemic songs including the million-selling SOUND OF THE SUBURBS and OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS are part of the Great British Alternative Hymn Book. Catch the legends right here, with special guests XTRACT and ARTISIAN.

Saturday, 18 April 2020 - 8:00pm

They're back! MOTHERSHIP is an incredible LED ZEPPELIN covers band - actually more homage than tribute - that exists to celebrate the music of the best rock band the world has ever seen. The music is the message: so no costumes, no wigs, no nonsense... just great music, well played!

Saturday, 25 April 2020 - 7:30pm

Exactly a year since their Continental debut, alternative rock band THE PURPLE HAT MOB return with new songs, new experiences and new animations. This headline show comes straight off the back of the release of brand new single ‘Access Denied.' Expect to hear unreleased material, new covers, trippy interludes and modern psychedelia aplenty. Plus special guest LA FRENCH.

Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 8:00pm

Performance storyteller Robert Lloyd Parry has spent over a decade touring a series of chilling, critically acclaimed one-man shows based on the ghost stories of M R James. In this new solo show, he draws inspiration from James’s great American contemporary, H P Lovecraft – a stranger, sadder man, but one with an arguably even greater talent for bringing nightmares to life. Dare YOU enter the GALLERY OF SCREAMS?

Theatre | Literature
Saturday, 2 May 2020 - 8:00pm

The latest in a long line of iconic PUNK acts to visit The Continental! ANTI-PASTI has quietly evolved into a three-piece , returning with a new delivery and more ferocious songs. ANTI-PASTI are gigging, writing a new album, and looking forward to playing for all you Preston 'Pasti Heads'!

Saturday, 30 May 2020 - 8:00pm

A titanic PUNK ROCK double-headline show!

In their long career THE VIBRATORS have toured with the likes of Iggy Pop, Ian Hunter, The Flaming Groovies, and Die Toten Hosen, and have had their songs covered by The Exploited, UK Subs, GBH, REM, and Die Toten Hosen, to name but a few.

TV SMITH rose to fame as frontman of legendary 77 punk act THE ADVERTS , and continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences: Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock!

Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 7:30pm

Three Actors, Fifteen Characters, Countless Comic Capers!

Three coach drivers take us on a journey down the Rhine Valley, here highlights include The Student Prince, Jean’s swollen ankles and Sissy’s Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches. You’ll share seats with the Beverley Sisters, Arsenic and Old Lace, Mario Lanza – and three retired miners who feel perfectly at home stuck under the Channel Tunnel... (GSOH essential, and no charge for baggage allowance)

Friday, 26 June 2020 - 7:30pm

Tim Chu and Ian Bailey are two talented professional singer-songwriters from the North West of England who have grown up listening to Simon & Garfunkel’s music. After years of busy individual touring schedules both Tim and Ian have now found the time to concentrate on this venture delivering the music of Simon and Garfunkel in their own unique way that also honours the original recordings, without falling into the regular tribute act category.

Saturday, 12 September 2020 - 8:00pm

STRAIGHTEN OUT are the premier Stranglers tribute band out there. With an extensive set-list that spans two solid hours as they recreate the 'early years' sound of The Stranglers, complete with a keyboard rig that is the same model as the original used by Mr. Greenfield himself in the seventies!