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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 - 8:00pm

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!

Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 9:00pm

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

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!

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.

Friday, 28 April 2017 - 8:00pm

Tuff Life Boogie and They Eat Culture are proud to present an after-party for Jeremy Deller's Acid House brass band show taking place at The Harris Library earlier in the evening, featuring a full set from legendary Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam between 10pm and midnight.

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!

Monday, 1 May 2017 - 2:00pm

Tuff Life Boogie and They Eat Culture have sorted out your May Day Bank Holiday Monday entertainment by putting together an eclectic all-dayer featuring some Continental old favourites and a few new faces, with advance tickets on sale at only £8 for 7 acts!

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!

Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 8:00pm

One of the most legendary live acts in psychedelic rock today. White Hills are proponents of psychedelia as transformation. The music made by Dave W. and Ego Sensation is risky and cutting edge, rooted in dystopian futurism and hyperconscious of society's constant desire for a new and better drug.

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

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 7:00pm

PRESTON IS HARDCORE is a seismic celebration of Hardcore Punk the likes of which this town has never seen before!

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.

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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.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 8:00pm

Tuff Life Boogie and They Eat Culture are proud to present one of John Peel's very favourite acts for the latest edition of Un-Peeled, shows featuring artists who recorded sessions for the legendary DJ...
THE WEDDING PRESENT! 27TH JULY SOLD OUT - tickets available for 26th July

Thursday, 27 July 2017 - 8:00pm

Tuff Life Boogie and They Eat Culture are proud to present one of John Peel's very favourite acts for the latest edition of Un-Peeled, shows featuring artists who recorded sessions for the legendary DJ...
THE WEDDING PRESENT! 27TH JULY SOLD OUT - tickets available for 26th July

Friday, 18 August 2017 - 8:00pm

Another 100 proof cult punk act comes to The Conti! The Varukers are the classic UK hardcore punk / D- Beat / UK82 band formed in '79 by vocalist Anthony 'Rat' Martin. Prepare for total anarchy!Joined by awesome all-girl punk act The Poly-Esters and one more band TBC.

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!

Friday, 10 November 2017 - 8:00pm

Tuff Life Boogie & They Eat Culture are proud to present the latest in a long line of classic punk acts at The Continental - the legendary PENETRATION! And where else could you catch them supported by cult Manchester post-punk act The Distractions