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Thursday, 23 November 2017 - 8:00pm

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.

Nominated Best Original Song BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 / Songwriter of the Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014 / Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011

Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 8:00pm

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra are one of the hardest working bands in the UK roots circuit. They play their own unique brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it. Influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern. The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’!

Friday, 1 December 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.

Saturday, 2 December 2017 - 8:00pm

HEY PIXIES are the UK's most gigantic PIXIES tribute band. This band strives for the original authentic PIXIES sound and play the classics as close to the original recordings as possible. If you have recently missed the awesome live experience of the Pixies, then have no fear - come and see Hey Pixies.

Sunday, 3 December 2017 - 8:00pm

Singer-songwriter JAMES KIRBY returns to Preston as part of his UK tour. James has been performing his music around the world over the last 10 years, captivating audiences of all ages with his beautiful and melodic songs and his unique style of guitar playing. "Beautifully Done" BBC Introducing

Thursday, 7 December 2017 - 7:00pm

UCLan Music present Winter Sound 2017, a 2 day festival featuring 9 performances of new music. AURA, COGGINS & DUNCAN and FIRSTS make up the programme here at The Continental on 7th December.

Thursday, 7 December 2017 - 9:00pm

Hosted by Matt Gallagher of Moon & the Beams and Victorian Dad. Preston's friendliest and best Open Mic Night just goes from strength to strength. Free entry, all welcome!

Friday, 8 December 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.

Saturday, 9 December 2017 - 7:30pm

The Bar-Steward Sons have, in their 11 year history played over 800 side-splitting shows and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK. After two previous SOLD-OUT shows at The Continental, they return to Preston, as part of their festive Christmas Knitwear Tour. They can’t wait to bring their shindig back to 'The Conti' and they promise that they WILL rock you… but gently!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 - 8:00pm

“Definitely one of the leading contemporary guitar stylists in the UK, and in the world” (Steve Barker, BBC "On the Wire")"One of the UK's most interesting solo guitarists" (John Mulvey, Uncut Magazine). Join Dean McPhee and Hood Faire / Folklore Tapes / Them There Records artists Sam McLoughlin & David Chatton-Baker on a sonic journey...

Saturday, 16 December 2017 - 7:30pm

The Floyd Band touch down at The Continental again after a string of sell-out shows. A unique experience for Floyd fans and general music lovers alike.

Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 8:30pm

In what has become a Continental tradition, St Stephen’s Choir join us once again for an evening of Carol Singing. If there’s a better way to get fully into the Christmas spirit, then we don’t know what it is!

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Friday, 22 December 2017 - 7:00pm

Young, up-and-coming Preston band. The Jonny Oates Band, this year's victors at The Ferret's Last Band Standing, are putting on their very first show. Sublime musicianship makes for an enthralling live show - not to be missed! Country/alternative/rock. Nostalgic, yet fresh.

Saturday, 23 December 2017 - 8:00pm

"Magnificent!" - Mark Hamill
Preston's only Star Wars themed band BLUES HARVEST return to the Continental for their annual 'Holiday Special'.
With set highlights including music from Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more, Blues Harvest is the perfect band to celebrate the sci-fi, comics and fantasy genres.

Friday, 2 February 2018 - 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!

Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 8:00pm

After the indefinite hiatus of popular UK alt-country outfit ahab, songwriter Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight. With an already established fanbase, huge critical acclaim and solid underground credibility so firmly ensconced in their DNA, Orphan Colours have rapidly established themselves as the hottest band to emerge from the London Country/Roots circuit.

Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 7:30pm

The music of not one, but two of Britain's greatest rock bands, Status Quo and Queen, will be celebrated on the evening of Saturday 17th February at The Continental in Preston, as tribute bands Quotation UK and QueenEsque take to the stage to faithfully recreate some of classic rock's greatest live hits.

Friday, 23 February 2018 - 8:00pm

Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

Friday, 2 March 2018 - 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 in a long while.

Saturday, 3 March 2018 - 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!

Sunday, 4 March 2018 - 7:30pm

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound. Join them on a musical journey through klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz, Irish fiddle music...and Italian folk music.

Friday, 9 March 2018 - 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, 23 March 2018 - 7:00pm

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!

Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 8:00pm

The classic post-punk/new wave band's triumphant return to The Continental. The band had formed in 1977 from the ashes of the B-Sides, whose bass player Stuart Goddard decided he would rather be Adam Ant. Initially, both bands shared an audience of freaks who were too bizarre for punk.

Saturday, 7 April 2018 - 8:00pm

‘London’s answer to the Ramones’ Rock: The Rough Guide.

Born at the dawn of PUNK and the first group ever on Beggars Banquet Records, legendary act THE LURKERS bring pure rock n' roll and their own inimitable brand of 'bouncy pub punk'. Arturo and the boys are staples of the UK punk scene.

Friday, 13 April 2018 - 8:00pm

The Marley Experience are an eight piece Midlands based Bob Marley Tribute band with a difference, with lead vocalist Lionart & his undeniable vocal resemblance to the late great King of Reggae Bob Marley himself.

Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 8:00pm

Back at The Conti - with his band! Rock veteran John 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. 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.

Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 8:00pm

CHELSEA was formed in 1976 by Gene October, quickly releasing the all-time classic punk single 'Right to Work'. The band recorded a new album 'Mission Impossible' in June 2017 and are back on tour and at The Conti on April 21st 2018!

Friday, 18 May 2018 - 8:00pm

The Sex Pistols Experience are the World's leading tribute to the pioneering punks of '77. With a Worldwide reputation built from almost 2000 live shows which include extensive tours of the USA, Europe, and South America. This ain't no Swindle!