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Friday, 18 January 2019 - 6:00pm

COMEDY GENIUS is the latest of the British Film Institute's themed UK-wide film seasonsChase away the January blues and take advantage of They Eat Culture's prescribed programme of highly potent vit-C(omedy) featuring side-splitting japes and the best in film tom-foolery delivered in easy to swallow spoonfuls across Preston throughout January.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 - 5:30pm

As part of the BFI Comedy Genius Season comes a workshop for any woman who’s ever dreamed of performing stand-up comedy. Lynne Parker, founder of Funny Women, the UK’s leading female comedy company, will be running this friendly two-hour workshop here at The Continental. They will work on building confidence and introducing you to some ‘tricks of the trade’ to help you develop your personal performance style and create material. Followed by a screening of 9 TO 5 (1980).

Monday, 28 January 2019 - 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.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - 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, 31 January 2019 - 7:00pm

Crossover kings HACKTIVIST are coming to The Continental as part of Independent Venue Week! Hardwiring huge, devastating grooves with intelligent and insightful rhyme, Hacktivist are not afraid to split opinion. This is a sound to unite - a new way for a new age. Plus special guests GASSED UP and PASSENGERS.

Friday, 1 February 2019 - 8:00pm

Legendary punk rock act PENETRATION return to The Continental! Fronted by the always-amazing Pauline Murray, their debut single, "Don't Dictate", is now acknowledged as a classic punk rock single and their debut album, Moving Targets (1978), is still widely admired. The current line-up of the band is Pauline Murray, Robert Blamire, John Maher (ex-Buzzcocks drummer), Paul Harvey and Steve Wallace.

Saturday, 2 February 2019 - 8:00pm

You asked for it - they're back! MOTHERSHIP is a 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!

Wednesday, 6 February 2019 - 7:00pm

John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene. Touring relentlessly as headliner and support act, he has opened shows for John Martyn, James Yorkston, Martin Carthy, Jools Holland, Gil Scott-Heron and Chris Thile. John is a regular on the UK festival circuit, having played shows at Glastonbury, Green Man, Cambridge and many others. In this way, he has found a loyal following in the UK and Ireland, Europe, Japan, Mexico, the USA and Canada.

Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 11:00am

Grassroots education conference, with guest speakers Ros Wilson and Chris Dyson.

Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 8:00pm

The world's most authentic HAPPY MONDAYS tribute band are on their merry way to The Continental, recapturing the vibrancy of those baggy Madchester hedonistic nineties. The ultimate tribute to this iconic act!

Friday, 15 February 2019 - 7:30pm

Prepare for EQUINOX: a unique PINK FLOYD experience! Most people might think a one man FLOYD tribute act would be impossible, but ANDY HOLT (also of THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE) is here to prove them all wrong...

Sunday, 17 February 2019 - 2:00pm

Sunday Afternoon Big Band! The multi award-winning LANCASHIRE YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA, led by Musical Director Paul Rigby, has performed with many national and internationally known musicians such as Kenny Baker, Georgie Fame, Digby Fairweather and Alan Barnes. The band performs popular Big Band music across the whole spectrum and will be fronted by both a male and female vocal lead at this concert.

Friday, 1 March 2019 - 8:00pm

A hard-rockin' triple bill for a full-on Friday night! Power trio BLACKBALLED's killer rep continues to grow and grow and we're pleased as punch to be welcoming them back. This time they're headlining an epic rock bill that includes DEADWOOD DOG and SOLDATO!

Thursday, 14 March 2019 - 8:00pm

PERFORMED BY R M LLOYD PARRY. Nunkie Theatre Company present a gripping retelling of two of the eeriest and most entertaining tales from the master of the English ghost story.
"Robert Lloyd Parry restores the charm and pleasure of the original tales with his excellent and convincing storytelling." - Cambridge Evening News

Theatre | Literature
Friday, 15 March 2019 - 8:00pm

Lioness provide an authentic tribute to the precocious talent, featuring TV’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ finalist and ‘X Factor’ contestant Emma Wright as Amy Winehouse, plus a full backing band to recreate the authentic sound of this heady mix of jazz, soul and pop. With a full stage show showcasing the talent of this songstress will take you on a journey through the emotional roller-coaster of her song writing, guaranteed to have you singing and dancing along throughout the entire show/

Saturday, 16 March 2019 - 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.

Thursday, 28 March 2019 - 7:30pm

Featuring four piece band:
Michael Chapman- Guitar
BJ Cole -Pedal Steel guitar
Sarah Smout – Cello
Bridget St. John – vocal
For the first time ever MICHAEL CHAPMAN be playing new album TRUE NORTH in its entirety with a band that includes a cellist and pedal steel player.

Friday, 29 March 2019 - 8:00pm

Since 1997, COLD FLAME presented a full-blown tribute show which has earned them the reputation as being one of the leading JETHRO TULL tribute acts. The tribute show as performed over the last 19 years, has seen the band headline indoor and outdoor shows, rock festivals and blues clubs both across the UK and Europe.

Saturday, 30 March 2019 - 8:00pm

The Continental is excited to welcome back the legend that is DAMO SUZUKI. Damo is best known for his stint as frontman of legendary Krautrock / psych act CAN on their most celebrated brace of albums; Soundtracks, Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days - he also features heavily on The Lost Tapes, released in 2012. Join him here with 'sound carriers' TERO KULERO and special guests PILL FANGS!

Friday, 5 April 2019 - 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.

Thursday, 11 April 2019 - 7:00pm

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as ‘One of British folk music’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO).

Friday, 12 April 2019 - 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 himself.

Saturday, 13 April 2019 - 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 2019.THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE – arguably Britain’s best AC/DC tribute band. The fantastic Twelve Paces are in support.

Friday, 17 May 2019 - 8:00pm

It's the 40th Anniversary of THE CLASH LP 'London Calling' - and the UK’s premier tribute to The Clash, LONDON CALLING, will be paying homage by playing the album in its entirety and in sequence. They'll then go on to play the best of the rest!

Friday, 24 May 2019 - 7:30pm

Rutlemania comes to Preston!

Occasional supergroup THE RUTLES - led by ex-Bonzo NEIL INNES (RON NASTY) and drummer JOHN HALSEY (BARRY WOM)– return in May for a short series of UK dates: THE GET UP AND GO AGAIN TOUR – 2019. An ultra-rare chance to catch the 'Pre-Fab Four' in Preston!