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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.

Sunday, 23 February 2020 - 8:00pm

FREE ENTRY! Grab your seat in the Snug for some sublime live Jazz on Winter's Night with special guest vocalist Lily Burrows joining musicians John Bailey, Gary Culshaw and Jon Hartley.

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, from Preston, the excellent The Amber List, and Manchester's Cornelius Crane. It's going to be a great night of music - all for £3 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!

Thursday, 5 March 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.

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.

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, 20 March 2020 - 8:00pm

THE NORTHERN JB'S pay homage to the founding fathers and behemoths of heavy FUNK, The JB's. Playing an exciting mix of classics from JAMES BROWN to PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC and many other funk icons (both past and present) this show will keep you moving all night!

Saturday, 21 March 2020 - 8:00pm

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. He has influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sunday, 22 March 2020 - 7:30pm

A virtuoso melodeon player, songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist who performs folk renditions of Bach, traditional tunes, classic songs and his signature c1880 polyphon machine; a restored Victorian music machine that plays his own unique accompaniments. This folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist was featured in fRoots magazine’s Pick of 2019 whilst his acoustic songs were described by Songlines magazine as “future classics”.

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.

Sunday, 29 March 2020 - 1:30pm

More SUNDAY AFTERNOON BIG BAND! The young talented musicians of LYJO will get you in the mood for swing! Playing music from the American song book old and new. Led by PAUL RIGBY, this 16 piece big band with vocalist shows off some of the finest soloists the county has to offer.

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.

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'!

Friday, 15 May 2020 - 8:00pm

FLEETINGWOOD MAC, a young and exciting tribute to FLEETWOOD MAC. Dedicated to recreating the genuine Fleetwood Mac sound, they can’t help but give it a modern edge; such is the enthusiasm and excitement of their playing. Expect the likes of Go Your Own Way, The Chain, Little Lies, Dreams, and Landslide, to name but a few.

Friday, 22 May 2020 - 8:00pm

LOVE THE 80’s?
They’re back with SMASH HITS LIVE featuring live band ELEKTRIK DREAMS plus DJ ‘THE SHADOW’. So, Relax and Choose Life! It’s time to party like it’s 1985 - go grab your WHAM! cut-off, apply your make-up on and break out the backcomb as we enjoy a night of 80’s party hits and beyond.

Friday, 29 May 2020 - 8:00pm

Ten-piece high energy combo BLACK & GOLD have been performing together for over ten years and they pack a punch. Covering some of the greatest SOUL, NORTHERN SOUL & MOTOWN music ever created from artists such as Al Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Wilson Pickett, Rufus Thomas, Dobie Gray, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin and many more. A night to remember, so put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the music!

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!

Friday, 12 June 2020 - 8:00pm

JULY JULAY is the UK’s premier Dominican SALSA and BACHATA singer/guitarist and he's coming to The Continental with his band THE MAMBO KINGS! Be ready to DANCE!

Friday, 19 June 2020 - 8:00pm

An Evening of Music by FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION. THE MUFFIN MEN formed in Liverpool in 1990 for a one-off show to celebrate the 50th birthday of Frank Zappa and have since gone on to play countless shows around Europe, often featuring guest appearances by many ex-Zappa musicians. Don't expect a look-a-like tribute band. Expect to hear some favourite Zappa/Mothers played with spirit and adventure.

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, 27 June 2020 - 8:00pm

LEGENDARY 1976 MANCHESTER PUNK BAND THE DRONES! Expect crushing punk rock, tireless rock 'n' roll rhythms kicked apart by snarling, subversive, yet clever vocals. Naggingly compulsive, in your face songs. Those stalwarts of the scene THE PINK TORPEDOES are also in the house, making this one a real PUNK night to remember!

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!

Saturday, 5 December 2020 - 7:00pm

Since forming in 2006, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican have played almost 900 side-splitting shows to date, and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury.