Carnival is saved by last gasp arts grant

Preston’s most dazzling outdoor event of the year – the spectacular Caribbean Carnival – has been spared the axe thanks to Arts Council cash.

Merrill and Jay Osmond are to play Viva Blackpool

Don’t miss out on Merrill and Jay show at Viva Blackpool

Two of the ever-popular Osmond brothers will be bringing their latest live tour to Viva Blackpool, showcasing their hits in what is promised to be a ‘stand out show’.

Phil Campbell (left) and Mikkey Dee (right) with late Motorhead bassist and frontman Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister

Motörhead guitar star has family date set

Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell is heading to Blackpool later this year.

The Membranes

Membranes bring punk perfection to second year of their festival

There’s a right Lancashire hotpot happening in Manchester on the early May bank holiday, when The Membranes, Evil Blizzard, One Sided Horse and The Lovely Eggs all team together for the Membranes and Friends Festival.

Members of the George Formby Society - including Blackpool's Alan and Alyson Yates, circled - perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London during a star-studded concert to celebrate The Queen's Birthday Party as part of her 92nd birthday celebrations, fronted by Ed Balls, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill

Musicians bring a little bit of Blackpool rock to Queen's birthday concert

George Formby enthusiasts Alan and Alyson Yates had a ‘once in a lifetime’ outing this weekend - performing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebrations.

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

Swedish DJ Avicii has died at the age of 28

Swedish DJ Avicii has died aged 28, his representative has confirmed.

WATCH: Preston embraces vinyl's revival once again for Record Store Day

It wasn’t too long ago that vinyl was meant to be dead in the water and Napster was set to rule the musical roost.
Ariana Grande performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

No Tears Left to Cry: Ariana Grande unveils first new track since Manchester Arena attack

Ariana Grande has released her first new track since the Manchester Arena attack which claimed the lives of 22 concertgoers.
Laurence Knight as David Bowie in the Bowie Experience. Picture by Charlie Raven

Bowie Experience at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre

Bowie Experience – The Golden Years Tour - celebrating the music of the pop icon David Bowie, comes to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on May 3.

Dave Wakeling, frontman with legendary ska-poppers The Beat, is bringing the band back to Preston

The Beat goes on... Dave Wakeling on getting back on the road again

As California-based Dave Wakeling plans his UK return and a series of dates on this side of the Atlantic promoting a new LP by The Beat – 36 years after the last – MALCOLM WYATT got the lowdown from their acclaimed singer-songwriter

Daniel O'Donnell heads to the Opera House, Blackpool, this week

Daniel’s Irish eyes will be smiling over the crowd at the Opera House

He’s the only artist to have at least one hit in the UK album charts every year since 1988, and this week Daniel O’Donnell is back in Blackpool.

Troubadour on stage

Troubadour on target to celebrate musical project

A project taking aim at bringing the excitement back to music download’s comes to a close with a celebration concert.


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Sir Michael Parkinson will be coming to Lancaster.  Picture by Neil Silk .

INTERVIEW: Sir Michael Parkinson speaks ahead of Lancaster show

TV legend Sir Michael Parkinson is getting ready to visit our city as part of a nationwide tour.


WATCH: Spirits high at vinyl signing for fans of rock royalty The Damned

Legendary punk rockers The Damned arrived in Preston over the weekend for a special appearance at the city's independent record store Action Records.
Kim Wilde

80s star still going strong

Kim Wilde, Preston Guild Hall

Mark Bowen and Idles at Bootleg Social. Pic: LINDSAY MELBOURNE

No rest for wicked with raucous punks

Idles, Bootleg Social

Trampolene are playing Bootleg Social on April 27

Welsh rockers will bounce at Bootleg!

Fans of The Libertines were left disappointed last year when the band were forced to cancel appearances at Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Harry and Mary Duckworth at a 2016 tea dance at St Andrew's Church Hall, Longton.

Warm tributes to 'true gent' and top musician Harry Duckworth

One of Preston’s famous musical sons has died after a glittering transatlantic career.
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