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LISTINGS: Your 2018 summer guide to what's on in Lancashire - including festivals, shows, gigs and places to stay

Lancashire is heating up for a sensational summer with an array of festivals, shows and gigs in the line-up.
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JC Carroll onstage with The Members

Rebel Yell - The Members' JC Carroll on punk, fashion and struggling to write his memoirs

With The Members among the acts playing Blackpool’s renowned Rebellion Festival this summer, MALCOLM WYATT had a perfect excuse to track down main songwriter, JC Carroll, and talk about ‘The Sound of the Suburbs’
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Cockney musical duo Chas and Dave are still going strong, and touring in the north west

Chas and Dave - more than just 'rockneying' all over the world

As Chas and Dave return to Lancashire as part of their All Seasons 2018 tour, MALCOLM WYATT spoke to Dave Peacock about the past, present and future of the renowned ‘rockney’ duo

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Courtney Pine is the headliner for the Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival

All things jazz set for the streets of Preston during festival

Preston is gearing up to be blanketed in the sounds and sights of some fantastic artists next week as the Jazz and Improvisation Festival kicks off.

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Oscar Harrison, Simon Fowler and Steve Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene

Ocean Colour Scene back together and the north west is calling

After headlining Lancaster’s Highest Point festival, Britpop icons Ocean Colour Scene are set to return later this summer for Kendal Calling, giving MALCOLM WYATT an excuse to quiz singer Simon Fowler

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The crowd and the Ashton Memorial from backstage during Cast's performance at Highest Point

Success as thousands attend Lancaster’s Highest Point festival

Organisers of the Highest Point festival held at Williamson Park over the weekend have hailed the event a big success.

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Lancaster band pull out of Highest Point festival due to illness

Lancaster band Lowes have been forced to cancel their Saturday evening performance at Highest Point festival.

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Babs Arther from Fagash Lil

Family bond binds the band

Live at The Steamer in Fleetwood tonight are Southport-based five-piece Fagash Lil who will be performing their only gig in the port for 2018.

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Craige Els prepares to take to the stage as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda - The Musical

Miss Trunchbull is set to teach north west kids a lesson in Matilda - The Musical

The RSC’s acclaimed production of Matilda is heading to Manchester in the autumn with tickets selling fast. Katy Wheeler chats to Craige Els, aka the dreaded Trunchbull
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Preston's College students prepare for their Hippodrome Festival

Support the future at Preston's College Hippodrome Festival

Keen students at Preston’s College will be hoping the theatre gods will be looking favourably down on them as they prepare for an open air concert on Tuesday, May 22.

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The Ferret is playing host to The Common Cold on Saturday

Catch The Common Cold in Preston

After a long hiatus, The Bad Apple Club is making a welcome return to Preston this weekend.

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Eddi Reader is heading to Lancaster

Eddi Reader interview ahead of Lancaster gig

Former Fairground Attraction vocalist Eddi Reader is bringing her silky tones and songwriting skills to Lancaster for a special gig at the Grand Theatre.

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Rapper $milez with residents and staff from Buckshaw Retirement Village

Rapper $milez joins residents at Buckshaw Retirement Village

Residents at a Chorley retirement village were all smiles recently, after a performance from a Chester rap/hip-hop artist.

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Wilko Johnson is still going strong, five years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

Wilko Johnson is back from the dead and still on the road

Wilko Johnson’s Blow Your Mind is his first LP of new material in 30 years, a follow-up to acclaimed 2014 album Going Back Home, with legendary Who frontman Roger Daltrey. MALCOLM WYATT talked with the R’n’B guitar legend about the power of rock’n’roll and survival against all odds

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Could you join the A Cappella Singers as the director of music?

Could you lead Lancashire choir, A Cappella Singers?

A Lancashire choir is looking for a new director of music to help their 25th anniversary hit the right note with audiences.

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Country star Gretchen Peters has been through tough times, but says she can see the light at the end of the tunnel

Country superstar Gretchen Peters sees the light at end of the tunnel

Gretchen Peters returns to the UK this month to mark the release of new LP, Dancing with the Beast. MALCOLM WYATT tracked down the Queen of Country Noir to Nashville, filling in the gaps since 2015 critical success, Blackbirds

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Hacienda DJ Mike Pickering at the Hacienda Classical show in Williamson Park in 2016

Park in the park: ‘Bigger and better’ Hacienda show returns to Lancaster

When Hacienda Classical came to Williamson Park in 2016, it was the first time the show had been performed outside.

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Morecambe theatre to host zoo party

One of Morecambe’s oldest theatres will transform into a party destination as DJs from across the globe get ready to visit.

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Eddi Reader will be appearing at The Grand in Lancaster.

Former Fairground Attraction singer appears at Lancaster Grand

Eddi Reader will visit Lancaster Grand on May 19, the final night of her spring 2018 tour and her first show in the city for many years.

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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.

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