North by North West Festival in Preston – who is playing and where

Posted on - 8th September, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Music, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Karen Harding will perform at Blitz
Karen Harding will perform at Blitz

More than 40 bands and acts have been signed up to play across the city in one day and night of live music.


North by North West sees 14 different venues hosting bands or performers during Saturday 22 September.

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Taking place the same weekend as the Lancashire Encounter Festival it means the likes of the Preston Minster and Action Records are hosting gigs at the same time as more traditional venues such as Blitz and The Ferret.

Headliners include The Sherlocks, Jaguar Skills and Karen Harding.

Co-ordinated by the Preston At Night group, from Preston’s Business Improvement District, the event is also backed by Cool Media Marketing.


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Blitz’s Peter Alexander said: “There is something very special about live music, Preston is fortunate to have a vibrant music scene, and putting an event like North By North West to showcase musicians, in various venues around the city, is going to make for a very exciting day.

“I am proud that so many of Preston city centre’s pubs, bars and clubs have collaborated to make this event possible. I hope that this year’s North By North West celebration is a springboard for more live music in Preston and bigger events in the future.”

Preston BID’s Mark Whittle said: ‘It’s a first for the city and we’re very much looking forward to bringing this event to life – the venues involved have worked tirelessly to make North By North West a great event – we hope that they can rely on the support of gig go’ers and Preston residents by attending some of the brilliant performances.”

Dan Morris from LiVe at The Guild Hall, staging ALTR at the Minster, said: ‘There’s some amazing names on the bill for North By North West – the city has pulled out all the stops to bring some top bands, singers, musicians and DJ’s to Preston. The city will be buzzing that weekend.”

Who is playing?

The Minster

The Sherlocks will play Preston
The Sherlocks will play Preston

The Sherlocks headline, with other acts including Twisted Wheel, Jordan Allen, The Empire Police and Live At The Arcade. Starts at pm and you will need a ticket via Skiddle.


Karen Harding headlines, and there’s also performances from Sonic Boom Six and Deepshade.

The Wellington Inn

Millie Weaver from ITV’s The Voice performs, as well as Simon Bentham, Leona Bylinski, Moon and The Beams, Joe Republic, Jimi Wilson and others. It’s free entry.

Dog and Partridge

THEIA headline, with support from Blast Tyrant and Dox Docherty. It’s free entry.

The Guild

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Weather permitting the performances will be outdoors with Malboro Lights, Sarah Edwards, Sam Tomlins and Bella performing. It’s free and on from 2pm to 10pm.

The Ferret

A showcase of Preston acts with gigs from mid-afternoon from Ivan Campo, Drunk Girls, Audrey’s Dance and Shannon Alice.

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Jaguar Skills play as the nightclub is opening early.

Ships and Giggles

Free entry for Samsara rock covers band, Mardigras Bombers and Illerstate.

Action Records

The Blinders launch their album from 5pm.


Kates, Connor Jones, George Gaul and Chloe Walker all perform during the day


Squeaky Clean with DJs Warhead, Ghastly and Erkal with MCs KME and KIS.



Jason Stardust performs.


Beside Manners are bringing theirs for a free show

More details can be found at the North by North West website.

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