Music in Preston

Dawn over 53 Degrees which is one of the main music venues in the city, situated in the heart of the student area of Preston

Dawn over 53 Degrees which is one of the main music venues in the city, situated in the heart of the student area of Preston

The city of Preston may be small, but its music scene certainly isn’t; and with thriving cities such as Manchester and Liverpool only a few miles away, the biggest acts are never too far. Preston has some great local venues that provide the best live music for every taste, all of which have seen some very popular names walk through their doors.

53 degrees is known as the heart of live music in Preston and is one of the largest venues in the city. Some huge names have already performed there, including Kasabian, Calvin Harris, The Vaccines and Ellie Goulding to name a few.

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2014 will be no different. This year 53 degrees will see the likes of the The Blackout, Reverend and the Makers and Young Knives grace its stage including many more great live acts. This is the best place to visit for new and established artists.

The venue also holds club events and hosts some of the most exciting and successful nights in Preston and the North West. Students, don’t miss out on their ‘Promo’ night, one of the most popular events on the calendar. Music ranges from drum and bass to house, dubstep to indie and all the best new music. More information about upcoming live music and club nights can be found on the 53 degrees website.

Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatre always have brilliant events on throughout the year, especially when it comes to music. This year, acts will be performing there such as Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Dublin Legends and The Drifters, and there’ll be musicals such as Annie and The Sound of Music. These performances are always fantastic and every year, we are brought something that we have never seen before. You can find out more on the Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatre Website.


If you’re looking for a more relaxing night of live music, there are plenty of pubs and bars scattered around the city centre, providing a wide range of acts for you to watch and listen to.

The Continental have an open mic night on every first and third Thursday of the month, kicking off at 9pm. Entry is free and if you want to take part you can do anything, whether you sing, play guitar, or perform poetry or stand-up comedy.

They also have live music nights with some very popular Lancashire names. You can find out more on The Continental’s website.

The Ferret is another popular live music venue in Preston, which has an open mic night every month. Each week they offer a range of gig nights, covering a wide range of genres. They have a brand new stage and lighting rig, and a brilliant sound system. Acts that have performed there include Ed Sheeran and Pulled Apart By Horses. The venue also holds a once a year event called ‘GlastonFerret’; a two- day festival that takes place within the bar. You can find out more on The Ferret’s website.

Situated near the university, the Adelphi hosts some brilliant live music acts and special events throughout the year. Coming up this year is Bass Klinic, one of
Preston’s best club nights and Adlephfest, which showcases some of the best live music in the city.

Every Friday from 8pm they host an open mic night, where anyone can turn up and perform. If you want to go a step further you can even play at one of their club nights by dropping off a demo or recording. You can find out more on the Adelphi website.

O’Neills, an Irish pub in the city centre is another gem where you can find some of the best live music. You’ll hear bands play genres from Irish folk, to indie and more. They have many regular acts and on their website, they have a playlist of all artists who have performed there. You can find out more on O’Neills website.

Words by Holly Sutton, Image credit to Tony Worrall

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