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National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their …

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Lancashire Swimmers Urged to Take The Plunge for Charity

People in Lancashire are being urged to sign up to Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, to raise money for two great causes, Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are being invited to take part in the annual sponsored event in pools across Lancashire and help raise money for both charities. This year, …

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The Rainband at King George’s Hall

Every now and again a band comes along that sounds like the start of something very special – and The Rainband are that band.” – BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins. This February, the critically acclaimed Rainband will return to King George’s Hall. In recent years Rainband have had critical and commercial success with their tracks ‘Rise Again’ and ‘Sirens’, both …

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Unique Backstage Experience for Aspiring Musicians

The ultimate show for guitar lovers is coming to Blackburn Empire Theatre this February. The outstanding Story of Guitar Heroes is a live, concert style, ‘rock-umentary’ performed by the extraordinarily talented and renowned musicians, Phil Walker and his exceptional band. With over 20 guitars used on stage, Phil Walker and his band sensationally recreate the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero, taking …

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Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit

Bill Bailey, well-known for his work on the television programmes Black Books, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, brings his Larks in Transit tour to King George’s Hall this March. Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, …

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra presents: Legends of Jazz

Blackburn Empire Theatre proudly welcomes the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain (NYJO) this February. Legends of Jazz celebrates the greatest jazz classics ever written, featuring tunes by the undisputable jazz masters, such as Ellington and Monk. The 23-strong (NYJO) will take to the stage under the direction of deputy Music Direcor, Winston Rollins, to bring you the best …

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Merry Hell at Darwen Library Theatre

Founded in their native North-West England in 2010, Merry Hell have risen to become festival favourites. With their albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike, the group are preparing to return to Darwen Library Theatre for a repeat of 2017’s barnstorming show! The group have continued to develop their reputation as on-stage favourites, enjoying appearances at many …

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Diva Mix at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Using the music of one of the most influential girl bands in the world, Diva Mix brings a show like no other. The show takes the audience on a journey through some of the greatest Little Mix hits from Wings, to Black Magic, Shout Out to My Ex, to their latest hit, Power. But what makes this show truly special …

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The Story of Guitar Heroes!

 The ultimate show for guitar lovers is coming to Blackburn Empire Theatre this February.  Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May, and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes’ tracks you will have the chance to experience in one amazing show! The outstanding Story of Guitar Heroes is a live, concert style, ‘rock-umentary’ performed by the extraordinarily …

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Moon on a Stick presents Little Red Riding Hood

The much-loved story is re-invented as a playful pantomime for little ones this February at Darwen Library Theatre. Moon On A Stick combine enchanting puppetry and absorbing storytelling with all the traditional pantomime elements in a gentle, imaginative show designed especially for the tiniest audience members. We follow the courageous Little Red through the forest to her grandmother’s house. With …

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Baby I Need Your Lovin! A tribute to Soul and Motown at Blackburn Empire Theatre

An amazing eight-piece show, featuring four stunning vocalists and one of the hottest rhythm sections ever assembled: Baby I Need Your Lovin’ is an epic soul review show paying homage to the immense Tamla Motown back catalogue, 1960 – 1976. Starring the Hitsville vocalists: Lucia Matisse, Emma Kelsey and the Soul Meister himself, PJ Carter, and backed by the Detroit …

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American Wrestling at King George’s Hall!

Boo the bad guys! Cheer the good guys! Fans will have the chance to witness the passion of dedicated athletes perfecting their craft. Wrestling Superstars will collide in a clash of skill and will in the ring, gripping the audience’s attention like nothing they have seen before! Spectators will have the chance to get up close and personal with their …

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Swingin’ It Everywhere! The Swing Commanders at Blackburn Empire Theatre.

Performing an exciting mix of 1940s classics, Boogie-Woogie, Western Swing, 50’s Jump Jazz, The Swing Commanders are six stunning specialist musicians, five vibrant voices and thirteen versatile instruments. Every member of the Swing Commanders sings and plays at least one instrument, sometimes three! Yet, what makes them stand out even above their incredible music ability and performing skills, is their …

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An Interesting Evening with Steve Davis

Join us at Darwen Library Theatre as snooker legend Steve Davis talks about his career and new-found hobbies. Discover for yourself that Steve is, contrary to popular belief, very interesting! Steve became a household name in the 80’s with the explosion of snooker on television. Winning six world titles between 1981 and 1989, he became a ruthless opponent on the …

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It’s Chriiiiiiistmas! Slade UK hit King George’s Hall

Kick the big Christmas weekend off at King George’s Hall and relive a time when Noddy and the boys were the best live rock & roll band in the world. Since arriving on the tribute scene, Slade UK have epically recreated the experience of a real Slade show with all the power of the original band. Once seen, never forgotten! …

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Joanna Lumley – It’s All About Me 2018 Tour coming to Blackburn

Joanna Lumley has announced that her 2018 tour, “It’s All About Me” is coming to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Wednesday 7th November 2018. Joanna will take audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades, recounting some never heard before stories. She will also be joined on stage by friend and producer …

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In the steps of greatness! Steve Harris comes to Darwen Comedy Club

Within three months of hitting the comedy circuit, Steve Harris had won the coveted “North West Comedian of the Year” following in the footsteps of previous winners Peter Kay, John Bishop and Jason Manford. His success led him to support tours with Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas and Lee Evans. It’s reported that Steve is one of Kay’s favourite comedians. That’s …

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Mozart and Mahler – A combination made in heaven

Blackburn’s Classics Season continues with a combination of Mozart and Mahler featuring The Hallé Orchestra on Friday 10th November 2017 at King George’s Hall. Ryan Wigglesworth has rapidly established himself as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He is currently Composer in Residence at English National Opera and held the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellowship with the Cleveland Orchestra for …

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Extra Tickets for Sell Out Manchester Night Gig at King George’s Hall

King George’s Hall has increased the capacity for a sell out show to accommodate the massive demand for tickets. “That Manchester Night” on Saturday 21st October, sold out in record time and the venue have been inundated on social media and through the box office with requests for extra tickets. The gig, which is set to be “The Ultimate Manchester …

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The Man with a Mullet and a Pig Arrives For a Night of Comedy at Darwen

The show that offended a thousand piglets is back, honed by an extensive tour of four countries across six continents, Paul Foot‘s ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Piglet’ tour is at Darwen Library Theatre this October. Paul Foot brings a ‘Pandora’s box of laughter’ with guest appearances from Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces to tackle big issues …

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A Heart at Sea at Darwen Library Theatre

Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale at Darwen Library Theatre on Sunday 22nd October at 4pm. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing is set to breathtaking visuals centred around a beautifully …

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A street food feast from around the world this Saturday

A street food feast from around the world including locally produced pies, gourmet burgers, pizzas, Indian and Thai fare will be served this Saturday (30th September 2017) at the Blackburn BID’s Autumn Street Fair. King William Street will come to life between 10am and 4pm with the bright blue market stalls featuring homemade cakes, crafts and candles. Entertainment will be …

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Russian State Opera performs premiere Tosca at King George’s Hall

The highly acclaimed Russian State Opera returns with the perfect tragic opera this month at King George’s Hall Tosca – breath-taking tragic opera Music by Giacomo Puccini Sung in Italian with English Surtitles Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians on Saturday 30th September 2017. Puccini’s Tosca is a melodrama where love …

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Stick Man comes from the West End to the North West

Following six consecutive Christmas seasons in London’s West End and multiple UK and international tours, the joyful adaptation of Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book, Stick Man, is back on the road again! This enchanting show will be playing at King George’s Hall this October. ‘Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love …

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Step into The Dark Side of the Moon at The Empire

Marking the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s first album release, the Blackburn Empire pays tribute to the pioneers of the psychedelic movement. The North-West based Pinked Floyd Tribute Band will echo all the musical hits of one of the bestselling bands of all time as they aim to provide an “accurate and engaging reincarnation of the legendary foursome”. Pink Floyd achieved international recognition with their …

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Two large scale Festivals announced

Whats On Mr Bloom

A new mid-summer festival has been announced for Blackburn in 2015, “Countryside Comes to Town”. Two major festivals will take place in Blackburn next year, aimed at bringing thousands of visitors to the town centre. They will be organised and promoted by the Blackburn BID (Business Improvement District) team who were behind the successful Blackburn Heritage Festival in September 2014 …

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Cathedral Carols by Candlelight returns to support NSPCC & Childline

The NSPCC / Childline Carols by Candlelight Concert was a sell out event last year with incredible reviews, and is back by popular demand. Although a challenging task, Janette Monroe’s aim is to exceed last year’s event and give the audience another night to remember. This year’s event takes place on Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm. Tickets are available by …

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Blackburn is full of Festive Fun every Saturday

Be Surprised on each of the four Saturdays in the run up to Christmas, when there will be lots of fun activities to keep the whole family entertained in Blackburn Town Centre, each on a different seasonal theme. Come along to the mini festival of everything Fairy Tale, on Saturday 29th November 2014, for a magical start to your Christmas …

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