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The Preston Bank Holiday Weekender 2024

Saturday 04 May 2024
Sunday 05 May 2024
Start Time: 18:30
End Time: 22:30
Price: £15.00 - £18.00
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The 'Preston Bank Holiday Weekender' is set to hit the city from  4 - 5 May, with a host of exciting concerts and events.

Ministry of Sound Club Classics - Saturday 4 May

6:30pm - 11pm

The Flag Market will transform into a club arena to host 'Ministry of Sound: Takeover' as the brand takes over Preston for this headline event!

Some of the biggest selling acts of the 90s and 00s will be performing their worldwide hits, live! Hacienda hero 'Graeme Park' will take to the decks, joined by hit-makers and production pioneers, the 'Freemasons', alongside Amanda Wilson.

Artists performing live include: the legendary Julie McKnight with 'Finally', JX with 'There's Nothing I Won't Do' and 'Son of a Gun', 'K-Klass' with 'Let Me Show You Love', '2 Funky 2' with 'Brothers and Sisters', 'Strike' with 'U Sure Do', 'Livin' Joy' with the anthemic 'Dreamer', and much more...

'Dax on Sax' will also be hitting the stage, which will feature first class production, dancers and special effects!

For over 25 years Ministry of Sound has been an icon for clubbers everywhere, it's among the world's largest music brands, with album sales in excess of 70 million, including 40 UK No.1's.

Bars and food outlets onsite.

Tickets are only for sale for ages 18 or over. Under 18's will be denied entry with no refunds.

Sunday on the Square - Sunday 5 May

1pm - 10:30pm

'From The Jam', will join 'Buzzcocks' and 'Space' in headlining the 'Sunday on the Square'!

Also confirmed to perform: Evil Blizzard, Building Giants, and Deja Vega; plus a host of epic regional bands including, Head Feeder, The Amber List, Hauspoints, Capital Riot, and Whinge.

The legendary Jam created a legacy that cements them as one of the all-time great British bands. The classic lineup consisted of Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton, who carried on their legacy by forming 'From The Jam', with Buckler.

Liverpool-based 'Space', are a multi-platinum selling band famed for their quirky, uplifting indie-pop tunes, including 'Female of the Species', 'Neighbourhood', and 'Avenging Angels'.

The iconic 'Buzzcocks', formed in Bolton by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, were one of the most influential bands to emerge in the initial wave of British punk rock. With their crisp melodies, and driving guitars, Buzzcocks are still one of the most influential and crowd-pleasing bands in British punk rock.

Preston's 'Evil Blizzard' are truly an enigma - four bass players, and a singing drummer, make for the most charismatic live experience on the music scene today! The band delve into many musical wells, mixing their musical heritage from early Sabbath, Dub and Krautrock through to more modern and diverse contemporaries!

'Building Giants' are 'truly dazzling, sublime and one of the best out there in modern rock', according to BBC Introducing. The band continues to attract a loyal fan base across the country with their eagerly-awaited releases and national tours.

No tributes; the real deal - a stellar line up of bands, in the city's Guild Hall, for the first time in years! 

More information

There will be bars and food concessions onsite, operated by city centre businesses.

The 'Weekender' is being staged by the city's Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Preston City Council, and has been organised by a working-group of city centre businesses.

Other City Centre events in 2024

This event is just part of a whole range of things to do in Preston City centre this summer.

To see more of what's on, take a look at Preston City Centre Events 2024 for more ideas of local fun days out.


Flag Market

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