A leading St Helens arts venue hopes to banish the winter blues when its packed programme of live events kicks off this autumn.
Popular venue The Citadel’s latest season sees an array of old favourites and newcomers to the town taking to the stage, with everything from rock, folk and blues to theatre and family pantomimes on the bill.
The season’s musical highlights include a visit from Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend who will perform tracks from their latest album Conduit, a DJ set from Mike Joyce, the drummer for The Smiths, and an all-seated acoustic performance from Leo and Anto from The Saw Doctors.
Long-established favourite events will also be returning to The Citadel, with folk-rockers Merry Hell staging their annual St Helens bash on the first day of November, Soul Train returning to evoke memories of Wigan Casino and rock band Nine Below Zero performing once again in October.
Other highlights include a visit from space rockers Psychedelic Warlords, featuring former members of Hawkwind, a host of top blues names from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean visiting St Helens and former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre performing with his new bands.
Meanwhile rock fans looking for a trip down memory lane can revisit some of their favourite tracks in the live arena with top tribute acts to groups including Genesis and Fleetwood Mac.
Fans of the spoken rather than sung word will not be disappointed either, with family-friendly theatre shows being held to mark both the October half term and Christmas, while the popular pantomime this year will be Babes in the Wood.
There are also opportunities for youngsters to unlock their own creative talents with drama, singing and street dance classes as well as sessions teaching the skills of DJing.
To view the full season brochure, book tickets or find out more, visit www.citadel.org.uk or pick up a copy of the brochure from the venue. More information about upcoming events is also available by searching for Citadel St Helens on Facebook or following the venue on Twitter @citadelsthelens