Citadel springs into life

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THE Citadel Arts Centre has unveiled an exciting new season of gigs and events.

Among the highlights to look forward to are the visits of legendary Mod bass player Bruce Foxton – who will play a string of Jam classics – and a solo acoustic show from Dennis Locorriere, the ever-popular voice of Dr Hook.

Blues performer Paul Jones is also set to pay a visit to the Water Street venue with The Blues Band and one of the UK’s all-time favourite Ska bands, The Beat, make an eagerly-anticipated return.

Dutch prog rockers Focus are also set to return to the Citadel by popular demand and, in May, there will be an audience with Mr Nice as Howard Marks makes a special appearance.

Other highlights include a performance by local band The Lancashire Hotpots, whose unique brand of comedy folk should help you banish those winter blues.

Blues guitarists Ian Parker and Chantel McGregor are also set to star, as is US blues maestro Buddy Whittington – who is set to play The Citadel as part of his UK tour. And Nine Below Zero’s Gerry McAvoy will bring his “band of friends” to play The Music of Rory Gallagher.

There will also be some classic acoustic shows with Nick Harper, Martin Simpson and a debut show from 90s indie favourites The Wonderstuff featuring Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls.

Other debut performances include folk rockers Stackridge, who opened up at the first ever Glastonbury festival, and former members of 60s group The Kinks come together as the Kast off Kinks perform all those classic songs.

Tribute bands The Doors Alive and Whole Lotta Led will also add more nostalgia to the programme.

Aside from the programme of gigs, the Citadel’s Hands On community group is also set to present The Wizard Oz, as well as heart-wrenching true story Mum Can You Lend Me £20 and Wilfred Owen-inspired musical drama Bullets and Daffodils.

If you are interested in drama, art, dance, big band or writing then there’s always something happening at the Citadel that you can join in with too.

The citi-dis-arts project continues with daytime arts, drama and writing, and the in-house Sing Out Choir will host a special performance later this year.

The Citadel’s Music Mecca Project will also provide FREE workshops for under 18s interested in DJ-ing and street dance.

To book your tickets or find out more, call the Citadel’s box office on 01744 735436 or go online at: www.citadel.org.uk