FOR Strictly Come Dancing fans, dancers Katya and Pasha will be a must-see when the pair arrive in the Ribble Valley for a special show next April.
The talented pair will appear at Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre on April 20, leading their loyal fans through a breathtaking masterclass of dance routines, from rumba to foxtrot, tango and jive.
“The Stars of Strictly show is a real coup for the Grand because we are the smallest venue to be holding this nationwide touring show, so it gives people the chance to get up close and personal to Katya and Pasha, “ said the Grand’s events manager Matt Evans.
“As you would expect, tickets are selling fast for this one.”
You know a tribute act is worth their salt when they earn praise from the lead singer of the band they emulate — so stand by for some heavy-duty rock action from Kazabian at the end of January.
“I’ve been keeping tabs on them for ages,” said Kasabian’s lead singer Tom Meighan.
“They’re frightening, they’re so good.”
Legendary guitarist Steve Cropper — who penned songs for Otis Redding and played guitar for Booker T and the MGs — joins his friends The Animals on stage at the Grand on February 3.
A week later, star turns from last summer’s Cloudspotting Festival, staged in the Ribble Valley, The Wave Pictures are joined by Glasgow’s white rapper and 6 Music fave Jonnie Common.
T Rextasy will whisk you back to the era of Glam Rock with a tribute to Marc Bolan’s classic rock and pop anthems, from 20th Century Boy to Telegram Sam on February 16.
For the youngsters, Sid Sloane, everyone’s favourite presenter from CBeebies, brings his fantastic new show to the Grand two days later. Sid’s act is suitable for children aged three to seven and comes with plenty of songs, magic and tons of fun during half-term week.
The same month, one of Manchester’s hippest new outfits — The Rainband — endorsed by city music legends Johnny Marr and Peter Hook, and who are clearly going places, make their Grand debut on February 23.
For lovers of the outdoors, writer and broadcaster Eric Robson, who accompanied the legendary Lancashire fell walker Alfred Wainwright in his television series, will be giving a special presentation on the life of Wainwright (February 27) Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2012 British Blues Awards, Chantel McGregor’s following keeps growing. Accompanied by her stunning band, Chantel returns with her bluesy rock repertoire on March 1.
One of the most talked about young tribute bands, the UK Foos, (March 2) are led by Dave Grohl obsessive Jay Apperley, whose ability to emulate the charismatic American frontman needs to be seen to be believed. They have recently shared bills with Feeder and DJ Zane Lowe.
New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band, inspired by Tuba Fats, Louis Armstrong and Steve Wonder, make a rare appearance in the UK when they arrive at the Grand on March 5.
And there’s a real treat for folk fans on April 13 with the Fence Records Night, featuring James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail and Seamus Fogarty.
Fence Records is a micro-indie music label in Scotland with a healthy assortment of musical styles and a growing cult following.
- For details of all shows at the Grand, contact the box office on 01200 421599 or visit www.the grandvenue.co.uk