Live music and comedy

If you're a fan of live music and comedy, you'll have plenty of options to choose from whilst studying at our campuses in Preston or Burnley.

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Live music in the North West

The North West is home to some of the UK's best musicians and live music venues. With the likes of the Beatles, Oasis and Harry Styles all hailing from the North West of England. 

Preston and Burnley have their fair share of live music venues, hosting both local and international acts. Making them popular destinations for music and comedy lovers. Preston and Burnley also have great transport links to Manchester and Liverpool if you wanted to listen to live music further afield. 

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Comedy in Lancashire

Stand-up comedy fans will have plenty of options if you're looking for a laugh in Preston or Burnley. Live comedy shows in Lancashire offer a diverse range of performers. These include touring comedians, popular household names, and talented local legends. 

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What's on at the SU

Check out the Students' Union for the latest events and activities taking place on campus. From karaoke and board game socials to hip hop ping pong, there's something for everyone at the UCLan Students' Union.

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Live music, comedy and theatre in Preston


Hopwoods Tap House

Hopwoods Tap House is located in Preston's historic old tobacco factory on Church Street in the city centre. A short-walk from campus, Hopwoods has live music every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm. 

Live music, comedy and theatre in Burnley


Burnley Mechanics Theatre

Burnley Mechanics Theatre is Grade 2 Star listed building in the heart of Burnley. Home to live music, comedy and special events. 

Music festivals in Lancashire



Rockprest is an annual music festival held in Moor Park in Preston. The festival features a line-up of rock tribute acts, including the likes of Queen, The Rolling Stones and The Killers. 

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