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Laughs and loudness with all new Fridays at Touchstones Rochdale
- 19 April 2017
Touchstones Museum & Art Gallery have unveiled a new programme of live music, comedy and film in the heart of Rochdale.
The programme, which offers an event on the last Friday of every month, begins on April 28 with a night of Northern Soul and ends August 25 with a fancy dress film screening of cult classic Pulp Fiction.
Aiming to provide residents and visitors alike with a new way to experience Touchstones, the new programme is an eclectic mix designed to suit all tastes.
Tom Besford, Arts & Heritage Manager at Touchstones, said: “The new programme brings together some outstanding music and comedy events that we’re sure our visitors are going to love.
“From up and coming folk songstress Alice Jones right through to Rochdale’s own Sue Devaney with her music and comedy mash-up Double Bubble, we think there is something for everyone.
“We’ve purposefully priced the events for affordability and we want to see as many people as possible coming along to experience Touchstones in a different way – who knows, we might surprise you.”
The programme begins on April 28 when the Northern Soul Dance School takes over Touchstones offering a night of classic Northern Soul tracks, a relaxed atmosphere and an emphasis on enjoyment through dance.
On May 26 singer, dancer and multi-instrumentalist Alice Jones brings her distinctive voice and innovative style of folk music to the space. Firmly rooted in the English folk tradition, Alice is known for bringing a modern perspective to older songs.
Comedy lovers are invited to join Rochdale’s own Sue Devaney, who previously appeared in Dinnerladies and Coronation Street, for a night of music and comedy as she presents her act Double Bubble on June 30.
Renowned musician Dan Walsh will take to the stage on July 28 for a night of unique and eclectic musicianship. Having made guest performances alongside Joss Stone, the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, as well as being touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Dan perform in between his official tour dates.
Wrapping up the programme audiences are invited to watch cult classic Pulp Fiction on August 25. Cinema goers are encouraged to dress as their favourite characters from the film and enjoy a themed night including specially created cocktails on the bar.
There is a bar available at all the events and audiences are encouraged to try one of Rochdale’s fantastic restaurants ahead of the show beginning at 7.30pm.
Tickets to Friday nights at Touchstones are priced at £6 and are available from www.link4life.org/touchstones or by calling 01706 924492.