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A bumper line up for 2015 at Marine Hall, Fleetwood

Published: Thursday, 18 December 2014

Ray Quinn

It’s Marine Hall’s 80th birthday next year and to celebrate there’s a jam packed calendar of shows and events coming up in 2015.

From festivals to live music, comedy to kid’s shows there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Kicking things off is the annual Fleetwood Beer and Cider Festival on Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 February, with over 120 UK cask beers and a range of cider, perrys and beers from around the world. Other exhibitions in the calendar include a Wedding Open Day on Sunday 8 March complete with a catwalk show by Blush Brides and Grooms of Poulton at 12.30pm, the annual Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival which takes place once again on Sunday 16 August and the Christmas Market which returns later in the year on Sunday 29 November.

Comedy is back at Marine Hall with two Jongleurs comedy nights on 26 June and 16 October. Following another sell out run at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, comedian Patrick Monahan will also be at the venue on Saturday 21 February with his brand new, energetically witty and charming family show Adventures in Monahan Land. Then BBC Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town is coming to Fleetwood on Wednesday 18 March with his stand up show for locals based on what he finds out about the area on his visit.

Next up, after a critically acclaimed total sell-out spring 2014 tour, the Grumpies are back to knock some sense into the nation with their new show Return of the Grumpy Old Women on Saturday 11 April. Perrier Award-winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women Jenny Eclair will be joined by fellow recruits Susie Blake (Mrs Brown's Boys BBC One, Coronation Street, ITV1) and actress and singer Kate Robbins (Where The Heart Is ITV1, Casualty BBC One) in this brand spanking new show.

There’s also plenty on offer for families and kids next year including Pop Factor the Concert on Thursday 26 March. A celebration of today’s top artists and the biggest chart hits, it’s a great night out for kids that’ll have everyone up and dancing in the aisles. At Easter, Magic Light Productions is bringing Little Red Riding Hood to the venue on Wednesday 1 April. This hilarious adaptation of the traditional story is a fun filled show that the whole family will enjoy.

From the world of kids TV there’s two great shows coming up. The Chuckle Brothers are bringing their brilliant new show Chuckles of Oz to the venue on Friday 29 May and Basil Brush will be appearing in his Full on Fox Tour on Friday 7 August. Tickets are already selling fast so be sure to book early to guarantee your place, family tickets for these two shows are available.

Rounding up the family fun will be the annual Marine Hall pantomime which next year will be The Wizard of Oz and will take place from 10 – 13 December.

There’s also plenty in store for music lovers. The Billy Fury Years on Saturday 28 February takes you on a musical journey through the musical career of Britain's best loved rock 'n roller. Michael King and his fantastic collection of musicians are bringing this exciting two hour show filled with Fury’s greatest hits.

Back by popular demand, The Manfreds return to Marine Hall on Saturday 7 March and The Searchers are back, live in concert on Thursday 16 April.

If you love big band music be sure to catch Five Star Swing on Friday 20 March. This unique feel-good big band show features Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith Jnr composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, come and swing along with songs from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.

The Band of the Kings Division, one of the premier bands of the British Army, is appearing at Marine Hall on Saturday 21 March. In constant demand for appearances across the world the band has a broad repertoire to suit all tastes and its musicians have a highly acclaimed reputation. You can enjoy the fabulous sound of this great brass band, performing your favourite classics with passion and style.

Local bands and musicians will have the chance to perform on stage and win a cash prize in the venue’s Battle of the Bands on Saturday 28 March. With categories for young musicians, soloists, duos and established bands and a prize fund of £1500 it’s a great opportunity for all local performers.

On Saturday 25 April John Denver fans can enjoy Country Roads – A Celebration of John Denver. The show will take you on a magical journey through his musical career and features popular hits such as ‘Annie’s Song’, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’, ‘Rocky Mountain High’ and title track ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’.

Another music highlight in the calendar takes place on Friday 19 June as Tony Denton Promotions presents X Factor finalist Ray Quinn in Concert. Back with his brand new EP Old Soul; Young Blood, Britain’s youngest and most loved crooner will be performing a whole array of new songs which are sure to launch him to the forefront of the craft in which he shines - music.

The Lindisfarne Story on Sunday 18 October is a celebration of Tyneside's best-loved band, their music and their achievements. The show is devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years of the group. Ray and Billy perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne's classic songs and tell the inside story of the group's rise to fame, from Whitley Bay to Frisco Bay, from Rothbury to Glastonbury.

Later in the year on Saturday 24 October there’s a night of Abba with top tribute show Abbamania and The Bay City Rollers are also returning on Sunday 15 November.

In recognition of the fact the Beatles played at Marine Hall in 1962, brilliant tribute act the Mersey Beatles will be playing on Friday 27 November to celebrate Marine Hall’s Birthday. Opened on 27 November 1935 Marine Hall has been entertaining audiences for 80 years and looks set to be home to great entertainment for many years to come.

To find out more or to book your tickets, call the Marine Hall box office on 01253 887693 or click here to book online.