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Starts: 11th Aug 2023


The ‘Preston Weekender’ is set to hit the city’s Flag Market from August 11th – 13th, with a host of exciting concerts and events.



Bjorn Again, Ministry of Sound and more

The ‘Preston Weekender’ is set to hit the city’s Flag Market from August 11th – 13th, with a host of exciting concerts and events.

Kick starting the weekender, ‘The Friday Funk’ will play host to the world-renowned Björn Again, Brutus Gold’s Love Train and Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK’s Ella Vaday.

Björn Again are international phenomenon, having performed over 5,500 shows in 72 countries, opening for Nirvana at Reading Festival, and playing Glastonbury. According to ABBA’s Benny Andersson, “Björn Again are the closest you can get to seeing ABBA, who will never reform”!

Featuring 70s grooves, tongue-in-cheek humour, and a cast of quirky characters, Brutus and Co. will transport Preston back to the heady days of disco for one night only. Star of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK ‘Ella Vaday’ will be getting the crowds warmed up with a full-on party set.

On Saturday afternoon, the Flag Market will be home to the ‘Family Fiesta’, featuring a live stage show from CBeebies favourite Mr. Bloom and his friends, plus, a ‘make and take’ workshop, game shows, magic, comedy and dancing, on stage across the afternoon.

On Saturday night the Square’s outdoor arena will transform in to a club under the stars as it hosts a ‘Ministry of Sound’ show, packed with ‘club classics’. For over 25 years Ministry of Sound has been an icon for night-life lovers everywhere, resulting in a music and event experiences of the highest calibre.

Ministry of Sound is among the world’s largest music brands, with album sales in excess of 70 million, including 40 UK No.1’s. The event will feature big sets from Hacienda legend Graeme Park, and production pioneers, Freemasons. Plus, performances from the legendary Julie McKnight, Dario G, JX, Baby D, Alex Party, 2 Funky 2, and NTrance. They’ll be joined on stage by Sam Sax, and dancers, performing some of the biggest-selling anthems of the nineties and noughties.

‘Sunday Live’ will feature a series of top-class artists and bands, before the curtain comes down on the weekend.

The ‘Weekender’ is being staged by the city’s Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Preston City Council, and has been organised by a working-group of city centre businesses.