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Music • Community Events • Theatre • Fayres Memorial Events • Charity • Children’s Activities


Contents Music Community Events Theatre

Music Saturday 27 January 2018 & Saturday 3 March 2018

Monthly Soul and Motown Night Excellent dance floor, superb sound system, 350 capacity


The best Motown DJ’s in the North West providing all your Soul needs.

Children Activites

60’s, 70’s and 80’s sounds of Motown, Stax and Atlantic plus a bit of Mod Beat for good measure. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre


Tickets: £6 on the door

Live Sports

Show Starts: 8pm

Memorial Events Dance

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Doors Open: 7.30pm Finishes: 1am Licenced bar until 12.30am

Soul and Motown Nite

Friday 9 February 2018 Rochdale Music Society proudly present

Aurea String Quartet Philip Brett & Rosemary Attree - Violin Christine Andersen - Viola Abby Hayward - Cello Described as ‘magnetic, sparkling and lyrical’ the Aurea Quartet is emerging as one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic young ensembles. The 3 B’s: Bartok 1, Beethoven op.18 no.2 and Frank Bridge Three Idylls. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Tickets: Adults £15, Concessions £13 Students £5, Children £1, Programmes 50p Raffle | Licenced Bar

Saturday 17 February 2018

Mike Sweeney’s Manchester Beat Broadcasting legend Mike Sweeney and his infamous Manchester Beat take to the stage in 2018 in a show packed with classic hits. As lead singer of The Salford Jets, Mike had a string of hit singles in the 70’s and 80’s including “Who You Looking At” and “Looking at the Squares”. His music career has also seen him fronting 60’s hit band The Mindbenders (Groovy Kind of Love – which later became a massive hit for Phil Collins) during the 80’s and 90’s, and time as lead vocalist with another legendary 60’s band, The Swinging Blue Jeans (Hippy Hippy Shake). Mike is currently the host of BBC Radio Manchester’s Morning Show, where his absolute authority on music (particularly the sounds of the Sixties) coupled with his funny and straight-talking views unsurprisingly draw flocks of fans every day. As well as being a radio star and a bit of a rocker, Mike has also done lots of TV, including the anarchic pop show “Elvis Has Left The Building” for Sky TV’s Granada Plus channel. Don’t miss this rare opportunity of seeing one of Salford’s finest, live in concert! Venue: Middleton Arena Doors Open: 7pm Show starts: 7.30pm. Finish time 10pm (approx)

Saturday 10 February 2018

Valentine’s Jazz and Swing Ball

Tickets: £21, Restricted View seats at £18.90. Follow the BOOK ONLINE link or ring the Box Office on 0300 303 8633 to book.

Heywood Civic Centre in association with JamIt Entertainment proudly present Jazz & Swing Valentine’s Ball featuring Ollie Mulkeen’s Jive Swing Band. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Doors Open: 7pm Show starts: 8pm Tickets: £12.50


Friday 23 February 2018 Heywood Civic Centre in association with RED Entertainment proudly present

Cilla and the Shades of the 60s This stunning and elegant review of the life of Cilla Black soars its way through the 60s. Cilla performs songs including ‘You’re My World’ and ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ while the Shades trio swing through a decade of hits by Cilla’s friends and co-stars such as ‘I Only Want to be With You’ and ‘River Deep Mountain High’. The effervescent Cilla & the gorgeous Shades trio rediscover one of music’s most defining eras. They follow the life & career of the iconic Cilla Black while their stories reflect on some of the biggest 60s stars. Featuring brand new arrangements of music from artists including the Beatles and Dusty Springfield. An unforgettable show that journeys its way through Cilla’s life and brings audiences to their feet in celebration. Relive the 60s in style and come to see the girl power show that is delighting audiences all over the UK. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre All tickets: £19 Doors Open: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm


Saturday 24 February 2018 AM Productions proudly present

A Honky-Tonk Hayride With the legendary sound of Country Music Superstar Patsy Cline and her special guests. Staring Sue Lowry as Patsy Cline plus Jim Reeves and Hank Williams Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Facebook: patsyclineandfriends Doors Open: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: Adults £17, Children £10

Friday 2 March 2018 Rochdale Music Society proudly present

Friday 16 March 2018

Rosalind Ventris Solo Viola

Derek Ryan has become one of country music’s leading entertainers and makes his highly anticipated return to Manchester for a performance of his self-penned hits along with a sprinkling of country classics. His shows contain music featured on his studio albums including ‘God’s Plan’, ‘Life Is A River’ and ‘Hold on to your Hat’.

Rosalind is emerging as one of the most internationally sought after young violists winning five prizes in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2013 and many others. Playing in all the major concert halls of England, she continues to astound her audiences. “Ventris has risen to the top of the tree in a short time through the power of her musical personality” The Press York Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Tickets: Adults £15, Concessions £13 Students £5, Children £1 Programmes 50p Raffle | Licenced Bar

Derek Ryan in Concert

Derek’s rise to stardom on the country scene has been at a phenomenal rate, with few other country stars having made such an impact. With two Irish Number One albums, sell-out shows at home and abroad and fistfuls of music awards to his name including Entertainer Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Best Live Performer. But he is perhaps proudest of the award winning recognition for his song writing abilities at the Sunday World and Irish Country Music Awards. Dozens of artists including evergreen multi-million selling star Daniel O’Donnell underlined the industry wide admiration for Derek’s song writing talents by recording versions of God’s Plan. Since then, with a combination of terrific talent, admirable determination and a continuous desire to do better, Derek’s career has kept on reaching progressively greater heights. More information on Derek Ryan is available from Venue: Middleton Arena Doors Open: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £21 Follow the BOOK ONLINE link or ring the Box Office on 0300 303 8633 to book.


Saturday 17 March 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018

Bootleg Blondie

Roy Orbison & the Traveling Wilburys Experience 30th Anniverary Tour

BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band and the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGBs in New York City before its demise in 2006. CBGB was the Holy Grail of American Punk and New Wave, where the real Blondie first kicked off their career. Debbie and Andy got married in March 2016 and to their great delight received two video messages from both Blondie and Debbie Harry herself congratulating them on their wedding day. What a wedding present! And probably the best Xmas present in the world ever was in 2016 when Clem Burke came along to a Bootleg Blondie gig and actually got up and played drums on stage with the band! He said afterwards that watching and playing with Bootleg Blondie was very emotional. Well Bootleg Blondie were very touched by Clem’s presence!!! In May 2017 Bootleg Blondie had the unbelievable honour of being mentioned on Blondie’s 11th studio album ‘Pollinator’. Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie bombshell. Like her heroine she is typically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thigh length boots and t-shirts with more holes than t-shirt! Venue: Middleton Arena Doors Open: 7.30pm Show Starts: 8pm Tickets: £15 Follow the BOOK ONLINE link or ring the Box Office on 0300 303 8633 to book.

‘Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience’ will take you on a journey through the story of the Wilburys,with expert narrative and BIG SCREEN ACTION. This 30th Anniversary Special is absolutely unmissable. Featuring tributes to Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. All the Traveling Wilbury hits and classics are in the show, Handle with Care, End of the Line and many more. Totally unique to this production are five authentic Lookalike-Sound-alike’s to this famous Supergroup, enabling the show to explore the Solo Hits of the band. Mr Blue Sky, Pretty Woman, Blowin in the Wind, Here Comes the Sun, and Runnin Down a Dream are just a few of the MillionSelling hits you’ll hear throughout the show. This joyous, up-tempo feel-good celebration of classic pop music is guaranteed to give you a night to remember. Venue: Middleton Arena Tickets: Adults £22.50, Concessions £20 Doors Open: 7pm Show Starts: 7.30pm

Friday 30 March 2018 AM Productions in association with Marc Robinson Productions present

Through the Decades with Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly Darren Paige as Roy Orbison and Marc Robinson as Buddy Holly with live backing from the Counterfeit Crickets Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Facebook: Throughthe DecadesweithRoyandBuddy

Community Events Tuesday 30 January 2018 Tuesday 27 February 2018 Tuesday 27 March 2018

Heywood Pensioners Association Afternoon Social Come and join in free for the first session and then join the association if you like it.

Show Starts: 7.30pm

The socials include a mixture of the following events: Raffle, Food and drink, Bingo, Talks, Entertainment

Tickets: Adults £17, Children £10

Venue: Heywood Civic Centre

Doors Open: 7pm

Yearly membership £5 Over 60s only 1pm - 3pm Older People’s Champion: Cllr Linda Robinson

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Blood Service Donation Sessions Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Session 1: 12.30pm-3.30pm Session 2: 5pm-7.30pm Contact 0300 123 2323 to book your session. Be amazing donate blood!

Wednesday 21 March 2018

NSPCC Coffee Morning Stalls and Raffle in aid of the NSPCC Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Event Starts: 10am Event Finishes: 12pm

Theatre Tuesday 13 February 2018 Michael Jordan presents

The High Jinx Magic & Illusion Show As seen on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us. A fast-paced show bringing together a stunning combination of magic, escapology and circus tricks sure to keep you puzzled, amazed and even a little scared - but above all entertained! Perfect for all the family and having received rave reviews from the likes of Jonathan Ross and more besides, this is one show sure to make your jaw hit the floor with amazement. Michael Jordan was The Magic Circle ‘Young Magician of the Year’ from 2009 to 2011 and has appeared as a specialist performer for various TV programmes and adverts. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Tickets: Adults £12, Children £10 Doors Open: 2pm Show Starts: 2.30pm


Saturday 24 February 2018 FairStage Theatre Arts Presents

“A night at the theatre” Featuring Dance, Dance Dance and Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum. A night at the theatre is a magical night featuring two shows in one! Firstly our Dancers showcase the best of their talents in ballet, Tap, Modern-Jazz and Freestyle with music from Walt disney, hit West End musicals and music from today’s chart. The second part of our magical night features Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. follow Jack has to overcome a terrible fear of heights - a bit of a problem when it comes to climbing a beanstalk! We meet irresistible and funny characters played by a full cast of child actors. Venue: Middleton Arena Tickets: Adults £15, Children/Concessions £10 Matinee Show: Doors Open: 1pm Show Starts: 1.30pm Evening Show: Doors Open: 5.30pm Show Starts: 6pm

Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 March 2018 AODS proudly present

Priscilla - Queen of the Desert Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT the Musical is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling hit parade of dancefloor favourites including “It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

Fayres Sunday 21 January 2018

Table Top Sale Welcome return of our popular Table Top Sales. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Stalls: £12 Tickets: Adults £1, Concessions 50p

Sunday 25 February 2018 Key Moments Presents

“Once in a Lifetime”

Tickets avaiable from:

Key Moments invite you to their annual fayre that caters for Weddings, School Proms & Holy Communions. This will be a spectacular fayre for all to shop and to see our catwalk with models showing the latest fashion in all genres. 50 exhibitors plus live music & entertainment. Email

Evening Shows (Tuesday – Saturday)

Venue: Middleton Arena

Doors Open: 7pm

Doors Open: 10.30am

Show Starts: 7:30pm

Starts at 11am

Saturday Matinée

FREE admission

Venue: Heywood Civic Centre

Doors Open: 1.45pm Show Starts: 2.15pm


Children’s Activities February Half Term 2018

Saturday 10 February 2018

Half Term Kids Cinema

American Wrestling

Middleton Arena Kids half term cinema returns with prices held from 2017 – the best value around! Come and experience the big screen at Middleton Arena, it’s fantastic. Contact the Arena for more information.


Monday 12 February 2018 – Despicable Me 3

Are you ready to Rumble?

Wednesday 14 February 2018 – The Lego Ninjago Movie

Venue: Middleton Arena

Venue: Middleton Arena

Family £36 (Strictly two adults and two children)

Doors Open: 12.30pm

Doors Open: 7pm

Films Start: 1pm

Show Starts: 7.30pm

All Tickets: £3

Follow the BOOK ONLINE link or ring the Box Office on 0300 303 8633 to book.

Soft drink and Popcorn included

Thursday 15 & Friday 16 February 2018

Half Term Kids Cinema and Arts & Craft Activity For children aged 3 years and above. Children will build their own cars first out of cardboard boxes and other arts and crafts materials. Once all the cars have been built, Cars 3 will be shown and children can watch the films from the cars they have made. Venue: Heywood Civic Times: 1.30pm – 3pm (Film will start at 3pm) All tickets: £7 and includes a soft drink and popcorn. (Parents should accompany children at all times)

Half Term Kids Cinema (Film Only) Thursday 15 & Friday 16 February 2018 – Cars 3 Venue: Heywood Civic Doors Open: 2.30pm Film Starts: 1pm All tickets: £3 Soft drink and Popcorn included.


Live Sport

See the Superstars Live in Action Cheer the goodies, Boo the Baddies Free Meet and Greet at the end of the Show.

Tickets: Adults £12, Children £10

Memorial Events


Monday 29 January 2018

Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 March 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day

Time to Shine

At 6.30pm all assembled will walk to the Memorial Gardens for the Rededication of the Holocaust Memorial Stone and then return to Heywood Civic for the main Commemoration.

Dawson’s Academy Of Dance and Stage present their 2018 show “Time to Shine” featuring all the greatest hits from musicals, TV and stage.

Organised by The Borough of Rochdale Multi-Faith Partnership, participants will include the Borough’s Music Service and Fiddlestix solo violin, with singing led by The Carers’ Choir. Young people from the Rochdale Borough Youth Service will read quotations about the Holocaust. The Mayor and Mayoress and Senior Civic Dignitaries will also participate.

Doors Open: 6.45pm

This is a free public event with all welcome and to share a hot drink afterwards, with the event expected to finish by 8.30pm.

Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 7.15pm All tickets £10.00 only available from Dawson’s Dance Academy Tel: 01204 842481 / 01204 362072 Email: or

Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Free Event Doors Open: 6.15pm Show Starts: 6.30pm


Contact Details Heywood Civic

Middleton Arena

LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood, OL10 1LW Tel: 0300 303 8633* Email:

LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1AG Box Office: 0300 303 8633 BOOK TICKETS ONLINE 24/7 at




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Middleton Arena is fully accessible to public areas with lift to upper floors. Customers are invited to discuss any special needs. There is free on-site parking for 90 cars to the rear of the building with disabled and family parking bays to the front. Car park access is via LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way.

Middleton’s and Heywood’s premier venues for Entertainment, Concerts, Theatrical Shows and Business Meetings. For information about hiring either venue for your event please visit

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Link4Life is the trading name of Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust. Registered Charity No: 1118610

Events Guide - January-March 2018  

Middleton’s and Heywood’s premier venues for Entertainment, Concerts, Theatrical Shows and Business Meetings. For information about hiring e...

Events Guide - January-March 2018  

Middleton’s and Heywood’s premier venues for Entertainment, Concerts, Theatrical Shows and Business Meetings. For information about hiring e...