The Empire Rochdale: The number one social place to be all year

Date published: 27 February 2018

Providing live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, The Empire Rochdale is proven as the number one social place to be throughout the year.

As well as offering live music, The Empire specialises in also being one of Rochdale’s biggest party event venues with the capacity to accommodate for up to 600 guests, as well as providing VIP areas, a fully licensed bar and not forgetting the extensive list of cocktails.

The former music hall theatre founded in 1904, underwent a contemporary makeover in 2017 and now plays host to a variety of music acts at Packer Street’s oldest live music venue.

March’s events are set in stone and range from tribute acts to Robbie Williams and The Who, to Rock nights, Ska nights, Smokin’ Blues and Classic covers, as well as special events for annual celebrations like Mother’s Day and St Patrick’s Day.

You are guaranteed to never have a dull weekend if The Empire is in town.

Jon ‘DaFox’ Riley, who runs the club with Paul Whitham, said: “Once again this month we are providing some of the greatest event nights available.

“The same acts that play here also play in city centres, but entry prices range from £10 to £15. The Empire offer the exact same thing but with free admission all day Sunday and from 6pm – 9pm Friday and Saturday. After that the entry fee is still only £3. It is a big difference for the same experience.”

What’s on this March:

Friday 2 – Jessica’s Ghost (Folk Rock Band)

With two successful original albums, work underway for a third record, and a repertoire of covers now totalling more than three hours of music, Jessica’s Ghost has gone from strength to strength in recent years and now has a busy schedule of public and private covers gigs across the North West.

Saturday 3 – BuBounce (Live 7 Piece Ska Band)

Ska band playing all your favourite Ska tunes, whilst mixing in some Soul, Reggae and Funk for good measure.

It doesn't get better than this for ska fans - one step beyond.

Sunday 4 - The Fuse (60’s and 70’s Covers)

Playing mainly 60’s and 70’s jukebox pop and rock classics, The Fuse cover music from the likes of The Who, Elvis, The Beatles, The Jam, U2 and The Kinks.

Friday 9 – The Jackson Kay Band (Feel Good Music)

The Jackson Kay band play feel-good, party vibe, get up and dance tunes ranging from funky disco and soul, up to chart pop and indie.

These guys are 110% guaranteed to get you dancing.

Saturday 10 – Who’s Next (The Who Tribute)

Who's Next have been touring the UK and Europe since 2003. They capture a magical point in time when many believed that The Who were the greatest rock and roll band on earth.

Their live shows aim to recreate this period in the early 1970's with the aid of authentic stage wear and instruments.

Sunday 11 – Michael Bublé Tribute (Mother’s Day Special)

James Tomlinson sings Michael Bublé with charm and sophistication, captivating the true sound and he is fast becoming a leading Michael Bublé tribute act.

With true appreciation of classic swing and jazz music, James performs classic songs that made Bublé an international superstar. This tribute will make your guests believe they are watching the man himself.

Friday 16 – Black Market Clash (The Clash Tribute)

Black Market Clash are an authentic tribute to The Clash, formed by four long term fans of The Clash who have all played in previous bands. Other influences include The Damned, Dead Kennedys, New Wave and The Sex Pistols.

Saturday 17 – Dublin Road (St Patrick’s Day Special)

Live Irish music with high spirits. This lively 5-piece band will be playing Irish songs, traditional ballads, instrumentals, Dubliner's, Clancy brothers, The Pogues and many more songs you will all love to sing.

Ranges from Dirty Old Town, Wild Rover, The Lonesome Boatman, Galway Shawl and you can guess the rest...

Sunday 18 – Mojo Rising (Smokin' Blues, Rock & Roll and Classic Covers)

Covering over 400 songs and counting, Mojo Rising based in Oldham can tune your gig to blues, rock and roll and a wide range of songs that people like.

Friday 23 – BHG Rock Machine (Rock Night with 3 Live Bands)

With the three live rock bands A Joker’s Rage, Theia and Tomorrow is Lost, this rock night in Rochdale is not to be missed.

Saturday 24 – Robbie Williams Tribute

Robbie Williams fans do not miss this amazing night of music as the fantastic Tony Lewis, who embodies the superstar that is Robbie Williams will be smashing the hits at Empire Rochdale.

The resemblance is so uncanny that Tony has appeared for numerous promotional campaigns and TV shows throughout Europe.

Sunday 25 – 261 All Stars (Mod, Ska and Punk band)

261 All Stars will take you on the journey of Mod/Ska/Punk/New Wave, recreating the authentic sounds.

Playing hits from bands such as The Kinks, Small Faces, The Who, The Rolling Stones and the Undertones, with the energy and enthusiasm as close to the originals.

Friday 30 - Manchester Ska Foundation ‘Good Friday Skankin’

Manchester Ska Foundation are a high energy, professional Ska band who are well known on the Two-Tone tribute scene and have a strong following throughout the North West and beyond.

The band always raise the roof and get the party started.

Saturday 31 – Flash (Tribute to Queen)

A tribute to Queen aim to celebrate the wealth of talent that came together in Queen by recreating, with breath-taking accuracy, the style and excitement of a live Queen concert, which sadly we will never see again.

The individual band members of Flash are all creatively and technically inspired by Queen. They play replica equipment, adding that little extra sound characteristic, and all performed in authentic costumes making it a show to remember.

Friday and Saturday: Free admission 6pm until 9pm, £3 after 9pm
Sunday: Free admission

Over 18s only. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Contact: Empire Rochdale

01706 551515

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