England’s football fans may know it’s all over (almost before it began) but there’s still a chance to catch a sneaky peek at some of the more successful World Cup teams – and couple it with some good live music too.
Toast Café and Grill together with its first floor club The Loft on Wood Street in St Annes are still showing every kick of every game on screens large and smaller together with its usual live entertainment weekends.
So if you fancy quarter finalists five and six catch them in The Loft from 5pm on July 4 then head downstairs to Toast Bar for The Versions.
They are a six-piece covers band playing the songs you love but don’t expect to hear. Their setlist is filled with hits by Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Roxy Music, Jamiroquai, Chic, Daft Punk, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Housemartins and many more.
On Saturday, July 5 start in The Loft from 5pm for the quarter finalists seven and eight then shake your dreadlocks in Toast with another return visit of the coast’s popular reggae and Bob Marley specialists, Bob On.
Friday, July 11 is a football free zone so there’s plenty of time to enjoy another visit from the big sounding popular party covers band, Sessions.
On Saturday, July 12 things begin to hot up with the third place play-off (semi-final one and two losers) battling it out on the Toast screens from 9pm before the music starts on stage courtesy of Venezuela Venezuela, a band with rock music covers so good they had to name themselves twice.
The Sunday, July 13 grand final is being screened in The Loft then it really is all over – but if you start to suffer from World Cup withdrawal symptoms there’s an Open Mic Night on Monday, July 14 from 8.30pm where everyone is a winner.
And there’s more up and coming talent featured on the month’s second Open Mic Night – Monday, July 28.
After all that excitement things are back to normal. Friday July 18 sees the return of Adam & Joe, a fun pop/rock/ r&b guitar duo performing chart hits together with popular blasts from the past.
Saturday, July 19 features Katie Alexander – a return visit of one of the country’s first and most acclaimed Adele tribute acts.
Another firm Toast regular returns on Friday, July 25 when Nikki Fallows performs material made famous by the likes of Pink, Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Nelly Furtardo.
Bringing another month of live music to a close on Saturday, July 26 is Touch The Pearl (pictured).
The coast’s eight to 10 piece soul, funk and groove outfit has played major venues and events across the UK, Ireland and Europe, and supported acts as diverse as ELO and Edwin Starr.