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Sid Sloane, chldren's TV presenter
Sid Sloane, chldren's TV presenter
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BLACKPOOL band The Maddisons are making their Galleon Bar debut on Monday.

They were booked by owner Stephen Pierre after he saw the 19-year-olds in action and
 immediately became a fan.

He describes The Maddisons as producing high-octane rock n’ roll, with lyrics that comment on the everyday issues concerning their generation.

In the nine months they have been together, the band have already established a loyal fan-base, and performed at The Cavern in Liverpool as well as loads of other music venues in the north west.

“They are a perfect antidote to X-Factor – and proof that the kids really are alright,” said Pierre.

“There is a big student population around the Fylde coast and the Galleon Bar would like to offer them a half-term party at what is an unpretentious live music venue.”

Also on the bill is DJ Michale Stainer from Stoke on Trent. He is an alternative DJ who spins indie, alternative, Brit-pop, Manchester scene and 60’s mod vinyl.

The night takes place on Monday (February 18).

THE kids are in for a treat on Sunday when BBC CBeebies star Sid Sloane 
arrives in Lytham.

The hugely popular children’s TV star (pictured) brings ‘Sid’s Show’ to the Lowther Pavilion on Sunday at 2pm.

Aimed at families with children aged 3-7, the show sees Sid setting out on a heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks and shoes have got to - involving a trip to the jungle, the bottom of the sea and into outer space.

Tickets are £10 adults, £8 for children. Book at or at the box office on 01253 794221.

BLACKPOOL and North Fylde Model Railway Club are holding an open day tomorrow at Cleveleys Community Centre, on Kensington Road, between 9.30am and 5pm.

Admission will be adults £2.50, concessions £2 and £7.50 for a family ticket.

Full details at

BOB Marley tribute act – Bob On – is on at the Blue Room in Blackpool town centre tonight.

The band play a full range of Marley’s classics. It starts at 9.30pm, £1 entry.

* Josie Long plays the Continental pub in Preston tonight.

* Tonight’s Tony Dowler gig at the Steamer in Fleetwood has been cancelled and rearranged for Sunday May 5 at the Strawberry Gardens.

COMEDIAN Alex Horne, star and co-creator of a BBC Four comedy quiz show ‘We Need Answers’ plays the Platform in Morecambe tonight.

Horne has established a reputation among critics, comedians and audiences as a thoughtful and original stand-up, writer and solo performer. He recently chaired Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC Two.

His show is called Seven Years In The Bathroom. Tickets are £12. Ring the box office on 01524 582803 for availability.

MANCHESTER punk outfit Sonic Boom Six released new single Keep On Believing this week. They are described by Kerrang! magazine as “taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid”.

If that floats your boat, the band play 53 Degrees at Preston on Sunday. Tickets available from