Strange bedfellows on offer at the Lowther Pavilion...

Counterfeit Quo, a Status Quo tribute band
Counterfeit Quo, a Status Quo tribute band
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Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion couldn’t really have two more different shows this week.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth and a Status Quo tribute band. See what I mean?

Macbeth – at the theatre on Wednesday – is performed by Bingo Dragon Theatre, a young company who have been performing high-energy Shakespeare to sell-out audiences since 2011. Tickets are £12.

The following night Revive, a counterfeit Quo, formed by four hardened fans of the band in 1995, are in town. They have toured Europe and have been given the seal of approval by Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt themselves. Tickets for that one are £15 (£12 concessions). More details at

* Sinéad O’Connor, Richard Hawley and the Futureheads are headlining the three-day Ramsbottom Festival from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September. Those eye-catching acts will be supported by an array of talent and emerging artists including The Beat, Public Service Broadcasting and The Unthanks.

The festival takes place at Ramsbottom Cricket Club, near Bury, and tickets starts at £23 for a day ticket, or £65 for a full festival ticket. I’ve been the last two years and can thoroughly recommend it.

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