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Live music in Canterbury and where to find it

Freshers’ week isn’t the only chance to get dressed up, go out and meet new people.

Canterbury has a banging scene for the arts, music and theatre. With so much going on, it’s only too easy to miss out! So here is a list of some of the best live venues and events that our little city has to offer.

For the music lovers…

The Jolly Sailor hosts live music and a regular Monday night open mic – perfect for anyone with a guitar and a nice set of pipes. Performers get a free drink.  Need I say any more?

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The Lady Luck caters to those of a more alternative taste. If it’s Metal, Punk or Ska you’re into, the Luck is more than accommodating.

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The Ballroom plays host to a variety of local musicians, bands and Dj’s throughout the week, as well as offering its own Wednesday night open mic.

Canterbury Festival starts on 14th October, and like Christmas, only comes around once a year. The likes of Newton Faulkner, Imelda May and The Hoosiers are billed to play in venues around the city. It will also be hosting tons of performances, talks and exhibitions throughout October and November. Check out the festival’s website for a full list of events.

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For the film and theatre buffs…

The Marlowe Theatre is a cultural and artistic hub in Canterbury. Its selection of comedy, drama, dance and music, ensures it has something for everyone. Tickets to shows such as, Warhorse, Grease and Peter Pan and comedians such as Simon Amstell, Jon Richardson and Joel Dommett are all available now.

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The University of Kent’s, Gulbenkian, has a wide mix of stage and screen events. Catch the bus up there and take a look around – who says that we have to be enemies?


Canterbury also has two cinemas, both within 20 minutes of each other:

The Odeon offers the latest blockbuster titles and student discounts.

The Curzon offers you indie movies, live theatre broadcasts and, of course, discounts.

Get out there!

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The best way to find out about live entertainment in Canterbury is to explore. Don’t be afraid to delve into the high street. Take the flyers. Reply as ‘going’ to that random gig on Facebook. There is a world outside the Student Union bar.

But, whatever you do, be sure to stay safe and have fun!

Heard of any events this term that students should know about? Tweet us @CCSUUNIFIED.

Head over to our Freshers 2017 section, for more articles on events, societies and accommodation.

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Dylan Stallard

Dylan Stallard is the Entertainment Editor for Unified. He is currently studying Creative and Professional Writing (BA) at Canterbury Christ Church University and hosts a radio show on CSRFM for writers, poets and musicians.

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