THE Citadel will be a hive of live music this month as six bands will take to the town's famous stage.

With the nineteenth-century building converted into an arts centre in the 1980s, a rich history of bands such as The Stone Roses, The La’s, The Verve, and Cast have taken to the Waterloo Street stage over the years.

Although the Citadel has experienced financial difficulties in recent times, as many entertainment venues have, a partnership with a national concert promoter has breathed new life into the historic venue.

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Several bands have taken to the Citadel's stage since the venue joined forces with the Liverpool-based Glasswerk in September, including 90s band Space, Ian Prowse, and Starsailor frontman James Walsh.

The venue's interesting line-up of events will continue this month with tribute act performances from 'A Band Called Malice' and 'Definitley Oasis' on April 5 and April 6.

St Helens-born singer-songwriter Laurence Jones will then take to the stage on April 12, which will be followed by a sold-out show with 80s new-wave band China Crisis.

Former frontman of Mansun Paul Draper will perform on April 20 and Sunbirds (from the Beautiful South's Dave Hemingway) will return to the stage on April 26.

Further events are planned throughout the year including 'The History of Rock', 'The Amy Winehouse Experience', 'Simply Dylan', and many more.

Speaking previously to the Star about the Citadel's relaunch and events programme, a spokesperson said: "We are delighted with the relaunch of the Citadel. 

"Since September 2023, we have welcomed lots of fantastic acts, and we are really pleased to see the iconic St Helens venue come back to life. The feedback from those attending has been brilliant, with many saying to us that they cannot wait to come back.  

"We are incredibly excited about this year's lineup. "

For more information about the Citadel and its events programme, you can visit the website here.