Live music & comedy

Friday Night Comedy brings the very best comedians from the UK and beyond to Alexander’s Live in the heart of Chester.

The only weekly comedy night in the city Friday Night Comedy will keep the laughs coming thick and fast week after week. For each
show we provide four brilliant comedians hand-picked to give you the best night out for the lowest possible price.

We also have our amazing bar, offering a huge selection of craft beers, ales, lagers, wine, gin, rum, whiskey, cocktails, soft drinks
and much, much more. you can be sure Friday Night Comedy customers will all have a great night out! It’s an offering like no other
elsewhere in Chester!

**Please note that seating is unreserved, on a first-come first-served basis and that all line-ups are subject to change without prior notice**

upcoming shows

We pride ourselves on bringing the best acts to Chester hosting events most days. Throughout the warmer months we host large live events in Rufus Court and our festivals days in the Alexander's Beer Garden. Please note that some events will require tickets to gain entry and at most events seating is unreserved and extremely limited. However, the dance floor will be in full swing!
We will always do our best to make your visit as fun as possible and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page.

Our weekly schedule includes:

Mondays - Live local and touring bands

Tuesday - Chester's longest running Open Mic Night. Sign up from 7:30pm

Wednesday - LatinMania Salsa classes from 7pm - Late

Thursday - The hottest local bands or tribute shows

Friday - Weekly Friday Night Comedy

Saturday - Great party bands and tributes to get the dance floor filed

Sunday - Live Jazz, Folk or Blues from 2pm

Northgate Folk Festival

Alexander's Live, Chester.

Entry Tickets

Ticket type Cost (face value)? Quantity
GENERAL ADMISSION £15.40 (£14.00)

Donate to Alexander's Live save our venues campaign

Alexander's is Chester's longest running Grassroots Live Music and Comedy Venue and is committed to giving a stage to new and exciting acts. We do all we can to bring a diverse and eclectic range of events for all to enjoy and if you would like to make a donation this money will be put towards making these shows happen, from covering band costs to technical support, equipment purchase, upkeep and ongoing maintenance. Thank you for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you at a show soon.
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More information about Northgate Folk Festival tickets

- Under 12s free
- Outdoor festival in the Alexander's Live garden
- Outdoor bar and food available courtesy of The Venetian

Choir of Outsiders presents Northgate Folk Festival, an experimental and contemporary folk all- dayer set in the heart of Chester. Nestled within its ancient Roman City Walls, this new event seeks to celebrate the wyrd and wonderful traditional talents of these Isles.

Our headliner is leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music, Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul. Her mesmerising piping has earned her a BBC Young Folk Award and BBC Horizon Award, and recently she featured on Caroline Polachek’s ground-breaking album Desire, I Want To
Turn Into You.

Chaimbeul’s sophomore album Carry Them With Us is an exhilarating weave of rich textural drones, trance atmospheres and instrumental folk traditions, featuring renowned Canadian saxophonist Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver). Her debut The Reeling was also met by similar widespread acclaim.

Named Folk Album Of The Month by The Guardian - who called it “simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct” - it garnered five star reviews across the board.

Progressive folk nine-piece Shovel Dance Collective uncover proto-feminist narratives and queer histories in their interpretation of traditional music, boldly making heard the voices of the working people. Tradfolk described their most recent record as “one of the best albums of 2022, if not the last five years” and rightly so, placing them at the forefront of a new generation of politically conscious traditional folk singers.

We’re also delighted to host one of the foremost songwriters working in Wales today, captivating soloist The Gentle Good. He will be joined by the many-tassled, multi-talented Toria Wooff, a break out act in the North West; the highly-idiosyncratic, hypnotic banjo player Jacken Elswyth; velveteen voiced singer-songwriter Calum Gilligan; Lancashire broadside ballad singer and actor in Shane Meadows’ new BBC series The Gallows Pole, Jennifer Reid, and many more.

Festivalgoers can also expect appearances from local Morris dancers and music from Bobby Lee, who will be performing in the afternoon and on DJ duties throughout the day.

Full line-up:

Brìghde Chaimbeul / Shovel Dance Collective / The Gentle Good / Toria Wooff / Jacken Elswyth / Calum Gilligan / Bobby Lee (solo & DJ set) / Jennifer Reid / Milkweed / Robbie Caswell-Jones

Come join the chorus.