Less than one month to wait….7 days, 7 venues, 30+ acts performing;
Lytham Festival 2016 stands to be the biggest and best yet!
Photo courtesy of HappyDays Photography HERE
The Excitement Builds
1st – 7th August should already be in your diary as the party of the Summer for Lytham with some of your favourite artists, performers and films ready to entertain you! RNLI ILB Boat House, World Jazz Stage, The Church Stage, Stage Too, The Pavilion Stage, Lytham Hall Picnic Cinema and The Proms Arena will all be geared up for the week’s events rounding up with an explosive 4 day weekend from the Thursday night. The big question is…will YOU be there?
Paul Young and CeeLo Green have already kicked off this year’s festival with their performances over the May Bank Holiday and the line up is only going to get better! It’s evident that organisers Cuffe and Taylor have really strived to make Lytham Festival an amazing event for everyone involved, and what’s so great is that the week-long festivities are aimed at Lytham as a whole and not just small niches or stereotypical tastes, there really does seem to be something for everyone. Being the born and bred Lytham girl that I am, I’m really looking forward to being involved in the buzz and excitement that this year’s festival will bring.
Opening night on Monday 1st stages a variety of 6 different events across different venues, each to suit your mood and ease you in to the festival week; music by MOBO Award winning Lemar, The Shanty Crew, Off The Rails Big Band and Ferris and Milnes, comedy by Nina Conti and a Picnic Cinema extravaganza of Labyrinth; paying tribute to the late great David Bowie.
Suspenders, Shantys & Soul
Tuesday sees more movie madness with the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Lytham Hall’s Picnic Cinema…expect eye popping fancy dress outfits and a Time Warp-ing crowd! If that’s not your thing then The Shires and Jake Quickenden will be at The Pavilion Stage and Stage Too, and Lancashire group The Soul Convicts will be headlining the Jazz Stage after beating off some fierce competition in a public vote to win their spot. Plus The Shanty Crew are doing an extra night.
Interstellar or Indie
Wednesday 3rd August, in a galaxy far, far away………actually it’s our very own Lytham Green and the largest beach front screening in the UK of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set to be an epic night in every way. If your force needs awakening in a different way then why not give Jeremiah Ferrari, The Lottery Winners or The Dolls & Space a look in.
Thursday night and the weekend begins early! Whilst some people were expecting another dance music act following on from last year’s amazing Faithless performance, don’t take any little groans of disappointment too seriously because Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will definitely bring a festival worthy performance to the Proms Arena, and I for one am really looking forward to it. Everybody knows Oasis but unless you are a keen fan of NGHFB you maybe unsure if you’ll recognise many of the band’s songs by name but you’ll most likely surprise yourself and will surely be singing along with your arms in the air on the night. If I can’t convince you then you’ve got Bugalu Foundation, MiC Lowry and X-Factor’s Matt Cardle to choose from on the other Stages.
Come as you were!
Friday night is Party Night! Fancy dress optional but make sure you bring your best dance moves and grooves and your singing (or maybe karaoke) voice because 80’s vs. 90’s night is destined to be one big party with a bundle of favourites. If you’re wanting a Friday night out but with different musical tastes then take your pick from the other great acts of the evening; The Fire Beneath The Sea, Nathan Grisdale and Lawson.
Saturday night needs no introduction and Bryan Adams with guitar in hand is bound to lift the roof off the Proms Arena! Day time drumming workshops are available to get you or the kiddies in the music mood and alternatives for the evening include Room 94 and Drop The Floor.
A daytime songwriting workshop, and evening performances by Heaven 17 and Lupa Tom will round up the fabulous festival week on Sunday 7th alongside the big show stopping West End Proms finale with a host of artists to sing along and wave your Union Jacks with.
I am counting down with excitement and definitely ready to party, as you would expect from a Lytham girl of course! No doubt I’ll be grabbing a bite to eat and sipping a pre-drink in one of our fabulous restaurants and bars beforehand and continuing the party afterwards, because the festival is well worth celebrating!
If you haven’t secured your tickets already then make sure you do it now and head to http://www.lythamfestival.com/tickets-for-all-lytham/book
Also worth a visit is the beautiful box office and information hub in the Lytham Square Plaza.
Hope to see you all there!
*All photos courtesy of Lytham Festival unless otherwise stated.