Superstars Professor Green and Little Boots added to iFest!


Stunning Friday night switch-on line-up now features The Vamps, Lawson, Professor Green, Toploader, Little Boots, Only The Young and Becky Hill.


Bananarama, Jason Donovan and other vintage pop legends set for Saturday.


Al Murray – The Pub Landlord and a host of comedy stars set for Sunday

There are still full weekend tickets available which guarantee a Friday night ticket.


Professor Green and Little Boots are the latest huge names to be added to an absolutely stacked line-up for VisitBlackpool’s 2015 Blackpool iFest Friday night switch-on event.


The pair complete a line-up which is now unquestionably one of the most superstar-loaded cards ever put on at switch-on night.


London-born rapper, singer songwriter and hip-hop superstar, Professor Green, is one of THE biggest names on the UK music scene.


His three studio albums have all proved hugely popular, been widely critically acclaimed and he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in UK music like Lily Allen, Tinchy Stryder, Miles Kane and Rizzle Kicks.


His 2011 collaboration with Emily Sandé, “Read All About It” stormed the charts to number one.


A multiple award winner at the MOBO, Urban Music and NME Awards, amongst many others, he has more than two million followers on both Facebook and Twitter,


Blackpool’s very own pop superstar, Little Boots, meanwhile is an electropop superstar performer, singer and a world renowned DJ.


With three fantastic studio albums to her name she has received huge critical acclaim scored massive hits with “Remedy” and “New in Town”.


Her latest album “Working Girl” is out now.


Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the line-up for our Friday night switch-on night which is undoubtedly one of the most star-studded, if not THE most star-studded line-up, we’ve ever had.


“Given the enormous popularity of so many of the names it’s sure to be incredibly popular.


“We are delighted that Little Boots is part of this year’s line-up. She is a fantastic example of home-grown talent.


Professor Green and Little Boots are added as special guest stars to a line-up headlined by superstar band, The Vamps, and featuring special guests Lawson, Toploader, Only the Young and Becky Hill.


The special guest Switch-On star will be confirmed soon.


The Friday night Switch-On kicks off an exciting weekend of events at the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland between Friday 4 and Sunday 6 September with something for everyone to enjoy.


The Saturday night of the Blackpool iFest weekend will feature a line-up of chart-topping pop stars in association with Sky’s Vintage TV channel.


The line-up includes Bananarama, Jason Donovan and Paul Young, and will be hosted by TV and radio star, Pat Sharp.


Then on Sunday, some of the coolest names in British comedy will take to the stage, with one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK, Al Murray – The Pub Landlord, hosting and headlining the show alongside the likes of Chris Ramsey, Alun Cochrane, Tiff Stevenson, Carl Hutchinson and Craig Campbell.


Tickets, priced at £15 for each of the Saturday and Sunday shows, and are on sale now and a £30 weekend festival pass is also on sale.


The first 5,000 people to buy a £30 weekend festival pass will guarantee themselves free entry to the big Friday night switch-on.


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Jane McDonald Heads Cast in Blackpool Return of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats


Jane McDonald is to take the starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS when it returns to Blackpool direct from its sell-out season at the London Palladium in the West End.


It was announced today by Producer David Ian that Jane, who is one of Britain’s best loved singers, presenters and entertainers, will play the role of Grizabella.


The hit show will run at the Blackpool Opera House for a strictly limited eight weeks from 9 July and the Blackpool performances will be the only place theatre-goers can see CATS North of London in 2015.


Speaking at today’s press launch Jane said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be playing Grizabella in CATS. It is an honour to have been selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber and I can’t wait for the show to begin in July.


CATS will be at Blackpool Opera House till Sunday 6 September.



Visionary Event Returns To Spiritual Home, Camp and Furnace


Dance enthusiasts will have their taste buds tantalised with delicious visual delights for the announcement of the return of this year’s House of Suarez Vogue Ball in Liverpool.


The date is confirmed as Saturday 10 October 2015, tickets are on sale now and the theme is set as The Sugar Ball – giving Vogue Ball fans plenty of time to whet their appetite and create the most mouth-watering, eye-popping costume to wear on the night.


This is the sixth consecutive Vogue Ball, and this year’s event will see the event return to hugely popular venue Camp and Furnace, located in Liverpool’s creative Baltic Quarter. Previous Vogue Balls at Camp and Furnace have seen more than 1,000 people attend.


Ian Richards from Camp and Furnace commented: “It’s a real pleasure to welcome back the House of Suarez Vogue Ball to Camp and Furnace, its spiritual home. Hosting the Vogue Ball is always a real highlight for us – creative, original and always totally inspired. The Voguers can look forward to a real sweet treat.”


The Sugar Ball will also see the return of host with the most, Rikki Beadle-Blair who admits it’s his favourite event of the year.


Now an international sensation, the multi-award winning House of Suarez Vogue Ball is a dance event like no other in the UK – where club culture meets high art.


Last year’s Space Oddity Vogue Ball took guests to another dimension. This year it’s all about over indulgence; sugar and spice and all things nice! Or will it be more of a case of naughty but nice?  The increasingly popular Vogue Ball is the dance event to end all other dance events, giving Voguers the ultimate sugar rush of all things fierce and fabulous, whether they’re hard boiled or a bit more of a soft centre.


Vogueing often imitates the perfect lines and flexibility of model poses seen in magazines such as Vogue, the fashion magazine from which the dance style took its name.


The race is now on to find the best Vogue teams [known as ‘Houses’] battle it out in a fight for ultimate dance supremacy. Last year’s event saw a record number of ‘Houses’ participating.  Already confirmed for the 2015 Vogue Sugar Ball are House of Cards, House of Rare and House of LIPA. This year, organisers also welcome back the House of Shoqlat from the Netherlands.


Due to the success of the Vogue Ball in Liverpool, the concept has now been taken to Manchester. The recent Vogue Mini Ball sold out three weeks before – a positive sign for Voguers across the North West.


Darren Suarez, Artistic Director of House of Suarez, commented: “I can’t believe we are now planning our sixth Vogue Ball in Liverpool. We have grown and developed the event, establishing it as a key highlight in the social calendar, but now we’ve also completed our second year in Manchester with the sell-out Mini Vogue Ball.


“This year’s Sugar Ball theme will give Voguers the opportunity to let their creative juices flow with all things sugar, and I’m sure some will throw in some spice for good measure. We’re also delighted to announce that the ball will return to Camp & Furnace, a favourite venue of Vogue Ball audiences and performers.


“The Vogue Ball is unique in that it is a celebration of gay culture born in New York, with fashion and theatre binding together extravagance and severity. We are thrilled that we have now become one of the biggest Vogue Balls in the country.”