Top DJs on bill at resort dance fest

DJ Jason Fubar at the Syndicate
DJ Jason Fubar at the Syndicate
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A music festival is set to attract thousands of people to Blackpool after council chiefs agreed the event could go ahead.

Resort DJ Jason Fubar has secured a licence to hold his ‘Back to the Old Pool’ festival on Lawson Field, Lawson Road, Blackpool on Saturday July 2.

More than 60 performers have been lined up including Radio One stars Judge Jules and Dave Pearce who will headline a Syndicate Superclub Reunion.

Sonique will be among other dance acts appearing across five arenas.

Around 5,000 dance music fans are expected to attend the event which will take place inside circus style marquees between noon and 10pm.

But Mr Fubar, who is best known for DJ-ing at the former Syndicate nightclub, has had to meet strict requirements aimed at reducing possible disruption to nearby residents.

Measures will include putting on free buses to transport party-goers back to the town centre, 500 parking spaces, CCTV and stewarding.

Crowds will have to be off site by 11.30pm while a landing area will also be maintained for the air ambulance helicopter should it need to take a patient to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Following the hearing Mr Fubar, who is celebrating 25 years as a DJ this year, said: “We are really happy to have been granted the licence, especially as there have been a few obstacles thrown at us.

“But this is what the town needs. Why hasn’t Blackpool got its own festival?

“We are very conscious the event is quite close to homes, but there was only one public objection.

“However we have a good team around us with a huge amount of experience in event management.”

Also on board with the event are Blackpool club promoter Dominic Herdman and sound specialist Martin Robinson.

The organisers have liaised with Blackpool’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) to develop an event management plan, while the licensing panel was also told ‘noise cancelling equipment’ would be used on the site to control sound levels.

In granting the licence the town hall panel stressed it was “a potentially high risk event in a residential area”, but added “the applicant and his team are experienced operators with a good reputation in the area.”

The panel added it was important the organisers “continue to engage with SAG to ensure the event takes place safely without inconvenience to the residents living nearby.”

Mr Fubar added: “We expect a lot of local people to want to come along and enjoy the event, but our marketing strategy will also take in the rest of the north of England right over to Newcastle.

“There will be a Syndicate reunion with a big line up of DJs who performed at the Syndicate all in big tops. We’re very excited about it.”

The site will also have a mini funfair, food village, chill zones, merchandise stalls, a VIP area and fully licensed bars. Entry will be by ticket only, bought in advance.