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Festival aims to attract the cream of musical talent

Ed Blaney and Jon Bamborough are the brais behind the Blackpool Music Festival, which they hope will become a successful annual event

Ed Blaney and Jon Bamborough are the brais behind the Blackpool Music Festival, which they hope will become a successful annual event

If you are one of those folk who bemoans the lack of a local music scene, the Blackpool Music Festival should give you food for thought.

The brainchild of Jon Bamborough and Ed Blaney, it takes place in October and will feature more than 150 bands in a dozen different venues.

Best of all, it is completely free – something the organisers believe is key to the event’s success.

“We held the first one last year and it was a success, so the aim now is to build on it,” said Bamborough, a music fan and former councillor.

“The idea is to get the best unsigned bands from around the country and beyond.

“We’ve been offered bigger bands and we could go down that route and make people pay, but for me that changes the dynamics of the festival. I think the unique selling point of what we do is that it is absolutely free and that will attract people to Blackpool.”

The festival will take place in a dozen or so venues spread across the Fylde, such as Uncle Toms Cabin, The Galleon, The Blue Room and Blackpool Sixth Form College.

As well as featuring plenty of local talent, it will also have an international flavour.

“Even before we opened registration for the bands, we were getting contacted by artists and musicians who had heard about last year’s festival and who wanted to play,” said Bamborough.

“We have already booked acts from France, Poland, Belgium, Italy and Germany, but we also very much want to encourage local home grown talent. In fact we will always give preference to them as they are the lifeblood of the Blackpool music scene.”

Bamborough and co-organiser Blaney (who also organises the Salford Music Festival) say they are doing it because they’re “just a couple of blokes who like music”.

“We are passionate about bands, and we take great pleasure in organising a festival and seeing it all come together,” added Bamborough.

Any acts wanting to register, or anyone who wants to volunteer, should go to www.blackpoolmusicfestival.com

 

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