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X-Factor and BGT stars set for free resort gig

X-Factor finalists Kingsland Road are among the acts due to play a free gig in St John's Square.

X-Factor finalists Kingsland Road are among the acts due to play a free gig in St John's Square.

X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent finalists will line up alongside an 80s punk icon and the Europop group behind school disco favourite Agadoo for a free concert in Blackpool town centre at the weekend.

The eclectic music mix comes as organisers of the Rocking Through The Decades gig look to capitalise on the popularity of Mamma Mia! during its run in the resort.

Five-piece boy band Kingsland Road, who came ninth in the last series of The X-Factor, will open the show at St John’s Square on Saturday.

Black Lace and N-Trace are among those who will take to the stage before the former first lady of punk, Toyah Wilcox, closes the show.

Organiser Eileen Ormand, Blackpool town centre and BID manager, said: “Everybody has got Mamma Mia! fever at the moment and that’s why we decided to go down this route.

“People love that kind of thing.

“It’s not just about today’s music – it’s about what we love and whose songs we are still singing.

“One of the nice things about this is whatever age you are, there is something there to hold your attention.”

While Eileen said she expects teenagers – and a fair few mums – will be drawn in by Kingsland Road, bands from across the decades will keep the older generations entertained.

Also performing at the event are Harry Mondryk, of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 finalists ReConnected, REDD, Chris Atkinson and Fylde coast singing star Hana Joy.

Wiggy and the Hitman and Her dancers are scheduled to make an appearance, as are Britain’s Got Talent 2011 finalists New Bounce.

Eileen added: “We do events of different sizes and different appeal but this a big one for us.

“Toyah is our headline act – people pay a lot of money to see acts like this and this show and it’s free.

“Blackpool is a family resort and this event is aimed firmly at families. The intention is to bring people into the town centre.

“This is part of our summer events programme. We do very well with the Christmas lights switch-on but the weather can be a bit iffy in November so the idea is to give people something in the summer as well.”

The free concert runs from noon until 4.30pm on Saturday.

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