Festival of festivals

Winter Gardens, Blackpool'View of the Coronation Street entrance

Winter Gardens, Blackpool'View of the Coronation Street entrance

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SIXTEEN of the world’s best known international festivals, promoters and labels are combining for a massive event to be staged in Blackpool for two days in December.

One Of These Days is being billed as “a festival of festivals” and will see more than 150 bands, artists and dj’s performing plus interactive art, film installations and a winter market on December 8 and 9

“It will capture the essence of Field Day, Oya Festival, Melt!, Kendal Calling, Glastonbury Dance Village, Electric Elephant, End of The Road, DFA Records, SWN Festival, The Warehouse Project, Now Wave, Free Rotation, Eden Sessions, Fiber Festival, and Shambala to create a truly unique experience in the legendary Winter Gardens,” says its promoter Ruth Daniel.

One other major international festival’s participation is yet to be announced.

“One Of These Days will be two days like no other in the international festival calendar,” she added. “Never have so many of the world’s best events come together to create a one-off spectacular and the look and feel of each event will be distilled and allowed to explode aurally and visually into the many rooms of the Winter Gardens.

“Each festival will bring their unique ethos and style to their own individually designed space. From the spectacular Cubehenge light installation of Glastonbury to the indoor forests of End of the Road and the Croatian beaches of Electric Elephant, each festival will bring a taste of the place they call home to Blackpool.

“From the big stage draws of Melt! Festival and Eden Sessions to the electronic innovation of The Warehouse Project, Glastonbury Dance Village and DFA and the folk inclinations of End of the Road and SWN Festival, you’re sure to find plenty to explore.”

One Of These Days would “end the year in spectacular fashion and help kick start the cultural redevelopment of Blackpool,” said Ruth. “It aims to bring this world first event to Blackpool and utilise its existing infrastructure of beautiful Victorian theatres and bars.”

The “festival of festivals” idea came about because “we were going around the world to many different festivals seeing really unique ways of doing things and decided to invite them to the party.”

“Our vision is to have one site where each space is filled by a micro-version of each festival, not just musically, but visually – capturing the essence of each festival. We aimed high and asked the festivals we love to come to Blackpool. They said yes…”

n Weekend tickets from £59 are available now at www.ticketline.co.uk (0161 832 1111). Or buy tickets and register for line-up info at www.oneofthesedaysfestival.com