Internationally-renowned musician and entertainer Gary Lovini is looking forward to his first appearance at the Lytham Proms Festival Weekend – not least because it’s right on his doorstep.
The acclaimed violinist travels hundreds of thousands of miles every year performing to appreciative audiences on top cruise ships across the world.
But Lytham St Annes is home for the globe-trotter and his performance at the festival on Saturday, August 3, is his first foray into the world of Proms.
Gary, who shot to fame after winning TV’s New Faces and is well-known to Blackpool audiences after his summer seasons.
He will be supporting superstar Russell Watson for the Last Night of the Proms style concert.
The night will also feature special guests Jonathan & Charlotte, runners up from Britain’s Got Talent.
Lytham Proms Festival Weekend is Lancashire’s largest live music event.
The weekend runs from August 2-4 on Lytham Green, with three nights of music designed to attract a wide range of concert-goers.
Opening night The 80’s Strikes Back, with headliners Tony Hadley, Jason Donovan and Marc Almond. This is followed by Saturday night’s Last Night of the Proms concert.
Heading up the final Sunday night is Brit Award nominee and number one-selling artist Rita Ora, with guests Conor Maynard and Stooshe.
Back to local lad Gary, who has just returned to the UK after a cruise that took in Egypt and the Mediterranean and is delighted at the thought of performing on home turf.
“I can’t wait for August and the Proms, it is going to be brilliant.
“It’s the most local gig I’ve ever done and it’s also a fantastic opportunity,” he said.
“As well as cruises, I’ve been on a number of TV shows and spent summer seasons in Blackpool.
“I actually met my wife, Emma, who is from Wrea Green, on North Pier.
“But this is the first Prom and festival event I’ve been involved in and I am really looking forward to it.
“I suppose you could say that I’m adding another string to my bow!”
Gary is already putting together his repertoire for the Proms, which will include some of his recently recorded work and he promises there will be “something for everyone to enjoy”.
Originally from Staffordshire, Gary turned professional as a teenager and describes himself not only as a musician, but also as an entertainer.
Highlights of his career include performing on the stage of the London Palladium during a three-month engagement and jetting out as a teenager on Concorde to entertain passengers on the QE2.
He was the youngest ever entertainer in the history of the Cunard Line at the age of just 16
Gary also appeared at The Royal Variety Show alongside Jason Donovan, who is also on this year’s Lytham bill.
Peter Taylor, festival director at St Annes-based Cuffe & Taylor, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have signed up Gary for this year’s Proms.
“He will bring something extra special to the event, with his great musical talent, and is a true entertainer.
“We can guarantee that festival-goers are in for a real treat when he takes to the stage.”
Tickets for Lytham Proms Festival Weekend can be booked online at www.lythamproms.co.uk or by calling 0844 888 9991.
A selection of VIP packages are also available.