Jools’ star show line up

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Special guest stars for tonight’s Jools Holland show at the Empress Ballroom have been revealed as Rumer and Marc Almond.

More than 15,000 applications were received for the 1,100 tickets allocated for the free one-off Big Band Special, hosted by the BBC.

The capacity crowd will be treated to a trip down memory lane as the Later With... star’s Rhythm And Blues Orchestra showcases classic big band music, giving an insight into some of the greats, such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.

As well as the concert for BBC4, Jools has spent much of this month in town shooting Big Band Theory – a documentary on the social history of big band music and its place in post-war Britain – with Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and historian Lucy Worsley.

Pakistani-born, British singer-songwriter Rumer, real name Sarah Joyce, and former Soft Cell star Almond, will take to the stage, with the band and regular vocalist Ruby Turner.

Jools has hailed Blackpool and the Empress’s place in musical heritage, saying: “Blackpool has a certain atmosphere, and is a magical place.

“There has been a lot of great music and joy in that room, something stays of that and makes it a great room.”