Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, has fulfilled an ambition with her next video – she shot it at Blackpool Tower.
The pop diva spent a full day shooting in the resort with a production team from London.
As well as starring in the video – which will accompany the release of new single Satellites – she also co-produced it.
It was all done in one very long day but the 28-year-old from Poulton – who had a spell working at The Gazette before finding fame – was delighted to be filming in her hometown.
Chatting on the phone after returning from a string of gigs in South America, she said: “It’s ticked off one of my ambitions – I’ve always wanted to sit at that organ in the Tower Ballroom as it goes in and out of the floor!
“When I did a signing at HMV a while ago we went to The Tower to do some pictures.
“I hadn’t been for so long, since I was a little girl, and it just hit me what an incredible place that Ballroom is, yet there is hardly anyone in there and it just made me kind of sad.
“It should be busy because it is such an incredible room. I thought it would be great to do something in there and with this song I felt the time was right.”
Hesketh added: “I have always wanted to do a video in Blackpool. I think a lot of people in London see it as a problem to go elsewhere because it is so easy when all their equipment and crew and studios are there.
“But for an artist to go somewhere which has a personal connection makes it really special.
“The Tower people were fantastic with us. I roped in my brother and my cousin, who were very useful, and my mum, so all my family helped out which was really nice.
“We bought a small crew up for London and we had some camera and lighting guys come from Manchester and I think it has made for a great video.”
Hesketh, as Little Boots, released Nocturnes – the eagerly-awaited follow-up to debut Hands – earlier in the year.
It was well-received by the critics and public alike and has cemented her place as one of the best pop acts in the country.
But she isn’t the type to forget her roots, hence using the resort as the venue for the new video.
“It was a long, draining day, crack of dawn to last thing at night, and it was very physically and emotionally draining,” she said.
“I co-directed this video as well, so there was an extra job of keeping an eye on all the cameras, checking shots and making sure everything was right, as well as being on the other side of it, so it was double-work this time.
“I don’t enjoy videos that much, not because they are a chore but because I find them a lot of pressure.
“They are very expensive and everybody there on the day is working for you and working on your idea.
“So you feel quite a lot of pressure because if you don’t get it right then you feel like you are letting everyone down.
“But the feeling at the end when you get a good one is really great and I think that’s happened this time.”
The video’s theme is a dance competition and the star is a 10-year-old girl.
“She isn’t from around here but she was amazing,” added Victoria. “She can dance absolutely incredibly well, she is so talented.”
n To see the video for go to Youtube and search “Little Boots Satellite”