Music feast not famine as resort prepares to rock

Blackpool band Ska Face

Blackpool band Ska Face

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A lot of people complain about a lack of a music scene in Blackpool. In which case, here’s something to shut them up.

The first Blackpool Music Festival starts tomorrow and it looks like being absolutely terrific. Better still it’s all free.

More than 100 local bands are playing 14 different venues across the resort over four packed days of live music.

It is the brainchild of local lads Jon Bamborough and Brian Reddington, keen music fans who have spent two years planning the event.

First question is why?

“I love music and I think Blackpool as a town should have something like this, simple as that,” said Jon, a civil servant by day who has spent his weekends organising the festival.

“The music scene in this town isn’t dead and buried as some people seem to think.

“There is a thriving scene and there are some really wonderful musicians and bands out there.

“What they need is a platform, somewhere for them to get noticed and get their music across to an audience, and this is what the festival is all about.

“It’s been really hard work, a nightmare at time and it’s taken up a lot of hours, but hopefully it will all be worth it.”

Jon and Brian hit upon the idea when they became friendly with the organisers of Salford Music Festival.

They hope the Blackpool festival will attract up to 4,000 extra visitors to the resort over the next few days, with Jon adding: “The idea is that thousands of music enthusiasts will go home and tell all their friends that Blackpool is a great place to see new bands are hear live music.”

Last Breath, who performed on the same bill as Gary Barlow and Eliza Doolittle at the recent Illuminations Switch-On, kick-start the festival tomorrow with a gig at Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Other bands appearing over the four days (the festival is on until Sunday) include Ska Face, Redstars, The Cobras, Cartoon Food and The Senton Bombs, to name just a few. Go to www.blackpoolmusicfestival.com for full line up, different venues and stage times.