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One of Blackpool’s top live venues is kicking off a monthly night highlighting the best new talent.

The Blue Room in Church Street is giving over one Friday every month to promote rising stars – from local acts to touring bands.

Details of what’s to come over the next few months are yet to be revealed.

But things get off to a flying start this week with a set from Blackpool boys Jeckyll (pictured).

The four-piece have been doing rather well for themselves after being tipped by Resort Beat as one to watch.

They’ve been featured on the BBC Introducing radio programme and are regulars on the live music circuit.

Support for the boys is yet to be confirmed but the music kicks off at 9pm.

* They’ve played festivals all over the country and were also involved in the Fylde Folk Festival – now Cartoon Food are back in their home town of Fleetwood again.

They are at the Strawberry Gardens, on Poulton Road, this Friday night with a lively mix of songs, all of them originals.

Ian Wright is the lead 
vocalist and also plays acoustic guitar, wooden whistles and a bell.

He is joined by percussionist Jez Jackson (cajon, tambourine and vocals), Shaun Elliott (bass, backing vocals) and mandolin maestro Mike Bailey.

Back in the nineties, the band played together in funk outfit Bluefish, but Cartoon Food’s wider range is harder to pin a label on.

The band are also planning to get back into the studio later in the year.

The gig begins at around 9pm and entry is free.

* A brand new folk festival for Lytham and St Annes is up and running with the first event, at the Pavilion Cafe in Ashton Gardens planned for Saturday November 1 at 7.30pm. On the bill are Stanley Accrington and local boys Lupa Tom.