Cider and rock to join forces

The Corsairs
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One of Blackpool’s former best known bands is re-forming to help raise money for charity and celebrate the Blue Room’s first ever cider festival.

The Corsairs will be on stage tonight, launching the festival which runs until Sunday at the popular Church Street pub and venue.

The five piece Corsairs originally formed at the tail end of 2007 and soon became regulars on the live music circuit as well as being regulars in the Gazette’s Rock Quest competition.

They split in 2010 but have now re-formed for what is a one off Blackpool show at the Blue Room.

Friday evening features the Hot Red Chili Peppers with a tribute to you-know-who.

“We believe that being a convincing tribute is more than just looking and sounding like the originals,” said vocalist Mic Smith.

“It is about capturing the spirit of the band and not many bands (if any) have such a fun and lively, loving, vibrant and energy filled spirit as us.”

The band have been on Myspace for more than three years and have had more than 85,000 plays on their two featured tracks. Referred to as “the Australian Pink Floyd of the Chili world” by die hard fans who have attended the shows.

Mic also fronts Nuclear Minogue, a rock covers outfit which has been going for 15 years.

The rest of the band is Rob Mills on guitar (formerly of classic rock band Diamond Head) and brothers Ray and Chris Green on bass and drums.

Saturday doubles as a Halloween Party with live music from Blackpool’s biggest band Ska Face and the weekend comes to a close with the Tofu Fighters, the locally based Foo Fighters tribute band.

Each night will be £2 entry or you can buy a £5 wrist band for the weekend.

Additional line-ups and DJs will be performing during Saturday and Sunday.