It will be a right ball with cabaret star Abi

Cabaret artist Abi Collins will host this year's Showzam! Carnival Ball at the Tower Ballroom
Cabaret artist Abi Collins will host this year's Showzam! Carnival Ball at the Tower Ballroom
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Top cabaret star Abi Collins is to host the Showzam! Carnival Ball - taking revellers at the annual party on a trip through the ages.

The Carnival Ball at the Tower Ballroom is one of the highlights of Blackpool’s circus-themed festival, which runs throughout February half term.

Abi kept crowds laughing at this year’s ball and with free shows at the Winter Gardens, and returns to host the 2016 Decadence Through The Ages party on Saturday, February 13.

Described as a ‘one-woman rollercoaster of death defying stunts’ Abi has built a cult following around the UK thanks to her highly-skilled comic character creations.

“I’m ecstatic to be hosting one of the best events on the calendar, in one of the most beautiful venues in the country with some of the most amazingly talented people I’ve ever met,” she said.

“2015 was a great year – my first time ever performing in the Tower Ballroom, pretty much a dream come true.

“The audience were just brilliant so I’m really looking forward to coming back and wowing them with a stellar line-up. It’s going to be an amazing evening.”

Bringing music to the ballroom will be the Electric Swing Circus – a six-piece electro swing band, whose fusion of saucy 20s swing and stomping electro beats promises to make them a sure-fire floor filler.

Also packing the bill, which Abi has labelled ‘all thriller, no filler’, is juggling joker Rod Laver – described by TV and cabaret great Paul O’Grady as ‘pure vaudeville’ – alongside amazing aerialist Alexandra Hoffgartner.

Mr B The Gentleman rhymer, who puts a vintage slant on acid house, joins the bill alongside jazz diva Cocoa Malone whose voice has been described as ‘hot chocolate poured over warm coals’.

Adding to the opulence is burlesque bombshell Sophia St Villier and contortionist Claudia Contortionista.

Revellers heading to the ball can take their pick from the Roaring Twenties and the 40s and 50s swing era, to the Swinging 60s, the excess of the 80s and into a new millennium, for their costumes on the night.

Abi added: “I’m making sure the show has something for everyone, a true variety experience – classic cabaret with a modern twist.

“I’ve pulled out all the stops to find the best, to bring the most unique, gifted, exceptional talent to the Tower Ballroom. I feel sure the audience will have the most fun, wonder-filled and unforgettable night.”

Now in its ninth year, Showzam! is Blackpool’s very own festival of circus and again will attract some of the best original acts from around the globe.

Headlining Showzam! with a week-long run at the Tower Circus will be French circus company Akoreacro making their UK debut, from February 13 to 20.

* Showzam! Carnival Ball tickets cost £25 from (01253) 290190 or www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.