The best of Blackpool’s live music scene are joining forces to say thank you to one of their main supporters this weekend with a special festival.
JackersStock will take place at Uncle Tom’s Cabin with 18 bands on stage over Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Cabin general manager Jo Jacklin is a major backer for local bands and the Blackpool Music Festival, hosting events and promoting their work.
But in the past year, the mum of four has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a rare cancer attacking the lymphatic system, as well as supporting her son Dylan’s battle with illness.
Jon Bamborough, one of the weekend’s organisers, said: “There have been times in the past year that I’ve seen Jo fit to drop and said ‘What are you doing?’, but she’s replied it has to be done and carried on.
“I had about six or seven different people from bands come to me saying ‘I hope you’re doing something for Jo’ or ‘Can we do something?’, so a few of us got together and set up JackersStock. “Everybody has clubbed together and every band we have asked has said yes. The only ones who didn’t were those who are away, and some even rearranged things so they were available.”
Friday’s line-up features Bob On, The Heat, The Lost Archives, The Atmospherics and The Key-Tars, from 7pm, Saturday has The Full Fat Boogie Band, Little Green Fingers, Brother Rabbit, The Cobras, Myth Of Unity, The Monster Squad, Jak Thackery and Solid States all from 5.45pm, and Sunday closes the weekend with Jekyll, Dirty Work, The People, Ska Face and Inciders from 6.30pm.
Entry to the Queens Promenade, Bispham, venue is by donation, with a raffle and auction also taking place – in a bid to raise money for a holiday for Jo.
“It’s more than raising money,” Jon added. “We want people to just get together and say ‘thank you’ to Jo for supporting live music.
“They have all said how much it means to them having someone like Jo onside as they have a hard time in some local places. Having a venue so actively supporting the music scene really is crucial.”