Stage set for return of popular family festival

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The stage is being set for the return of Blackpool’s Alfresco Festival.

For the fifth year a top line-up from the underground scene has been secured for the one-day event at Blackpool Cricket Club.

Alfresco Family Festival takes place on Sunday, May 24, with headline act ESG confirmed alongside Sh*t Robot, A Love From Out Of Space and Hackney Colliery Band.

The headliners – Emerald, Sapphire, Gold – are an 80s American cult band from The Bronx, hailed as one of the most influential to come out of the New York art and dance scenes.

The sisters Rene, Deborah and Marie were inspired by their mother, whose prime focus was to keep them off the streets.

They went on to perform through post-punk, house, and hip hop, with gigs including the opening of The Hacienda, Danceteria, and the closing of Paradise Garage with Larry Levan.

The main stage marquee will host 12 hours of music, with additional set-ups including the We Are The Sunset Balearic stage, the electronic Igloo tent and a family tent packed with eight hours of entertainment.

To keep young festivalgoers happy, while parents enjoy the music, there will be theatre workshops, singers, circus schools, science workshops and even a life-size baby T-Rex robotron, as well as arts and crafts.

A spokesman said: “Alfresco returns with its fifth year hosting the most experimental and intimate festival Blackpool as ever seen.

“Four enclosed stages, housed in and around the 120-year-old cricket club, situated in the grounds of national award-winning Stanley Park.

“This year has stepped up with plenty of kids’ activities inclusive of one ticket price.”

In addition to the entertainment line-up, organisers are promising hot showers, affordably-priced food, and an extensive drinks menu, all aiming to keep the costs low for a family day out.

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