Blackpool Tower Live May Weekender - party with big names at iconic venue

Blackpool Tower Live May Weekender will see Radio 2's Gary Davies, Jo Whiley and The Brand New Heavies heading a new three day Bank Holiday spectacular on May 24 to 26.
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The iconic Blackpool Tower - celebrating its 130th birthday - will be transformed into the epicentre of entertainment, music, and fun.

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Big names lined-up for the first ever Blackpool Tower Live May WeekenderBig names lined-up for the first ever Blackpool Tower Live May Weekender
Big names lined-up for the first ever Blackpool Tower Live May Weekender

This first ever Blackpool Tower Live May Weekender event kicks off with BBC Radio 2 Sounds of the 80s: The Live Tour with Gary Davies, on Friday, May 24.

His special guests will be Mark Shaw, Then Jerico and Lycra 80s Party.

Next up is Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems, with special DJ guest Blur's own Dave Rowntree, on Saturday, May 25.

And bringing the amazing weekend to an end will be The Brand New Heavies, wih special guests Norman Jay's Norman Soul and Cut Capers, on Sunday, May 26.

BBC 2 Sounds of the 80s Live with Gary DaviesBBC 2 Sounds of the 80s Live with Gary Davies
BBC 2 Sounds of the 80s Live with Gary Davies

VIP Room special live performances will also feature Carol Decker (T’Pau), Chris Helme (The Seahorses), and Simon Bartholemew (The Brand New Heavies).

This new series of live events taking place in one of the UK’s most iconic and storied venues promises the ultimate party nights.

Blackpool Tower Ballroom, which has been host to Hollywood movies, iconic performances, and, of course, Strictly Come Dancing, over the years – will be the home of this Bank Holiday weekend celebration.

VIP tickets for the whole weekend are also available, which will take place in the 5th Floor of the Blackpool Tower.

This will feature exclusive live performances from the likes of Carol Decker (T’Pau), Chris Helme (The Seahorses), and DJ Set from Simon Bartholemew (The Brand New Heavies).

Jo Whiley’s 90s AnthemsJo Whiley’s 90s Anthems
Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems

Details about further Blackpool Tower Live Weekender events are to be announced.

This first event is being launched with BBC Radio 2’s Sounds of the 80s Live with legendary broadcaster Gary Davies.

He will bring the UK’s most popular 80s radio show to life – it’s the show you hear on a Saturday night ….live on stage.

Together with his producer, Johnny Kalifornia, they will take you back to the best decade in music – the 80s.

Party along to specially curated Mastermixes and watch as the brilliant Sounds of the 80s dancers recreate classic scenes from films and videos of the decade..

The Brand New HeaviesThe Brand New Heavies
The Brand New Heavies

Dance to your favourite 80s anthems from artists such as Wham!, Queen, Prince, Madonna, Whitney, and more.

The audience is encouraged to dress to impress and dig out those Frankie and Wham statement T shirts, put on headbands, leg warmers and relive the greatest era of music with a massive party.

The Blackpool Tower Live show will also feature Then Jericho’s Mark Shaw, as well as the Lycra 80s Party, who will bring their renowned interactive dance aerobics to the party.

Jo Whiley’s 90s Dance Anthems takes over the venue on the Saturday.

She is quite simply the ultimate authority on British music – and the voice and face of a generation, with a dazzling new show as she rummages through her record bag to dig out the very best of 90s Anthems.

No-one knows the 90s like Jo – she was right there on the cutting-edge, leading the charge as Britpop blew up, dance music exploded and indie went wild.

Now you can relive those magical memories on a dancefloor once again…from Oasis to Blur, The Chemical Brothers to The Prodigy, as Jo gives a personal tour of her finest musical memories of the decade that defined them all.

Special guest for this show will feature a DJ set from Blur’s Dave Rowntree.

The Brand New Heavies are the big finale on Sunday.

Thirty-five years since the release of their debut single and with a legacy spanning decades, The Brand New Heavies are back on tour with their greatest hits, Never Stop… The Best Of.

Pioneers of London’s burgeoning Acid Jazz scene of the early ‘90s, The Brand New Heavies took their love of sophisticated ‘70’s funk grooves, giving it a modern twist and enjoying substantial global success and an ongoing influence to this day.

With platinum sales in the UK for the Top Ten albums Brother Sister (1994) and Shelter (1997), along with 15 UK Top 40 singles including You are The Universe, Midnight at the Oasis and Sometimes, The Brand New Heavies’ formidable live band will transform the iconic Blackpool Tower for a memorable night.

Special guests for this show will be the Norman Jay MBE who will bring a DJ set of Norman Soul (Northern Soul) classics, plus the R&B group Cut Capers.

Blackpool Tower Live May Weekender May 24 to 26Blackpool Tower Live May Weekender May 24 to 26
Blackpool Tower Live May Weekender May 24 to 26

The weekend will also celebrate Blackpool Tower's 130th birthday - it officially opened on May 14, 1894

The venue, with its 518ft 9inch tower, is home to The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, The Blackpool Tower Circus, The Fifth-Floor event space and The Blackpool Tower Dungeon. It is currently operated by Merlin Entertainments, on behalf of Blackpool Council.