Festival@LightPool in Blackpool

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
© cjgriffiths photography

Festival@LightPool at Blackpool Promenade, 25 — 27 October 2017 Entrance is free

Head to this festival of illumination and fine outdoor arts this half-term as each evening, between 5 and 7pm, performance a-plenty will take place on the Tower Festival Headland and across Blackpool Town Centre.

Each night the indomitable Spark! drummers, illuminated works of art themselves, will bring the town alive through choreographed, high-impact percussion. Look out for new performance Sense of Unity on Wednesday for collaborative puppet and sonic adventures galore as they are joined by two giant lumious figures from renowned music and puppet company DUNDU.

A spectacular Carnival of the Lights parade is a highlight on Thursday with Blackpool’s three three illuminated trams parading in convey for the first time, with an illuminated pageant along the promenade.

On Friday Spark! drummers will lead festivalgoers to St John’s Square to experience a brand new production Amor by international street artists Bilbobasso – expect “an explosive mix of fire, passion, street theatre and dance”. If that isn’t excitement enough, Spark! will be leading a procession back to the promenade where visual DJ AFISHAL will bring the festival to a grand finale.  Performing live in front of The Blackpool Tower expect a whole lot of dancing in the streets to re-mixes of commercial dance tracks using the TREMOR, a visual DJ-rig and drum kit he designed and built himself.

With high spec projections and festival village, we love this total takeover of this iconic seaside town.

 

Festival@LightPool at Blackpool Promenade, 25 — 27 October 2017 Entrance is free

Where to go near Festival@LightPool in Blackpool

Event venue
Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool is not what you think it is. Granted, its golden mile has lost a little of its lustre, its shine taken off by the cackle of hens and the rutting of stags. But there is more to Lancashire’s Las Vegas than “fun” pubs with glass dance floors and rock that has long lost its […]

Event venue
The Blackpool Tower

One of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK, Blackpool Tower is an iconic tourist attraction that sits at the heart of the seaside town.

Walks in Blackpool
Blackpool
Tourist Attraction
Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower first opened to the public in 1894, and includes the Blackpool Tower Circus and Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

The Comedy Carpet
Blackpool
Tourist Attraction
The Comedy Carpet

Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet sits in the shadow of the world famous Blackpool Tower – and it’s one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK.

Beach House Blackpool
Blackpool
Restaurant
Beach House Bistro & Bar

Nestled on the promenade in front of the Blackpool Tower, Beach House provides a Mediterranean menu all year round, alongside live entertainment and amazing sunsets over the Irish Sea.

Grand Theatre Blackpool
Blackpool
Theatre
Blackpool Grand Theatre

Blackpool’s Grand theatre is home to a broad and high quality touring programme of entertainment including drama, musical theatre, opera, ballet and dance.

Charabanc blackpool
Blackpool
Shop
Charabanc

Charabanc is your go-to for vintage and handcrafted items including fashion, gifts and homewares.

Blackpool
Event venue
Empress Ballroom

The Empress Ballroom is a famous Blackpool venue in the heart of Winter Gardens. It has a spectacular interior, and a capacity of 3350. This makes it a wonderful place for concerts and large events.

Cakes by Hive
Blackpool
Café or Coffee Shop
HIVE Blackpool

HIVE is an independent artisan quality coffee shop with its own art gallery and resident baker.

Blackpool
Tourist Attraction
Blackpool North Pier

The oldest and longest of Blackpool’s three Victorian-era piers, North Pier features a theatre, sun lounge and amusement arcade.

West Coast Rock Cafe

Family owned restaurant that is famous for it’s burgers and brews its own beer, with a good location is close to the Winter Gardens. Its lockdown delivery menu offers everything you need for a family night in.

What's on: Festivals

Culture Guides

Festival-goers at Green Island
Music in Manchester and the North

Gazing longingly towards the good times that will accompany the surely imminent sun, we take a look at the best music festivals coming up in Manchester and Salford.

Theatre in Manchester and the North
Theatre in Manchester and the North

Affecting contemporary performances and fresh, relevant takes on enduring classics, we pick out shows that help us scrutinise the world we live in.