Winter Gardens Blackpool live music venueWhether your love is a classical music concert, an afternoon open air concert, the latest pop music stars, rock and roll heavy metal or sixties and seventies revivals, Blackpool has plenty to offer in terms of live music.

The annual Illuminations weekend offers a great chance to see your favourite acts. Last year (2011) saw a star-studded line up for Switch-On Weekend including Pixie Lott, James Morrison, Scouting For Girls, Joe McElderry, Beverley Knight, Ollie Murs and many more! This year’s event takes place on the weekend of August 31 check back for details of acts and the Illuminations switch on celebrity.

A series of FREE concerts run at Stanley Park bandstand from June to September; from classical to jazz and musicals to modern, favourites performed by the very best local talent.

Get your tickets early for concerts in the Winter Gardens, Tower Ballroom and North Pier venues which host a range of bands from dance acts like Katy B and Fatboy Slim, to indie kids and rockers like The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs, or easy-listening and pop with the likes of Will Young, One Direction and Jedward.

The new Tower Festival Headland has the capacity to host 20,000 people for concerts and events. Keep an eye out in 2012 as this area will be used for some very special events and shows.

Blackpool has a rich musical history, bands such as The Pet Shop Boys and The Stone Roses have strong connections with the resort. Later this year we will be launching Blackpool’s very own Music Trail, where you can follow in the footsteps of some of music’s biggest names.

“I’ve always thought that music is about making people happy and having a good time. I think that is because I come from Blackpool.”
Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys.

Check the Blackpool Lancashire Website regularly for the latest news on who is in town.