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The ­­full line-up for Lytham Festival 2016 has been revealed with the announcement that there is to be an extra evening of entertainment in the Main Lytham Green Arena on Wednesday 3 August.

This year’s festival which runs Monday 1 August – Sunday 7 August 2016, will present the UK’s largest ever seaside cinema experience showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on a massive 144sq/m screen. The seventh Star Wars episode was released in December 2015 and is the third highest grossing movie of all time taking more than $2bn dollars at the Box Office.

Festival entertainment will take place at Lowther Pavilion, the town’s Assembly Rooms, the Church Stage at St Cuthbert’s Church, Stage Too at Victory Hall, Lytham Hall and the RNLI Lifeboat Museum.

Already announced as headliners are Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Canadian rock giant Bryan Adams, The Village People, Bay City Rollers and musical theatre band Collabro. Also confirmed are the rapidly rising country duo The Shires, comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti, former X-Factor winner Matt Cardle, high energy punk band The Dolls and Space, boyband Lawson and 80s synthpop band Heaven 17, comedy pianist and vocalist duo Ferris & Milnes,  X-Factor finalist Jake Quickenden, MOBO and Brit Award winner Lemar, Lancashire indie band The Lottery Winners, RnB and soul band MiC Lowry, rising Lancashire singer-songwriter Nathan Grisdale and indie pop and rock band Room 94, plus The Shanty Crew present Echoes of the Sea.

The World Jazz Stage features an eclectic mix of jazz, folk and world music including Off The Rails Big Band, Jeremiah Ferrari, Fire Beneath the Sea, Bugalu Foundation and Drop the Floor.  There will also be a series of drum and song-writing workshops.

Heart of England String Quartet will be performing an array of classics from Viva Vivaldi to Viva La Vida and the Heart Of England Chamber Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and other Golden Classics.

Lytham Hall’s outdoor picnic cinema will feature the cult classic musical comedy horror Rocky Horror Picture Show and to celebrate the life of the late David Bowie, adventure musical fantasy film Labyrinth will also be screened.

Art installation CounterpART will comprise twelve installations around Lytham presented by a group of local, regional, national and international artists. As well as providing a unique art programme across the town, CounterpART will give residents and visitors the opportunity to take part in visual art sessions at Lytham Assembly Rooms.

Lytham Festival director Peter Taylor said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the entire line-up for Lytham Festival 2016. All the team are confident that this year’s festival really does offer something for everybody and with tickets to some events available from as little as £12 we hope that as many people as possible can come to Lytham and experience a fantastic array of live entertainment.”

Tickets are on sale to all Lytham Festival events now and more events will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition, a Lytham Festival Box Office will open in Lytham Piazza from Sunday 26 June. For more details about all events at Lytham Festival 2016 go to www.lythamfestival.com
Tickets to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Lytham Festival are on sale now priced from £20.

  • Melanie has worked with young people for over 20-years in a variety of fields including for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She writes; articles and reviews, children’s books, original theatre pieces and adapts existing works for new audiences. She has a CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a PGCert in Teaching Shakespeare and was, until recently a Board Member for Geese Theatre.

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