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Bank Holiday Weekend Guide

Cowbell Carnival 2012
Cowbell Carnival 2012
Cowbell Carnival 2012

Looking for something creative or cultured to do this weekend? Well worry not, Blackpool has you covered. This bank holiday you’ll be treated to everything from exhibitions to live music, professional street dance workshops and a family friendly festival – definitely a weekend not to be missed.

The weekend starts tonight with a chance for you to find out more about volunteering in Blackpool’s very own urban art festival, Sand Sea & Spray, taking place 14th-16th June. The festival is sure to be a highlight of the summer with over 30 artists from across the world taking part, an intimate gig with virtuoso guitarist Jon Gomm and more besides. Head down to The Old Rock Factory from 6.30pm to find out how you can get involved.

For those looking for something musical, you could check out Beat Generation at the Marton Institute with Gaz and Norm from Cowbell Radio playing a selection of northern soul, ska, revival and more from 8pm onwards. There’s also a fantastic selection of live music to choose from with Guns or Roses at The Blue Room from 8.30pm, Jekyll at The Gardeners Arms from 9pm and Midnight Cats at Toast, St Annes, from 9.30pm.

Aping the Beast
Aping the Beast

Saturday sees Serena Korda’s exhibition Aping the Beast come to life for the first of a series of events taking place throughout its stay in Blackpool. The exhibition centres on a giant 15ft puppet dinosaur, created by Korda and inspired by early B-movie horrors such as Godzilla and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. From 1pm at The Grundy Art Gallery you can see The Awakening which includes a ritual performed by local children dressed as characters from Lancashire folklore said to wield destructive powers.

Do you love to dance?  Are you looking to learn some new moves? Steady from Flawless comes to Blackpool on Saturday and St Annes on Sunday for two street dance workshops. An award-winning street dance performer and member of Britain’s Got Talent finalists Flawless, Steady will be passing on his skills to you during these fantastic workshops.

On Sunday Blackpool’s very own family friendly festival returns for Alfresco presents Mr Scruff. Blackpool Cricket Club will be a hive of activity with DJs and live music throughout the day including Mr Scruff, Aim & Niko, Flash Atkins, Galaxians, Government, 2 Billion Beats, Cowbell Radio DJs and Tha Gods. There’s also plenty to keep the kids entertained with workshops by local artists and dancers, face-painting and storytelling plus a fantastic selection of food to choose from. Kicking off from 11am at Blackpool Cricket Club and running right through until the evening, it is a definitely the place to be.

De Palma
De Palma

If you’re looking for music on Sunday evening, The Blue Room hosts Dorbs Bike Ride Post Ride Charity Night including sets from The Maddisons, Escape Artist, Jabberwock, Naomi’s Blood Diamonds, Litterbug and Dinosaurs Are Shit Dragons from 7pm. The Cube in Poulton has live music from Belvadere, Louise Spiteri Trio and Bamboo Fontaine from 7pm at their charity night in support of children’s charity The Den, plus De Palma and Caroline Low play live at Uncle Tom’s Cabin from 9pm.

Back at Blackpool Cricket Club the Alfresco After Party kicks off from 9pm with sets from Chris Duckenfield, Flash Atkins, 2 Billion Beats plus DJs from Cowbell Radio and Tha Gods. If you’re in St Annes, head for The Loft for Breakout Bank Holiday Banger with sets from Scratch Perverts, Nicky Blackmarket, Jack Bee and many more from 9pm.

Bank Holiday Monday arrives and with it a chance to check out some fantastic artwork at The Art of Alfresco. The exhibition will showcase a variety of different work from artists involved in Sunday’s Alfresco event. A real mixture of styles and techniques will be on offer including everything from stencil and spray point to urban art, photography and hand crafted work. Taking place at NWBaseline on Victoria Street from 11am this is a must see for all those with an interest in the arts.

With such a fantastic weekend on offer you’d be crazy to be anywhere else!

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