I caught up with Mark “Chinny” Davis one of the team behind Cowbell Radio and the forthcoming event at Blackpool Cricket Club for the low down on the BIG event Cowbell Carnival to find out what the day is going to be all about.
Claire: So it’s the 2nd year for The Cowbell Carnival – how are you and the Cowbell staff feeling as the date approaches?
Everyone is obviously excited this year as its turned into a big event. Last year was based around the residents but this year we have a stellar line up of guests as well as separate stages.
Claire: can you give us an overview of who is playing and what you have planned in general?
Chinny: We have DJ Format who has never played Blackpool before, an incredible DJ who is really top of the tree in his genre. We also have Jukebox Champions flying over from France especially for this gig which is quite a coup. DJ Woody and Peter Parker (Fingathing) will be doing a four deck show, incredible stuff. Andy Smith (of Document fame) has played Blackpool several times now and is a seaside favourite. Jerry Dammers is arguably the headliner, founder member of The Specials and now playing The Perfumed Garden Marquee for us, that should add some real carnival vibes.
We also have Speak to the Streets hosting what can only be described as the biggest BBoy event the Fylde has ever seen with bboys coming in from France, USA and all over the UK. They have legendary crew Broken Glass and world champ Mouse in as judges also. On a live tip we have local boys done good NSR bringing a funkier flow than you may expect to Carnival. We also have the Poco Loco playing live too, as good as any carnival booking you’ll see in Blackpool. With Tha Gods, Cowbell and Alfresco heads all doing their bit too this should be immense.
Claire: who are you most excited about in general for the day?
Chinny: Me, I’m personally looking forward to the event in general. Too many are playing here for the first time to single acts out and i’m also really proud of the charity angle. If we can raise money will having fun then that’s fantastic. People can get tickets over the bar at Blackpool Cricket Club and also online on the Alfresco Family Events page. They are still just £10 and that includes a free child admission too. On the day they will be £12 adults and £5 children so you can save a great amount by buying in advance.
Claire: How can people buy tickets and get involved?
Chinny: They are still just £10 and that includes a free child admission too. On the day they will be £12 adults and £5 children so you can save a great amount by buying in advance.
Final thought: I have attended a number of local Cowbell events and if you are based locally or even further afield and a music fan, the for goodness sake get yourself down there. These events are family friendly and in a safe environments where the atmosphere is a positive one. You don’t even have the weather as an excuse because its a covered event if the weather turns. But to be fair we have had an amazing summer already – so it all looks good. My advice, take advantage of this fantastic family day out and don’t miss out.
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