Outdoor entertainment to enjoy during LightPool Festival

Between 25 and 27 October 2017 Blackpool central promenade hosted entertainment, music and spectacle from LightPool Festival.

Including the world’s first illuminated tram parade as part of this fabulous three-day festival of free entertainment.

Read on for more about last year’s LightPool – watch this space for 2018 details!

Spark! by Worldbeaters Music

Spark! by Worldbeaters Music is a unique and thrilling show combining high-impact drumming, superb choreography and stunning lighting design.

See Spark! by Worldbeaters Music, at LightPool Festival 2017. Photo by Kate Yates
See Spark! by Worldbeaters Music, at LightPool Festival 2017. Photo by Kate Yates

AFISHAL

The incredible talents of AFISHAL were live for the first time in Blackpool.

AFISHAL performs at LightPool Festival
AFISHAL performs at LightPool

He performed live in front of The Blackpool Tower with his own re-mixes of commercial dance tracks.

Illuminated Tram Parade

For one night only on Thursday 26 October, Blackpool’s iconic collection of illuminated heritage trams paraded in convoy along the promenade for the first time in the tramways history.

The parade featured the battleship HMS Blackpool, the lottery funded Western Train and the Fisherman’s Friend Trawler.

Great Western Illuminated train Tram, part of LightPool Festival tram parade
Great Western Illuminated train Tram, part of Festival@LightPool tram parade
HMS Blackpool Illuminated Tram, part of LightPool Festival tram parade
HMS Blackpool Illuminated Tram, part of Festival@LightPool tram parade

The digital projection show ran throughout the three-day Festival@LightPool

An Amazing First Convoy

Bryan Lindop is the Head of Heritage at Blackpool Transport.

He said “The Illuminated Trams are entirely unique to Blackpool and although they run throughout the illuminations every year, we have never tackled the challenge of operating them all together in convoy before.

“But the opportunity to achieve another amazing first for our wonderful resort was just too exciting an opportunity to miss.

“Every year, the Lightpool Festival gets even more dynamic and spectacular and my team and I are proud to be taking part.”

Sense of Unity

Sense of Unity is a new collaboration between Worldbeaters Music and puppet company DUNDU. For the first time it brought together the high-energy sounds of Worldbeaters with illuminated puppets.

Sense of Unity at LightPool Festival
Sense of Unity at LightPool

Amor by Bilbobasso

Amor by Bilbobasso at LightPool Festival
Amor by Bilbobasso

The final night of the festival saw a brand new production of ‘Amor’ by Bilbobasso.

Take a look at the 2016 LightPool Festival video


LightPool Begins… in 2015

On Saturday 10 October 2015 a stunning band of illuminated dancing drummers first performed “Spark!”

They’ve been back many times since then and are always very popular!

Thanks to Jeff Holt for this video on YouTube – there are two more parts to watch on his YouTube channel FunBlackpool.


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