Outdoor entertainment to enjoy during LightPool Festival

Between 25 and 27 October you should head to Blackpool central promenade to enjoy entertainment, music and spectacle from LightPool Festival.

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

Festival@LightPool – Weds 25 to Fri 27 October

You’ll love the spectacular programme of live entertainment at Tower Festival Headland and Blackpool Town Centre, between 5pm and 7pm each night.

Spark! by Worldbeaters Music

On all three nights you can watch Spark! by Worldbeaters Music.

It’s a unique and thrilling show that combines 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



You’ll also be able to see the incredible talents of AFISHAL for the first time in Blackpool.

AFISHAL performs at LightPool Festival
AFISHAL performs at LightPool

He’ll perform live in front of The Blackpool Tower with his own re-mixes of commercial dance tracks. He’ll be using the TREMOR, a visual DJ-rig and drum kit he designed and built himself.

Illuminated Tram Parade

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

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

They’ll set off from the Pleasure Beach at 5pm and travel along the tramway to Bispham before returning to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach around 75 minutes later.

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

It’s going to slow down at Blackpool Tower to give you plenty of opportunity to capture some unmissable photos and videos.

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

Tickets to ride the trams during the parade are now SOLD OUT.

When the parade is over the illuminated trams will be running their tours as normal. Tickets for the rest of the evening are on a first come, first served basis. You must queue at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach tram stop on the night.

The digital projection show will be running 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 brings 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 sees a brand new production of ‘Amor’ by Bilbobasso.

They are the international company who brought an explosive mix of fire, passion, street theatre and dance to last year’s festival.

LightPool Programme Day by Day:

Wednesday 25th October

5pm: Sense of Unity by Dundu and Worldbeaters Music. The performance starts on the Tower Festival Headland in front of Blackpool Tower. Go on a short but memorable journey through the town centre and back to the headland for the rest of the show.

6.15pm: A spectacular finale from AFISHAL using the iconic Blackpool Tower as a stunning backdrop to the live performance.

Thursday 26th October

5pm: The Carnival of the Lights – with the world’s first illuminated tramcar parade featuring the battleship, trawler and Great Western train. They’ll be joined by a procession of illuminated vehicles, costume characters and the Worldbeaters drummers.

The trams will set off from the Pleasure Beach at around 5pm and be joined at Central Pier by the rest of the procession. It promises to be a truly magical Illuminations experience.

6.15pm: The festival party continues with another sensational performance by AFISHAL on the Tower Festival Headland.

Friday 27th October

5pm onwards: Worldbeaters drummers gather on the Tower Festival Headland ready to lead you through the town centre to St John’s Square (outside the Winter Gardens). Bilbobasso will perform ‘AMOR’, then the drummers will lead you back to the headland for a LightPool Festival finale by AFISHAL.

*Content and show times maybe subject to change.

The LightPool 3D projection shows will be shown on the front of the Blackpool Tower immediately after the shows end.

The LightPool Festival shows are free to watch and best viewed from the Comedy Carpet on the Tower Festival Headland.

Take a look at last year’s 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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