Page 1

In association with Friday, March 6, 2009

Sound of s a x

Dancefloor star makes his music INSIDE YOUR GUIDE TO ENTERTAINMENT ON THE FYLDE Comic book superheroes in titanic movie tussle

Landlord’s all ale and hearty with local brewer

Top band drop by for ballroom concert


2

the weekend

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Join teachers on dance floor JASON and Shemayne Parkinson are the principals of Dance with Passion, The north’s premiere “Learn to Dance” company. They have been teaching people in the Fylde area for 10 years and have also been the resident teachers at the worldfamous Tower Ballroom for the last four years, introducing events like Night of the Stars and Tower Inferno Salsa Night. Dance with Passion now hold Strictly Dance classes every Monday night at the fantastic Fylde Rugby Club, in Church Road, Ansdell. With classes for all levels from beginners to advanced, the classes are fun and friendly, a great way to meet people and also to get fit. Learn to dance the cheeky cha cha, sensual rumba, romantic waltz, sexy salsa and many more of your favourites. Dance with Passion also hold classes at their state-of-the-art ballroom in Preston where they

FUN CLASSES: Jason and Shemayne Parkinson train many dance champions. In choosing Dance with Passion you are choosing the best. Partners and singles are welcome and Jason and Shemayne look forward to seeing you all on the dance floor! For further details telephone Jason on 07875 679193.

Lowther Pavilion Lytham

‘WHATS ON’

6th March cre8 theatre company's golden 7.30pm age of musical theatre 7th March The Syd Lawrence Orchestra & 7.30 Singers 8th March Johnny Mans Productions The 7.30pm Spirit Of Pavaroti 12th - 14th march 7.30pm

Preston Gilbert & Sullivan Society The Mikado

18th -21st march 7.30pm

Fylde Coast Players present Come On Jeeves

Box Office 01253 658666

www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk


FILMS

Friday, March 6, 2009

the weekend

3

Pomp spoils a royal love story OF all the love stories that have defined the British monarchy, none tugs the heartstrings quite like Victoria and Prince Albert. United amid political storm in 19th century Britain, the queen and her first cousin weathered disapproval to effect change including the abolition of slavery and educational reform. When Albert succumbed to typhoid at 42, the queen was plunged into mourning. The Young Victoria traces the romance from the initial sparks of attraction to marriage, revealing the private frustrations of the young queen as she attempts to walk a minefield of political intrigue and stringent social etiquette. “Some palaces are not at all what you think. Some palaces can be prisons,’’ rues Victoria (Emily Blunt, left) in voiceover as she steps into the glare of the 1838 coronation.

THE YOUNG VICTORIA (18) Rating: 6/10

Jean-Marc Vallee’s film then rewinds one year with the princess at the mercy of her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), and scheming advisor Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong), who won’t allow her to descend stairs unaccompanied for fear she might tumble. Ambitious Whig Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany), cleverly persuades naive Victoria to install him as private secretary to control affairs at Buckingham Palace. He fills the royal quarters with allies such as the Duchess of Sutherland (Rachael Stirling), and keep her at arm’s length from rival, Sir Robert Peel (Michael Maloney). Everyone wants to manipulate Victoria for

Super heroes are oh so slow

B

loody and violent from the outset – hence the 18 certificate – Zack Snyder’s stylish adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ celebrated graphic novel pulls no punches as its transports us back in time to a very different vision of the mid 1980s. Relations between America and the Soviet Union are strained and there is a clear and present danger of nuclear attack. Nixon is clinging onto power in the White House and costumed heroes are part of the fabric of a society in the thrall of fear and paranoia, reflected in the symbolic Doomsday Clock which edges closer to midnight as tensions increase between the superpowers. In this politically charged climate, a deadly conspiracy involving the masked crime-fighters unfolds, which could have far-reaching implications for the future of mankind. Many years after the so-called Minutemen – Captain Metropolis,

WATCHMEN (18) Rating: 6.5/10

The Comedian, Dollar Bill, Hooded Justice, Mothman, Nite Owl, The Silhouette and Silk Spectre – watched over humanity, a new team of heroes has taken up the mantle. The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is the last of the old guard still standing and he is joined by Dr Manhattan (Billy Crudup), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) and Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman). When one of the team is murdered in the film’s bone-crunching opening sequence, the remaining members unravel layers of mystery shrouding the crime. In the process, Silk Spectre II clashes with her lover, Dr Manhattan, the only member of the team blessed with actual superpowers – he can glimpse the future – after an accident in a nuclear lab.

“You know how everything in this world fits together except people,’’ she rages. “What am I, some kind of puzzle to be solved?’’ The argument drives her into the arms of Nite Owl II and an exceedingly raunchy sex scene – shot in yet more slow motion – to a soundtrack of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah’. Watchmen is clearly a labour of love for Snyder, the writer-director of 300, working from a screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse, and he adheres closely to the source text. Pacing is incredibly slow, even in the action sequences, which rely heavily on slow motion. It is little wonder the film runs to an uncomfortable, buttock-numbing 162 minutes. There is no doubt that Snyder can orchestrate mayhem on a grand scale. The break-in to a prison is masterfully executed and myriad computer generated special effects are seamlessly melded with live action.

SUPER HEROES: Matthew Goode as Ozymandias and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian However, the final half hour, dense with philosophical navel-gazing, is especially heavy going despite a very simple, straightforward mystery as the central dramatic thread with an obvious master villain. The script is littered with occasional tongue-in-cheek one-liners, like one character laughing off suggestions that Ronald Reagan could become President: “This is America. Nobody wants a cowboy in the White House!’’ Yee hahaha!

Violent thriller that’s full of suspense FILMMAKER Jennifer Lynch follows 1993’s controversial Boxing Helena.with her second feature, a thriller of murder and deception set on one of those never-ending highways loved by her father. David. Graphic violence and moribund humour prove she has inherited his appreciation for a world on the brink of insanity. Cop buddies Jack (Kent Harper) and Keith

SURVEILLANCE (18) Rating: 6/10

(Josh Strait) get their kicks by terrorising motorists and stealing their wallets. The traffic stop turns sour when serial killers, who have been running amok in this barren landscape, unexpectedly gatecrash the roadside party.

View all the latest movie trailers online

Many hours later, local police captain Billings (Michael Ironside) and his officers begrudgingly welcome FBI agents Anderson (Julia Ormond) and Hallaway (Bill Pullman) to interrogate the witnesses. The FBI agents sift through the web of lies to edge closer to the shocking truth. Surveillance effectively builds suspense, accentuated by discordant music.

Catch them today on www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk

their own ends, apart from Albert (Rupert Friend), who helps the princess in outwitting the schemers, telling her she must stop being a pawn in other people’s games and take control. The Young Victoria has a similar look and feel to The Duchess, boasting gorgeous sets and costumes and a haunting orchestral scorei. Produced by Sarah Ferguson - look out for a fleeting appearance by Princess Beatrice in the opening minutes - the film adheres closely to fact, albeit with an attractive cast. There is also the fanciful addition of Albert using himself as a human shield to take a bullet for his beloved as they ride through London in an open-top carriage. The pomp and pageantry tend to obscure the emotion in Julian Fellowes’ script, despite the best efforts of Blunt and Friend.

Coming soon Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston fall in love with a playful Labrador in a weepie for animal lovers, MARLEY & ME.

FILMS CHART 1 (-) The Unborn (15) 2 (-) Gran Torino (15) 3(1) Bolt 3D (PG) 4 (2) Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG) 5(4) Slumdog Millionaire (15) 6 (3) Hotel For Dogs (U) 7 (-) The International (15) 8 (5) Push (12A) 9 (-) Inkheart (PG) 10 (-) New In Town (12A)


6

LISTINGS

the weekend

FRIDAY Attractions RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT ODDITORIUM. Wonders of the world and other oddities. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Ocean Boulevard, South Promenade. From 10am daily. BLACKPOOL TOWER. The £3 million Jungle Jim’s Towering Adventureland Victorian Ballroom, Aquarium, Circus and Tower Top Ride (weather permitting). From 10am. Central Promenade, Blackpool. Details (01253) 622242 SEA LIFE CENTRE. Includes the latest attraction Suckers. Golden Mile, Blackpool. Daily from 10am. Details, (01253) 621258. SANDCASTLE WATERPARK. Award winning seafront attraction with its £3.5 million Hyperzone white knuckle area. Weekends and school holidays. The Promenade, South Shore. Details, (01253) 343602. BLACKPOOL ZOO AND DINOSAUR SAFARI. Home to more than 400 animals as well as 32 different dinosaurs. Daily from 10am. East Park Drive, Blackpool. Details (01253) 830830. LOUIS TUSSAUDS WAXWORKS. Brad Pitt and Samuel L Jackson are among the faces in Celeb City. Daily from 10am. Central Promenade, Blackpool. (01253) 625953. FARMER PARR’S ANIMAL WORLD. Rare breeds galore. Wyrefield Farm, Rossall Lane and Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood. Daily, 10am to 5pm. Details, (01253) 874389.

Music NORTH FYLDE MUSIC CIRCLE. This month’s guest - Anthony Hewitt (piano) with a programme of Bach, Schumann and Chopin. Main Hall, Blackpool Sixth Form College, Blackpool Old Road, Highfurlong. 7.30pm. GRUNDY MID DAY RECITAL. Heather Broadbent (cello) and Jonathan Fisher (piano) with a programme of Beethoven Variations and pieces by Fauré, Bruch and Vivaldi. Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool. 12,.45pm, admission free.

Theatre and shows THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece returns to its “comic” roots - with Blackeyed Theatre. Charter Theatre, Preston. And Saturday, 7.30pm. Also matinee today, 1pm. Box office, (0845) 3442012. THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUSICAL THEATRE. Cre8 Theatre group present favourite songs from past musical shows. Lowther Pavilion, West Beach, Lytham. 7.30pm. THE LAST SUPPER. Reckless Sleepers invite you to the last meal requests of the famous and the infamous. Nuffield Theatre, University of Lancaster, Bailrigg, Lancaster. 8pm. HORRIBLE HISTORIES - FRIGHTFUL FIRST WORLD WAR. Drama, fun, home truths and Bogglevision, 10.30am. WOEFUL SECOND WORLD WAR. 7pm. Grand Theatre, Blackpool. Box office, (01253) 290190.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. Regional premiere of Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed play spanning the years 1968 to 1990. Library Theatre, Manchester. To March 14. Box office, (0161) 2367110. MARY POPPINS. One of only a handful of regional dates for the blockbuster musical. Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester. To March 7. Box office, (0844) 8472277. MACBETH. Nicholas Gleaves stars in guest director Matthew Dunster’s contemporary take on the gripping Shakespearian tragedy. Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester. Monday to Friday, 7.30pm. Satuday, 8pm. Matinees Wednesday, 2.30pm and Saturday, 4pm. Box office, (0161) 8339833. To April 11. THE CARETAKER. Timely revival of Harold Pinter’s bleak 1960 classic. The Octagon, Howell Croft South, Bolton. Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm. Some matinees. To March 28. Box office, (01204) 520661.

Pubs and bars FUSION FRIDAY. From global lounge to world funk - and beyond with DJ’s John Tree, Buzz:ed and Wardy, Upstairs @ Mojo’s, Back Church Street, Blackpool. From 8pm. HUGGY AND THE BEARS. The Queens, Fleetwood. THE HORN. Rock covers. The Oxford, Oxford Square, Marton. THE DEADBEATS. The Raikes Hall, Liverpool Road, Blackpool. LANCASHIRE NIGHT. Fund raiser for the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers’ Museum Appeal with singer and guitarist Alan Hope plus hot pot supper. Windsor & Westmorland Hotel, Queens Promenade, North Shore. THE BLUE PIG ORCHESTRA. The Station, Station Square, Lytham. KINGPIN. The King Edward VII, Church Street, Blackpool. CABARET AND KARAOKE. With Jay Phillips, Rob Johnson, Johnny Roxx and Becky Jay. K2 Bar, Church Street, Blackpool. JIMMY DAY. Back by popular demand. Che Bar, Talbot Square, Blackpool. BIGGEST PARTY IN TOWN. With DJ Damo. Brannigans, Market Street, Blackpool. DAVE GARTHWAITE. Chart, commercial, r ‘n’b and dance. Schofields, Blackpool. FULL ON FRIDAY PARTY NIGHT. Walkabout, Queen Street, Blackpool CABARET NIGHT. Resident compere plus guest acts. The Princess Music Hall Tavern, Foxhall Road, Blackpool. Also Saturday. PARTY NIGHT. With resident dj Andy. West Coast Bar, Bispham Road, Cleveleys. From 8pm to 2am. DJ’S GINGE AND TRIGGER. Rumours, Talbot Square, Blackpool. DISCO NIGHT. With djs’ Kudos, Dave G and Aka Ali. From the 60s to current sounds.The Queens, Talbot Road, Layton. R&B TO OLD SCHOOL. Chubby’s Bar, 94-98 The Promenade, Blackpool. Free admission. IAN CALVERT and SCOTT WALKER. Party, pop chart and dance music. The Edge,

in thewings

Hardhorn Road, Poulton. And Saturday. SOUL NIGHT. Soul, Motown, Philadelphia and Northern with DJ John Miles. Plus live acts. Soul Suite, Queen Square, Queen Street, Blackpool. DAVE WARD ROADSHOW. Latest releases, chart and classic hits. The Ship & Royal, Clifton Street, Lytham. 8pm to midnight. DISCO NIGHT. With Papa Greywolf. Bay Horse Hotel, Station Road, Thornton. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. The Royal, Marton Drive, Marton. ROY LYNCH. Radio Wave presenter in residence. The Loft Wine Bar & Nightclub, Lofthouse Way, Fleetwood. DISCO NIGHT. Halfway House, St Annes Road, Squires Gate. DJ NIGHT. Whittle Springs, Talbot Road, Blackpool. And Saturday.

Karaoke THE K FACTOR. Leading to an April 10 final. £1,000 in prize money plus professional contract. Hosted by DJ Naydene. Entry free. The Swift Hound, Blackpool. 9pm. KARAOKE PARTY TIME. With host Steve. The Duke of York, Dickson Road, Blackpool. From 8.30pm. KARAOKE PARTY NIGHT. Choose from over 50,000 songs. The Cherry Blossom Hotel, Warley Road, North Shore. From 9.30pm. JJ’S KARAOKE. The Excelsior, Lytham Road, South Shore. 8.30pm. CAROLOKE. Disco, fun and karaoke with Carol Hartwell. Last Orders, Trunnah Road, Thornton. TOP NIGHT KARAOKE. With resident host Robbie. The Links, Heeley Road, St Annes. KARAOKE DISCO. Over 40,000 tracks. The Sandpiper, Cleveleys Avenue, Cleveleys. KARAOKE NIGHT. Plus comedy from Janice YorkeThe Old Bridge Cabaret Pub, Lytham Road, South Shore. KARAOKE. Knobby’s Bar, West Street, Blackpool. From 7pm to late. BILLY’S SINGALONG KARAOKE. The Plough, Chain Lane, Staining. KARAOKE. With DJ Marki. The Rose & Crown, Corporation Street, Blackpool. 8pm. KARAOKE AND FUN QUIZ. With the Canny Man. Progress Sports & Social Club, Exchange Street, Blackpool. 8pm - midnight. KARAOKE. Jaggy Thistle, York Street, Blackpool. Noon to 2am. RAGIN’ BULL KARAOKE ROADSHOW. The Albert, Lytham Road, South Shore. FUN KARAOKE. Over 5000 song titles discounted drinks for singers. The Dickens, Princess Road, Cleveleys. 8.30pm.

Quiz nights BIG MICK’S FUN QUIZ. The Squirrel, Bispham Road, Bispham. QUIZ NIGHT. With Barrie and Jean. Hampton Road Club, South Shore.

www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk

Nightclubs ANDY J’s FEELGOOD NIGHT. Start the weekend with a plus - free admission with flyer, drinks £1.50 until midnight. The Residence, Vicarage Road, Poulton. URBAN UNDERGROUND. DJ Fontalba with r&b, reggae and more. Hush, Talbot Square, Blackpool. From 10pm to 4am.

Rock, blues and pop PUNK NIGHT. Blackpool debut of Bolton band The Great St Louis and Harrogate’s Abduction of Margaret. Plus Bolton’s The Emos and local outfit Ghosts of the North. West Coast Rock Café Club Above, Abingdon Street, Blackpool. 10pm. THE SWING COMMANDERS. Seen recently in Blackpool at the Showzam! Ball. The Platform, Station Buildings, Morecambe. 8pm. ROCK AND ROLL PARTY NIGHT. With guest bands. Theatre Bar, Queens Hotel, The Promenade, South Shore.

Comedy JIMMY CARR. The self styled “Joke Technician” back on tour. Grand Hall, Guild Hall, Preston. And Saturday, 7.45pm. STAND AND DELIVER. Wes Zaharuk, James Sherwood, Colin Owens and Dave Twentyman. 53 degrees, Preston. 8pm.

Cabaret CABARET NIGHT. Host Leye D. Johns, the Storm Showgirls plus guest Franklyn. The Alabama, Cocker Square, Blackpool. EDDIE PARTRIDGE. Sounds of the Rat Pack. Champagne Bar, September’s Champagne Bar & Restaurant, Queen Street, Blackpool.

Social clubs SARAH JONES. Stanley Road WMC,Blackpool. Details, (01253) 621168. FB 53. Duple Social Club, 96a Bond Street, South Shore. Details, (01253) 341647. GINA J. Brun Grove WMC and Institute, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 762186. MARTIN GABRAEL. Layton Institute, Westcliffe Drive. Details, (01253) 391774. MIKE ALONE. Claremont Conservative Club, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 620981. JOE WILDY SHOWBAND. Blackpool’s Number One Club. Details, (01253) 346516. BILLY MYERS. Bloomfield Club, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 344583. DAVEY LEYLAND. Hotels and Apartments Club, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 623784. BRUCE MCLAREN. North Shore WMC, Cross Street, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 627974. MIKE FRANKLYN. Cleveleys Men’s Club, Slinger Road. Details, (01253) 853219. DAVE BROOKLYN. Brunswick Club, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 624208. PERSONAL FX. Bispham Con. Club, Red

SATURDAY

Pubs and bars

MISS VOGUE 09. Plenty of prizes for the prettiest girl in the venue. Entry by 10.30pm for all hopefuls. The Vogue, Back West Crescent Street, St Annes. KASENO. Rock Quest finalists two years running. Old favourites and new covers. The Ram’s Head, Liverpool Road, Longton. 8.30pm. BOB ON. Blackpool’s own Bob Marley tribute. The Station, Lytham. GATORVILLE. Rock covers. The Oxford, Oxford Square, Marton. MONKBERRY. Plus debut appearance of young Fleetwood band Indigo Sands.The Rossall Tavern, Fleetwood. TRIDENT. Hard working hard sounding band. The Steamer, Queens Terrace, Fleetwood. THE JEPS. Marton Institute, Oxford Square, Marton. GROOVEBREAKER. The Links, Heeley Road, St Annes. THE 3rd STEP. Old Town Hall, Market Square, Poulton. BLACK PEARL. The King Edward VII, Church Street, Blackpool. DEREK LOYNDS. Sounds of swing and the American songbook. Champagne Bar, September’s Champagne Bar & Restaurant, Queens Street, Blackpool. CABARET AND KARAOKE. With Jay Phillips, Rob Johnson, Johnny Roxx and Becky Jay. K2 Bar, Blackpool. THE JOE WILDY SHOWBAND. Weekly residency. Theatre Bar, Queens Hotel, The Promenade, South Shore. BIGGEST PARTY IN TOWN. With DJ Paul O’Brien. Brannigans, Blackpool. DAVE WARD ROADSHOW. Disco night latest releases, chart and classic hits. The Ship & Royal, Lytham. 8pm to midnight. JIMMY DAY. Back by popular demand. Che Bar, Talbot Square, Blackpool. DAVE GARTHWAITE. Chart, commercial, r ‘n’b and dance. Schofields, Birley Street, Blackpool. CABARET NIGHT. Guest acts weekly. The Princess Music Hall Tavern, Foxhall Road, Blackpool. Also Friday. PARTY NIGHT. With resident dj Andy. West Coast Bar, Bispham Road, Cleveleys. From 8pm to 2am. DISCO AND KARAOKE PARTY NIGHT. Halfway House, Squires Gate. R&B NIGHT. With DJ Benji. Chubby’s Bar, 94-98 The Promenade, Blackpool. Free admission. To 3am.

FYLDE COAST AMATEUR DRAMATICS WITH LISA ETTRIDGE

Musical showcase CRE8 dance theatre is preparing to make a right old song and dance as they bring The Golden Age Of Musical Theatre to the Fylde Coast. The all-singing all-dancing show is coming to Lowther Pavilion and Thornton Little Theatre and producers promise more dance numbers than ever. The show, being put on by the Preston-based Cre8 (right), is being choreographed by Rachael Hall who until recently was working professionally for Blue Pearl, a Parisian cabaret company. Since her return to the UK, she has joined Cre8 to help spice up

Bank Road. Details, (01253) 357519. STEVE BRETT. St Annes Conservative Club. (01253) 723471. CONE VISION. Highfield Road & Rec.,South Shore. Details, (01253) 342389. DAVID KNIGHT. Thornton Cleveleys Wings Club. Details (01253) 852709.

Diary date

COME ON JEEVES Fylde Coast Players Lowther Pavilion, Lytham Wed-Sat March 18-21 , Tickets, (01253) 658666 the shows as their choreographer. The show will cram in songs and dances from several old favourite musicals. The first act will see numbers from Western-based musicals, such as Calamity Jane, Annie Get Your Gun and Oklahoma! The second act includes glimpses

from My Fair Lady, The King and I, Anything Goes, South Pacific and ends with The Sound of Music. A Cre8 spokesman said: “The guys and girls at Cre8 Theatre have been working overtime to learn the songs and dances of yesteryear. Whilst there are a host of contemporary musicals which get quite an airing, there is also a richness of material in more traditional shows. It promises to be a great show.” The show will be performed at Lowther tonight at 7.30pm or at Thornton Little Theatre on March 13. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Read with a show director THE increasingly popular Grand Theatre playreading group welcomes a special guest tomorrow. Prior to Stephen Daldry’s award-winning production of J B Priestley’s classic An Inspector Calls, the show’s assistant director Adam Lenson will be at the theatre, 1.30pm, to join in a reading through the play, and talk about re-imagining Priestley’s classic script for a modern audience. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this theatrical masterpiece. Tickets £3 – booking essential (01253 290190). The Play’s the Thing meets on the first Saturday of every month to read plays being performed at the Grand or with a similar theme to forthcoming performances. To find out more email ianl@blackpoolgrand .co.uk or call 01253 751077.

■ Ring Lisa Ettridge with am dram news on 361729 ● email lisa.ettridge@blackpoolgazette.co.uk


LISTINGS

Friday, March 6, 2009 IAN CALVERT and SCOTT WALKER. Party, pop chart and dance. The Edge, Hardhorn Road, Poulton. And Friday. 70s/80s NIGHT. With DJ Dex. The Gynn, Gynn Square, North Shore. DJ GLENN MILLER. Party soul and disco plus live acts. Soul Suite, Queen Square, Queen Street, Blackpool. COLIN JON. Party night. Rumours, Talbot Square, Blackpool. POP QUIZ. Music through the decades. The Fairhaven, Ansdell. From 9pm. FAMILY NIGHT. Music and games for all the family. Progress Sports & Social Club, Blackpool. 8pm - midnight. DJ NIGHT. Whittle Springs, Talbot Road, Blackpool. And Friday.

Theatre and shows See also listings for Friday. HANSEL AND GRETEL. North Star Opera launch the North West tour of their latest production. The White Church, Ansdell. 7.30pm. HORRIBLE HISTORIES - FRIGHTFUL FIRST WORLD WAR. Drama, fun, home truths and Bogglevision, 7pm. WOEFUL SECOND WORLD WAR, 2.30pm. Grand Theatre, Blackpool. 7pm. Box office, (01253) 290190.

Music THE BEST OF THE BIG BANDS. A special concert by the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and Singers. Lowther Pavilion, West Beach, Lytham. 7.30pm.

Karaoke KARAOKE. Sing like the stars. The Gardeners Arms, Fleetwood Road, Thornton. 8.30pm. KARAOKE PARTY TIME. With host Steve. The Duke of York, Dickson Road, Blackpool. From 8.30pm. KARAOKE PARTY NIGHT. Choose from over 50,000 songs. The Cherry Blossom Hotel, Warley Road, North Shore. From 9.30pm. KARAOKE NIGHT. The Royal, Marton. KARAOKE. Knobby’s Bar, West Street, Blackpool. From 7pm to late. RAGIN’ BULL KARAOKE ROADSHOW. The Albert, Lytham Road, South Shore. And Friday. KARAOKE/DISCO. Plus jackpot bingo. The Tank, Preston Street, Fleetwood. KARAOKE. The Victoria, Dock Street, Fleetwood. To 1am.

Nightclubs ANDY J. Resident dj in residence. The Residence, Vicarage Street, Poulton. URBAN ON ICE. DJ Fontalba with urban, real r&b, hip hop, reggae and more. Hush, Talbot Square, Blackpool. 10pm - 4am. CLUB NIGHT. Party, chart and indie with THE DIGITAL DISCO. Starting when others finish - the resort’s only legal after hours disco pary. The Underbar, Bank Hey Street, Blackpool. 1am to 8am. HED KANDI. The 2009 Launch Party and celebrating five years of Hed Kandi visits to Blackpool. Djs and acts on the night include: Andy Norman, Colin Airey, Jason Fubar, Conor on saxophone, plus a live PA from Shena. The Syndicate, Blackpool.

Folk, Irish and country THE SMOKIE MOUNTAIN BOYS. Fort San Antone, Great Birchwood County Music Park, Lytham Road, Warton. THISTLE. Local Irish band. Victoria Bar, North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. 9pm.

Social clubs SALTY. The Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, Blackpool. VICARIO. Stanley Road WMC, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 621168. STUART WALDRON. Duple Social Club, South Shore. Details, (01253) 341647. PAT MASTERSON. Brun Grove WMC and Institute, Blackpool. (01253) 762186. ANDY MUNRO. Hampton Road Social, South Shore. Details, (01253) 341508.

the weekend

WEEKEND CHOICE Elbow

Blackpool Empress Ballroom ELBOW, having just enjoyed the most successful year of their more than 18-year career, are bringing their biggest UK tour to date to Blackpool tomorrow when they headline in Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom for the first time. Having won the Nationwide Mercury Prize for their current album, The Seldom Seen Kid, and made themselves arguably the most popular winners of the award ever, they went on to be voted the Best British Band in the Brit Awards. The Bury-based band also completed a sell out UK tour including three nights at London’s Roundhouse and a valedictory double

7

£50 bonus prize. Dog & Partridge, Lytham Road, South Shore. MUSIC QUIZ. Plus Guess the Key. Raikes Hall Hotel, Liverpool Road, Blackpool. From 8.30pm. QUIZ NIGHT. The Admiral, St Annes Road West, St Annes. FAMILY FORTUNES QUIZ. Devonshire Arms, Devonshire Road, North Shore. From 9.30pm.

Talent shows THE WHITTLE’S GOT TALENT. Early doors weekly search a star - £50 to the winner. Open to all. Whittle Springs (The Victoria), Talbot Road, Blackpool. 5 - 8pm.

Karaoke

header at the Manchester Apollo. The Seldom Seen Kid was judged one of the albums of 2008 by many critics and is the band’s most

SLINGBACK and JULIETTE LLOYD. Layton Institute. Details, (01253) 391774. LEE WAINWRIGHT. Comrades of the Great War Club (Blackpool) Ltd, 116 Adelaide Street, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 625841. JOHN MALCOLM. Claremont Westminster Road, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 620981. MAURICE MALONE and CARL SCHOFIELD. Blackpool’s Number One Club. Details, (01253) 346516. MEMBERS NIGHT -FINBAR SMITH and JANICE YORKE. Bloomfield Club, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 344583. VICKI ST CLAIRE. Hotels and Apartments Club, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 623784. KRISTIE CHARLES. North Shore WMC, Cross Street. Details, (01253) 627974. MACKIE. Blackpool Trades and Social Club, 7 Chadwick Street., (01253) 622580. DARREN THOMAS. Blackpool Central Bowling and Social Club. (01253) 341145. SEAN DEE. Thornton Cleveleys Royal British Legion. Details, (01253) 852450. DAVID DALTON and NIGHT BY NIGHT. Cleveleys Men’s Club. (01253) 853219. KEVIN REES OWEN. Brunswick Club, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 624208. BRIAN BRODIE. Bispham Con. Club, Red Bank Road. Details, (01253) 357519. PAUL TOPHAM. St Annes Ex-Servicemens Club. Details, (01253) 721033. JUST JOHN. St Annes Conservative Club. Details, (01253) 723471. NOSTALGIA. Highfield Road & Rec., South Shore. Details, (01253) 342389. CHRIS FARRELL. Blackpool Catholic Club, 30 Queen Street. Details, (01253) 622979. VICKI B. Thornton Cleveleys Wings Club. Details (01253) 852709. VINNI MAC. Knott End WMC, Salisbury Avenue, Knott End. Details, (01253) 810362. MIKE SAXON. Willows Catholic, Kirkham. Details, (01253) 682195. FREE AND EASY. With the Terry Martin Duo. Blackpool RBL Club. (01253) 626308. CABARET NIGHT. Weekly guest. Thornton Cleveleys Wings Club. (01253) 852709.

Cabaret CABARET NIGHT. Host Leye D. Johns, the Storm Showgirls plus guest Phil Jeffries. The Alabama, Cocker Square, Blackpool.

Rock and pop ELBOW. Award winning Bury band making their headlining debut in the resort. Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens, Church Street , Blackpool. 7pm. ELBOW AFTERSHOW PARTY. Come down from the gig of the year - all types of music on record. West Coast Rock Café Club Above, Abingdon Street, Blackpool. 11pm.

successful album to date. Lead single, Grounds For Divorce, rapidly became a classic and soundtracked the trailer for current Coen Brothers film, Burn After

Comedy JIMMY CARR. The self styled “Joke Technician” back on tour. Grand Hall, Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston. 7.45pm.

Others TABLE TOP SALE. Marton Methodist Church, Midgeland Road. 9.30am - 2.30pm.

SUNDAY Rock, pop and jazz MIKE LOVELL 4. Weekly beats with the eats. Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park, Blackpool. 1 3pm. ALL THAT JAZZ. Weekly live music session. North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. JAZZ ON A SUNDAY. Weekly live music session. The Bourne Arms, Bourne May Road, Knott End. 3 - 6pm.

Music

THE SPIRIT OF PAVAROTTI. Opera star Lee Bradley sings the best of Pavarotti. Lowther Pavilion, West Beach, Lytham. 7.30pm. ANTHONY KING. Lunchtime music to accompany lunch. Westerfields Restaurant, North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. SOUNDS OF BRASS. With Thornton Cleveleys Band. Thornton Little Theatre, Four Lane Ends, Thornton. 8pm.

Pubs and bars TEDDY TAYLOR TRIO. With Amanda Lucas on vocals. Weekly afternoon free admission live music. The Shovels, Hambleton. 3 - 6pm. TRIDENT. Hard working hard sounding band. The Hop, Cookson Street, Blackpool. THE NICK DOW BLUES BAND. The No 4 Freemasons, Newton Drive, Blackpool. THE SHY TEDS’ SUNDAY SERMON.The King Edward VII, Church Street, Blackpool. NICK UNLIMITED. Rock and blues. The Empress, Exchange Street, Blackpool. TONY MITCHELL. In acoustic mood. The Steamer, Queens Terrace, Fleetwood. 1 3pm. IAN HOOPER AND PAUL DOBIE. Two of the area’s most popular singers and musicians in weekly session. The Edge, Hardhorn Road, Poulton. 8pm DJ NORRIE. Party night. Rumours, Talbot Square, Blackpool. OPEN MIC NIGHT. Take your own instruments. Free admission. Drinks promotions. The Blue Room, Church Street, Blackpool. From 8pm. SOUL AND MOTOWN. WIth DJ Glenn Miller. Soul Suite, Queen Square, Queen Street, Blackpool.

Reading whilst second single - One Day Like This was the musical accompaniment to the Beijing Olympics coverage and Euro 2008.

MISS PATRICIA’S MUSIC HALL. Theatre Bar, Queens Hotel, The Promenade, South Shore. 1 - 5pm. CABARET NIGHT. Different act weekly.Theatre Bar, Queens Hotel, The Promenade, South Shore. 8.30pm to midnight. BINGO AND FIND THE JOKER. Minimum cash prize of £50. The Golden Eagle, Anchorsholme. 3.30pm. DISCO/KARAOKE. Plus Skint Or Mint. The Tank, Preston Street, Fleetwood. FAMILY FUN DAY. DJ Sean Whitham with karaoke, party hits and more. The Royal Oak, Breck Road, Poulton. Noon to 4pm. POKER NIGHT. The Royal, Marton Drive, Marton.

Quiz nights FREE QUIZ. With the Dave Ward Roadshow. Weekly prizes The Ship & Royal, Clifton Street, Lytham. 9 - 11pm. QUIZ NIGHT. Beer giveaway and £50 bonus question. The Excelsior, Lytham Road, South Shore. 8.45pm. FUN PUB QUIZ NIGHT. With the Caroloke Zone. Last Orders, Trunnah Road, Thornton. QUIZ DAY. Plus bingo and Play Your Cards Right with compere Joe Gordon. The Victoria, Dock Street, Fleetwood. From 5pm. QUIZ NIGHT. And Play Your Cards right. The Boot ‘n’ Shoe, Elswick. 9.15pm. QUIZ NIGHT. With Paul Gee plus Play Your Cards Right. The Links, Heeley Road, St Annes. QUIZ NIGHT. Plus The Accumulator. Presented by Danny. The Belle Vue, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool. FUN QUIZ NIGHT. Plus meat raffle and Name That Tune. Hosted by Trigger. The Burn Naze, Gamble Road, Thornton. From 4pm QUIZ AND CHARITY FUN QUIZ NIGHT. Weekly quiz, fortnightly fund raiser for Brian House Children’s Hospice. Blackpool Catholic Club, Queen Street, Blackpool. QUIZ NIGHT. Including general knowledge and music rounds. Also Open The Box. The Mere Park Hotel, Preston Old Road, Marton. TEVE M’s SUNDAY QUIZ NIGHT. ST General knowledge, pop, rollovers hosted by Steve Mulligan. The Mount Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood. QUIZ NIGHT. Plus Open the Safe. Cash prizes to be won. Gardeners Arms, Fleetwood Road, Thornton. PETE’S QUIZ & MUSIC. With prizes. The Clarence, Marton. 8.45pm LANDLORD’S GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ. 40 weekly general knowledge questions in the new look pub. The Boot & Shoe, Elswick. 9pm. BEER AND CASH QUIZ. Chance to win

FUN KARAOKE. With race night and quiz. The Duke of York, Dickson Road, Blackpool. From 8.30pm. KARAOKE. With guest DJ. The Royal Oak, Breck Road, Poulton. Free admission. From 8pm. KARAOKE NIGHT. The Old Bridge, Lytham Road, South Shore. 8.30pm. CLIFF’S KARAOKE. The Steamer, Queens Terrace, Fleetwood. KARAOKE. Knobby’s Bar, West Street, Blackpool. From 7pm. KARAOKE. King Edward VII, Central Drive, Blackpool. From 8pm. FAMILY KARAOKE. The Hansom Cab, Station Road, Lytham. 4 - 7pm. AFTERNOON KARAOKE. With Michael. Thornton Cleveleys Wings Club, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys. 3 - 5pm. KARAOKE. Frenchman’s Cove, South King Street, Blackpool. KARAOKE NIGHT. More than 3,000 tunes. The Regal Hotel, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys. Also Thursday, 8pm. KARAOKE NIGHT. Weekly session. The Victoria, Church Road, St Annes. KARAOKE/DISCO. Plus Skint Or Mint. The Tank, Preston Street, Fleetwood.

Irish, folk and country TEXAS GUN. Fort San Antone, Great Birchwood County Music Park, Lytham Road, Warton. Lunchtime. THE DIDDLEY DEES. Weekly Irish and country session. The Halfway House, St Annes Road, Squires Gate. IRISH MUSIC NIGHT. Music to unwind to. All welcome to play or listen. The Victoria Bar, North Euston Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood. 8.30pm. COUNTRY AND WESTERN NIGHT. Live music, shoot outs, bucket draw. Hampton Road Club, South Shore. COUNTRY AND WESTERN NIGHT. Guest acts. Progress Sports & Social Club, Exchange Street, Blackpool. 7.30pm.

Social clubs LOUISE LORRAINE. Duple Social Club, South Shore. Details, (01253) 341647. KEVIN REES OWEN. Brun Grove WMC and Institute, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 762186. MIDDI. Hampton Road Social, Off Lytham Road, South Shore. Details, (01253) 341508. ALAN BARKER SHOWCASE. Layton Institute, Westcliffe Drive. Details, (01253) 391774. CHRIS FARRELL. Talbot Club, 46 Milbourne Street, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 624305. DONNA REID (Noon), RICK STEVENS (Evening). Bloomfield Club, 128 Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 344583. LATIA SANCHEZ. Blackpool Trades and Social Club. Details, (01253) 622580. LATIA SANCHEZ. Blackpool Central Bowling and Social Club. Details, (01253) 341145. TAM RYAN. Thornton Cleveleys Royal British Legion. Details, (01253) 852450. PAUL STEVENS. Cleveleys Men’s Club, Slinger Roads. Details, (01253) 853219. GILLY MAXWELL. Bispham Con. Club, Red Bank Road, Bispham. Details, (01253) 357519. MAGGIE ON KEYBOARD. Stanley Road WMC, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 621168. FREE AND EASY. With the Terry Martin Duo. Blackpool RBL Club. (01253) 626308. GRAHAM LEE AND GUESTS. Lunchtime and evening. Thornton Cleveleys Wings Club, 135 Victoria Road West. Details, (01253) 852709.


8

the weekend

www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk

Weekend  

Friday March 6th 2009. Your guide to whats on this weekend in Blackpool

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you