McBusted to headline Lytham Festival

Pop punk supergroup McBusted are today confirmed as the Saturday main stage headliner for Lytham Festival, taking place 2nd – 9th August across Lytham. Additionally, Rae Morris, Rebecca Ferguson, Scouting For Girls and Tenors Of Rock are to headline an all-new stage, the Pavilion, set to host gigs every night in the festival’s biggest year to date.

Saturday 8th August sees Lytham Festival welcome McBusted, a pop punk supergroup of stadium proportions. An amalgamation of Busted and McFly, the group have supported One Direction and consistently sold out areas in their own right since coming together in 2013. The swoon-inducing group featuring James Bourne, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, former Strictly constant Harry Judd, and ‘I’m A Celebrity…’ winners Dougie Poynter and Matt Wills, inspire more than just a scream or two with tracks such as ‘Air Guitar’. Tickets for the McBusted event will go on sale 9am Tuesday 7th April. 

Ahead of her show Rae Morris comments:

My nana lives in Lytham so I spent a lot of time there as a child. It has a very dear place in my heart and the music events are always very special. I'm so happy to be involved.

Tuesday 4th August is to feature another soulstress in the form of X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson. The critically-acclaimed singer provides a touch of jazz for the festival as she performs tracks from her record ‘Lady Sings The Blues, a tribute album to Billie Holiday released in the year that would have seen her 100th Birthday.
Also to crown the Pavilion stage during Lytham Festival are pop-rock trio Scouting For Girls on Wednesday 5th August. The triple-BRIT Award winning group known for hits such as the number one single ‘This Aint A Love Song’ will offer the perfect ‘feel good’ vibe at the festival. Five powerful male vocalists otherwise known as Tenors Of Rock will take to the stage on Monday 3rd; expect a high-octane performance of classics with a unique twist such as ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine and ‘God Gave Rock And Roll To You.
Lytham Festival Director Peter Taylor comments:

“This latest announcement is very exciting for Lytham Festival, it’s the result of a lot of hard work and planning that is being channelled into the event’s development. Lytham Festival still has elements on the Proms as is evident in the A-list headliner we’ve added, McBusted. This night at Lytham Green will be soundtracked by hits people know and love and there will be a big party atmosphere. 
However, in Lytham Festival’s new form we have more locations and a wider breadth of artists, the result is yet more opportunities to see even more great music. Plus it can only be a good thing that one of these amazing talents, Rae Morris, is one of Lancashire’s very own. We’re proud to be bringing her and the other stars to one of Lytham’s landmark venues.”  

Furthermore, the Pavilion stage will host after-party events for those wishing to carry on celebrating once the main stage, better know as The Proms Arena, comes to a close. Trance music pioneer Chicane will keep the dance floor filled on Thursday 6th August as the official after party for Faithless. Blackpool club night and 80s aficionados ‘Adam and Eve’ will take charge of proceedings on Friday 7th, the perfect follow on from Lytham Festival’s ‘80s VS 90s’ themed show earlier that evening.

Last but by no means least 2015 sees Lytham Festival introduce camping for the very first time. Festival goers wishing to pitch up their tents can do so at Lytham Farm for just £10 per person for Wednesday until Monday. Campsite access is free for those holding a full weekend ticket. 
As previously announced, this year sees Lytham Proms become Lytham Festival. The event will span a whole week from 2nd until 9th August, including an eclectic mix of music, literary and comedy suitable for all ages and tastes hosted in venues around the local area.
Other artists appearing over on the Proms Arena this summer will see an ‘80s vs 90s themed evening of nostalgia on Friday 7th August starring Billy Ocean, Vengaboyz, Sinitta, East 17, Chesney Hawkes, Jimmy Sommerville and 5ive. The much loved proms-style evening will once again close the event on Sunday 9th in an evening titled ‘Songs from Stage and ScreenThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestrawill expertly back performances from a number of very special performers including Elaine PaigeMarti Pellow, Jonathan Antoine and Laura Wright

Faithless to headline Lytham Festival

As part of the evolution from Lytham Proms into Lytham Festival the event is welcoming broader genres to the proceedings, and there are fewer more qualified to bring dance music to the plate than Faithless. Vocalist Maxi Jazz and multi instrumentalists Sister Bliss and Rollo are founding members of the group who have enjoyed huge success in the UK and beyond. Top ten singles and dance floor anthems are found throughout Faithless’ back catalog such as the tracks ‘Insomnia’, ‘God is a DJ’ and ‘We Come 1’. Faithless recorded six gold and platinum selling albums during their glittering career and picked up the Best Dance Act award at 2007’s UK Festival Awards. In 2011 the band announced a hiatus but four years later the news of their return has been heralded as one of this summer’s hottest tickets. Faithless will appear at Lytham Festival as headliners of the Lytham Green stage on Thursday 6th August.

Ahead of their Lytham Festival appearance Sister Bliss said:

"We look forward to playing our only date in Lancashire this summer and to celebrating our 20 years together as a band with as many of you as possible."

Commenting on the booking Lytham Festival Director Peter Taylor adds:
“Dance music is increasingly gathering its own rich history and we’re very happy to be part of celebrating that fact with the ‘Faithless 20’ show. Raving days may be a thing of the past for some but the surroundings of Lytham Festival and the Green stage are the perfect place for people to revisit the classic tunes that Faithless are so well known for. We’re also excited that with the addition of dance music the festival can open its doors to a more diverse group of music fans this summer.” 

Lytham Proms returns as Lytham Festival in 2015

The hugely popular live music element will return to the main open-air stage on Lytham Green with the added bonus of an extra fourth night on Thursday 6 August.
There will also be additional events including comedy, literature and even more music featuring at other venues across the town throughout the week.
Event promoters Cuffe and Taylor are behind the success of Lytham Proms and are taking the bold move of making the event bigger and better than ever before.
Director Peter Taylor said:

"We are really excited about Lytham in 2015. This marks a huge change for us to move from the three-day Lytham Proms to a week-long Lytham Festival but we are sure it will be a great success.

“People attending the event over the last four years have been really loyal and have thoroughly enjoyed the wide range of music that has been available.
“We are not going to change that because it is a formula that works. However, we want to offer people more choice and therefore we are expanding our event to cover a variety of venues in Lytham and to offer much more in the way of entertainment.”

Lytham Festival is pulling out all the stops for 2015 and superstar headliners from a variety of genres will be announced soon.

Fans of the original format need not worry as A-List talent from the classical and pop worlds will remain the jewel in Lytham Festival’s crown as they perform on Lytham Green over four nights from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 August.
Comedy and literature, for both children and adults alike, will feature in the expanded Lytham Festival programme across a whole week starting Monday 2 August. Venues including The Assembly Rooms will host a Jazz Café, while festival-goers can venture to Hewitt Lecture Rooms to discover spoken word and poetry plus a comedy Big Top will pop up at Park View 4U.
Park View 4U will also host a specially devised “Festival of Stories” for younger festival-goers with a programme celebrating heritage and creative storytelling aimed at children, young people and their families. This will include published children’s authors, workshops and exhibitions
With the additional activity running alongside the main arena on Lytham Green events over the course of the week will include both free and ticketed options.
And as it blooms from a three-day, one site offering to a full week of entertainment and culture it is anticipated it will have a fantastic knock-on effect for local businesses.
Peter added:

“We want people to come to Lytham Festival and enjoy a few days away. This is the perfect festival for all the family to come and enjoy some amazing entertainment while also experiencing the wonderful Fylde Coast. “