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What’s On In Blackpool? Music and Lots of it!

Following the success of last year’s MUSICFEST16 Blackpool’s Grand brings together another mammoth programme of live performers, from music genres covering Blues, Rock, Country, Pop, Electronica, and of course the soulful tones of the magic of motown – they have it all!

The Magic Of Motown (6 Aug) has been seen by over 1 million people worldwide. Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into Blackpool.

This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, Heatwave, I’m Coming Out, Loco In Acapulco plus many more.

Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

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Prepare yourself for back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

‘Everyone wants to know What’s On In Blackpool? Music and lots of it!’ says Andrew Howard, Marketing Manager of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.

‘Following the huge success of MUSICFEST16 last summer we were asked to offer an even wider selection of music shows. The Grand is devoted to presenting top quality music, and with our new program boasting over 19 individual shows and an eclectic array of genres from the ever-popular Adele and Rod Stewart to Prince and Michael Jackson. From Motown to Country and Blues to Rock this is one incredible celebration of music.’

The Chicago Blues Brothers (17 Sept) are back with a brand-new production for 2017 with an all new elaborate stage set taking you back to 1980 to finish the concert at the Palace Ballroom Hotel – the show is a powerhouse – with over two hours and 40 hits performed live in the concert that never finished.

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The Stage described the show as ‘Fun and Infectious’.

The Chicago Blues Brothers is a joyous hoot, a musical riot, a juiced-up jamboree of the coolest, funkiest soul, blues and Motown hits performed with style, class and showmanship by a troupe of some of the finest entertainers working in modern musical theatre.


T-Rextasy (21 Sept) celebrates the story of Marc Bolan with his band T.Rex and was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era.  With Bolan’s special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs throughout the 1970s including Telegram Sam and Jeepster he could obtain what would be yet another Top 20 record in 1976 that has since become one of the most memorable and everlasting signature tunes, I Love to Boogie.

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T.Rextasy was awarded the accolade of The Best Live Tribute Band in the UK by BBC1.

Purple Rain (22 Sept) is a world class live celebration of the music, life and legacy of the iconic legend that was Prince.

The 8-piece band delivers a non-stop, hit-packed show spanning more than two hours! Complete with backing vocals, horn section, keys and of course Jimi Love as the unsurpassed Prince. Hailed by original Prince and the Revolution drummer Bobby Z as “authentic and on the money”.

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Expect to see, hear and feel all of the hits from one of the most loved artists of all time. 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds and Pearls, When Doves Cry and so many more

Simon and Garfunkel Story (24 Sept) comes direct from its success in London’s West End, a sold-out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more.


Steve Steinman the creative force behind the hugely successful Vampires Rock, returns with this epic musical concert The Meatloaf Story (7 Oct) delivering all the best hits from Meat Loafs record-breaking album (Bat Out of Hell).

With video scenes, incredible stage set and band and Steve Steinman’s unique sense of stage presence, the show will have you up on your feet and dancing in the aisles to all your favourite hits.

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Experience the greatest hits – Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Took the Words Right Out of my Mouth, Anything For Love, Dead Ringer For Love and of course the iconic Bat Out of Hell, to name just a few.

Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show (1 Nov) Original ‘dreamboats’, Marty Wilde, Eden Kane, Mike Berry, and The Wildcats, as well as very special guest Mark Wynter, join forces in The Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show.

The late fifties and early sixties were without doubt some of the most exciting and important years in the history of music. With the arrival of rock n’ roll, a whole new pop culture was born. Performing their own hits and collaborating live on stage, Marty, Eden, Mike and Mark, teen idols of their day, show us how rock n’ roll with its fusion of sound and rhythm shaped the style of music that we listened to then and still do today. Includes such hits as A Teenager In Love, Rubber Ball, Donna, I Don’t Know Why, Well I Ask You, Don’t You Think It’s Time, The Sunshine of Your Smile, Venus In Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl, and many, many more!


Absolute hits that made the decade. 80s Triple-Header (5 Nov), Midge Ure with his Band Electronica, The Christians and Altered Images featuring Clare Grogan, three critically acclaimed legends of the 80s join forces in this major new UK tour.

With millions of albums sales and iconic hits, plus over 30 years perfecting their craft, performing to audiences at sold out stadiums, intimate unplugged sets and everything in between, this authentic 80s triple-headers is not to be missed.


For over 50 years, John Mayall (12 Nov) has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues”. Regarded by many as blues’ most influential artist, John’s band The Bluesbreakers, launched the careers of many true legends including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

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64 albums later and John’s captivating and authentic sound is still as vital today is it ever was.

Special guest and long term collaborator, Texan guitarist Buddy Whittington makes a welcome return to the UK with The Buddy Whittington Band. After joining The Bluesbrakers in 1993, he energized the band with his unique and fiery live style. Buddy made his recording debut on the Spinning Coin album and proved to be more than equal to following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors.


‘You can’t beat it!’ (Evening Standard) direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 9th year, Thiller Live (13 – 18 Nov) is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. called it ‘A TOTAL BLAST. The staging and constant brilliance of the musicians keep us riveted.’ 

Seen by over 4 million people in over 30 countries, Thriller Live continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael Jackson’s 45-year musical history.

You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget.

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The Stage said ‘This theatrical extravaganza is a breathtaking celebration – QUITE LITERALLY, THRILLING.’

Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and the truly iconic Thriller, plus many more!


Adele herself called the show ‘Brilliant’. Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You – the Adele songbook (23 Nov) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters. The show faithfully recreates the magic of the three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25.

Hand-picked by Adele herself on BBC Graham Norton’s ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham has the show-stopping voice and captivating charisma to deliver all your favourite Adele hits in an enthralling concert performance. Sharon Osbourne said ‘Katie has a lovely voice.’ 


Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production of Fast Love: A Tribute to George Michael (24 Nov).

This spellbinding experience is something you don’t want to miss. You Gotta get up (to get down…) to all your favourite songs including Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith and many more. The passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael comes through in this incredible concert sensation.


Relive the iconic sound of The Police and front man Sting with this unmissable pitch-perfect production – Message in a Bottle – A Tribute to The Police (25 Nov).

Fans of the legendary rock band won’t believe their ears as Message in a Bottle brings the stage alive with the magic of The Police’s greatest hits including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, Walking on the Moon, So Lonely, Can’t Stand Losing and Englishman in New York.

Witness the raw talent shine through stunning vocals and flawless instrumentals, underpinned by an effortlessly cool stage presence and accompanied by captivating lighting – bringing an old-school nostalgia to this new wave tribute.

Whether you’re a diehard fan or just a lover of great music, this energetic live show oozes authenticity and promises a medley of music that’s guaranteed to have you singing your heart out.


Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance in Some Guys Have All The Luck assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail – from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time.

The show includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy through to big ballads such as Sailing, You’re In My Heart, and Tonight’s The Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook. Watch the trailer here

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Some Guys Have All The Luck (26 Nov) is a fantastic celebrating of the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar!

A Country Life in Nashville (20 Jan) recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music. Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the history of Country, featuring songs from its biggest stars both past and present.  Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Town, are showcased by the amazing vocals of Dominic Halpin, Shelly Quarmby and their fabulous backing band, the Hurricanes.

With songs including Ring Of Fire, Crazy, Follow Your Arrow, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Need you Now, 9-5, and The Gambler to name just a few, this incredible celebration of country music is a night not to be missed.


Steve Steinman has ramped up the vamp in this spectacular sequel to the phenomenally successful Vampires Rock (9 Feb 2018).

This rock-tastic, hilarious, musical concert lives up to its rocking reputation.  A tongue-in-cheek storyline, spellbinding cast, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest classic rock anthems ever!  Including tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more. Watch the trailer here

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With just the right amount of fun and humour this night of mischief and mayhem will leave you up on your feet and roaring with laughter!

Step back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn’t touch the floor. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, grab yourself a milkshake and relax – Lipstick on Your Collar (10 Feb 2018) is an evening of back-to-back hits from the 1950s and 60s!

From the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the s

how is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black and many more. Performed by a full live band, featuring some of the country’s top musicians direct from the West End, this incredible show features excellent vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun. Watch the trailer here


If you love the music of Stevie Wonder, then you’ll love our smash hit show Signed Sealed Delivered (1 May 2018) featuring Lejaune Andre, the star of The Magic of Motown.

Featuring back-to-back hits including Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Superstition, Higher Ground, Master Blaster, Isn’t She Lovely, I just Called To Say I Love You plus many, many more!

Lejaune Andre will be joined by a fabulous band, outstanding backing vocalists, and top dancers – so get ready for the wonder that is… STEVIE!


Celebrating the Queen & King of country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers… Island in The Stream (2 May 2018).

Leave your 9-to-5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of country music royalty! This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including; Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the Country, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream.

Join us as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends.

With our full line-up of outstanding music dancing in the aisles is strictly compulsory, so bring your dancing shoes and let the good times roll!