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Live Performances

Our annual Lightpool Festival wouldn’t be the same without a generous helping of the live entertainment that Blackpool is famous for and is guaranteed to blow your imagination – it’s all for free, too!

Prepare to be amazed by a selection of gripping performances – from the carnival magic of Global Grooves, an explosion of dance, music and colour, to the iconic illuminated tram parade to celebrate the meaning of light and Blackpool’s glorious history. Plus, why not stop by and embrace the finale of the annual World Fireworks Championship Blackpool? It’s going to be a blast!

Symphony of Light Lightpool Festival 2021

Symphony of Light – 22 October                                                                             
Location: Olympia, Winter Gardens – 7pm – 9:30pm

Symphony of Light fuses music, lasers, artwork, and immersive lighting effects to create an unforgettable live experience. 
 
Our artists and engineers have been encouraged to let their creative juices run wild to create a wonderful convergence of light and music, delivering an impressive light show performance that will leave you inspired. Immerse yourself in an eclectic range of music as the sounds come alive in an environment of light and sound that is in rotation every 30 minutes. Find out more.
 
Please note that the laser light shows will feature loud music and flashing lights. These programmes are not recommended for those with a sensitivity to light or sound. 
World Fireworks Championship Blackpool

World Fireworks Championship Blackpool – 23 October
Location: Tower Festival Headland – approximate firing time 8:30pm

 Don’t miss the finale of the World Fireworks Championship Blackpool taking place on the 23 October.

Titanium Fireworks will take to the skies with their celebratory display concluding the spectacular competition which has seen Russia, Ireland and Germany all compete for the winning title.

For more information, please click here.
Spark! Illuminated Tram Parade Lightpool Festival 2021

Illuminated Tram Parade Featuring Spark! – 27 October
Location: Central Promenade

Back by popular demand, Spark! by Worldbeaters Music return to Blackpool to help us celebrate Lightpool Festival.

For one night only, visitors will be able to watch headline LED drummers Spark!, a unique and thrilling show that combines high-impact drumming, superb choreography and stunning lighting design. The show will also showcase the illuminated tram parade, featuring the battleship HMS Blackpool, the Fisherman’s Friend Trawler and the lottery-funded Great Western Train.

Illuminated giant puppets, Lumidogs, magical lanterns and performers will also be joining the parade, adding a wow factor and showcasing content never seen before by audiences in Blackpool.
 
The trams will leave from outside Blackpool Pleasure Beach at around 5pm and will be joined at Central Pier by the rest of the procession for what promises to be a truly magical Illuminations experience. The parade will visibly slow as it approaches The Blackpool Tower to give spectators an unmissable photo and video opportunity.

Find out more.

Please keep an eye on our page for the approximate parade timings nearer to the event.

Please note a Promenade road closure will be in place between Chapel St and Talbot Sq in both directions 16:30-19:00

Nixes of Lightpool Festival 2021
The Nixies of Oakpool by The Electric Sunshine Project – 27, 28, 29 October
Location: The Old Electric – 6:30pm and 7:30pm

 “If you haven’t seen a Nixie before (which is not so surprising because these days, sightings are very, very rare indeed) they are awfully difficult to describe.”
 
This interactive story uses animation, puppetry, lights and music to retell how the Illuminations really came about. How years ago, a magical oak forest inhabited by multi-coloured Nixies was destroyed by humans and how each year we try to entice them back, but nothing quite compares to a Nixie light show! This family-friendly performance lasts for around 15 minutes and is preceded by a short mask-making workshop designed to help children (and adults) to join in with the storytelling.
 
Performances in The Mezz. Tickets are FREE but places should be booked in advance at www.theoldelectric.co.uk.  

Find out more.

Carnival of Magic Lightpool Festival 2021

Carnival Magic– 28 October
Location: The Blackpool Tower Ballroom - Tickets have now sold out.

 An exhilarating menagerie of illuminated carnival characters will hit The Blackpool Tower Ballroom for an electrifying static showcase of music, puppetry and dance.
 
The internationally-renowned performers will present a showstopper for more than 30 minutes, bringing a diverse melting pot of carnival magic. From giant hand-crafted puppets to stunning illuminated dancers, there will be something for all the family.
 
Take a look below to see the exhilarating mix of performances on offer:
 
THE SPICE GIRLS! Spice up your life with our beautiful Indian elephants. Opening the show and strolling head and shoulders above the crowd, this is a sensational spectacle that is guaranteed to get your feet moving. You can leave your platform shoes at home as our Spice Girls are on stilts!
The Spice Girls combine eye-catching costumes with playful puppeteers, musicians and performers. 
 
GHOST CARIBOU! Thingumajig Theatre will present its giant illuminated creatures, part caribou, part spirit, as they roam a mystical world after dark. As they gather a crowd, they clear a space to perform their other-worldly ceremony. With music, song and shadow puppets, they tell stories of lost homes and impossible migrations before continuing the journey into their hauntingly beautiful dream world of the night.
 
CARNIVAL MAGIC! A 30-piece carnival band will spring to life and fill the stage with beautiful dancers in giant illuminated dresses, accompanied by red-hot carnival drummers from Katumba and illuminated puppets, Aroura and Kantaben.
 
THE GRAND FINALE! The show finale will crescendo with a full cast presentation of all puppets and performers, encouraging audiences to take to the dance floor and boogie to our Global Grooves with friends old and new.

Please note: Carnival Magic is a free ticketed event in The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.  Tickets have now sold out.

Find out more.

Silent Disco Lightpool Festival 2021
Silent Disco – 29 October
Location: The Blackpool Tower – 7pm - 9:30pm

 Suitable for all ages, our Silent Disco will have three different music choices playing continuously throughout the night. Catering for all music tastes young and old, you are bound to find a track you want to dance to! Get set to dance the night away.
 
Never attended a Silent Disco before? Here’s how it works:

  1.  Head up to The Fifth Floor at the world-famous Blackpool Tower
  2. Collect your flashing LED headset from the Welcome Desk
  3. Pop your headphones on
  4. GET BUSY ON THE DANCE FLOOR! It’s really that easy.

A family bar will be available for refreshments to keep your energy levels high throughout the night.