Well, that’s another year over and we are delighted to report our most popular Lytham Festival ever!
Around 60,000 people packed into the Main Proms Arena on Lytham Green to witness five nights of incredible live music and entertainment.
As X-Factor star Olly Murs kicked off our festival with a fantastic headline performance supported byLouisa Johnson, it was great to see so many families enjoying the Troublemaker’s hits.
A day later we brought the ultimate rave night to Lytham Festival welcoming techno pioneers 808 State to support the iconic club anthems of Haçienda Classical. And with guest appearances including the enormous voice of Rowetta and the dancing skills of Bez, this night was astounding.
Move over club anthems for the party night of the year as Friday saw our 80s V 90s night with performances from Scots singer-songwriter Midge Ure, 90s pop rock trio Dodgy, 80s bands Johnny Hates Jazz and Living in a Box featuring Kenny Thomas, Belgian electronic musicians Technotronic, British-Norwegian 90s pop group A1 and pop rap artist Betty Boo, along with DJ Pat Sharp to keep the party going. What a night and the crowd loved it! Smurfs danced with Michael Jackson look-a-likes and there were quite a few Freddy Mercury’s and Boy George’s in the crowd too!
Saturday saw ska legends Madness headline with support from The Tailormade. Suggs and pals absolutely rocked Lytham Festival going One Step Beyond to create one of our most memorable nights (and of course the 15,000-strong crowd was a sea of fez’s to celebrate the bands 1979 hit Night Boat to Cairo).
On Sunday, Lytham Festival’s biggest finale ever was the jaw-dropping West End Proms. Musical theatre royalty Lea Salonga performed along with a string of West End and Broadway stars including musical theatre group Collabro, Olivier Award winner Ruthie Henshall, Chicago star Claire Sweeney, 90s pop sensation turned musical theatre star Jon Lee, Blackpool musical theatre star Jodie Prenger,Lytham-born rising West End star Lucie Mae Sumner, English National Opera soprano Jo Appleby, musical theatre star and pop icon Marti Pellow and 13-year-old Beau Dermott
Director Peter Taylor said: “Lytham Festival 2017 has been a fantastic success. The variety of headline acts we have seen have proved a huge hit with all our audiences and we are thrilled.
“Of course, the rain poured on us for the festival finale with West End Proms but with the world-class performers we had on stage it was clear that our customers were not going to let that spoil their evening.
“Once again, I am absolutely overwhelmed with the support for our hometown festival.
“Next year Lytham Festival will be a week earlier due to the Ricoh Women’s British Golf Open held at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club so we look forward to seeing you there.”