Friday, 31 December 2010
ENTRY DETAILS FOR THE 2012 COMPETITION CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz/2011/11/miss-fylde-coast-miss-teen-mr-fylde.html
Miss Fylde Coast is a direct entry heat into the Miss England competition and the winner of Miss Fylde Coast will, among other prizes, win a place in the Miss England Semi-Final where she will have a chance to go on to Miss World 2011 where the main prize is $100,000.
For more information and full rules and conditions, visit the competition website at http://www.miss-fylde-coast.co.uk/
You can hear a short interview with 2010 winner Kerry Capoverde looking ahead to the 2011 competition NOW by clicking on the icon below:
Rock n roll legends Showaddywaddy are touring the UK during 2011 with dates that include the Library Theatre in Darwen on Saturday 12th February and King George's Hall in Blackburn on Saturday 14th May.
For more info and the band and a full list of tour dates, visit the official website at http://www.showaddywaddy.net
To book tickets for Darwen or Blackburn go to www.darwenlibrarytheatre.com and www.kinggeorgeshall.com respectively.
Monday, 20 December 2010
For those who didn't get to hear our "Best Kept Secrets... In Conversation" show on Preston FM on Friday evening, you can hear it playing at various times throughout the day on new easy listening internet service "Wireless Radio" at www.wirelessradio.biz.
The show features:
- 60s singing legend Dave Berry looking ahead to the 2011 Solid Silver 60s tour and talking about his new book and CD release
- A review of the Blackpool Grand Theatre Aladdin pantomime
- A look back at the Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline visit to Blackpool
- Stuart Dolman talking about the new Trax Windsports Centre on St Annes beach
- MAG Landmine clearance charity
- Miss Blackpool competition official photographer Howard Barton with handy tips and advice.
We saw Steph
Ashcroft play her first gig at the Parks Stanley Park Art Deco Cafe on Sunday lunchtime and were really impressed with what we saw.
She has a great vocal style and played a nice range of music, ranging from some of her own compositions to "Fever" and an amazing acoustic version of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance".
She will playing at The Hastings in Lytham tomorrow evening (Tuesday 21st Dec) from 8pm, so why not and go and check her out...?
You can find out more about Steph and her music at www.myspace.com/stephashcroft.
To hear a brief interview with Steph, click on the icon below:
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
60s singing legend Dave Berry will be looking ahead to the 2011 Solid Silver 60s tour and also talking about his new book: “Dave Berry – All There Is To Know” and the re-issue of his 1990 album “Memphis In The Meantime”.
Also on the show:
• A review of the Blackpool Grand Theatre's "Aladdin" Pantomime
• A second chance to hear the interview with opera singer Charlotte Kinder talking about bringing opera to a new audience and looking ahead to this weekend’s Christmas concerts at the Parks Stanley Park Art Deco Cafe
• A look back at the Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline visit to the UK
• New windsports centre open on St Annes Beach
• North West based Mine Clearance charity MAG
& more from Miss Blackpool competition official photographer Howard Barton
Preston FM can be heard on 103.2FM in the Preston area and right across the world on www.preston.fm
Top north west jazz and cabaret singer Sara Creeney will be performing on Friday 17th December from 8pm onwards at
Bangla Fusion Restaurant, Much Hoole, Preston
Tel 01772 610800.. for table bookings (no cover charge)
Sunday 19th December at Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham St Annes ‘Jazz on a Winters Day‘
Entertainment provided by the Les Bull Band and Sara Creeney
Starts 3pm tickets £17.50 inc hot buffet - Tel 01253 734733
Sunday, 12 December 2010
The 2011 Solid Silver 60s Tour kicks off in Aberdeen on 23rd February and visits venues up and down the country until end of May.
In these exclusive interview clips, 60s singing legends Dave Berry and Chris Farlowe look ahead to the spring tour.
The full interview was broadcast in our "Best Kept Secrets... In Conversation" show on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday 17th December from 7pm.
YOU CAN READ OUR REVIEW OF THE SHOW FROM THE BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE ON THE 8th MARCH HERE NOW: http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz/2011/03/solid-silver-60s-show-review-blackpool.html
To listen NOW just click on the relevant icon below:
Monday, 6 December 2010
In fact, even if you don’t have any children to take, It’s still a very entertaining show to go and see with lots of “look behind you”s and “oh no you won’t”s for all to enjoy...!
The title role this year is played by Amy Thompson, who previously played the part of Jenny Nelson in Emmerdale is now appearing in Channel 5’s Milkshake children’s programme and is - we thought - a welcome return to the original pantomime tradition of having a girl play the principal boy.
His love interest is Princess Jasmine played delightfully by Rebecca Marks who is kept hidden away by her father the Emperor, played by James Farrar and his Chinese Policeman sidekick, played by Neil Rowland.
The baddie of the piece is Abanazar played by Alex Ferns who many people will remember for Eastenders where he played the nasty role of Trevor Morgan.
Pantomime glamour is provided by Douglas Mounce – veteran of stage and screen - as Widow Twanky and X-Factor’s Justin Vanderhyde who plays a hunky Slave of the Ring.
There are some wonderful songs in the show with something for everybody ranging from recent “Glee” hit “Don’t Stop Believing” (very apt for pantomime), Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” ( a great solo number for Justin Vanderhyde) and Eliza Doolittle’s “Pack Up” among others.
As is often case, the real shining lights of the show are the child chorus parts – provided by children from the Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre - who feature throughout in various costumes and guises, as do the senior dancers Shannon Collinge, Laurie Fearon, Natasha Fox and Anna Studholm.
There are also some terrific dance moves from the Genie of the Lamp played by Daniel Baker as well as a well staged ballet scene at the end of the first half, all choreographed by Katie Hill, herself a Blackpool lass and former student of Barbara Jackson and of Phil Winstone’s Theatreworks.
As usual, much of the humour is provided by regular pantomime comic Steve Royle – now in his 8th pantomime at the Grand - who plays Wishee Washee, cracks most of the jokes and entertains with his impressive juggling antics and amazing ad libbing.
The music is provided by a wonderful live band led by Richard Weedon and the scenery and lighting and sound is really superb.
If you are a regular pantomime goer, you’ll certainly find this to be up with the best and if you haven’t been for a while – or, indeed, ever - then the Blackpool Grand Theatre’s current production of Aladdin would make a very good starting point.
For show times and tickets, call the box office on 01253 290190 or visit the website at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.
You can hear our audio review at various times throughout the day on easy listening station Wireless Radio at www.wirelessradio.biz
Thursday, 2 December 2010
North West based "Opera Events" are staging some special gala evenings in the run up to Christmas. Dates and venues are as follows:
Saturday 11th December: Lancaster Priory Church
Sunday 12th December: Kendal Town Hall
Friday 17th December: Parks Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park, Blackpool
Saturday 18th December: Parks Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park, Blackpool.
Friday 17th is a special black tie charity event in aid of the Mayor of Blackpool's chosen charity "Young Carers".
For more info and tickets, visit the website at www.operaevents.co.uk
A full interview with soprano Charlotte Kinder is being run by our friends at Wireless Radio at various times throughout the day at www.wirelessradio.biz
You can also hear a brief preview with Charlotte by clicking on the icon below:
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
While having a mooch around the sales stands at the British National Dance Championships at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, we came across an amazing device that helps you get the correct holding position for ballroom dancing.
If you don't have the right hold on your partner, you don't get the right movement or control and that's where the TOPLINE frame comes is. It helps you get your arms into the right position and then, over time, you get used to the correct hold and your dancing improves as a result!
They come in different sizes and designer Nick Gallagher-Hughes (pictured) kindly fitted both of us with the correct frame - they are suitable for men and ladies - and we immediatey noticed the difference in our own hold just standing in the exhibition hall. In fact, while we were there, one of the couples who were due to compete, rushed out to borrow one for their practice session in the ballroom and apparently caused quite a lot of interest among other competitors...!
Even if you are not planning on dancing in competitions, this frame will be helpful because every dancing partner likes to have a firm, clear hold as that is the only way to follow the steps correctly. That means you can look swishier when you dance and that makes everybody feel good!
To find out more, check out their website at http://www.toplinedanceframe.com
Father Christmas take note: we'll have one each please!
To hear a short interview with Nick, click on the icon below:
We are pleased to advise that we have reached an agreement to provide our "what's on" news and interview content to the new Radio Blackpool online radio station.
You can find out more about Radio Blackpool by clicking on their website at www.radioblackpool.co.uk
Outstanding north west vocalist Sara Creeney vocalist will be performing on Friday 26th November from 8pm onwards
at the Bangla Fusion Restaurant, Liverpool Old Road, Much Hoole, Preston PR4 5JQ
Bookings - tel: 01772 610800
Thursday, 18 November 2010
- You can tune in to our very latest "Best Kept Secrets...In Conversation" show on Preston FM on Friday 19th November at 7pm on 103.2FM and online at www.preston.fm
Coming up in the show:
An exclusive interview with rock n roll legend Marty Wilde at the Blackpool Grand Theatre about how he put his current tour (featuring Roxy Wilde, Eden Kane and ex Shadow Jet Harris) together, how he made the switch from skiffle to rock n roll and all about his chart successes.
Actor Andrew Lancel - DI Neil Manson in The Bill - talks about that popular police drama's demise and why he likes to sing at the Sands Blackpool venue!
International harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani talks about this under-rated instrument in advance of the Manchester Camerata "Baroque In Dresden" concert at the Colne Muni next week.
Centre manager Stuart Dolman talks about the new Trax Windsports centre on Lytham St Annes beach.
We go behind the scenes at the Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts youth production of "Les Miserables"
and Miss Blackpool pageant official photographer Howard Barton explains what makes a good photograph and why you should always employ a professional photographer for important occasions.
So why not join us at 7pm on Friday evening on 103.2 Preston FM - or online across the globe at http://www.preston.fm/....
To find out more about Tom’s music, you can check out his website at www.tomhingley.co.uk.
For booking info and show tickets call the box office on 01253 290190 or visit the website at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk
To hear a brief preview interview with Tom, click on the icon below:
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
To find out what's coming up at the Parks Art Deco Cafe, visit their website at www.parksartdecocafe.co.uk
Friday, 12 November 2010
The show runs from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th November at 7.30pm nightly, with an additional matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.
For tickets and further information, visit the website at www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk
We went along to a rehearsal and spoke to some of the people involved in the production to find out more about it. Click on the icon below to hear the interview feature:
The concert itself starts at 7.30pm but, beforehand, at 6.30pm Mahan will be giving a talk about some of the pieces to be played.
For info and tickets, visit www.themuni.co.uk
A full length interview with Mahan Esfahani about the harpsichord can be heard at various times throughout the day on Wireless Radio at www.wirelessradio.biz
To hear our short preview of the concert, click on the icon below:
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
We saw the show last night and thought it was amazing - great entertainment from start to finish and wonderful nostalgic songs throughout. It was nice to see a sell our crowd at the Grand Theatre - with people of all ages gathered together to enjoy the occasion. Even if you do not remember the 50s and 60s first hand, there is something for everybody to enjoy in this show.
The "Born to Rock n Roll" tour continues throughout November as follows:
Wed 10 BIRMINGHAM Alexandra Theatre * 0844 8472294
Thu 11 NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall * 0115 9895555
Fri 12 LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru * 01492 872000
Sat 13 GRIMSBY Grimsby Auditorium * 0844 8472426
Tue 16 EASTBOURNE Congress Theatre * 01323 412000
Thu 18 FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall * 0844 8471776
Sat 20 BASINGSTOKE The Anvil Trust * 01256 844244
Marty also has solo dates booked throughout 2011 as well - check out his website at www.martywilde.com for more details.
In this exclusive interview clip (below), you can hear the man himself explain how and why he put the tour together,who's on it and why you should try and get to see the show. Just click on the icon to listen.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Rod was a member of The Wheels along with Van Morrison in the early 1960s, played with The Strawbs and has worked with many top musicians over the years so there should be some fascinating tales to be told as well as some great music!
For tickets call the box office on 01253 290190 or visit the website at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk
To hear what Rod has to say about the evening, click on the soundfile below;
Friday, 5 November 2010
We tried out the recently opened Pavilion Tea Room And Restaurant in Ashton Gardens in St Annes yesterday. Click on the soundfile below to hear what we thought of it...
You can hear more cafe reviews and other interesting interviews on www.wirelessradio.biz, a new Easy Listening internet service who are kindly using some of our spoken word material as test transmissions while they get set up.
Thursday, 4 November 2010
With a variety of songs from the swing and big band era to choose from , including favourites by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Matt Monro and other great crooners, the audience are invited to select their own favourites and hear Richard sing them.
A great way to spend an enjoyable evening after the excitement of the Blackpool FC v Everton FC Premier league match in the afternoon, advance booking is essential.
For tickets and more information, visit the Sands Blackpool website at www.the-sands-blackpool.co.uk
To hear Richard’s own preview of the “ICroon” evening, click on the soundfile below:
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
For bookings call 01254 685500 (10am to 12.30) or book on line at www.thwaitesempiretheatre.co.uk
For more information about Sara Creeney, visit her website at www.sara-creeney.com
Straight from her success as the lead vocalist in the Blackpool Pleasure Beach show Beyond Belief, where she starred alongside magician Richard de Vere, singer KELLY JOHNSON will be performing a special acoustic set at the Cube in Poulton from 7pm on Guy Fawkes Night Friday 5th November.
The former Butlins Redcoat has sung on cruise liners, top hotels in India and regularly performs at the Parks Stanley Park Art Deco Cafe in Blackpool.
Entry is free but get there early as Poulton will be busy with bonfire night revellers!
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Andrew is also a fantastic cabaret singer and sang a few of his favourite numbers – such as “Mr Bojangles” and “Mack The Knife”- accompanied by the Greg Francis Orchestra while additional glamour was provided by the lovely songstress Lynn Kennedy.
We recorded a fascinating interview with Andrew which you will be able to hear in full in our "Best Kept Secrets" show on Preston FM on Friday 19th November at 7pm.
Andrew is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Everton Football Club and, with Everton FC coming to play Blackpool FC next Saturday, we just HAD to ask him for his match prediction.
To hear how Andrew thinks next Saturday’s game will go – as well as what he had to say about the Sands Blackpool venue- click on the icon below:
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
See top RnB band The Hamsters live at the Municipal Hall in Colne on Friday 5th November, as part of their tour to commemorate to 40th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix.
For info and tickets go to www.themuni.co.uk
A full 5 minute interview can be heard on Wireless Radio at www.wirelessradio.biz
or click below to hear a short preview:
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Rock n Roll legend Marty Wilde brings his all-star show to the Grand Theatre on Tuesday 9th November. For tickets and info call the box office on 01253 290190 or visit the website at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.
You can hear a fascinating telephone interview with Marty running on our new syndication partner station Wireless Radio at www.wirelessradio.biz
You can also hear a brief preview by clicking on the icon below:
The programme aims to inspire girls to get back into physical activity and help to support the Government’s drive to tackle youth crime; particularly the rise in girl-related underage drinking.
Girls can enjoy trampolining, badminton, street dance, dodge ball, spinning, bums and tums and a ‘girls get grooving’ workout between 11am and 3pm.
This one-day only event will help girls to learn new skills, be physically active and have fun!
Lucy Cowgill, Project Co-ordinator for Pendle Leisure Trust’s Sports Development Unit, says: “This day is a great opportunity for women in Pendle, regardless of age or ability, to try something that is new, physically active and fun.
“We would like to thank our partners, Positive Futures, StreetGames, Lancashire Sport Partnership and Pendle Leisure Centre for providing funding and resources to support the day.”
Some of the activities have age restrictions on them, so please call Pendle Sports Development Unit for further information, on 01282 661225 or email@example.com.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Highly rated north-west vocalist Sara Creeney has two dates coming up in the area.
On Friday 29th October, she will be performing from 8pm onwards at Bangla Fusion Restaurant, Much Hoole, Preston
Tel 01772 610800 for table bookings (no cover charge)
And on Sunday 31st October Sara Creeney and the Mike Taylor Trio will be performing from 1pm onwards at the Parks Art Deco Cafe in Stanley Park, Blackpool (Free entry).
AFC Blackpool moved back to the top of the Vodkat League Division 1 with a 4-0 victory over Runcorn Town on Saturday. The Mechanics took a 2 goal lead early in the first half and looked comfortable for the 3 points.
Tempers flared midway through the second half and a player from each side was sent off. Mechs hit two late goals for a slightly flattering scoreline but they they stand 1 point ahead of second placed Wigan Robin Park.
AFC Blackpool are at home to AFC Darwen next Saturday - why not come along and join in the fun...?.
We had an enjoyable time at the Sands Blackpool venue on Saturday night where Liam O'Brien (who played the naughty vicar in Emmerdale a while back) was the special invited guest star alongside regular host Richard Shelton for the impressive swing band night.
Liam has also played the part of Rat Pack star Dean Martin on stage and sang a few of his favourite numbers accompanied by the Greg Francis Orchestra while additional glamour was provided by the lovely songstress Lynn Kennedy.
We recorded a fascinating interview with Liam which you will be able to hear in full in our "Best Kept Secrets" show on Preston FM on Friday 19th November at 7pm.
Just to whet your appetite a little, here's what Liam had to say about the Sands Blackpool venue- click on the icon below to listen:
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
"Best Kept Secrets ...In Conversation” With Paul & Lucy
7pm to 8pm Friday 22nd October on Preston FM - 103.2FM or listen live at www.preston.fm
Review of Moscow Ballet’s “ Nutcracker” at Colne Municipal Hall
Review of Kelly Johnson in Richard de Vere’s “Beyond Belief” show at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Interview with Snake Davis
Interview with Richard Shelton talking about Frank Sinatra, Emmerdale and the Sands Blackpool venue
Interview with Lisa Marie Taylor about her experiences on the X Factor
Interview feature with Burnley punk covers band “Complete Control”
Interview with Toyah Willcox about north west dates and the Teletubbies
Interview with blues singers Lucy Zirins
Preview of the Houghton Weavers Christmas tour dates
Interview with jazz singer Sarah Ellen Hughes
Preview of William Hicks’ Soul Attic at Mammas Too
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Continuing our countdown to the live Toyah gigs at Beat in Blackpool and Jack Rabbit Slims in Hoylake this coming weekend, you can hear Toyah looking ahead to the gigs and also about when she did the voice-over for the Teletubbies tv programmes!
click on the icon below to listen:
For tickets and info, go to www.rspromo.co.uk
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Don't forget there's great live music on Sunday lunchtime at the Parks Stanley Park Art Deco Cafe in Blackpool as top London-based jazz singer Sarah Ellen Hughes makes a special appearance from 1 to 3pm.
Accompanied by top local keyboard player Mike Taylor, she'll be performing songs from her debut CD "Darning The Dream" copies of which will be available to buy on the day, as well as other popular songs.
Admission is free and there will be the usual range of great food and drinki available available as always.