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'Friday Night Live' music event to bring buzz to Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: King George’s Hall King George’s Hall

TONIGHT is the first ‘Friday Night Live’ with free bands at town centre pubs to start putting the buzz back in Blackburn.

The headliner is Northside key members of the Manchester scene of the early Nineties and contemporaries of the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, will play at Blakey’s in King George’s Hall.

Other live music events on the night include Reece Bibby and Blanty at the Times Bar, Mark Duckworth and J-Bear and the Giants at Molloys.

India Mill and Hello Bamboo are at the Sir Charles Napier and Miracle of Us and Urban Empire at the Live Lounge.

There will be similar live events every Frriday from now on as part of the ‘Blackburn is Open’ initiative.

The councillor co-ordinating the events Jamie Groves, lead member for regeneration, said: “This is about reviving the night-time economy in the town centre and putting the buzz back into Blackburn.

“The council and local licensees are working together to put a real range of live music on at local pubs and venues with free entry.

“There is something for everyone - from young people to older music lovers.

“We want as many people as possible to come out and have a great night out.

“This is the first of a great series of weekly ‘Friday Night Live’ events to really brighten up weekends for Blackburn with Darwen residents and music lovers across East Lancashire.”

The line up of live bands is: • Blakeys – Northside, 10pm • Blackburn Times – Reece Bibby, 8pm; Blanty, 9pm • Molloys - Mark Duckworth, 9.30pm; J-Bear and the giants, 11.30pm • Charles Napier - Hello Bamboo, 10.30pm; India Mill, 11.30pm • Live Lounge - Potential Dilemma, 12am; Urban Empire, 1am

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1:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

Its not short term fixes Blackburn needs its long term investment and a few live bands is hardly likely to remedy what has been a deteriorating town for decades due to lack of foresight and good housekeeping.We have lost many iconic structures over the years and sadly they have been replaced with modernistic rubbish and that is down to people in high office who really should have known better,my family and l left Blackburn 20 + years ago and there is nothing l see that would tempt me back any time soon or ever which is a shame from my perspective,
Its not short term fixes Blackburn needs its long term investment and a few live bands is hardly likely to remedy what has been a deteriorating town for decades due to lack of foresight and good housekeeping.We have lost many iconic structures over the years and sadly they have been replaced with modernistic rubbish and that is down to people in high office who really should have known better,my family and l left Blackburn 20 + years ago and there is nothing l see that would tempt me back any time soon or ever which is a shame from my perspective, noddy57
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2:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

jimpy0 says...

Blackburn's NOT safe once the sun goes down, and its a craphole when its up - and i live here
Blackburn's NOT safe once the sun goes down, and its a craphole when its up - and i live here jimpy0
  • Score: -5

4:22pm Fri 25 Apr 14

tenerc says...

totally agree with that, Blackburn town center is not a place to go in the evening.

a couple of weeks ago went to Manchester for the night EVERY bar/pub/club had door staff, bottles where not allowed outside and any drinks taken outside had to be in plastic, we felt safe and had a great time even at 2/3am, on the Sunday coming home, walked past a town center pub, 2 women (used the term loosely) stood outside screaming and shouting, bottles in hand, next thing we knew 2-3 guys came out of the bar joined in the shouting, noticed we had glanced over and decided to throw the bottles and a beer glass at us!!! all this at before 8pm!
totally agree with that, Blackburn town center is not a place to go in the evening. a couple of weeks ago went to Manchester for the night EVERY bar/pub/club had door staff, bottles where not allowed outside and any drinks taken outside had to be in plastic, we felt safe and had a great time even at 2/3am, on the Sunday coming home, walked past a town center pub, 2 women (used the term loosely) stood outside screaming and shouting, bottles in hand, next thing we knew 2-3 guys came out of the bar joined in the shouting, noticed we had glanced over and decided to throw the bottles and a beer glass at us!!! all this at before 8pm! tenerc
  • Score: 0

5:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

DG6985 says...

Well I just wish the best of luck to the people who have organised this event, we all know night life has been dead in the town for many years and we should be positive about this event instead of shouting it down.
Well I just wish the best of luck to the people who have organised this event, we all know night life has been dead in the town for many years and we should be positive about this event instead of shouting it down. DG6985
  • Score: 10

7:35pm Fri 25 Apr 14

M.DANNY says...

Blackburn does not have a nightlife anymore i remember in 1970s and 1980s there were pubs discos restaurants thats all gone now.
Today Blackburn have too many kebab shops and empty shop premises ?
Blackburn does not have a nightlife anymore i remember in 1970s and 1980s there were pubs discos restaurants thats all gone now. Today Blackburn have too many kebab shops and empty shop premises ? M.DANNY
  • Score: 4

8:07am Sat 26 Apr 14

Real Ale Up North says...

Good luck to the new venture. However, I do despair at the almost total lack of traditional drinking dens in the town centre. A real ale desert for sure. Postal Order is ok, but is a soulless establishment. Enjoyed reviewing Molloy's . Staff were most helpful. The ale was in good nick too. But very limited choice of good boozers in Blackburn centre, to be honest. :-(
Good luck to the new venture. However, I do despair at the almost total lack of traditional drinking dens in the town centre. A real ale desert for sure. Postal Order is ok, but is a soulless establishment. Enjoyed reviewing Molloy's . Staff were most helpful. The ale was in good nick too. But very limited choice of good boozers in Blackburn centre, to be honest. :-( Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 4

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