Summer Fest is the first live music event to take place at the North of England stadium since 15,000 spectators enjoyed an evening of live music with Sir Elton John at Ewood Park in June 2017.
The Human League become the first main stage headliner on Friday 27th May, with Boy George, grace Ewood Park with pop superstar Boy George and Culture Club taking top billing on Saturday 28th May, and British Reggae royalty UB40, featuring Ali Campbell closing out the event on Sunday 29th May.
Also set to perform over the weekend are Tony Hadley, Rewind 2021 highlight Nik Kershaw, former Thin Lizzy man Midge Ure, M People's Heather Small, Lawnmower Death collaborator Kim Wilde and more.
They will be joined by a bill of upcoming artists and DJs including Lottery Winners, Garden Party, Rivver and more. The weekend will be hosted by Top of the Pops presenter and radio DJ Mike Read.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is helping to support the event, which is anticipated to bring in excess of £5m for the local economy in terms of hospitality, leisure and nightlife.
Organisers have consulted with local residents about the plans, carrying out a leaflet drop in the area and are planning further communications to keep local residents updated on the plans. There will also be a crew of staff on hand for nearby residents to contact if there are any issues or litter problems, and a clean-up operation will take place following each day.
Cllr Phil Riley says: “It’s vital for the town and surrounding areas to support aspiring music events like, bringing to Blackburn internationally renowned acts”.
“A festival of this calibre will no doubt bring people to Blackburn from all over the country and beyond.”
“We always give first thought to our local residents and are working with the organisers to ensure any impact on them is limited and mitigated with various initiatives including residents having a direct contact number for staff over the weekend.”
“The organisers are very experienced in event management and have arranged for a number of park and ride schemes for anyone coming from outside the area. We are told that hotels in the area are also booking up fast for this weekend which of course is good news for our local hoteliers, restaurants and bar.”
“The Council are looking at every aspect and working with the organisers and Blackburn Rovers to help to ensure the event runs smoothly – we hope it will be a huge success and become an annual event.”
There will be a selection of tasty and tempting foods available at a range of stalls on site. Alongside fully stocked (and plastic free!) bars, from our Carbon-negative partners Brewdog.
Co-founder of the Summer Fest, Tony Baldwin explains how he partnered with Andy Gregory, former Wigan and Great Britain Rugby League star, some years ago and started putting on events, which has led to organising Summer Fest.
He comments: “We have been doing events for a while and noticed than some festival line ups only had headliners and a support, so we wanted to give music lovers a full day show.”
“We also intend to showcase lots of grass root artists and young DJs in the Ibiza tent along with some massive names.”
“A partnership with Blackburn Rovers is going to be fantastic for us all and we can hopefully make it an annual event.”
Day tickets for Summer Fest are now available from £60+ booking fee, with weekend tickets at £165+ booking fee. VIP tickets are also available. All tickets are available at: http://www.summer-fest.co.uk and via Ticketmaster.
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Full line up:
Friday 27th May
The Human League
Joe Astley & The Wallgate Band
Saturday 28th May
Boy George & Culture Club
Leee John Imagination
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell
Soul II Soul
The Marley Experience
The Barefoot Bandit
Tom Byrom / Reflectionz
Ibiza Tent hosted across the weekend by Martin Offiah
Plus more to be announced...
Tickets prices: Day tickets from £60 + booking fee – Weekend tickets from £165 + booking Fee.
Summer Fest - https://summer-fest.co.uk/
Ticketmaster - https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/summer-fest-2022-tickets/artist/1029753
TicketWeb - https://www.ticketweb.uk/search?q=summer+fest
Universe - https://www.universe.com/events/summer-fest-2022-tickets-KC143T