Stars Shine in Blackpool for Massive Pop Party

The stars were out in force in Blackpool at the Massive Pop Party on Saturday night to raise funds for ‘Our Local Heroes‘, a North-West English Charity.

The crowds gathered at Blackpool Opera House on Saturday night for a huge pop party, to raise money for ‘Our local Heroes’, a charity set up to help and assist veterans of the armed forces. The entertainment was provided by a variety of young artists, including Only the Young, Bars and Melody, and headliners, Jedward.

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The first half of the evening set off to a rousing start, with excellent sets from Exposure, Gabz (watch this space for our upcoming interview), Henry Gallagher, Tiger Heart, and Bailey McConnell.

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After a short interval, compere Joey Blower asked audience to write their names on a £5, £10 or £20 note, in order to be in the running to win one of three signed tshirts. Joey had Henry Gallagher return to the stage to draw the winner. All proceeds went to ‘Our Local Heroes’.

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The second half saw the main acts take to the stage. First off was a fun performance from last year’s X Factor stars Only The Young, who wowed the audience with a nice selection of feel good tracks.



Second up were boy rappers Bars And Melody. Straight from celebrating the chart success of their debut album, ‘143’, they performed several of their popular tracks, much to the delight of their fans. The lads also led the audience in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for Leo, who is soon to turn 15.

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Last, but by no means least, headliners Jedward played a tremendous 45 minute set, proving once again what brilliant performers they are.

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The twins, who had jetted in from LA to support the event, showed no signs of jetlag as they got the audience up on their feet dancing. They performed eight songs, a mix of old and new, including their Eurovision hits Lipstick and Waterline, and their new, self penned tracks, including Oh Hell No!, written for the movie Sharknado, in which they also appeared. Jedward announced that they are throwing their respective hats in the ring for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The twins have twice represented their native Ireland and now hope to better their success for the UK.

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The evening, as with all good things, ended far too soon, but a fabulous time was had by all.


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