International Soul Festival


WINTER GARDENS BLACKPOOL

12-14 June 2020

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL


A stunning once in a lifetime line-up of world-renowned Northern Soul and Motown artists are set to perform at the UK’s biggest International Soul Festival from 12-14th June 2020.

Over the three days the Festival will see an array of exclusive American Northern and Modern Soul legends take to the stage in the stunning surroundings of the Winter Gardens Blackpool.

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Richard Searling


Richard Searling tells us more about what makes it so special…

As the organiser of this exceptional annual event, I am a very proud man indeed.


When I first approached the Winter Gardens team back in 2015, none of us could have envisaged that the 3-day Festival would become so quickly established as one of the most highly-anticipated weekender events on the European soul calendar.


To have a venue in which we can showcase the history of soul is indeed hard to find, and I firmly believe that we could not have a better location than the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.


I had previously organised Northern Soul events at the venue, using just a couple of the rooms at most, and while they went well, my vision was always to create an event that could attract a large audience that would warrant taking over the whole building, and that’s exactly what we have now done.


From midday Friday through to midnight on Sunday, we now operating in seven rooms, we cover all the flavours of soul music. With classic Northern Soul in the amazing Empress Ballroom, Mod & Ska 60’s in the Pavilion, connoisseurs 60’s & 70’s in the Gillow’s Bar, Soulful Dance in The Olympia, Modern Soul in the Derham Suite, Rare Northern Soul in the newly-refurbished Spanish Hall, and our “audience with” Q+A sessions and film show held in the Opera House. Additionally, we host the Blackpool Scooter Club’s ride-in and exhibition in Church square on the Saturday, which has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious events of it’s kind.


Every year we have been delighted to welcome iconic American soul stars from the 60’s and 70’s, and they always receive a fantastic welcome from our very knowledgeable and respectful guests.


The Blackpool International Soul Festival at the Winter Gardens really is now the place to be to enjoy all aspects of soul, and because of the layout of the venues, we have so many “breakout” spaces, a quality restaurant and the wonderful Art Deco café, The Mazzei which has proven to be a fantastically popular meeting place for soul lovers to re-unite, sometimes for the first time since they first met at venues like the Highland Room at the Blackpool Mecca, Wigan Casino or the Ritz Ballroom All-Dayers in Manchester.


I’m delighted we host the event in Blackpool, I really do believe we are now setting a new standard for such events in the UK and beyond.


To keep right up to date with all the exciting news and views about the Blackpool International Soul Festival, why not join the BISF Facebook group, we now have almost 4,000 members.

SoulDisco Video of the 2019 Festival


3

Days

Spread between 3 jam packed days 12 - 14 June 2020.

7

Rooms

An iconic venue featuring so many rooms of music, chill out areas, bars and restaurants.

80

DJS

Enjoy top specialist DJS from around the UK and Europe featuring the best in northern and modern soul, mod and 60's, and much more.

Headliners


Our 5th event brings together four fabulous acts who will combine to present our 'all-star northern soul and motown revue'.

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    GC Cameron

    This one-time member of the Motown groups The Spinners and The Temptations was the voice on numbers like "It's a Shame".

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    Maxine Brown

    This legendary American soul singer is making her long-awaited debut in the North West.

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    Jimmie Delphs

    We are delighted when we very recently managed to locate Jimmie, one of Northern Soul's most idiolised vocalists.

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    Barbara Mason

    From Philadelphia, Barbara Mason is also making her North West debut with us next June.

TICKETS


BOOK NOW FOR YOUR 2020 TICKETS

    • £65

    • Advance

      • 3 Day Festival ticket
      • Access To All Rooms
      • World Class Artists
      • Over 80 DJs
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    • £100

    • VIP - Sold out

      • 3 Day Festival ticket
      • Access To All Rooms
      • World Class Artists
      • Over 80 DJs
      • VIP Seating Area
      • Ballroom Queue Jump
      • Souvenir Lanyard
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Contact


If you wish to get in touch please don't hesitate to contact using the below details.

Address

Winter Gardens Blackpool
97 Church Street,
Blackpool
FY1 1HU

Phone

0844 856 1111*