Monday, November 23, 2009

Blackburn plugs in and prepares to rock out

A music event designed to crank up the volume in Blackburn is set to hit the town this Friday.

‘Plugged II: One Big Night Out’ will take over eleven town centre venues on Friday, November 27, offering a wide selection of bands and DJs for people to enjoy.

Plugged has been created to get Blackburn back on the map by promoting its live music scene and thriving nightlife.

The debut Plugged event, held on Friday, July 31, saw town centre venues from 41 King Street and Sir Charles Napier to Rhubarb, Blackburn Library and Liquid and Envy packed with music fans enjoying an impressive line-up of bands from varying genres and styles.

Feedback from bands, fans and venues was positive, with venues reporting an increase in trade compared to a standard Friday night in the town.

‘Plugged II: One Big Night Out’ will see performances from the likes of Thunderbird 13, You Animals, Bang! Bang! Eche!, Valleum and Fifth House at venues including Sir Charles Napier, The Live Lounge, 41 King Street and O’Neills.

There will also be DJs at venues from FJ Nicholls to the Stage Door, a fancy dress party at Liquid and Envy as well as a performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at King George’s Hall.

The event is the brain-child of a group of pro-active venues in Blackburn town centre, supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council's town centre regeneration team and the North West Development Agency.

Plugged is working in partnership with Blackburn BarU and Make Lancashire Safer Campaign.

Visit for more information about bands, venues and special offers.

For further information, contact communications officer Chris Hidden on (01254) 585751 or email

Sir Charles Napier, Limbrick (Free entry): Thunderbird 13 (11pm), Violet Vortex (10pm), Splyce (9pm), Atari Hill (8pm), Prophets Rose (7pm)
The Live Lounge, Northgate: (Free entry / bands on from 9.30pm): You Animals (11pm), The Scene, Bang! Bang! Eche! DJ set from Ben Kirton (Down in Paris)
41 King Street (£3 entry) Fifth House (ex The Burn) plus support (9.30pm)
O’neills, King William Street (free entry / bands on from 9pm): Valleum (aka Seagull Kinevil), Urban Valley Chickens

Other events
King George’s Hall: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
(Tickets £12.75, family ticket £37.00 / 7.30pm) call the Box Office: 0844 847 1664
FJ Nichols (£1 entry / from 9pm-1.30am) classic anthems + DJ Lewis B and special guest MC
Liquid and Envy (£6.20 full admission or £1 for those in fancy dress /
11pm until 3am) 118 118 Fancy Dress Party (liquid – clubland, dance and trance anthem // Envy – R’n’B)
Pitchers Bar (Free entry / from 9pm) Old Skool Dance Night
Bowlplex (Bar open 7pm until midnight) Ultra-Violet bowling, disco & DJ bar and grill (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.)
Barzooka (5pm-1am)
Jazzy Kexx (12-4am) live DJs
The Stage Door (8pm until 3am) Resident Drag Queen DJ

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