Audiences will be howling in the aisles as ventriloquist and comedian Nina Conti brings a one-night show to this year’s Lytham Festival.
Digital marketing experts Get Your Mobi is celebrating its fifth anniversary by unveiling plans for expansion.
One of Lancashire’s major business success stories in recent years is set to get bigger with the company now looking to create further jobs and take its employee’s up to 100 in the next 18 months.
Get Your Mobi started life in June 2011 with just two staff, a pair of laptops and a phone.
Last year the company – led by entrepreneurs Lee Brady and Adam Blakey – moved into new state-of-the-art offices at Lancaster’s White Cross Business Park as well as opening a second office at Blackpool Business Park.
Lee said: “It has been an amazing first five years for Get Your Mobi. We started small but always had a vision for where we wanted to take the company and both myself and Adam are immensely proud we have managed to achieve that.
“But there is no resting on our laurels. We now employ close to 50 people, have thousands of happy customers and want to continue the momentum.”
Get Your Mobi offers all aspects of online solutions for businesses no matter how big or small.
Its bespoke, ultra-personal services include web design, making websites responsive to suit any platform, specialist web hosting and an array of digital marketing tools, including social media and video marketing.
The company prides itself on its personal service and is a great believer in face-to-face and telephone contact with its customers rather than an endless stream of faceless emails.
Adam added: “Our customers value our service and that has made us stand out from the crowd.
“We are a Lancashire firm, and proud of it, but our customer base stretches across the UK. Our products are cutting edge, we know our business and most importantly we take time to fully understand our customers’ businesses and match services to their needs. The results speak for themselves.
“The team we have built share our passion for innovation and making sure our customers’ needs – be they a sole trader, family business or national company – are not only met but surpassed.
”We are expanding all the time and we are now looking at creating further positions in our company over the next 18 months .”
Although statistically more than half of visitors to websites are using mobile devices, such as smart phones or tablets, more than 90% of websites are not optimised for such devices.
Get Your Mobi began by providing solutions to this issue, but has expanded its range of services way beyond web design and now offers a full range of digital business marketing tools and solutions.
Lee said: “The world of digital marketing and web design is changing all the time and so we have built a team who not only fully understand the trends and market changes but lead them.
“The most important feedback is from our customers. They give us a challenge or an issue which needs to be resolved and we develop a bespoke product to do just that. It makes this sector so interesting and hugely rewarding.
“We have loved the first five years of Get Your Mobi – we can’t wait to see where the next five years takes us.”
For more information visit www.getyourmobi.co.uk
A hundred thousand festival-goers are expected to descend on the quiet Lancashire seaside town of Lytham this summer for seven days of global names and emerging talent from the world of music.
Lytham Festival which runs 1-7 August has grown rapidly since its birth in 2009 and now boasts six stages, offering revellers the chance to see some of the very best music doing the rounds in some of Lytham’s beautiful indoor and outdoor venues.
2016 will see more than 20 acts performing across the Festival’s fringe events plus 16 in the main Lytham Green Proms Arena, and with more still to be announced, there really is something to suit every taste with an eclectic mix of musical talent on offer.
Highlights include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Bryan Adams, Mix Tape including The Village People, Bay City Rollers and Earth Wind and Fire Experience, Collabro, and the UK’s largest ever outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Lytham Festival director Peter Taylor said: “The line-up across Lytham Festival this year is proving to be incredibly strong. We’ve attracted some really talented artists meaning that people can have the very best festival experience in the North West.
“The fringe events are pretty eclectic this year so we think we’ve managed to cater for pretty much every taste. Whether reggae, soul or country we’re confident festival goers will find something they’ll love.
“Because there is so much on offer we’d really encourage people to plan their visit to maximise what they get to see – with such a packed line up we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out.”
Country music duo The Shires grew on the festival circuit last year having seen their debut album Brave become the first ever home-grown country band to achieve a top 10 album in the UK chart.
Signed to American label Universal Music Group Nashville the pair are currently in the states recording their new album and will be hot footing it back to the UK to appear at a number of festivals including at Lytham on the Pavilion Stage on Tuesday 2 August.
Over on the World Jazz Stage on Wednesday 3 August the four-man fusion of reggae, rock, ska and punk that is Jeremiah Ferrari are on the menu after appearing at Beat Herder last year.
The band have certainly had their fair share of opportunities to perform alongside some big names too having supported The Wailers and the Stereo MCs to name but a few. They also appeared in a one off documentary investigating the hidden talent in Manchester’s thriving music scene entitled Manchester: Beyond Oasis.
Soul pop group MiC Lowry have had a meteoric rise in popularity having built a strong online following, scooping the UnSung Talent Award at the MOBOs in 2014 and then playing Glastonbury’s Introducing Stage last year.
The five lads, who are based in Liverpool, have been carving out a strong reputation for their stunning vocal harmonies, supported big names including Boys II Men and are now set to appear as part of the Festival on Stage Too on Thursday 4 August.
A host of other artists will also will also perform throughout Lytham Festival including X Factor winner Matt Cardle on Thursday 4 August on the Pavilion Stage and pop-rock outfit Room 94 on Saturday 6 August on Stage Too.
There will also be special outdoor film screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Labyrinth at Lytham Hall and the UK’s largest ever seaside cinema with Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Lytham Green Proms Arena.
Tickets are on sale to all Lytham Festival events now and more events will be announced in the coming weeks. The Lytham Festival Box Office will open in Lytham Piazza from Sunday June 26.
Global superstar Joan Collins will be Joan Collins Unscripted touring the UK in a brand new one-woman show.
This all-new show for 2016 provides fans with a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an intimate, entertaining and unforgettable evening in the company of a true Hollywood legend.
Dame Joan will visit 12 towns and cities across the UK in September and October including a not-to-be-missed night at the London Palladium on Friday September 30.
Actress, philanthropist and best-selling author, Dame Joan will share stories and secrets from her celebrated life and career as one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing actresses.
Speaking about the tour Dame Joan said: “I so enjoyed my 10 years performing “One Night with Joan” all over the world that I am delighted to be doing an entirely new show. Each performance will be different so if you liked me in Salford come see me in Edinburgh…and if you don’t then stay at home and watch Corrie.”
Promoters Cuffe and Taylor by arrangement with Jonathan Shalit OBE for Cole Kitchen and Neil O’Brien Entertainment present this brand new tour for 2016.
Cuffe and Taylor Director Peter Taylor said: “Joan Collins is a global icon and we are delighted to be able to present her brand new one-woman show Joan Collins Unscripted at theatres across the UK.
“Dame Joan is a true national treasure whose amazing career was born in the golden age of Hollywood and transcends the decades through her film, television and literary work.
“As you can imagine Dame Joan has a pretty unique and engaging story to tell! Audiences are in for a special night where they will be regaled with stories from a bona fide British entertainment legend.”
Joan Collins Unscripted will see audiences enthralled as Dame Joan reveals some of the exciting stories and secrets from her long career and also includes a question and answer session with the chance to ask questions about her life and career.
Dame Joan has appeared in more than 118 feature films and TV shows, including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly rated television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages.
On stage, Dame Joan has performed on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours across the UK and North America.
Tour Dates: Joan Collins Unscripted
09 Sept – Northampton, Royal & Derngate
11 Sept – Southend, The Cliffs Pavilion
12 Sept – Salford, The Lowry
13 Sept – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
18 Sept – Norwich, Theatre Royal
19 Sept – Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
22 Sept – Guildford, G Live
24 Sept – Edinburgh, Festival Theatre
26 Sept – Birmingham, Town Hall
27 Sept – Crewe, Lyceum Theatre
30 Sept – London Palladium
03 Oct – Brighton, Theatre Royal
Legends WET WET WET are joining the bill for Tatton Park Concerts by the Lake taking place this July, adding to the already show stopping line up that is set to delight festival goers.
The Glasgow lads have an incredible back catalogue that includes four chart-topping albums and 13 Top 10 UK singles – including three number ones – making them one of the most successful bands in British pop history.
And it is today announced Wet Wet Wet will play at Tatton Park Concerts by the Lake festival on Friday 29 July 2016.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am Friday 6 May, and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 888 9991 .
The band replace rock legends Roxette who had to cancel their appearance while singer Marie Fredrikkson takes time off from touring for health reasons.
The Tatton Park Concerts by Lake festival is being organised by promoters Cuffe and Taylor.
Director Peter Taylor said: “Wet Wet Wet are one of the most successful British pop bands of all time. Having performed for over three decades their songs have provided a soundtrack to many people’s youth and beyond, and they sound as fresh and as vibrant today as they ever have.
“Their recent UK tour was fantastic and proved, once again, that they are an incredible live act with an almost unequalled jukebox of classic pop hits which everyone knows and loves.
“Having the boys perform at Tatton Park on Friday 29 July further enhances the fantastic line up for the three day festival. We are of course saddened that Roxette could not join us but are sure that people will be delighted with this outstanding new addition to the bill.”
Wet Wet Wet – Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, Neil Mitchell and Marti Pellow – have sold in excess of 15 million singles and albums to date and have featured in the UK official singles and album charts for an immense 510 weeks.
Bursting onto the scene in 1987, the band, whose hits include, Goodnight Girl, Sweet Little Mystery, With A Little Help From My Friends and the massive Love Is All Around (which topped the charts for an incredible 15 weeks) have played to more than four million people in over 25 countries around the world.
Their recent Big Picture tour was a critical and commercial smash with packed venues across the UK and both audiences and reviewers giving the shows five star ratings.
Tickets for Wet Wet Wet’s Tatton Park Concerts by the Lake gig are priced from £45.
Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday6 May from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 888 9991 .
*Anyone who purchased tickets for Roxette at Tatton Park Concerts by the Lake is able to transfer them for the Wet Wet Wet gig or alternatively can obtain a full refund by going directly through the ticket agent they booked with.