I’ve only just recovered from the excitement of last year’s Morecambe Carnival and now it’s upon us again.
Last year was a triumph for the organisers who brought the event back after such a long absence.
It was also a delight to see so many people enjoying themselves in Morecambe. This year everything is even bigger. The Bay stage is back on the Sunday afternoon and we have over 30 acts performing, including some amazing local talent like Molly Warburton, Morecambe lads Fuse, and Amy Jo Clough from Bolton-le-Sands plus many more. We also have some familiar faces appearing including 911. Jimmy, Spike and Lee have probably graduated from boyband into manband territory. 911 had a string of hits in the 90s and will be forever synonymous with ‘Bodyshaking’– which we expect everyone in the crowd to attempt when they perform the song.
The guys have sold 10 million singles in their time and six million albums and after a break of more than a decade the boys reformed on ITV 2’s The Big Reunion.
Chart star Dappy will also be performing on the Bay stage. Dappy first came to our attention in the hip hop trio N-Dubz.
The group were initially managed by Dappy’s father who sadly died suddenly after a heart attack in 2007.
The group wrote ‘Papa (can you hear me?)’ as a tribute which became N-Dubz biggest hit to date. They took a break four years ago which allowed Dappy to launch his solo career. His first single ‘No Regrets’ went straight to number one in the charts. Controversy has had a tendency to follow Dappy around which is why last year he set the record straight with a stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house. He finished in second place.
Since bearing his soul on television Dappy has been working on his second album ‘Miracles’ preceded by the stunning single ‘Beautiful Me’ which has been a massive hit with Bay listeners.
Jermain Jackman is also on the bill. He performed a live session on my show on The Bay which blew us all away with the power and soulfulness of his stunning voice.
He is only 20, yet has already achieved a great deal. In 2014 he became the first male winner of BBC1’s ‘The Voice’ after being coached by Will-I-Am.
It will be a great weekend, see you there.