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Time for a spot of news from Blackpool. No you haven't strayed into the pages of Salut! Sunderland by mistake - Blackpool suddenly being what we thought we'd never have this season, relegation rivals - but are about to learn a little about a festival being held in the resort next month.

It is a measure of my absences from England in recent years that I am familiar with none of the artists listed as taking part in Barefoot in Babylon, a one-day folk, blues and acoustic music festival on Saturday May 28 (by which time relegation will have been long settled).

So I am going to take my informant Karen Duckworth's word for a lot of things here. First, that it is a "lovely" festival being held a quarter of a mile out into the Irish Sea in the stunning Victorian conservatory at the end of the North Pier".

During the day there will be spots from 3 Daft Monkeys, winners of two Best Live Act awards in 2010, and an Australian songwriter Emily Barker with her all-female band Red Clay Hero. Emily's song Nostalgia is the Bafta-winning theme tune to the BBC One drama Wallander,which featured Kenneth Branagh ...

Other performers include Troubadour, Jon Brindley, Rae Morris, Dan Wilde, Spiral Scouts, Jilly Riley, Pan, Ghost Trains, Andy Stones, Gaia & The Magdalenas (information, music and clips can be seen at Facebook, My Space and also here.

It runs from noon to midnight and tickets can be bought via this link. Children are welcome but should be accompanied by adults. Prices per head: £15 in advance, £17.50 on the day, £10 (£12.50) for under-14s. Family tickets (2+2) are £40, £45 on the door.


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