2023 Blackpool April Rock & Roll Weekender

ROCKIN' @ THE SAVOY - 8th Annual Blackpool Weekender
31st March - 3rd April 2023


Friday 31st March - Monday 3rd April 2023 @ The Savoy Hotel Blackpool


Venture Away Music Weekends is delighted to announce a BUMPER 3 Night Rock & Roll Party Weekend in March 2023.
£245.00 per person - 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 7 Live Sessions of Music from TOP UK Rock & Roll Bands, DJ, Dance Tuition, Clothes Stall & More - Book Now for March 2023 or November 2022 - Deposit = £50 per person


Come & Join Venture Away Music Weekends at Blackpool for a Great Rock & Roll Weekender. We have booked 7 of the very best Rock & Roll Bands available in the UK today. Bands already booked to appear include - The Kingcats, Darrel Higham & The Enforcers, Mark Keeley's Good Rockin' Tonight, Bo Walton & Red Alert, Glenn Darren & The Krew Katz, Class of 58, plus Phil Haley & His Comments - this is a weekend not to be missed. Capacity is limited to 250 persons so book soon to secure your places for 2023.

In addition to all the Bands we have a specialist Rock & Roll DJ for the weekend with superb music from DJ Teddy Boy Ty from Liverpool throughout the weekend, plus dance tuition on Friday (4-5pm) Saturday (10am - 1pm) & Sunday (1pm - 3pm) from Strictly Jitterbug. We are pleased to announce that DJ Teddy Boy Ty plus Strictly Jitterbug will be in attendance in March 2023.

Join us in 2023 for an action packed weekend of scintillating music, dancing and all round entertainment. The weekend is staged at The Savoy Hotel in Blackpool & the hotel is located on Blackpool seafront. All music, dancing and entertainment takes place in the superb Warbreck Ballroom which has a good size Dance floor ideal for the event.

In addition to the bands & dance tuition there will be a record stall as well as Vintage clothing/record stall present as well.

Seven Live acts will be joining us for the Rock & Roll Weekender at Blackpool 2023 including:

The Kingcats

We have been trying for quite a few years to bring this fabulous band to Blackpool & we are pleased to say that the band is coming to Blackpool in 2023 to headline the weekend. This outstanding band is making a very rare appearance in Blackpool in 2023 and this is one gig you do not want to miss!

This Five Piece band loves the music they play, and this is highly demonstrated when they are on the stage. The Kingcats know well how to keep a dance floor filled, in fact the only complaint might be from the dancers wanting a break.

There sound takes you back to the Sun Studio era, the Kingcats are not just a 50’s cover band, from from it. Their delivery of Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent classic to name but a few, as well as tracks of the lesser known artists of the time will have you thinking you are in Memphis 55’ but what sets The Kingcats apart is that when they strike up there self-penned numbers you will not be able to tell the difference.

No wonder this band is known as one of the hottest rock & roll bands around.

Darrel Higham & The Enforcers

Born in Bedford, England in 1970, Higham grew up listening to the music of Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochran. Through the influence of these artists, Higham took up the guitar in his early teens and joined his first band whilst still at school.

In 1992 he spent 6 months living in the USA; touring and recording with Eddie Cochran’s original backing band, The Kelly Four. His first solo album was released in 1995 on Nervous Records, entitled Mobile Corrosion. 

Higham played lead guitar in the West End production of Elvis: The Musical in 1996. He co-wrote the first biography on his musical hero, Eddie Cochran for Mainstream Publishing in 2000. 

Along with solo albums and records released with his Rockabilly band, The Enforcers, throughout the 90s and 00s, Higham also played lead guitar and produced many other artists. He co-owns Embassy Studio in Hampshire and oversees a great many sessions there. 

In 2007, Higham started work with Stray Cats drummer, Slim Jim Phantom. Together they recorded 2 albums and toured Europe, even making an appearance on BBC’s Later With Jools in 2012.

In 2011 he shared the lead vocal duties with Imelda May on the Jeff Beck DVD and subsequent CD, A Rock 'n' Roll Party.

He has played guitar for Robert Plant, Jools Holland, Imelda May, Sharon Shannon, Shakin’ Stevens, Jeff Beck, Billy Lee Riley, Rocky Burnette, Bono, Paul McCartney, to name but a few.

Darrel is endorsed by Gretsch guitars, Peavey amplifiers and TV Jones pick-ups. Darrel also helped design The Rockingham semi-acoustic guitar for Peavey.

Joining Darrel onstage throughout 2022 will be his regular bass player, Adam Miles. Adam has played in the band since the early 2000's and has played on the CDs, Monochrome Dream and Rocky Burnette's Rockabilly Boogie. Adam plays upright and bass guitar. 

Drummer Rob Tyler has worked with Restless and Dave Phillips and The Hot Rod Gang, amongst others. He also was a member of The Enforcers in the early 2000's for a couple of years and played on the bands Urban Jamboree CD for Foot Tapping Records. 

Phil Haley & His Comments


PHIL HALEY & HIS COMMENTS are more then just a tribute to Bill Haley, they also write and perform original material. With a very visual stage show Phil Haley are more then just a dance band. Having played all over europe and russia and australia 10 times and california, las vegas.

When seeing Phil Haley you get one of the most professional acts around & one of the best stage shows around.

Bo Walton & Red Alert

Venture Away Music Weekends is delighted to welcome another NEW Band to Blackpool for there first appearance at the Blackpool Rock & Roll Weekend @ The Savoy Hotel - Bo Walton & Red Alert.

Authentic '50's rock 'n' roll band with original, self-penned material.

Hotter than hell!  In 2015 Rock 'n' Roll/Country Rock singer/songwriter BO WALTON teamed up with KICK ASS Rock 'n' Roll band RED ALERT for HIGH ENERGY live shows in the UK, Europe, USA etc. and recording projects featuring 21st century Rock 'n' Roll originals and covers. We LOVE Rock 'n' Roll fans so let's rock together..............FOREVER!!

Class of 58

The Coleman family are "The Class of '58".

The Class of '58 are recognised as one of Europe's Premier and Best Loved 50's Rock & Roll and Doo Wop bands and consists of Howie (Dad) on Guitar/Vocals, Chris (Mam) on Double Bass/Vocals, and their sons Johnny, on Drums/Vocals and Davie on Piano/vocals.


The band, this year, are celebrating 19 years of playing together - and still going strong! The Class of '58 are probably the most versatile, hard-working and most unique band playing '50's Rock 'n' Roll music today.
Versatile - because their set consists of the whole spectrum of '50's music - Doowop, Jive, Rhythm & Blues, Boogie Woogie, Rockabily, Classics and more!
Hardworking - because their Gig List is a testament to their desire to put their music out there, which is reflected by how busy they are!
Unique - because the band is made up from all the members of the complete family unit - Mam, Dad and 2 sons. Whereas it might not be too unusual to come across bands occasionally with siblings, a relative, or one parent in, an ENTIRE complete family is both rare and unique - especially playing '50's Rock 'n' Roll!
Many years ago, a well respected veteran of the music industry christened them "The First Family of Rock 'n' Roll", which is a badge that they're proud to wear to this day.
They were the first entire family to play together in this genre of music and they paved the way for others to follow. Thus making it more acceptable for promoters to give other youngsters a chance to play - After all the lifeblood of any music is youth!!!

Glenn Darren & The Krew Katz

Venture Away is delighted to welcome back this fabulous band with their charismatic leader Glenn Darren, the Krew Katz are certain to get you on your feet dancing the night away. This quality Rock & Roll band from Nottingham is known and loved by many.

Mark Keeley's Good Rockin' Tonight

After a superb appearance at Blackpool in November 2021 -  this fabulous band is back once again @ The Savoy, Blackpool in 2023. 

Good Rockin’ Tonight have established themselves as the UK’s No1 Rock n Roll Show and are sensational whenever they appear. This band have been wowing audiences for the past 20+ years and long may it continue.

The band is fronted by the very talented and dynamic Mark keeley (lead vocals/Guitar/Piano) and they have even had TV appearances over the years as well.

This brilliant four piece is made up of Mark Keeley, John O’Malley, Kurt Simms & Daz Leggatt.

Dance Tutors

We are pleased to announce that Alistair Fitzgerald from Strictly Jitterbug will once again be in attendance throughout the whole weekend at Blackpool. Join in the lessons from Alistair at Blackpool & your lives could be transformed forever. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate dancer Alistair will teach you to move to the music. Venture Away are delighted to welcome back Strictly Jitterbug to Blackpool in 2023 - dance tuition is Friday from 4pm - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm & Sunday 1pm - 3pm.

DJ FOR 2023 - DJ Teddy Boy Ty

Venture Away Music Weekends is delighted to announce that DJ Teddy Boy Ty from Liverpool will be joining us at Blackpool for the whole weekend playing all your favourite classic Rock & Roll tunes. Teddy Boy Ty is a regular on the Rock & Roll scene and is sure to fill up the dance floor till the early hours.


All rooms in the hotel are En-suite and come with Colour T.V, Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Biscuits, & Towels. All rooms are available on a Half-Board basis so breakfast & evening meal is included. Choose from a wide range of breakfast from the buffet in the mornings, and a selection of hot and cold food for a 3 course evening meal.


Seaview Rooms £30 supplement

No single supplements for the first 15 single rooms - £30 per room thereafter

Enjoy a 3 night stay on a half-board basis plus all the above entertainment for just £245.00 per person for the whole weekend. Deposit = £50 per person.


To make a booking for any of the 2022 Venture Away UK music weekends please call 01305 750797

All Deposits are non-refundable. All balances are due 8 weeks prior to the event, we are unable to refund final balances that have been paid within 8 weeks of the event.

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