Ah, she’s a hero?
The American diva Mariah Carey will jet over from Las Vegas to headline Blackpool’s Livewire Festival. The 48-year-old singer, who has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and is the biggest-selling solo female artist of all time, joins the likes of R ‘n’ B group Boyz II Men and perma-tanned former Bros singer Matt Goss. Unfortunately, country music warbler Kenny Rogers had to pull out because of ill health. The Livewire Festival will take place from 23 to 26 August at the Tower Festival Headland Arena, and it will be Carey’s first UK appearance this year.
I do like to be beside the seaside?
Britney Spears is also popping over for the European leg of her “Piece of Me” world tour, starting in Brighton on 4 August and finishing in Blackpool on 1 September, having taken in Scarborough on 17 August . Spears and Carey are apparently good friends, with Spears describing Carey as one of her greatest pop influences. Perhaps the pair will join a whiteknuckle ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, or share a stick of rock in the English drizzle.
Fresh air and fun?
At her new year performance in New York City’s Times Square, Careypaused to ask for tea. “I just want to take a sip of tea, if they’ll let me,” she said. When nobody came on stage with tea, she continued: “They told me there would be tea. Oh, it’s a disaster.”
They must be chuffed in Blackpool?
Councillor Gillian Campbell, the deputy leader of the Lancashire resort’s council, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news and we are thrilled at the prospect of Mariah Carey performing live in Blackpool. She is a world-class artist and this promises to be another sensational Livewire event over the August bank holiday weekend.” While Carey has not yet issued a statement, let’s hope that she finds Blackpool a “sweet sweet fantasy”.
Where do I sign up?
Carey will headline the Friday night slot of the festival on 24 August. Tickets go on sale at 10am today from livewirefestival.co.uk.
Published in the i Paper on May 11.