Blackpool's Annual Festival
of Circus & Performance

13-20 Feb 2016

Carnival Ball 2016

Carnival Ball

The ever popular Showzam! Carnival Ball is back for 2016 with the theme of ‘Decadence through the ages’ with your delectable host for the evening Miss Abigail Collins.

From the roaring twenties and the swing era to the swinging sixties, the excess of the eighties and into a new millennium, Showzam! Carnival Ball celebrates decadence throughout the decades.
Dress to impress from your favourite era and enjoy a riotous journey through the entertainment of the last 100 years. Flappers showing rather more than a glimpse of stocking, silver screen sirens, dapper swinging gents and rock n' rollers rub shoulders with hepcats, hippies and disco divas, for a night of comedy, variety and burlesque.

An evening of circus and cabaret will keep you entertained throughout your stay in the splendor of The Blackpool Tower Ballroom – plus after the show you’ll be treated to The Electric Swing Circus, a 6-piece fusion of saucy 20’s swing and stomping electro beats, providing the musical entertainment keeping you dancing late into the night. We'll also be joined the DJ The Earl of Ealing direct from London's club scene.

On the bill - all thriller no filler...

This year’s ball has the biggest line up ever, packed full of the very best comedy, variety and burlesque. Kicking off the night, dance troupe The Flaming Feathers will help you get your dancing shoes on with a special class to perfect your moves. Mr B, The Gentleman Rhymer, with his 1930s debonair meets 90s rave and unique ‘chap hop’ style.

Astonishing, hilarious and totally unique, Rod Laver will excite and delight with his extraordinary oral juggling skills, the like of which you’ll have never seen before.

Alexandra Hofgartner will fly high with her stunning aerial performance blending burlesque, circus and cabaret into beautiful narratives.

Claudia Contortionista will bring the very highest of circus skills with her signature piece ‘the Marinella Bend’.

Rodney & Alexandra team up to a place where the bizzare becomes the normal and theatre and glamour are turned on their heads. Set to a soundtrack of The Dresend Dolls ‘Missed Me’ this act is sexy, funny and beautifully strange.

Stunning jazz soul diva Coco Malone with ‘a voice like chocolate poured over hot coals’ and a musical repertoire spanning from the 1920s right up to today will send shivers down your spine.

Also on the night you’ll be treated to performances from Florian Brooks, Bruce Air Head, Felipe Reye and Oriana.

Need any costume ideas for the night? Take a look at our pinterest account for some inspiration at

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Electric Swing CircusAbigail CollinsRod LaverAlexandra HofgartnerBruce AirheadClaudia Contortionista
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Sat 13 Feb 2016 7pm
Show starts at 8pm

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Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ

Suitable for



VIP Reserved Seating £25 or Unreserved Balcony Tickets £20


Book online here
01253 290190

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