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Viva Blackpool is a cabaret showbar and events venue in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Its aim is to “celebrate everything that’s great about Blackpool” and host the town’s best live events. The venue hosts regular shows, entertainment and community events throughout the year.
Regular events include its own shows such as the Summer Spectacular, cabarets, variety performances, theatre such as its current star show Mamma Mia!, comedy nights held every Friday, and music gigs. The venue is also available for hire.
The venue is situated in the heart of the Blackpool seafront on Church Street next to the newly refurbished Blackpool Tower. Viva Blackpool features luxury fittings and state-of-the-art performance technology. The main show theatre can accommodate 632 people at once. There is a dedicated bar area and showgirl photo booth.
The venue opened on August 6th 2012 after a 6 week refurbishment. Famous host Leye D Johns hosted brilliant shows over the entire opening weekend which also featured vocalists Phil Jeffries, Emma Norman, Michael Cosgrove, Kristina Castellina and the Viva Showgirl dancers.
The opening weekend was filmed for the BBC documentary ‘Summer In Blackpool’ which aired with great success across the UK.
Viva has won a several awards since its opening. Blackpool’s largest radio station, Wave, nominated Viva Blackpool for several awards in its annual “Culture and Lifestyle Awards” in June 2013. The venue was shortlisted for four awards: - LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AWARD (Viva Showbar) - WEBSITE AWARD (vivablackpool.com) - KIDS CHOICE AWARD (Viva Partystars) - ENTREPRENEUR AWARD (Martin Heywood – Viva Director) Viva won Best Live Entertainment, Best Website and the Entrepreneur award, scoring a hat-trick of prizes. The venue was later nominated and won a Blackpool Civic Trust Award for ‘Night Time Economy Excellence’ and was the recipient of a building plaque placed at the entrance to the venue.
Viva has also been nominated in the 2013 and 2014 prestigious Red Rose Awards organised by Lancashire Business View magazine. In 2014 the nominations were for ‘Best New Business’, ‘Best in Tourism and Leisure’ and ‘Best Medium Sized Business’. In 2014 the nomination was for ‘Best New Business’.
They are also nominated for Wave’s Culture and Lifestyle Awards 2014 under “Live Entertainment Award”, “Customer Service” and “Best Website”.