6,000 help make Blackpool Rock

Some 6,000 music lovers from across the country poured into the Tower for the spectacular Blackpool Rocks.

The words above the stage in the Tower Ballroom read “Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear”.

Blackpool Tower was taken over for the Blackpool Rocks music event, which brought the cream of Britain's DJs for an all-night dance festival.'Nick Coulson on stage.

Blackpool Tower was taken over for the Blackpool Rocks music event, which brought the cream of Britain's DJs for an all-night dance festival.'Nick Coulson on stage.

They are words from Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis, but they couldn’t be more apt for Blackpool Rocks’ night of musical hedonism.

Across the venue were rooms all offering different experiences – some live music, others more off-beat independent DJs and even a chill out area for those with tired feet. It has grown hugely - with TV stars Georgia May Foote, Kym Marsh and Blackpool’s own Hayley Tamaddon in attendance.

The evening really began to warm up with ex-England ladies footballer, Hannah Wants’ barnstorming set of suitably heavy house music and an amazing turn by her solo backing dancer.

This was followed swiftly by Duke Dumont and the audience was gradually whipped up into a frenzy. Attention began to slip away from other stages as everybody poured onto the Tower Ballroom’s dance floor.

Danny Howard, a son of Blackpool, appeared next to take the reins and keep the audience on the up.

Becoming something of a legend for his hometown, Howard appeared at various points during the night to receive adulation for being one of the driving forces behind the event.

The main attraction of the evening, Martin Garrix, hit the stage like a bolt of lightning at 3am giving a much needed energy boost to weary ravers, with his trademark enthusiasm and house music to the floor.

In his 90-minute set, the Dutch wunderkind gave the audience just a taste of why he is ranked as the current world number four DJ. Remixes of other artist’s songs peppered a set stuffed with Garrix’s own beats.

As the night drew to a close, only Mistajam’s records were still spinning and the sounds of ’80s and ’90s hip hop and dance brought the revelry to a close, with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” – “Don’t worry about a thing” – capping off the spectacular evening.