After a string of inevitably cancelled live events last year due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the bingo rave phenomenon is bringing the party back in 2021 with more amazing outdoor events, epic indoor shows, wild weekends in Amsterdam and all kinds of other mayhem dropping in over the next few months.
But now, there is a brand new event – Bongo’s Bingo School Reunion – which features a whole host of special guests, pool parties, Donkbusters, Jim’s Quiz, Cooper’s Karaoke, and of course, bingo, all set to take place at the the iconic Pontins resort at Prestatyn Central Beach from Friday 24th – Saturday 26th September.
Nadine Coyle, Charlotte Church, Fuse ODG, Basshunter, 5ive, The Cuban Brothers, Pete and Bas, Ultrabeat ft. MC Cover, Lancashire Hotpots, Paul Chuckle, Dene Michael (Black Lace) and a welcome party with Goldie Lookin’ Chain all feature on the unbelievable throwback lineup, so for anyone who ever did detention, got caught smoking behind the bike sheds or had a weird crush on their PE teacher, this is the ultimate “purely bonkers” school reunion party for you.
As well as three days packed full of parties, raves and even strolls on the beach, there’ll also be plenty of celebrity cardboard cut outs, fluffy pink unicorns, crowd renditions of Mr Brightside, dance offs, many hands in the air moments and a mobility scooter or three thrown in for very good measure.
Everything you’ve come to know and love about a classic Bongo’s Bingo experience.
Speaking ahead of the nostalgic event, Bongo’s Bingo founder, Jonny Bongo said: “We are really feeling it now, it’s palpable how close we are to coming back.
“We all can’t wait to be on stage again doing what we love, but we know how hard it has been for over a year now, just getting to this moment as the country re-opens has been a very long and difficult time coming.
“Everyone has been through so much, so we hope we can bring some smiles and lots of fun back at our shows and this huge Pontins party”.
Ticket price includes chalet accommodation for the weekend, with early release tickets going on sale from midday today and general release from midday Friday 21st May.
Maya will take over three floors, from a canal-side brasserie space serving modern-European classics to a lower ground-floor, elegantly designed dining room that will centre around an ingredient-led, locally sourced and seasonal menu.
In its review, The Times said: “The Leven is housed in a handsome red-brick, former cotton warehouse on Canal Street. It’s now a mix of an intimate boutique hotel and an aparthotel, with an industrial design that provides personality without fuss.
“This is the spot for the kind of person who might book an Airbnb but wants the services, style and location of a hotel. Many of the rooms come with handy kitchens and are great value for money if you want an apartment without the price tag.
“Bedrooms come with tone-on-tone greys, black Crittall windows, exposed brick, green velvet sofas and blue velvet bed frames.”
The paper was particularly impressed with Leven’s location, writing: “This is where the Leven really scores. It’s on pedestrianised Canal Street in Manchester, alongside the Rochdale canal, lined with alfresco tables and chairs and strung with overhead lightbulbs — great for a glass of wine and people-watching.
“The Gay Village has a thriving LGBTQ+ community, where Saturday night spills over into Sunday afternoon.
“The Leven looks over the canal towards Kampus — a cluster of newly renovated warehouses on cobbled streets that’s home to indie outlets such as Pollen sourdough bakery, Beeswing wine bar, Kampus General Store, and Madre for tacos and tequila.”
“Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called stiff person syndrome, which effects something like one in a million people.
“While we are still learning about this rare condition we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms I’ve been having.
“Unfortunately these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way I’m used to.”
Celine continued: “I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better, and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me hope,” she said. “I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again, but I have to admit it’s been a struggle.
“All I know is singing, it’s what I’ve done all my life and it’s what I love to do the most. I miss you so much, I miss seeing all of you, being on the stage, performing for you. I always give 100% when I do my shows but my condition is not allowing me to give you that right now.”
The star added: “This is my focus and I’m doing everything that I can to recuperate. I want to thank you so much for your encouraging wishes of love and support on my social media. This means a lot to me. Take care of yourselves, be well. I love you guys so much. And I really hope I can see you again real soon.”