Will Smith to headline Blackpool Livewire Festival with DJ Jazzy Jeff

Hollywood star Will Smith and longtime collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff are to make their rapping return by headlining Blackpool's Livewire Festival.

The duo became hip hop stars after the release of their 1989 Grammy-winning single Parents Just Don't Understand, before going on to score hits with Summertime and Boom! Shake The Room.

Though Smith moved into acting with the hit TV series The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, the pair - known as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - never officially split up.

They last performed together on The Graham Norton Show in 2013.

The duo teased a reunion tour last year and have now been confirmed for a rare UK appearance at the Livewire Festival in Blackpool on 27 August.

DJ Jazzy Jeff, real name Jeff Townes, confirmed the news on Twitter, posting an old video of the pair performing together with the message "And THIS IS HAPPENING!!! #JJFPReturn".

Also performing at Livewire are four surviving members of The Jackson 5 - Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon - as well as Jason Donovan, Samantha Fox and Pepsi & Shirlie.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh will also play MTV Summerblast in Porec, Croatia on 26 August.

The comeback announcement comes days after Smith was tipped to play the Genie in Disney's live-action remake of 1992 animated classic Aladdin.

According to reports in Deadline magazine, the Fresh Prince had previously been in talks to join a Dumbo remake, but that did not materialise.

Like its "beastly" predecessor, Aladdin will also be a live-action musical, fitting into Smith's singing and dancing skills.

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