Blackpool is gearing up for a spectacular finale to a summer of music with up to 40,000 people expected on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September for the annual Illuminations Switch-On concert followed by the final UK tour performance by global pop icon Britney Spears.

For those travelling to this year’s Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On on Friday 31st August and Britney Spears on Saturday 1st September, organisers are advising that the viewing of the Blackpool Illuminations display over the weekend will be affected by some traffic disruption on both nights due to the need for safe dispersal of the large crowds after these events.

On each of the nights, there will be a full road closure in place between Central Pier and North Pier from 10.30am, during the shows, and immediately after the concerts on the Tower Festival Headland, which means that cars and coaches will not be able to travel through the full stretch of the Illuminations until late at night.

On Friday 31st August, the night of the Switch-On concert, the Promenade in the vicinity of the concert arena is expected to be closed until approximately 11.30pm to allow for the exit and safe dispersal of the crowds. For those who wish to see the full display by car on this opening night, the Illuminations will be lit until 3am.

On Saturday 1st September, the night of the Britney Spears concert, the road is expected to be closed until approximately midnight. Again, for those wishing to see the full display the Illuminations will stay on until 3am.

On both nights, it will be possible for vehicles to go through the Red Bank Road to Gynn Square and Starr Gate to Central Pier sections as normal once the Illuminations have been switched on by international music star Alfie Boe on the Friday night at approximately 9pm and on the Saturday from 8pm.

People on foot will be able to walk the entire stretch from 9pm on Friday and 8pm on Saturday.

Trams should be able to operate on the full stretch of the Illuminations on both nights from approximately 11pm.

The full promenade will be open as normal from the Sunday night onwards.

Joining Alfie on Switch-On night will be performances by Ella Eyre, Jonas Blue, Diversity, DVJ (Diversity Junior), Rae Morris and Club MTV DJs, R3wire and Varski in what is the coolest party in Blackpool’s calendar.

Tickets are still available to guarantee a place with the Switch-On VIP packages at www.visitblackpool.com/switchon.  Or you can buy Golden Circle wristbands for £10 from https://www.skiddle.com/e/13292801 as well as upgrading to the after-show party at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.  Please note that you will need a wristband or Golden Circle lanyard as well as your upgrade ticket to access the after-show party in The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

To view footage from the 2017 Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On click here.

And don’t forget, we’ve still got all this to look forward to so save the dates in your diary:

  • Ride the Lights28 August between 7pm and 10pm – where we open up Blackpool Promenade to bikes to allow cyclists to ride through the resort’s famous Blackpool Illuminations - FREE
  • Britney Spears in Blackpool – 1 September - International pop icon Britney Spears will be bringing her “Britney: Piece of Me” show to Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland in a celebration of one of the most illustrious careers in music history!  For tickets go to https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/britneyspears
  • Blackpool Illuminations and Lightpool31 August – 4 November - Britain’s most spectacular light show returns to Blackpool Promenade for another year with Lightpool projections from 7th September – FREE!
  • The World Fireworks Championship Blackpool7/14/21/28 September – Blackpool plays host to the best fireworks display teams in the world with the competitors planning more dramatic and spectacular displays than ever before to wow the crowds - FREE
  • Nickelodeon SLIMEFEST – 20, 21 & 22 October – The Nickelodeon SLIMEFEST ticketed shows will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Arena, Blackpool Pleasure The six shows across 3 days will feature live performances, games, characters and plenty of slime, music and mayhem! All shows sold out but check www.nick.co.uk/SLIMEFEST for competitions to win tickets.
  • Lightpool Festival – 25–27 October - Blackpool’s award-winning Lightpool Festival is back for October half-term. The festival will provide a spectacular mix of live performance, light-based art installations, the return of the illuminated tram parade and a special collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic on 18 October.  For more information go to www.visitblackpool.com/lightpoolfestival

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