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Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On


Tower Festival Headland, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1AP

Tel: 01253 478222

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Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On

Alfie Boe is coming home – to switch on the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations!

Actor and international singing star Alfie Boe, who was born in the resort and raised in neighbouring Fleetwood, will pull the switch to trigger the start of the 2018 Illuminations season - and we can't wait!

Local girl Rae Morris is joining us at Switch-On! Blackpool-born Rae will make her appearance on the back of a spectacular year which has seen her second album, Someone Out There, receive tremendous critical acclaim, confirming her status as one of the UK’s most exciting and relevant new artists.

The extraordinary video for the album title track, Someone Out There, was shot in Blackpool and features three generations of her family as well as her partner and album co-creator Fryars (aka Ben Garrett).

Diversity, HRVY, Club MTV DJs R3wire & Varski and MTV Presenter Becca Dudley also join the line-up for what promises to be the most spectacular free event in the resort’s calendar!
Ella Eyre will appear on the Switch-On stage fresh from her performance with Sigala at Isle of MTV in Malta.
Ella will be joined by MTV EMA and Brit award nominee, Jonas Blue.  Jonas, a multi-platinum hit maker, with chart-topping singles like Fast Car, Perfect Strangers, By Your Side and Mama.
Dance group Diversity make a return for their third consecutive year after switching on the 2017 Illuminations in a unique partnership with Star Trek.
This year, they will bring another scintillating routine to the Switch-On stage and will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent finalists DVJ (Diversity Juniors), before returning to Blackpool in October for SLIMEFEST, hosted by Diversity’s own Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely.
Also returning are MTV’s Becca Dudley, along with R3wire and Varski, the Club MTV DJs and record producers who have helped turn Illuminations Switch-On night into the coolest party in town.
The Friday night celebration will start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from across the Fylde Coast, prior to the start of the main show.

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Friday - Free but wristbands are essentialFree

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Friday, 31st August 2018 - Sunday, 4th November 2018

Blackpool Illuminations & Lightpool 201831 Aug - 4 Nov - Join the light fantastic! One million lamps over 10km make up the world famous Blackpool Illuminations.
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Thursday, 25th October 2018 - Saturday, 27th October 2018

Lightpool Festival 201831 Aug - 4 Nov - The world-famous Illuminations need little introduction, extending Blackpool’s tourism season from the end of August until early November and attracting some 3m visitors every year.
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