It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for – registration for the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018 is open!
Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018
Friday 31 August 2018
It’s everyone’s favourite annual event The Star of Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018 has been announced. Drum roll and fanfare, the Fylde Coast’s own Alfie Boe will be switching on the Blackpool Illuminations this year!
International singing star Alfie, who was raised and lived in Fleetwood until his career took off, will perform the honours at the official Switch On celebration on Friday 31 August.
Applications for wristbands have been extended until Thursday 26 July. More details about wristbands is below.
Now you know who will be flicking the switch this year, have a look at this video of the 2017 Switch On –
Blackpool Illuminations will light up the night sky from Friday 31 August to Sunday 4 November 2018.
Wanting to plan your visit? See what time the Lights come on and go off each day here.
The Lights begin, of course, with the glittering Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018 celebration!
Ella Eyre, Jonas Blue and Diversity join the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018
Music stars Ella Eyre and Jonas Blue will perform at the 2018 Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On concert.
Diversity, Club MTV DJs R3wire & Varski and MTV Presenter Becca Dudley also join the line-up at Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland on Friday 31 August. It 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 on June 27. Ella, who is an MTV Staying Alive Foundation ambassador is currently riding high in the charts with her latest song, Answerphone.
The singer is best known for her collaborations with Rudimental on their UK number one single, Waiting All Night, which won the 2014 Brit Award for British Single of The Year. Ella also performed with DJ Fresh on his single, Gravity and with Sigala on Came Here for Love.
Ella will be joined by MTV EMA and Brit award nominee, Jonas Blue. Jonas, a multi-platinum hit maker, has surpassed more than 4 billion streams 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 at the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018 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). From September, they will embark on their 8th UK tour with Street Dance Circus Spectacular: IGNITE, 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.
More artists, including the celebrity who will pull the switch to launch the 2018 Blackpool Illuminations season, will be unveiled in the weeks ahead.
As last year, the Switch-On event will be free, with people invited to apply for the 20,000 wristbands that will guarantee entry to the Tower Festival Headland arena. The wristband ballot closes at 9am on July 24. Details about that below…
Wristbands and Tickets to Switch On 2018
20,000 FREE wristbands are up for grabs for Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018.
MTV will be associated with the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On concert for the third successive year.
The free show take place on on Friday 31 August, once again on the Tower Festival Headland. It’s one of the most iconic outdoor music venues in the UK.
The 2017 event attracted almost 20,000 people who enjoyed a stellar line-up that included Example, Sigala, Conor Maynard, and Club MTV DJs R3wire & Varski. The show ended in a collaborative Switch-On ceremony featuring Diversity and Star Trek.
Mark Swift, SVP, Commercial & International Ad Sales, MTV, commented: “We have a very positive, long-standing relationship with VisitBlackpool and we are delighted to be returning to Blackpool to support the Illuminations Switch-On, in addition to staging Nickelodeon Slimefest in October”
The Friday night celebration start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of local talent. That will be followed by the main show of the Switch-On itself, and to finish, you’ll enjoy an hour-long party under the lights.
As last year, the Switch-On event will be free. You’re invited to apply for the 20,000 wristbands that will guarantee entry to the Tower Festival Headland arena. Allocation is restricted to four wristbands per household.
- The draw for FREE tickets has been extended and now closes on Thursday 26 July
- Enter here for a chance to get yours.
- The ballot closing date is a little earlier than before in 2018, so don’t delay!
- The wristbands for Switch On are allocated on a random basis following the registration draw.
Visit Blackpool, the official tourism organisation, manage the draw and allocation/distribution of tickets. Please contact them for more details/queries.
During Blackpool Illuminations 2018 Season:
Ride the Lights – 28 August between 7pm and 10pm.
Ride through the resort’s famous Blackpool Illuminations on your push bike or walk on foot.
Blackpool Illuminations – 31 August – 4 November
Britain’s most spectacular light show returns to Blackpool Promenade for another year. Including the new 3D projection shows on the Blackpool Tower building throughout the season.
LightPool Festival – 25 – 27 October
It’s the Festival of Light and entertainment during October half-term. Enjoy spectacles and entertainment with light, fire and brilliance on the streets of Blackpool.
The World Fireworks Championships Blackpool – 7/14/21/28 September
Enjoy fireworks from the best display teams in the world, with dramatic and spectacular free nights out.
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