Tim Burton Switches On 2015’s Blackpool Illuminations

Legendary Hollywood director, Tim Burton, flicked the switch to turn on the 2015 Blackpool Illuminations.

Tim is a self-confessed fan of Blackpool and filmed his latest film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” in the town earlier in the year.

To say thank you, VisitBlackpool bosses gave him the highest honour – the chance to flick the famous switch!

Hollywood Director Tim Burton switches on Blackpool illuminations in 2015
Hollywood Director Tim Burton switches on Blackpool illuminations in 2015
Hollywood Director Tim Burton switches on Blackpool illuminations in 2015
Hollywood Director Tim Burton switches on Blackpool illuminations in 2015

The evening saw a star-studded line-up of musical entertainment wow the audience at Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland Arena.

Some of the biggest names in British music, including The Vamps, Lawson and Professor Green, all performed for you in a brilliant night.

Before switching on the lights Tim said “When they asked me about flicking the switch I felt like Dr Frankenstein flicking on the electricity so it’s pretty cool.”

Tim added “I love Blackpool, I’d love to do another film here. It’s an amazing place.”

2015 saw the start of Blackpool’s new £2.4m Lightpool project which was paid for by the Coastal Communities Fund, Blackpool Council and LeftCoast.

The £2m grant from the Coastal Communities Fund is to help to boost the local economy, drive investment in the north and help our seaside town to thrive.

The 2015 Switch On also marked the start of a weekend-long festival – Blackpool iFest.

It included a vintage pop concert for Saturday with Bananarama headlining. A star-studded comedy night, headlined by Al Murray – The Pub Landlord, was on the Sunday night.

Jedward performing at The Blackpool illuminations Switch on in 2015
Jedward performing at The Blackpool illuminations Switch on in 2015

Tim Burton is Big News!

The announcement of Hollywood film director Tim Burton as the Illuminations switch on star spread across the globe.

Times of India
Tim Burton to switch on The Blackpool Illuminations 2015

Within minutes of the announcement being made the story had been picked up by the media. The BBC, ITN, Sky News, radio stations, national newspapers, international websites magazines, and newspapers carried it, all across the UK.

It even made The Times Of India (pictured). An English language newspaper with a readership of more than 7.5m people!

It was a similar story on social media with the announcement reaching approximately five million Twitter accounts and in the top 10 trending topics in the UK.


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Why the Switch On was in September…

Each year the Illuminations Switch On is always at the end of the school summer holidays, at the end of August Bank Holiday week.

August Bank Holiday was on the latest possible date in 2015. Because it was Monday 31 August it made the Switch On weekend a little bit later than normal.

Installing the Blackpool Illuminations Tableaus at the cliffs at Bispham
Installing the Blackpool Illuminations Tableaus at the cliffs at Bispham