It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for – registration for the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018 is open!

Date for Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018

Friday 31 August 2018

It’s everyone’s favourite annual event – and Switch On 2018 will be here before we know it!

Blackpool Illuminations will light up the night sky from Friday 31 August to Sunday 4 November 2018. Starting, of course, with the glittering Switch On 2018 celebration!

Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018
Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018
Fireworks at Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2017 - photo thanks to Kate Yates
Fireworks at Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2017 – photo thanks to Kate Yates

Wristbands and Tickets to Switch On 2018

It’s official – registration for the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2018 is now OPEN!

20,000 FREE wristbands are up for grabs for Blackpool Illuminations Switch On.

MTV will be associated with the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On concert for the third successive year.

The free show will be played out on Friday 31 August on the Tower Festival Headland, one of the most iconic outdoor music venues in the UK. Details of the acts and Switch-On personality will be released in the coming weeks.

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.

Blackpool Illuminations Switch -On  Intergalactic Switch-On with Diversity and Star Trek Jason Isaacs. from Star Trek  on a live link up
Blackpool Illuminations Switch -On
Intergalactic Switch-On with Diversity and Star Trek Jason Isaacs. from Star Trek on a live link up

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We are thrilled that MTV is again associated with the 2018 Switch-On event.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, drawing in crowds from all across the country. We can’t wait to see what is in store for 2018!”

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 will once again start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of local talent. That will be followed by the main show, the Switch-On itself, and then an hour-long party under the lights.

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. Allocation is restricted to four wristbands per household.

  • The draw for FREE tickets closes midday on Tuesday 24 July.
  • Enter at www.visitblackpool.com/switchon for a chance to get yours.
  • The ballot closes earlier for 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.

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.

LightPool – 31 August – 4 November
It’s the Festival of Light and entertainment during October half-term. Plus 3D projection shows on the Blackpool Tower building throughout Illuminations season.

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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