Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018

Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018

It’s the night you’re waiting for – the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018!

Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018

Friday 31 August 2018

It’s your favourite annual event, the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018. This year the Fylde Coast’s own Alfie Boe is switching on the Lights!

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International singing star Alfie was raised and lived in Fleetwood and performs the honours at the official Switch On celebration on Friday 31 August.

Have a look at this video of the 2017 Switch On –

Blackpool Illuminations light up the night sky between Friday 31 August and Sunday 4 November 2018.

Planning your visit? See what time the Lights come on and go off each day.

Even if you weren’t lucky enough to get wristbands, it’s worth heading to Blackpool Tower Festival Headland on the night! It’s an amazing party atmosphere with a promenade packed full of people. Listen to the music and, of course, see the Lights come on for the first time this year!

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

Ella Eyre, Jonas Blue and Diversity join the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018

Illuminations Switch On Night includes an evening of entertainment from big names and local acts, ending with the big moment at about 9pm.

Music stars Ella Eyre and Jonas Blue are performing at the 2018 Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On concert.

Diversity, Club MTV DJs R3wire & Varski and MTV Presenter Becca Dudley also join the line-up. It’s the most spectacular free event in the resort’s calendar!

Blackpool Illuminations Switch on Line-up 2018
Diversity
Blackpool Illuminations Switch on Line-up 2018
Ella Eyre
Blackpool Illuminations Switch on Line-up 2018
Jonas
Blackpool Illuminations Switch on Line-up 2018
MTV Presenter Becca Dudley
Blackpool Illuminations Switch on Line-up 2018
Rewire and Varski

More about this years performers

Ella Eyre appears on the Switch-On stage fresh from her performance with Sigala at Isle of MTV in Malta on June 27. Ella is an MTV Staying Alive Foundation ambassador and her latest chart hit is Answerphone.

She’s 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 is joined by MTV EMA and Brit award nominee, Jonas Blue.  Jonas is a multi-platinum hit maker with more than 4 billion streams of his chart-topping singles like Fast Car, Perfect Strangers, By Your Side and Mama.

Diversity are back!

Dance group Diversity are back for their third consecutive year at the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018. They switched on the 2017 Illuminations last year in a unique partnership with Star Trek.

This year they bring another great routine to the Switch-On stage as they’re joined by Britain’s Got Talent finalists DVJ (Diversity Juniors).  Then in September they set off on their 8th UK tour with Street Dance Circus Spectacular: IGNITE. They’re back in Blackpool in October for SLIMEFEST, hosted by Diversity’s own Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely.

Also returning to Switch On are MTV’s Becca Dudley, along with R3wire and Varski. They’re the Club MTV DJs and record producers who’ve helped turn Illuminations Switch-On night into the coolest party in town.

Local performers

The celebration starts with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from across the Fylde Coast, before the main show.

Wristbands and Tickets to Switch On 2018

20,000 FREE wristbands were up for grabs for Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2018. The wristband draw is now CLOSED.

Visit Blackpool, the official tourism organisation at Blackpool Council, manage the draw and allocation/distribution of tickets. Please contact them for more details/queries.

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

The 2017 event attracted almost 20,000 people who enjoyed a stellar line-up including Example, Sigala, Conor Maynard, and Club MTV DJs R3wire & Varski. The show ended in a collaborative Switch-On 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

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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What do you think?
What do you think?
7 Comments
  1. What a fantastic well organised event and having the golden circle to buy a wristband was well worth it being a family we avoided all the hectic ness amongst the younger ones we totally loved it and were very impressed how organised it was even the staff were very friendly diverting us to the empty loos queuing in the bar was less stressful tho very disappointed in the quality of drink which was flat and like gripe water they should open the bottle fresh on payment not give you one sat there for ages making it unbearable to drink and at £5 a drink u want to enjoy ya drink whilst watching the amazing line up and very organised happy event can’t wait to buy a golden circle wristband for next year rather than get. The Free band it’s well worth the money and thanku to everyone who was there and the organisers credit to blackpool we need more prom events for the town to attract people
    Far and wide blackpool was boomin and was ahappy place like the old blackpool we know and avin Britney too all
    Wknd the town gave a great vibe !!

    1. Jane Rabbit

      Thanks for your comment, I’ve passed it on to Visit Blackpool/Blackpool Council for you. Roll on next year!

  2. Ridiculous signed up 12 months ago for me my husband and 3 kids to get free wristbands to the switch on as my kids are desperate to go signed up every year for last 4 years and as Blackpool residents fy4 I thought we would at least get wristbands

    1. Jane Rabbit

      I’m sorry you didn’t get wristbands Claire, but you’ve done well to get them the last 4 years. I do know that more than 100,000 people registered, so it’s a very big hat to get picked from. Better luck next year!

      1. Upset this year that we can not leave after coming in. Like been in a prison . Never done this before. Nice that you was able to come enjoy and and pop back. So upset this year to be told if you left you miss it. Not the best idea .

        1. Jane Rabbit

          I’m sorry you were upset. I’m sure that Blackpool Council changed their arrangements for a very good reason. It’s a very big crowd of people to manage on one night.

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