Illuminations Switch-On 2015 4th, 5th & 6th September
NEW ACTS FOR 2015 SWITCH-ON FESTIVAL REVEALED!
Line-ups confirmed for Blackpool iFest Saturday and Sunday
A host of top music and comedy stars are lined up for Blackpool’s new-look Illuminations Switch-On Weekend.
VisitBlackpool has confirmed that the Saturday of the Blackpool iFest weekend will feature a line-up of chart-topping pop stars in association with Sky’s Vintage TV channel. The line-up includes Bananarama, Jason Donovan and Paul Young, and will be hosted by TV and radio star, Pat Sharp.
Then on Sunday, some of the coolest names in British comedy will take to the stage, with one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, hosting and headlining the show.
The events are part of the weekend-long Blackpool iFest celebration, which marks the annual switching on of the world famous Blackpool Illuminations on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September at the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland.
· Bananarama, Jason Donovan and other vintage pop legends set for Saturday
· Al Murray – The Pub Landlord and a host of comedy stars set for Sunday
· The first 5,000 full weekend tickets sold guarantee a Switch-On night wristband
· Weekend-long celebration marking start of the 2015 Blackpool Illuminations
· Tickets on sale on Monday at 10am
· Stunning Switch-On night line-up to be confirmed.
The Blackpool iFest line-up so far
Saturday 5th September
Legendary Fun House presenter Pat Sharp is set to bring “a whole lot of fun” to Blackpool iFest’s Saturday night show which is being held in association with Vintage TV.
The TV and radio star will welcome top vintage pop names to the stage including Bananarama Jason Donovan, Paul Young, Limahl, Owen Paul and T-Pau for a night that is sure to have a fun, party feel.
Sunday 6th September
Al Murray - The Pub Landlord brings comedy to Blackpool’s newest piece of public art – the Comedy Carpet – for the first time ever.
The event) will feature an hour-long set from Murray as well as performances from a number of other leading stand-up stars, including Chris Ramsey, Alun Cochrane, Tiff Stevenson, Carl Hutchinson and Craig Campbell.
The 2200 metre squared Comedy Carpet, which features iconic jokes and catchphrases from the most famous names in the comedy world, will make up a large part of the arena floor at the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland.
Saturday night stars, Bananarama, said: “We are really excited to be a part of the Vintage ifest Festival this year and bring our performance to Blackpool- we have a lot of fans from that area so are looking forward to entertaining them and being a part of this great event’.
Tickets, priced at £15 for each of the Saturday and Sunday shows, go on sale on Friday morning at 9am. At the same time, up to 5,000 people will be able to buy a £30 weekend festival pass which gives access to both concerts AND guaranteed entry to the big Friday night Switch-On party which will again feature some of the biggest names in music and a very special Switch-On celebrity.
A ballot to win the remaining 15,000 tickets for the FREE Friday night event is also now open at www.visitblackpool.com/switchon with a maximum of four tickets per household available so register now!
Last year, around 80,000 people applied for tickets to attend the spectacular Friday night event which featured an incredible line-up of stars including Britain’s biggest girl band, Little Mix, Pixie Lott, Union J, George Ezra and the big Switch-On by superstar comedian, Peter Kay.
Alan Cavill, Blackpool Council’s Director of Place, said: “We’ve put together a fantastic line-up of for Blackpool iFest. The Saturday night will be a tremendous evening of light-hearted fun and vintage pop.
“The Sunday night is truly ground-breaking with comedy coming to the Tower Festival Headland and the Comedy Carpet for the first-time ever. We’ve also still got the Friday night switch-on line-up yet to confirm which is set to be absolutely fantastic.
“I would urge people to book their tickets now for the full weekend, show their support for the illuminations which provide such a season-extending boost to our economy and guarantee themselves a ticket for Friday night.”
Weekend tickets and Saturday and Sunday tickets will be on sale on Monday 27 April from SEE Tickets and the VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre. Tickets are priced £15 or a weekend ticket for £30. To buy tickets, go to:
www.seetickets.com or telephone 0871 220 0260 calls cost 10p per minute plus standard network charges.
www.visitblackpool.com/shop or Tel: 01253 478222
Registration is now open for the ballot for tickets to the Friday night Switch-On event.
People can now put their name in the hat by registering at www.visitblackpool.com/switchon for their chance to win up to four tickets per household.
Last year, around 80,000 people applied for one of the 20,000 wristbands to attend the free Friday night event.
A total of 8,000 of these wristbands are being made available to local residents from an FY postcode – an increase of 2,000 on last year.
Registration is now open for Blackpool iFest’s annual Illuminations Switch-On spectacular with even more tickets available for local residents (26.3.15)
Known as the biggest night in the resort’s calendar, the event takes place on Friday September 4 and will feature a host of top music stars as well as the big moment when the resort’s stunning light display is turned on for the first time for 2015.
And the best thing is, it’s free to attend – all you have to do is enter the ballot to win tickets.
Peter Kay switching on the Blackpool Illuminations in 2014
People can now put their name in the hat by registering at www.visitblackpool.com/switchon for their chance to receive up to four tickets per household.
Last year, around 80,000 people applied for tickets to attend the event.
Alan Cavill, Blackpool Council’s Director of Place, said: “Switch-On night is without doubt the biggest night in Blackpool’s calendar and is unbelievably popular with more than 80,000 people applying for tickets last year.
“The event attracted some of the biggest stars in Britain last year, from Peter Kay and Little Mix to Pixie Lott and George Ezra.
“This year we will deliver yet another fantastic line-up and a stunning show to start off the Blackpool Illuminations season with a bang. I would urge people to apply for their wristbands now – if you’re successful it will undoubtedly be the best free night out you’ll have this year.”
With a capacity of 20,000 for Switch-On night, the event will be held on the Tower Festival Headland and attracts visitors from all over the UK as well as locals who will have a dedicated 8,000 tickets just for them, which is an increase on last year.
A further 5,000 tickets will be guaranteed for Switch-On night for people buying a weekend Blackpool iFest ticket and tickets for the Saturday and Sunday events will be on sale shortly.
A three-day festival featuring music, entertainment and, this year, comedy – Blackpool iFest will be produced in partnership with leading TV channels, including Sky Vintage music channel which will host the Saturday night event.
iFest Weekend Line-Up
The festival will take place on the Tower Festival Headland on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September with the Switch-On concert itself taking place on Friday.
On Saturday, the arena will be taken over by Sky Television’s Vintage TV channel hosting a concert full of chart-topping acts.
For Sunday night, the focus will turn to comedy, with the first ever comedy gig to be held on the Tower Festival Headland’s Comedy Carpet.
Full details of the line-ups ticketing details and VIP packages, will be revealed over coming weeks.
So, what are you waiting for? Visit www.visitblackpool.com/switchon to register now!
2015 Switch On Plans Revealed - Blackpool iFest and a new TV Media Partner (published 14.3.15)
three-day festival this year.
It's revealed today (14.3.15) that the annual Switch-On weekend will be rebranded as Blackpool iFest and will be produced in partnership with leading TV channels, including Sky Vintage music channel which will host the Saturday night event.
The festival will take place on the Tower Festival Headland on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, with three nights of high-quality entertainment.
Your weekend line-up
On the Friday, the biggest night in the town’s calendar, chart-topping stars will entertain the crowd of thousands before the Blackpool Illuminations are switched on by the star guest.
This concert will be completely free with a proportion of tickets allocated for local residents. Last year 18,000 people enjoyed a star-studded night of entertainment featuring some of the most popular names in British music and this year promises to be just as spectacular.
On Saturday, the arena will be taken over by Sky Television’s Vintage TV channel hosting an 80's night with a raft of stars performing their chart-topping hits from the decade.
For Sunday night, the focus will turn to comedy, with the first ever comedy gig to be held on the Tower Festival Headland.
Full details of the line-ups, ticketing details and how to register for Switch-On tickets, will be revealed over coming weeks.
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Something for everyone
Cllr Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce our plans for Blackpool iFest.
“Last year was the first time we held shows on three successive nights and it went really well. The feedback we received from local businesses and hoteliers was that it encouraged people to stay for the full weekend, which is what we set out to achieve.
“We are following the same concept this year, but changing the events so they appeal to a wider audience.
“This will be the first time we have partnered with TV broadcasters, which shows the pull the weekend has. The highlights of the Saturday night concert will be shown to the millions of Vintage TV viewers for months to come after the event. Everyone will be able to see what a fantastic show we can put on here in Blackpool.
“In another first for Blackpool, there will be a comedy night held on the Tower Festival Headland. This headland is host to our sensational artwork, the Comedy Carpet, there can be no better location to host an event with performances from the best of British comedy.
“I know everyone is really keen to hear who the headline acts are, they will be announced in the coming weeks allowing hoteliers as much time as possible to promote the events to prospective guests.”
Vintage TV’s Founder and CEO, David Pick, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be one of the media partners for this exciting and extraordinary event, and we’re thoroughly enjoying the experience of working with Blackpool and everyone else involved.
“The Illuminations have been holding a special place in all our hearts from one generation to the next. As we celebrate our rather youthful five years of broadcasting, we like to think that we, too, are bringing together fans of every age who appreciate truly great music.
“The Blackpool Illuminations Festival has developed into a thriving, hugely popular event for fans all over the UK, and we look forward to making this year’s weekend even more memorable, showing its highlights throughout the year to the millions of homes tuning in to Vintage TV.”
Why September this year...
Each year the Illuminations Switch On is always at the end of the school summer holidays, at the end of the Bank Holiday week in August.
The August Bank Holiday falls on it's latest possible date in 2015 - it's Monday 31 August - which makes the Switch On weekend a little bit later than normal.
Don't be fooled into thinking that people who work in seaside destinations have a quiet time during winter!
Here in Blackpool, winter is never really quiet anyway - many of the major attractions, the shopping centres, restaurants, theatres, bars and such like stay open all through the year anyway. But the winter is one of the busiest times of year for members of staff in organisations like Visit Blackpool who plan and organise events including the Switch On weekend.
Leading up to the event you can expect to hear information released in stages: about the media partner, the stars who are to perform, what shape the event will take, and then as the final announcement we'll find out who the big name Switch On star is to be for 2015.
Traditionally the Illuminations always finished on the last weekend of October half term, but after a successful first year in 2013, thanks to an agreement between Blackpool Council and Merlin, an extra week was again added for 2014. No details have been released about whether this is to be a regular arrangement.
Watch this space - as soon as we find out any more details, you'll be the first to know!