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Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2016

2 September 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

VisitBlackpool has teamed up with Nickelodeon and MTV for this year’s Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On, which takes place on Friday September 2nd.

The wristband ballot is now closed, but you can still go VIP – find out more below.

illumations 2014_0054 2The iconic Blackpool Illuminations

Almost everyone’s heard of the iconic Blackpool Illuminations, they’re world-famous! This year promises to be the biggest and best switch-on yet, with a spectacular lineup of music, dance and entertainment acts, as well as some extra-special surprises that’ll make it a night – or weekend if you fancy staying longer – to remember!

Here’s a little of what you can expect when some of the biggest names in pop music come to Blackpool and take over the resort, Tower Festival Headland and The Sands, for a spectacular party you don’t want to miss.


What’s happening this year?

Ashley Banjo

Who better to direct Friday’s extravaganza than Ashley Banjo? He’s the talented choreographer of Britain’s Got Talent’s winning dance troupe Diversity. Ashley will be curating the lead-up to the big switch-on, which includes some very special guests…


Ashley’s show will include an exclusive performance from Diversity, who will be premiering their act before they head off on a nationwide arena tour early in 2017.


Fleur became an overnight sensation after performing Mark Ronson’s infectious “Uptown Funk” onThe X Factor. After finishing runner-up on the show, she went on to release her first solo album, which included the huge hit single “Sax”.

She took America by storm earlier this year and most recently released a show-stopping fashion collection with top British women’s brand Lipsy.

Fatman Scoop

Isaac Freeman III, better known by his stage name Fatman Scoop, is famous for performing on former UK number-one “Be Faithful” with the Crooklyn Clan, and for being an American hype man, hip hop promoter and radio personality famed for his raw voice.

Scoop has also featured on two hit songs: Mariah Carey’s “It’s Like That”, and Missy Elliott’s Grammy award-winning “Lose Control”. A presenter on the popular New York radio station WQHT, he creates a regular podcast entitled Man and Wife TV, with his wife Shanda Freeman.

The Vamps

The Vamps are back under the world-famous Blackpool lights! After they rocked the switch-on last year, they are here once more to do exactly the same again and really get the party started!

Introducing-imageBlackpool Introducing

Get ready for a host of local musical talent on the Friday night, with a showcase that kicks the party off. There’ll be performances from Verity Kinnon, James Edgar, Axi Wild and Blackpool’s own Stacey McClean, formerly of S Club 8, all preceding the main show when Ashley takes over.




Our Illuminations Switch-On Last Minute Mega Deals!!!
2_Night_Exclusive_Deal-Illuminations 2 Night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast from £109pp
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September
This is a limited offer based on availability and we only have a few rooms left…Please call our reservations team on 01253 624460 to see if we still have any availability!!!
3_Night_Exclusive_Deal-Illuminations 3 Night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast from £135pp
Friday 2nd – Monday 5th September
This is a limited offer based on availability and we only have a few rooms left…Please call our reservations team on 01253 624460 to see if we still have any availability!!!


Get your Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On VIP tickets

To book your VIP package, which includes a drinks reception and entry to the private VIP marquee, as well as complimentary food and drink, call 01253 625262 or book online.

Once again the VIP hospitality partner is The Sands venue opposite Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland.

There’s more to be announced too, which is sure to turn the Illuminations extravaganza into the party of the year!

The party doesn’t end on Friday, there’s a whole weekend of fun!


2 September 2016
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Tower Festival Headland
Blackpool, FY1 1NE United Kingdom
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