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It’s Blackpool’s biggest party of the year – and for once, everyone is invited!

The traditional Illuminations Switch-On concert usually takes place in a packed seafront arena with an audience of almost 20,000 people fortunate enough to secure a ticket.

COVID restrictions on large-scale events have put paid to that for 2020, meaning no live event for the first time in more than 70 years.

But that won’t stop the fun because VisitBlackpool is getting ready to stage its first ever virtual Switch-On.         

The hour-long streamed concert, in association with MTV, starts at 8.30pm on the night of Friday 4 September. It is freely accessible and will include exclusive “at home” performances by the likes of Melanie C, Becky Hill, Fleur East, Tom Grennan, Joel Corry, as well as a performance by Diversity and some special guest appearances.

It will also include live filming from a closed set inside the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom featuring show hosts Jordan and Perri, performances by Blackpool’s own Rae Morris and the switching on of the Illuminations by seven of the UK’s outstanding Corona Heroes.

It promises to be a night to remember and all from the comfort of home.

Here’s a few tips to help a Switch-On party go with a swing:

Step 1: Ahead of the show, dig out your Christmas lights, decorate your room and be prepared to turn them on at the all-important Switch-On moment during the streamed event.

Step 2: Find the best seat in the house and make sure you are stocked up with food and drink of choice.

Step 3: Just before 20:30, settle back and tune into this website to watch the show.

Step 4: Just after 21:00, get ready for your own personalised Switch-On moment. The more lights you have in the room, the better. If it makes your family say “It’s like Blackpool Illuminations in here!” you’ll know you’ve done a great job!

Step 5: Get on your feet and join Joel Corry for a 15-minute celebration under your lights.

Step 6: Start planning a real trip through Blackpool Illuminations! The annual display has been extended by two months, running from September 4 to January 3, 2021 – so there’s no excuse not to come! 

Click here to book your stay!

This year’s Illuminations will be presented under a theme of Bring On The Light, celebrating the unstinting work of the NHS, key workers and other outstanding individuals during the coronavirus pandemic, with the famous Golden Mile featuring a display of hearts and rainbows.

Image: VisitBlackpool

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