First details of Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On

30 May 2014

The first details of Blackpool’s new Illuminations Switch-On Festival Weekend are revealed today.

Singing star Rebecca Ferguson is set to headline the closing night finale – and it has also been announced that weekend-long festival passes will go on sale for just £20 per adult.

VisitBlackpool has announced that the event, which will be staged on Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland, will include three nights of top quality entertainment starting with a free Switch-On concert on Friday 29 August.

The Friday night event will be staged in association with media partner Rock FM and their breakfast presenters Hywel and Jamie, and will include a star-studded line-up of chart acts, culminating in the official celebrity switch-on of the 2014 Blackpool Illuminations.

To ensure that the weekend encourages staying visitors and appeals to all tastes and ages, this will be followed on Saturday night by a West End-themed musical extravaganza and a pop concert on the Sunday night featuring Rebecca Ferguson, with special guests including Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, 911 and Damage.

Rebecca, who was an X-Factor runner-up ahead of One Direction, sold more than half a million copies of her debut album and is currently coming to the end of a UK-wide tour.

Organisers VisitBlackpool say that more details of the Friday and Saturday night line-ups will emerge over the next few weeks.

Early bird tickets for the weekend are now on sale at £20 per adult, £10 per child, with the first 5,000 purchasers getting guaranteed free wristband to the Friday night Switch-On event.

Cllr Graham Cain, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure for Blackpool Council, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce the first confirmed acts for the Switch-On Festival Weekend.

“The Sunday night features a fantastic line-up that will appeal to people of all ages. And this is only the start – over the next few weeks there will be more announcements for the Friday and Saturday nights that will make this an unmissable event.

“An early bird ticket giving access to both the Saturday and Sunday night concerts is only £20 for an adult which we think makes this accessible to everyone.”

Entrance to this year’s free Friday night Switch-On will be strictly by wristband only and there will be no wristbands available on the day. Wristbands will be allocated at random through an online ballot with a maximum of four wristbands per household.

A total of 6,000 of these will be allocated to applicants from the Blackpool area.

Wristband registration closes at 12 noon on Wednesday 23 July 2014 and successful applicants will be notified on Tuesday 29 July 2014. To register, go to details for the weekend festival are as follows:

Early bird offer – up to 30th June 2014

Adult weekend 2 night tickets at £20.00 per person and £10.00 per child
Weekend family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children (U14) £50.00
Single nights at £12.50 per person and £7.50 per child
Single night family of 2 adults and 2 children (U14) £35.00  

 1st July Onwards

Adult weekend 2 night ticket £25.00 per adult and £12.50 per child
Weekend family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children (U14) £65.00
Single nights £15.00 per adult and £ 10.00 per child
Single night family of 2 adults and 2 children (U14) £45.00

Tickets can be purchased from the following places: Ticketmaster from 9.00am Friday 30th May 2014 Tel: 0844 277 0700 W:

See Tickets from 9.00am Monday 2nd June 2014 Tel: 0844 871 8819 W:

Visit Blackpool Tourist Information Centre, Festival House, Promenade, Blackpool Tel: 01253 478225 or go to

VIP Hospitality will also be available for the Switch-On Festival Weekend provided by The Sands Venue located opposite the Switch-On arena. 

For further information on packages, telephone 01253 625262 email [email protected] or go to


Issued by: Joe Robinson, Communications Officer T: 01253 477189 E: [email protected]VisitBlackpool is the tourism arm of Blackpool Council and is tasked with promoting the UK's most popular holiday destination to leisure and business visitors, both domestically and internationally.

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