Lawson and Toploader added to Blackpool iFest Switch-On Friday

31 July 2015

Top British bands Lawson and Toploader have been added to the line-up for VisitBlackpool’s 2015 Blackpool iFest Friday night switch-on event.

The popular duo are added as special guest stars to a line-up headlined by superstar band, The Vamps.

Lawson, whose debut album Chapman Square went platinum, have scored five top ten hits including “Juliet”, “Taking Over Me”, “When She Was Mine” and “Standing in the Dark” and are hugely popular throughout the UK and beyond.

Their latest single, “Roads” was released in May.

Toploader, meanwhile, scored enormous success in the nineties, selling more than two million albums, even becoming the last British band to play at the old Wembley Stadium, before reforming in 2009 to headline a number of festivals.

Headliners, The Vamps, have sold more than two million singles, had five Top 10 singles in the UK and won multiple awards (including three at the Radio 1 Teen Awards).
They also have a huge following online with a staggering 209 million views on their YouTube channel and almost 1.2m subscribers, as well as 5.2 million likes on Facebook and 2.8 million followers on Twitter. 

British pop group Only the Young, who shot to fame in X-Factor, and The Voice star, Becky Hill, who has collaborated with Rudimental and scored a number one hit with “Gecko (Overdrive)” have also been added to the iFest line-up 

Lawson, Toploader, Only the Young and Becky Hill are the latest names confirmed for the biggest event of Blackpool’s year, the Blackpool iFest Illuminations Friday night Switch-On (Friday September 4) which will see the resort’s famous Lights switched on for the first time marking the start of the annual Illuminations season.

The special guest Switch-On star and other special guests will be confirmed soon.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We’re delighted to add more  acts to the line-up for Blackpool iFest in Lawson , Toploader, Only The Young and Becky Hill.

“They all bring with them huge and diverse fanbases as well as high quality music.

“With these special guests and a stunning headliner like The Vamps, the Friday night switch-on is shaping up to be absolutely fantastic.”

The Friday night Switch-On kicks off an exciting weekend of events at the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland between Friday 4 and Sunday 6 September with something for everyone to enjoy.

The Saturday night 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 alongside the likes of Chris Ramsey, Alun Cochrane, Tiff Stevenson, Carl Hutchinson and Craig Campbell.

Tickets, priced at £15 for each of the Saturday and Sunday shows, and are on sale now and a £30 weekend festival pass is also on sale.

The first 5,000 people to buy a £30 weekend festival pass will guarantee themselves free entry to the big Friday night switch-on.

A ballot to win the remaining 15,000 tickets for the FREE Friday night event is also now open at with a maximum of four tickets per household available so register now!

To ensure everyone is in with a chance to win a ticket for Friday’s Switch-On, VisitBlackpool have extended the registration until Monday 3 August at 9am 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.

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