Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On to be live-streamed on outdoor screen


Posted on Wednesday 17th August 2022

Crowds on an illuminated promenade with brightly lit tower.

The biggest night in Blackpool’s events calendar will be shown on a giant screen on The Promenade, organisers revealed today.

The annual Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On concert, which is being staged in association with MTV in the famous Tower Ballroom on Friday 2 September, will be live-streamed on a specially-erected screen on the nearby Tower Festival Headland.

It had already been announced that the concert and Switch-On moment would be streamed to a global audience via VisitBlackpool and MTV channels. Last year, that attracted more than 160,000 views from as far afield as Australia, Canada and the United States.

The concert, which will be hosted by Becca Dudley, will include performances by Blue, Tom Grennan, Mae Muller, Fuse ODG and Nina Nesbitt. It will then be followed by the official switch-on, triggering four months of Illuminations in the resort.

Almost 2,000 tickets for the show were issued via a free ballot that attracted tens of thousands of applications.

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, said:

“As always, there has been an overwhelming demand for tickets for the annual Switch-On concert. Over the past two years, we have been able to give people who couldn’t get tickets the opportunity to watch the show and Switch-On moment in their own homes via a live stream.

“This year, we are delighted to be able to announce that there will also be an opportunity for residents and visitors to join in the party atmosphere with that live stream being shown on the headland opposite The Blackpool Tower.

“Last year, thousands of people turned out on that headland just to see the lights come on. The screening of the show will give them the chance to be part of what is a uniquely special occasion.”

Full timings and details of the Illuminations Switch-On event

The 2022 Blackpool Illuminations have once again been extended by two months and will shine each night from September 2 to January 2, 2023. For Switch-On times and full details of this year’s display.

And don’t forget, we’ve still got all this to look forward to so save the dates in your diary:

Ride The Lights

One of the most magical nights in Blackpool’s event calendar when, for one night only, the six miles of Promenade will close to give cyclists an opportunity to get a sneak preview of the Illuminations on August 30.

World Fireworks Championship Blackpool

Watch the Blackpool night skies light up with four brilliant firework displays synced to music as teams from across the world battle it out. Three countries will participate over alternate Saturdays on September 17, October 1 and October 15, with the showcase event taking place on Friday 28 October sponsored by Coral Island.

Lightpool Festival

The award-winning Lightpool Festival returns, sponsored by Fox Brothers Group, with an amazing free-to-see programme of light installations, 3D projection shows, art trails, and stunning live performances from October 14-29.

Christmas By The Sea

2021 saw the Tower Festival Headland turned into an outdoor winter wonderland with skating rink, magic forest, snowfalls, log cabins and festive projection shows. We will be unwrapping our plans for this year’s Christmas By The Sea, sponsored by TalkTalk, in the coming weeks.


Posted on Wednesday 17th August 2022

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