Blackpool iFest Switch-On 2015

Top British pop band, The Vamps, have been confirmed as the headline act for VisitBlackpool’s 2015 Blackpool iFest Friday night switch-on event.

179 - The Vamps - 170715The Vamps are huge growing stars on the UK music scene. Since 2013 they have scored a multi-Platinum debut album, sold over two million singles, had five Top 10 singles in the UK, won multiple awards (including three at the Radio 1 Teen Awards), graced the covers of some of the biggest magazines, played many sold out shows and tours, caused pandemonium everywhere they visited – and the good news is they’re just getting started!

They have picked up a phenomenal following online. The Vamps have a staggering 154 million views on their YouTube channel, and almost a million subscribers.The music videos for their singles are some of the most watched on YouTube; Can We Dance has clocked up over 31 million views, Wild Heart over 19 million, Last Night over 17 million, Somebody To You over 55 million and Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart), featuring Shawn Mendes, over 19 million.

And that’s not to mention 4.4 million likes on Facebookand 2.9 million followers on Twitter.  They are the first 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. 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. For the full Friday press release click here. 

All together 80's no JiveSaturday 5th September

Legendary Fun House presenter Pat Sharp is set to bring “a whole lot of fun” to Blackpool iFest’s Saturday night show which is being held in association with Vintage TV.

The TV and radio star will welcome top vintage pop names to the stage including Bananarama, Jason Donovan, Paul Young, Limahl, Owen Paul and T-Pau, for a night that is sure to have a fun, party feel.

Comedy Line UpSunday 6th September

Al Murray – The Pub Landlord – brings comedy to Blackpool’s newest piece of public art – the Comedy Carpet – for the first time ever.

The event will feature an hour-long set from Murray as well as performances from a number of other leading stand-up stars, including Chris Ramsey, Alun Cochrane, Tiff Stevenson, Carl Hutchinson and Craig Campbell.

The 2200 metre squared Comedy Carpet, which features iconic jokes and catchphrases from the most famous names in the comedy world, will make up a large part of the arena floor at the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland.


Tickets are on sale now and are priced at £15 per night or a weekend ticket for £30. The first 5,000 full weekend tickets sold guarantee a Switch-On night wristband.

Weekend tickets and Saturday and Sunday tickets will be on sale on SEE Tickets and the VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre. Booking details below.

Registration is now open for the ballot for tickets to the Friday night Switch-On event.

People can now put their name in the hat by registering below for their chance to win up to four tickets per household.

Last year, around 80,000 people applied for one of the 20,000 wristbands to attend the free Friday night event.

A total of 8,000 of these wristbands are being made available to Blackpool residents from an FY postcode – an increase of 2,000 on last year.

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See Tickets Online or telephone 0871 220 0260 calls cost 10p per minute plus standard network charges.

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Friday 4th September

Known as the biggest night in the resort’s calendar, the event takes place on Friday September 4 and will feature a host of top music stars as well as the big moment when the resort’s stunning light display is turned on for the first time for 2015.

And the best thing is, it’s free to attend – all you have to do is enter the ballot to win tickets.

VIP Hospitality Tickets available for all nights.

For more information tel: 01253 625262

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Register for your tickets using the form below, please make sure your email address is typed correctly.

The closing for registration is 9am Monday 3rd August.