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Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On

Star Trekking in the Blackpool Lights . . .

Laser beams and pyrotechnics lit up Blackpool Promenade as the resort celebrated the start of the 2017 Blackpool Illuminations season with an out-of-this-world Switch-On event.
 
After a dazzling performance leading up to the Switch-On moment by Diversity, the dance group’s creative director Ashley Banjo sent out a distress signal to help power up Blackpool’s famous Illuminations in front of a huge audience on the Tower Festival Headland.
 
It was then that Gabriel Lorca (actor Jason Isaacs), the captain of the brand new Star Trek: Discovery TV series, was beamed on to a giant screen to come to the rescue, enabling Diversity to trigger an explosion of lights, fireworks and confetti, and kick-start 66 nights of Illuminations on Blackpool seafront.

This first “intergalactic” Switch-On was part of a unique collaboration with Netflix and CBS, to celebrate the much-anticipated release of the next chapter in the iconic Star Trek franchise later this month.

The Friday night event started with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from the local area, including local singer songwriter James Edgar; the incredible vocal harmonies of District 12; upcoming new band Pacific;
and, the soulful vocals of Gloria Adereti.

This was followed by an exclusive performance from B&FC’s student choir who lead the crowd in a special rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ to commemorate the College’s milestone anniversary. 
 
The crowd was wowed by live performances from Conor Maynard, Sigala, R3wire & Varski, and the MTV Base Garage Anthems show. It was the second year running that Diversity had played a starring role in the event, which this year was hosted by MTV’s Becca Dudley.




Sigala took to the stage as a last-minute replacement for Louisa Johnson, who has contracted laryngitis and ordered to rest for the next 10 days.
 
Once the Switch-On ceremony was over, Example and DJ Wire headlined an hour-long party under the Lights.

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Please support the Mayor’s Charity in aid of Blackpool Carers Centre and the Blackpool Royal British Legion Club.  Collections will take place at this event so please give generously.  For more information on the chosen charities or to make a donation, please CLICK HERE.