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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 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. Once the Switch-On ceremony was over, Example and DJ Wire headlined an hour-long party under the Lights.

Registrations are now open for the 2018 event! Register your details below to be in with a chance of winning wristbands to Blackpool's biggest party! The ballot closes at 09:00 on Monday, 2nd July 2018. If you move addresses after applying, please contact us and we can alter your details, as we remove all duplicate entries (we allow one per household/e-mail address) and won't reissue wristbands or make changes after the ballot has closed. All the best!

Take a look out our gallery from the 2017 event, we hope you had as much fun as we did!