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Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On

31st August 2018

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 12noon on 24th July 2018. If you move addresses, 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!

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.


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