The 2020 Virtual Switch-On party will take place on 4th September.
This year, the traditional Switch-On concert will be replaced by a free-to-access streamed event in association with MTV. This event will act as the curtain-raiser for Blackpool’s Illuminations season which has been extended by two months and will now run from September 4 to January 3, 2021, for the first time in history.
This year’s line-up will see Spice Girl Melanie C, Fleur East, Becky Hill, Tom Grennan, Diversity and Blackpool’s very own Rae Morris performing in the hour-long streamed event which is being staged by MTV at 8.30pm on Friday 4 September.
The virtual show, which will be hosted by Diversity’s Ashley and Jordan Banjo, will also feature chart-topping DJ, Joel Corry.
How do I watch the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On?
Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2020 will be free to access on MTV and VisitBlackpool channels, and will feature a mixture of exclusive pre-recorded performances at home and live performances filmed inside the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, as well as the all-important Switch-On moment, details of which will follow over the coming weeks.
The show will start at 8.30pm on Friday 4 September and can be viewed on this page on the night, or on MTV YouTube Channel.
Who will be performing at Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2020?
The Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2020 virtual line-up has now been revealed! Spice Girl Melanie C, Fleur East, Becky Hill, Tom Grennan, Diversity and Blackpool’s very own Rae Morris will all perform in the hour-long streamed event.
Melanie C is one of the most famous female pop stars on the planet. Last year, saw the Spice Girls’ blockbuster reunion tour with sell-out stadium concerts that served as a joyous reminder of the spell that 90s girl power still casts on pop.
On October 2, Melanie’s eighth studio album “MELANIE C” will be released featuring collaborations with Biff Stannard and Nadia Rose. The first and second singles from the album “Who I Am’ and “Blame It On Me” have already been huge airplay hits.
Rae Morris, who will return to her home town to do a live performance on a closed set in the magnificent Tower Ballroom, said: “Being a part of the Illuminations Switch-On is a huge deal for me. It was always the highlight of my summer as a kid, a magical ending.
“This year will be slightly different, but an extended period of Illuminations on the seafront is a silver-lining that’ll bring much-needed joy! I’ll be performing from inside the ballroom and will do my best to channel its spirit out into your devices!”
Singer-songwriter Becky Hill is one of Britain’s most in-demand musical exports and is the second most listened to female artist on Spotify in the UK, notching up over a billion streams and 18 million monthly listeners.
She has had a string of top 40 hits including this year’s top 20 solo record, “Better Off Without You” and current top 20 single “Heaven On My Mind”, as well as collaborating with a number of artists including Rudimental, Jonas Blue, Oliver Heldens and Sigala.
The multi-talented Fleur East first rose to fame as a powerhouse finalist on The X Factor, with explosive performances that even landed her a No.1 on iTunes with “Uptown Funk” before the song was even officially released. That was followed by her debut single, “Sax”, which stayed in the Top 10 for seven weeks and has gone on to hit over one 100 million streams on Spotify.
Fleur, who presents The Hits Radio national breakfast show every weekday, wrote and performed the coronavirus song, Not Alone, with all proceeds going to the NHS COVID-19 Appeal.
British singer-songwriter Tom Grennan’s first album, “Lighting Matches”, was one of the best-selling debut albums of 2018. He rose to fame through his first appearance as the guest vocalist on the Chase and Status track, “All Goes Wrong” and has this year released singles ‘This Is The Place’ & ‘Oh Please’ from his forthcoming album.
The show hosts, Diversity’s Ashley and Jordan Banjo, have been an integral part of the Illuminations Switch-On night for the past four years, wowing crowds with the extraordinary routines that have cemented their position as the UK’s most accomplished dance group for more than a decade.
Diversity will perform an exclusive routine produced especially for the virtual Switch-On event.
Joel Corry, who will provide the post Switch-On entertainment, broke on to the music scene last summer with his remake of UK Garage classic, “Sorry”, followed by the release of “Lonely” earlier this year which spent 11 weeks in the UK Top 10 and is currently the biggest-selling record by a UK artist this year.
Joel’s new single, “Head & Heart”, a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter MNEK, has just earned him his first ever UK #1 in only its third week on the chart.