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2021 Illuminations Switch-On

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We are thrilled to announce that this year’s event will be staged in the opulent Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Friday 3 September with MTV – one of the world’s biggest entertainment and music channels – partnering with VisitBlackpool to deliver another unforgettable night.

Last year saw us go virtual for the very first time with more than 250,000 households tuning in for the big Switch-On moment when a group of inspirational key workers flicked the switch.

This year, in line with Government guidelines, we’re pleased to bring back a physical event in a safe and controlled way to kick start four months of Illuminations in the resort. At least 1,000 tickets will initially be available to join the live audience, equally split between local residents and visitors. The concert and Switch-On moment will be live streamed across MTV and VisitBlackpool channels once again.


The memorable 2020 event saw the likes of Becky Hill, Tom Grennan, Fleur East, Melanie C, Joel Corry and Rae Morris take to the stage for the virtual live-stream. Who will follow in their footsteps? Full details of the acts and the Switch-On star will be announced in the coming months!