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Switch-On 2022

The countdown is on for the biggest night of Blackpool’s event calendar – the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On concert!

Celebrate the start of the Illuminations season as we kick off with a star-studded line-up of musical talent, including Grammy Award and three-time MOBO Award-winning rap star, Fuse ODG; Mae Mullerwho has taken America by storm and already has more than a billion streams to her name; Scottish singer-songwriter, Nina Nesbitt; singer-songwriter Tom Grennan; and one of the UK’s most successful pop bands, Blue. 

Not so long ago, we announced that Johnny Vegas would pull the famous switch to trigger this year's Illuminations season. However, the actor and comedian has been forced to pull out of this year’s Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On celebration due to unforeseen personal circumstances.

Johnny is a huge fan of the Illuminations and we know how much he wanted to pull the switch. We are really sad that he won’t be able to join us, but we fully understand why he can’t make it on the night. We look forward to announcing a replacement personality ahead of the Switch-On celebration - keep your eyes peeled!

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This year’s event will be held on Friday 2 September, staged in association with MTV, and will feature live music performances in the iconic ballroom, welcoming in four months of Illuminations in the resort.

Given the sheer number of people who turned out on the Promenade last year on Switch-On night, we are actively exploring ways in which they can watch the live stream in the outdoors and share the joy of Switch-On night.

If you were unlucky to secure Switch-On tickets or you missed the ballot deadline, we're pleased to say that the show will once again be live streamed across MTV and VisitBlackpool channels for those who are unable to visit the resort on the biggest night of the year.

Outdoor Screen on Tower Festival Headland

The biggest night in Blackpool’s events calendar will also be shown on a giant screen on the Promenade. The annual Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On concert, which is being staged in association with MTV in the famous Tower Ballroom on Friday 2 September, will be live-streamed on a specially-erected screen on the nearby Tower Festival Headland.

Last year, thousands of people turned out on the headland just to see the lights come on. The screening of the show will give you the chance to be part of the celebration and join in the party atmosphere.


Ballot Registration

The ballot has now closed. Winners will be notified over the next few weeks.