This year’s Illuminations Switch-On is set to be one of the most popular event ever.
More than 75,000 applications have been made for the free wristbands by people wanting to see comedian Peter Kay turn on the Lights.
Only Robbie Williams sparked a higher demand.
It means the event on the Tower Festival Headland on Friday, August 29, is almost four times oversubscribed although 6,000 wristbands for the 20,000 capacity show will be allocated to applicants with an FY postcode.
A total of 20,813 registration forms were received with applicants able to request a maximum of four wristbands per person, bringing the total requests to 76,792
Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and leisure said: “The demand for wristbands to attend the free Friday night Switch-On is phenomenal.
“The public response to Switch-On night shows the decision to take it back to a free event was absolutely the right one.”
Last year people paid £34 for a ticket for the Switch-On, but there was criticism after the event suffered losses of £372,109.