Radio giant set to host switch-on night

Robbie Williams throws the switch on the 2010 Illuminations.
Robbie Williams throws the switch on the 2010 Illuminations.
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RADIO giant GMG – owners of the Real and Smooth network – today confirmed it would be hosting this year’s Illuminations Switch On event.

Held for the final time on Central Park, before a move next year to the new Promenade Headlands, the star-studded bash is expected to attract 20,000 people on Friday, September 2.

Following on from their spectacular debut in 2010, where Robbie Williams headlined alongside Olly Murs, Alesha Dixon and opera star Russell Watson, Real and Smooth are working on securing artists for this year’s event.

This year’s Switch On star has yet to be revealed, but Andy Carter, managing director of GMG Radio North West, said: “Last year’s event was quite simply incredible for the huge number of people who attended and our audiences listening in across Smooth and Real Radio. We’ve been working hard over the last few months to secure some outstanding artists, details of which we’ll be releasing in the coming weeks in The Gazette and on Smooth and Real Radio.”