First switch-on stars announced

Little Mix
Little Mix
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TEENAGERS warm your vocal chords – one of Britain’s hottest girl bands is set to grace the stage at this year’s Illuminations Switch On party.

Starlets Little Mix – who last year became the first group ever to take the X Factor crown – will make their Blackpool debut as part of a star-studded line up for the famous Lights’ centenary show.



The four-piece will be joined by soul star Lemar, Scottish songstress Amy McDonald, and boyband Lawson for August’s event – which will mark the first time the showpiece ceremony has been held on the brand new Tower Festival Headland.

And it is just a matter of weeks before the big name flicking the all-important switch will be revealed.

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, told The Gazette: “We are really excited to be making this initial announcement about the line-up of performers for this year’s Switch-On.

“Little Mix are enjoying fantastic success and I think the fact we are revealing details of such a big name prior to announcing the official Switch-On star gives an idea of just how spectacular the centenary event is going to be.

Amy McDonald

Amy McDonald

“It’s an exciting year for the Illuminations.”

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More acts are still to be unveiled, and hoteliers are eagerly awaiting the big name who will follow in the footsteps of Robbie Williams, Keith Lemon and the Top Gear presenters by lighting up the Promenade.

For the third year the Switch On event will be broadcast via Real and Smooth radio.

Real and Smooth North West Managing Director, Michael McIntyre said: “Blackpool Illuminations are one of the world’s top tourist attractions and in this their centenary year we will see even more people looking forward to a great Switch-On party.

“Today’s announcement on our first wave of artists will have many applying for their tickets and we promise there are more great names to come!”

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