BLACKPOOL singer-songwriter Karima Francis says she can’t wait for an “amazing homecoming” gig as she takes to the stage for the big Illuminations big Switch-On .
The Layton star-in-the-making was today named alongside boyband Loveable Rogues, girl group Vanquish and vocal harmony group The Overtones as the latest acts on the August 31 bill.
Karima, 25, whose new album The Remedy is released on Monday said: “It’s amazing and I’m so looking forward to it because I used to go to Switch On all the time.
“I used to go as a child and sit on phone boxes to get a better view.
“I just feel really grateful, obviously I’m really excited for the people of Blackpool to see it and it’s going to be very overwhelming because I grew up here.”
Karima, who now lives in North Shore and is a former Bispham High School pupil, is tipped for big things with her new record – produced by Flood who has worked with U2, Depeche Mode, New Order and The Killers.
But while playing the Illuminations may be a thrill for Karima now, she would love to go one better in future.
“I’d love to switch the lights on one day!” she added.
The main Switch On star is still being kept under wraps for the event on Tower Festival Headland in front of 20,000 people.
It is being jointly presented by VisitBlackpool, Real Radio and Smooth Radio who will broadcast the show live on the night.
Real Radio and Smooth Radio Managing Director, Michael McIntyre said: “Karima’s a huge talent on the verge of great things so bringing her home to Blackpool is wonderful.
“The Overtones are fantastic, Vanquish are a great girl band who really set themselves apart from the crowd and Britain’s Got Talent’s The Loveable Rogues are just that.”
************* 20,000 free tickets will be allocated randomly with a maximum of four tickets per household and 50 per cent allocated to people in theBlackpool area. Registration closes at noon on August 15. For your chance to be there on the big night go to www.visitblackpool.com/switchon