Noisettes latest act added to Lights Switch-On bill

Dan Smith and Shingai Shoniwa say they can't wait.
Dan Smith and Shingai Shoniwa say they can't wait.
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ROWDY rockers Noisettes are the latest act to be added to this summer’s Lights Switch-On bill.

The indie-rock band say they can’t wait to “be beside the seaside” for their first ever gig in Blackpool.

Lead singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa said she couldn’t turn down the chance to play such an important gig.

The duo join X Factor winners Little Mix, Paloma Faith, Scouting For Girls and boyband Lawson for the centenary celebrations of the Illuminations on Friday, August 31.

Shoniwa said: “I’m never going to pass up an opportunity to go to the seaside.

“I love seaside towns, we always have great shows when we’re at the coast.”

The singer, who has never been to Blackpool before, says she’s looking forward to visiting the resort and experiencing all it has to offer.

She said: “I heard there are some crazy characters in Blackpool. I’ll love getting involved.

“I’ll be the first to go on the rides. Candy floss, rock, fish and chips - I’m really excited.”

The two-piece band, who formed after meeting at the Brit School for Performing Arts in 2003, stormed the charts in 2009 with the number 2 hit ‘Don’t Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go)’.

Shoniwa says that she and guitarist Dan Smith will tailor their set especially for the gig, playing classics, new numbers and a few special songs.

She added: “It’s all about the music and the vibe at a gig. When you go to the seaside everyone’s up for it.

“We’ll play the classics but I’m sure we could drop in ‘Oh we do like to be beside the seaside’ to make it fun.”

Noisettes are known for putting on rowdy performances but say that they will respect being asked to play at such a big occasion.

She said: “Blackpool is a nice reminder of the beginning of the pleasure and entertainment industry in England.

“The fact the Lights are so important to locals and it’s an important year, to be invited to perform is great. It’s really exciting.”

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2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Illuminations, and the first year that the Switch On is held on the Tower Festival Headland.

Natalie Wyatt, Managing Director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “This is going to be a very exciting year for the Illuminations and we are delighted to be working with Real Radio and Smooth Radio on our biggest event of the year.

“I am very pleased Noisettes have now joined our line-up of acts. The Switch-On is a massive event and it is great that we can offer such a diverse mix of performers ensuring that everyone in the crowd has a fantastic night.”

Real Radio and Smooth Radio North West Managing Director, Michael McIntyre added: “Noisettes are a fantastic band to add to Paloma Faith and Scouting For Girls as part of a fantastic line-up of Switch-On artists. Noisettes are renowned as a great live act, the crowds at Blackpool will love them. And we still have more acts to come plus of course that all important Switch-On name.”

There will be 20,000 free tickets available for the event, to be allocated randomly with at least 50 per cent going to Blackpool residents.

More acts are to be announced later this week, with details of who will be flicking the switch being kept under wraps.

Registration for tickets closes on August 15, visit: www.visitblackpool.com/switchon.

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