BLACKPOOL Tower and the Pleasure Beach have millions of fans around the world.
But none of them quite compare to rockers Scouting for Girls – self confessed lovers of everything to do with the seaside.
And with that in mind, this year’s Switch On festival cannot come quickly enough for the London band, who will perform at the event and get the chance to stay in their favourite hotel – The Big Blue at the Promenade amusement park.
Lead singer Roy Stride told The Gazette: “We love coming to Blackpool. It’s one of our favourite places and love waking up to the sound of the rollercoasters flying past our window. The Switch On is great because everyone is there to have a good time and it’s an iconic event.
“It’s a lot of fun and there’s always lots of bands so we get to hang out with friends and catch up with people we haven’t seen in a while.
“We all love the British seaside and I think Blackpool encapsulates everything about it, so it’s really nice to have an affinity to it – even though we were born in London.”
Scouting for Girls – or Roy, Greg and Peter – say they hope their latest song Summertime in the City – about fun in the British sun – strikes a chord with their Blackpool fanbase.
Roy added: “The Switch On is up there with all the big events we have ever done.
“I saw the Illuminations a couple of times as a child and it’s amazing to see them again. We will do all the hits and the big songs people want to hear.
“We’ve done hundreds of gigs and I like to rank them on a scale of one to 10 and we’ve definitely had a few 10 out of 10 gigs in Blackpool.”
This year’s Illuminations centenary kicks off on August 31.
And the big stars already announced to perform at the opening ceremony include last year’s X-Factor winning girl-band Little Mix, Lemar, Amy MacDonald and Lawson.
More stars are set to be revealed this week for the show which will go out live on Real Radio and Smooth FM.