Pop line-up for switch-on stage

Olly Murs on stage

Olly Murs on stage

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FORMER X Factor rivals Olly Murs and Joe McElderry will team up again at Blackpool’s Illuminations switch-on.

The pop idols are part of a clutch of stars announced to perform on the big day on September 2.

Although the main switch-on star is still being kept under wraps, bosses at Real Radio and Smooth Radio – who are producing the event for the second year running – are looking to pull off another coup after Robbie Williams flicked the switch last year.

Pop star Pixie Lott, Mike and the Mechanics’ Paul Carrack, doo-wop group The Overtones and new girl band, Wonderland – managed by Louis Walsh and Westlife’s Kian Egan – join Olly and Joe on the Lights switch-on bill.

Dave Shearer, programme director at 105.4 Real Radio, said: “Real and Smooth are delighted to be a part of the party that lights up Blackpool again this year.

“These are the first of what is shaping up to be another fantastic line-up of acts to entertain the crowds that make the trip to Blackpool from across the UK.

“There’s more to come and, of course, we will shortly be making the much anticipated announcement on which star will be doing the all-important big switch on.”

Olly, who was beaten to the X Factor title in 2009 by Joe, was part of the Switch On event last year when crowds of more than 15,000 packed into the arena on Central Car Park

Thousands more watched on big screens on the Promenade headlands.

It is expected this year’s show will be the final one on Central car Park before the show itself is moved to the headlands.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s portfolio holder for tourism and culture, said: “Real and Smooth Radio have once again pulled out all the stops to present a brilliant switch on line up. We look forward to welcoming the tens of thousands of visitors to the resort over the weekend and announcing the rest of the bill, plus of course the switch on celebrity.” 

How to get your switch-on tickets

Free tickets for Blackpool’s biggest night of the year will be allocated randomly with a maximum of six tickets per household with 50 per cent being allocated to people within the borough of Blackpool.

Registration will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 16 and successful applicants will be notified by email on Friday, August 19.

For your chance to be there on the big night click on to www.visitblackpool.com/switchon

Those who are not lucky enough to receive tickets to the main Switch-On Arena will have the  opportunity to watch the show on a big screen on the Promenade by Central Pier. 

The concert will also be broadcast over both Real Radio and Smooth Radio’s national networks and can be heard on both stations’ websites.