Switch-On 2017: Star Trek and Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs helps Diversity turn on the Illuminations after top intergalactic effort

Film star Jason Isaacs was the surprise Switch-On star this evening, appearing on a big screen to help dance group Diversity turn on the Illuminations.

Friday, 1st September 2017, 10:30 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:06 pm

The 20,000-strong crowd had been told to expect a Star Trek-themed finale to this evening's celebrations, but were taken by surprise as the Harry Potter villain - who played Lucius Molfoy - appeared as his Star Trek: Discovery character Captain Lorca.

Diversity choreographer Ashley Banjo and his troupe attempted to pull the famous lever after a spectacular performance, but were forced to call on Captain Lorca for help after the power failed.

After some out-of-this world chatter, a laser beam shot down to bring the Tower to life and to fully charge the resort's electricity supply ready for the big moment, and another season of dazzling illuminations.

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Jason, from Liverpool, played out his role from the bridge of the USS Discovery before telling the crowd: “Discovery out. Now go have some chips for me!”

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Earlier in the evening, the crowd had been wowed by live performances from Conor Maynard, Sigala, R3wire & Varski, and the MTV Base Garage Anthems show. It was the second year running that Diversity had played a starring role in the event, which this year was hosted by MTV’s Becca Dudley.

Sigala took to the stage as a last-minute replacement for Louisa Johnson, who has contracted laryngitis and ordered to rest for the next 10 days.

Once the Switch-On ceremony was over, Example and DJ Wire headlined an hour-long party under the Lights.

The Switch-On concert opened with a Blackpool Introduces section, showcasing local talent and giving Blackpool & The Fylde College choir an opportunity to celebrate the college’s 125thbirthday on stage.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council: “We are delighted that one of the world’s most iconic TV franchises played a starring role alongside Diversity in this year’s Illuminations Switch-On.

“A huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes to produce another memorable Switch-On event and it is quite remarkable that we are now working in partnership alongside global brands such as Nickelodeon, MTV, Netflix and CBS.

“The whole event provided a magnificent spectacle to launch the 2017 Illuminations season.”