Top pop band added to the big Switch-On

Lawson join the Switch-On line up
Lawson join the Switch-On line up
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New acts have been added to the Illuminations Switch-On celebration.

iFest hits the Headland on Friday, September 4, with The Vamps headlining.

Lawson and Toploader have been added to the concert bill, as well as X Factor four-piece Only The Young and Becky Hill, from The Voice.

Full weekend tickets, covering the Saturday ‘vintage’ and Sunday comedy nights - and including a guaranteed Switch-On iFest wristband – are still available.

And registration for the Switch On free wristbands has been extended until 9am on Monday.

The headline Switch-On star and other special guests ‘will be confirmed soon’, according to a VisitBlackpool statement.

Pop foursome Lawson, whose debut album Chapman Square went platinum, have had top 10 hits including Juliet, Taking Over Me, When She Was Mine and Standing In The Dark, with latest single Roads released in May.

Toploader sold more than two million albums in the 90s, with hits including Dancing In The Moonlight.

Headliners, The Vamps, have sold more than two million singles, had five top 10 singles in the UK and won multiple awards – including three at the Radio 1 Teen Awards.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We’re delighted to add more acts to the line-up for Blackpool iFest in Lawson , Toploader, Only The Young and Becky Hill.

“They all bring with them huge and diverse fanbases as well as high quality music.

“With these special guests and a stunning headliner like The Vamps, the Friday night Switch-On is shaping up to be absolutely fantastic.”

The Saturday night of the Blackpool iFest weekend will feature a line-up of chart-topping pop stars in association with Sky’s Vintage TV channel.

The line-up includes Bananarama, Jason Donovan and Paul Young, and will be hosted by TV and radio star, Pat Sharp.

Then on Sunday, some of the top names in British comedy will take to the stage, with Al Murray – The Pub Landlord, hosting and headlining.

Tickets cost £15 for each of the Saturday and Sunday shows, and the first 5,000 people to buy a £30 weekend pass will guarantee themselves free entry to the big Friday night switch-on.

Go to to register for the Switch-On ballot.