Switch-On Stage For College Birthday

Blackpool and The Fylde College students will take the stage along with top local acts at this year’s Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On event as part of the College’s 125-year celebrations.

The Friday night event will start with a ‘Blackpool Introduces’ showcase featuring the best of talent from the local area, including local singer songwriter James Edgar, the vocal harmonies of District 12, upcoming new band Pacific and the soulful vocals of Gloria Alderetti.

This will be followed by an exclusive performance from B&FC’s student choir who will lead the crowd in a special rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ to commemorate the College’s milestone anniversary.

This year’s Illuminations Switch-On event, which takes place on Friday 1st September, is being delivered by MTV, the world’s biggest youth entertainment and music brand, as part of an ongoing partnership with VisitBlackpool.

The Illuminations Switch-On is the biggest free event in Blackpool’s calendar and will once again take place on the Tower Festival Headland, with a line-up of stand-out performances from both UK and local talent.

Andy Iredale, Director of Customer Engagement at B&FC, said: “It will be a night the members our choir will always remember and will be a fantastic opportunity for our students, past and present, to join in with the celebrations.”

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council said: “We’re really excited to join in with the College’s 125 celebrations by having the college choir perform on stage at the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On ceremony. The Switch-On is the biggest night in Blackpool’s events calendar so it is a fitting opportunity to recognise the College’s contribution to the resort over the last 125 years.”

As last year, the Switch-On event will be free, with people invited to apply for the 20,000 wristbands that will guarantee entry to the Tower Festival Headland arena on the night. The wristband ballot closes at 9am on Tuesday, to register go to: www.visitblackpool.com/switchon.

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