Big names announced to perform at Illuminations switch-on

Two of the UK's top dance and music acts are to perform at this year's Illuminations xwitch-on celebration, it has been revealed.

Monday, 11th July 2016, 3:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:34 pm
Ashley Banjo and Diversity getting slimed ahead of Nickelodeon's Slimefest at the Illuminations switch-on in September

September’s show will be directed in part by Ashley Banjo, choreographer and leader of the Britain’s Got Talent-winning dance troupe group Diversity, while The Vamps, who rocked last year’s event party with a headline performance, will also perform.

Blackpool Council’s deputy leader, Coun Gillian Campbell, said: “Ashley Banjo is a proven performer on the world stage and we are thrilled that he will be putting his creative stamp on the switch-on event.

“He famously performed in Blackpool during the Royal Variety Performance and we look forward to welcoming him.

Ashley Banjo has spoken of his delight at being booked to perform

“The Vamps headlined one of our best-ever Switch-On events last year and we can’t wait to see them back in Blackpool.”

In his role as Creative Director, Ashley will be responsible for the curation of a special performance leading up to the Switch-On of the Illuminations.

That will include a bespoke set by Diversity, who begin a UK-wide arena tour early next year.

He said: “I can’t wait to take the creative lead in the Switch-On of the legendary Blackpool Illuminations,

The Vamps performing at last year's switch-on

““I’m collaborating with incredibly talented artists and performers on what will be an epic show and the perfect way to kick-off the UK’s first Slimefest weekend!”

The Friday night celebration will start with a ‘Blackpool Introduces’ showcase, featuring the best of talent from local venues including Verity Kinnon, James Edgar and Axi Wild, prior to the start of the main show.

The line-up will also include Blackpool’s own Stacey McClean, formerly of spin-off band S Club 8 and special sets by Club MTV.

More acts and details of the celebrity Switch-On star will be announced over the next few weeks.

Ashley Banjo has spoken of his delight at being booked to perform

As revealed earlier this year, Nickelodeon’s Slimefest will make its UK premiere, featuring live shows, activities, characters – and plenty of slime - during the celebration over September 3 and 4.

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The Vamps performing at last year's switch-on