1st September - 5th November 2017

Blackpool Illuminations 2017 Details

Switch on Concert

Who will switch on the 2017 Blackpool Illuminations?

Star Trek 2017 Switch On Concert

The 2017 Switch On celebrity is actually going to be the first intergalactic switch-on! The announcement of a Star Trek switch-on finale completes the line-up for this years event, which is being staged in association with MTV.

Diversity 2017 Switch On Concert

The biggest night in Blackpool´s events calendar, which is being staged in association with MTV, will feature headline performances by Example and DJ Wire, Conor Maynard, Diversity and Louisa Johnson. Plus lots more to be added.

Latest Running Order

The gates for the Switch-On concert will open at 4pm and the concert will finish at around 10pm. The running order (approximate times and maybe subject to change) is as follows:

    4.30pm: Blackpool Introduces talent showcase
  • 5.30pm: MTV Base Garage Anthems
  • 6.30pm: R3Wire & Varski
  • 7.15pm: Louisa Johnson
  • 8pm: Conor Maynard
  • 8.30pm: Diversity
  • 9pm: Star Trek Switch-On
  • 9.10pm: Example and DJ Wire

You will only be able to access the Switch-On Arena on the Tower Festival Headland if you have an official Switch-On wristband or VIP pass.

Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard is no stranger to Blackpool having appeared at the inaugural SLIMEFEST event in 2016. The singer songwriter has a huge following on YouTube and was named as MTV's Brand New star for 2012.

Example 2017 Switch On Concert

Elliot John Gleave, better known by his stage name Example

International rapper and songwriter Example has performed to sell-out audiences across Europe and worked alongside global stars including Calvin Harris and Chase & Status. He has also ac ted in numerous movies.?


Diversity, who stunned the Switch-On capacity crowd with an astonishing routine last year have just completed their seventh UK arena tour. Widely acclaimed as one of the world's great dance acts, they will be bringing another unique set to the Switch-On stage.

Louisa Johnson performing at the 2017 Switch On Concert

Louisa Johnson

Also joining the Switch-On party is the hugely talented Louisa Johnson - at 17, the youngest ever winner of The X Factor, who went on to secure major hits with Tears and So Good selling over one million singles.

R3wire and Varski

Also returning for a second year, are R3wire and Varski, the Club MTV presenters and record producers, who brought the house down in 2016, making the concert one of the most talked about in Illuminations Switch-On history.

Celebrity switch on stars have included:

  • 2017 Star Trek
    2016 Barbara Windsor
    2015 Tim Burton
    2014 Peter Kay
    2013 Jonathan Ross
    2012 Olympic medal winners - Beth Tweddle, Karina Bryant, Luke Campbell, Sophie Hosking, Max Whitlock, Steven Burke & Smooth/Real Radio
    2011 Keith Lemon & Smooth/Real Radio
    2010 Robbie Williams & Smooth/Real Radio
    2009 Alan Carr & Radio Two
    2008 BBC Top Gear Team & Radio Two
    2007 BBC Dr Who - David Tennant & Radio Two
    2006 Dale Winton & Radio Two
    2005 Chris Evans & Radio Two
    2004 Geri Halliwell & Radio Two
    2003 Blue & Radio Two
    2002 Ronan Keating & Radio Two
    2001 Steps & Radio Two
    2000 Westlife & Radio Two
    1999 Gary Barlow & Radio Two
    1998 Chris De Burgh & Radio Two
    1997 Michael Ball & Radio Two
    1996 Eternal & Radio One
    1995 Bee Gees & Radio One
    1994 Shirley Bassey
    1993 Status Quo & Radio One
    1992 Lisa Stansfield
    1991 Derek Jameson and Judith Chalmers
    1990 Bet & Alec Gilroy "Coronation Street" (Julie Goodyear & Roy Barraclough)
    1989 Frank Bruno
    1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman
    1987 Frank Bough, Ann Gregg & Kathy Tayler, BBC "Holiday" programme
    1986 Les Dawson
    1985 Joanna Lumley, BBC "Children in Need"
    1984 Johannes Rau (Minister-President, North Rhine Westphalia & David Waddington, QC, MP (Minister of State, Home Office)
    1983 Cast of "Coronation Street" (Doris Speed aka Annie Walke)
    1982 Rear Admiral "Sandy" Woodward
    1981 Earl & Countess Spencer
    1980 Cannon and Ball
    1979 Kermit the Frog and the Muppets
    1978 Terry Wogan
    1977 Red Rum
    1976 Carol Ann Grant (Miss United Kingdom)
    1975 Tom Baker (Dr Who)
    1974 Wendy Craig
    1973 Gordon Banks
    1972 Danny La Rue
    1971 Cast of "Dad´s Army"
    1970 Tony Blackburn
    1969 Canberra Bomber
    1968 Sir Matt Busby
    1967 Dr. Horace King (Speaker)
    1966 Ken Dodd
    1965 David Tomlinson
    1964 Gracie Fields
    1963 Cliff Michelmore
    1962 Shirley Ann Field
    1961 Violet Carson
    1960 Janet Munro
    1959 Jayne Mansfield
    1958 A E ´Matt´ Matthews
    1957 John H Whitney (American Ambassador)
    1956 Reginald Dixon
    1955 Jacob Malik (Russian Ambassador)
    1954 Gilbert Harding
    1953 George Formby
    1952 Valerie Hobson
    1951 Stanley Mathews
    1950 Wilfred Pickles
    1949 Anna Neagle
    1939 Cancelled when war broke out, no display during War years or indeed until 1949
    1938 Councillor Mrs Quayle
    1937 Alderman Ashton and the Duke of Kent
    1936 Sir Josiah Stamp
    1935 Audrey Mossom (Railway Queen)
    1934 Lord Derby

The concert during which the guest will throw the switch marks the start of Blackpool´s Big Switch On Weekend. We hope that thousands of fans of the celebrity, and of Blackpool, will join us in the celebrations and that they stay to enjoy all the free events Blackpool will be hosting throughout the weekend and indeed during the Illuminations Season.