Blackpool Illuminations will sparkle and shine for an extra two months, from 4th September 2020 until 3rd January 2021, providing a most welcome boost for the Fylde Coast tourism industry.
The six miles of traditional festoons and tableaux along the Promenade, will shine for an extra two months with illuminated tram tours every evening.
However, the traditional Switch-On concert will be replaced this year by a free-to-access streamed event in association with MTV after the social distancing restrictions arising from COVID-19 means it cannot go ahead in its usual format. The hour long concert will feature pre-recorded, at home performances, along with live performances at a closed event filmed inside Blackpool Tower Ballroom. The event will be hosted by Diversity’s Ashley and Jordan Banjo. It will be the first time in more than 70 years that there has not been a live Switch-On celebration – but, on a more positive note, it is the first time that a Switch-On event has been accessible to a national and international audience.
Described as ‘the greatest free light show on earth’ the Illuminations have been a popular attraction since 1879 when they were described as ‘Artificial Sunshine’.