Blackpool illuminations 2013 start on Friday 30 August and will continue until Sunday 10 November. The 2013 Blackpool lights will stay on for an extra week, extending the illuminations season to ten weeks. The additional week of lights is to be financed by Merlin Entertainments, which operates a number of Blackpool holiday attractions. The illuminations are a significant feature of the resort and are said to be the most important single reason people have for going to the town during the September to December autumn season. About a million visitors had said that the illuminations were the main reason for visiting Blackpool. The 2013 Blackpool illuminations will be switched on by the television presenter Jonathan Ross, and the switch on will be preceded by a concert headlined by rock band The Script. The rock band is scheduled to perform a concert including hits such as Breakeven and Hall of Fame. The 2013 Illuminations Switch-On concert is a paid for event and therefore there will be no free wristbands for people wanting to attend the concert. As a support act for the concert, the singer songwriter Eliza Doolittle will perform songs such as Pack Up and Skinny Genes. The Script and Eliza Doolittle concert is scheduled to take place on Friday August 30th before the switch on performed by Jonathan Ross, which will mark the official start of the 2013 Blackpool illuminations. This year will be the first Blackpool illuminations switch on weekend, to have an additional concert. The legendary chart topping band Madness will headline a second concert which will take place on Saturday 31 August at the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland, extending the switch on celebrations into the weekend.

Blackpool Illuminations 2013 Switch On.

The Script will not be performing at this years switch on concert. The band has had to pull out of the concert due to a family matter. Blackpool illuminations organisers are working to find a replacement act for the Friday switch on.

Last years illuminations switch on was an important milestone in Blackpool history as it represented a hundred years since the lights of 1912 on Princess Parade, which are usually regarded as the start of the modern Blackpool illuminations. The 1912 lights were displayed in commemoration of the visit to Blackpool of Princess Louise, the fourth Daughter of Queen Victoria. This was the first royal visit to the town and Princess Louise arrived to perform the official opening of a newly constructed  part  of the promenade, which would later be given the name Princess Parade in honour of Princess Louise. The promenade was decorated with 10,000 light bulbs as part of the celebrations, and large numbers of people watched the display. Additional trade was brought to local businesses in Blackpool by the arrival of these visitors. In September of the same year, the lights were put on again and thousands of people travelled to the resort to enjoy the occasion. This was at a time of year when the traditional holiday season would have been over and it gave rise to the belief that lights could be a popular visitor attraction. Since that time Blackpool illuminations have evolved to such an extent that the modern lights include numerous types of lighting, providing an amazing spectacle. In modern times, the illuminations have become an important holiday attraction and the switch on is a significant date in UK tourism. It costs over two million pounds to stage Blackpool lights, and it is estimated that they attract around three million people to the resort each year. The centenary Blackpool illuminations of 2012 were extremely successful and it is anticipated that the 2013 lights could be even more popular.































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