Live bands to super-charge Manchester’s Christmas Lights Switch-on

X-Factor favourite, James Arthur, and new kids on the block, The Vamps, have been announced as the headline acts to Lights on - Pastpush the button at Manchester’s Christmas Lights switch-on.

Manchester’s Christmas celebrations will kick off from 7pm on Friday 8 November with an evening of high-energy live entertainment in front of an audience of thousands – culminating in a dramatic firework finale.

Albert Square will once again host the event – the biggest Christmas party in the North West – at the start of six weeks of festive celebrations and attractions in the city.

James Arthur returns to Manchester after his X-Factor triumph, complete with live band,  and only days after releasing a new single and album. This will be the first time James has  showcased his new material.

Chart rockers, The Vamps, went straight to number two in the charts with debut single “Can we dance.”  They’ve made a name for themselves on the live circuit, supporting acts like McFly and Little Mix.

Variety is the spice of life and the Christmas lights switch on will feature Joey – star of the National Theatre’s hit show War Horse – live on stage before his run at the Lowry Theatre.


You can also hear Faye Tozer, of Steps fame, previewing her Singing in the Rain appearance at the Opera House, performing the show’s eponymous song.

Animal lovers are in for a treat when Ashleigh and Pudsey, the Britain’s Got Talent duo who stole the nation’s heart last year after winning the competition, also appear on stage.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “Our lights switch-on is the official start of the Christmas season in the north west and the beginning of a six-week sleigh ride of events and celebrations, which has made Manchester renowned as the Christmas capital of the UK.”

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