The acts and performers for this year’s Christmas Lights switch on event have been confirmed and it promises to be an unmissable event. Manchester’s festive celebrations will commence on Saturday the 7th of November from 7pm until 8pm, Albert Square will be filled with an audience of thousands as an evening of highly exciting entertainment in partnership with Key 103 is scheduled.
Kicking off the show will be the ever-wonderful Manchester Show Choir. The group performs pop hits and musical theatre anthems with the force of over 80 voices. This year the mesmerizing choir will be singing a sincere Christmas classic at the switch on event, this opening act is really one to capture and withhold.
Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley will perform a musical number and will introduce some special Coronation Street acquaintances, including Kym Marsh. Several members of the soap’s cast will be present with Tyldesley and she is set to light Manchester’s streets up by pressing the festive button. Indie-pop favourites ‘Scouting For Girls’ will perform songs from their first album in three years, ‘Still Thinking About You’. They will also perform a back catalogue of hit singles including the no.1-hit song ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’, as they prepare for their latest UK tour.
UK R&B singer/songwriter Lemar will also be performing on the night of the switch on. The two-time Brit Award winner and three time MOBO Award winner has sold over 2 million albums and has had 7 top ten hits. Lemar has just released a new album called ‘The Letter’ and the switch on will be one of the very first events to hear these new songs performed live. This is an outstanding opportunity for the people of Manchester to experience one of the most distinctive voices of the last decade.
Alongside these headline acts, the city’s festive theatre productions will bring a slither of Broadway to the occasion. Cast members from the Opera House’s production of Cinderella and the Lowry’s Sound of Music will be out in force, with a special performance from theatre usher turned ‘The Voice’ finalist, Lucy O’Bryne. Hosting the show will be Key 101’s adored drive-time presenter, Debbie Mac. Manchester Christmas spokesman and councillor Pat Karney has stated, “when the giant Santa takes his place at town hall and the countdown to the fireworks begin, something magical happens to Manchester. Our show is the envy of the UK”.
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