Illuminations Switch-On: Gary Barlow Rides to the Rescue

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Just 24 hours after the announcement that The Script were unable to play their Illuminations Switch On gig on the Tower Festival Headland, X-Factor judge Gary Barlow has ridden to the rescue after announcing on Twitter that he would be willing to plug the gap left by the Irish rockers if a donation was made to BBC Children in Need.

Throughout the day there has been anticipation across social media since the Take That front man made his offer. Would he? Wouldn’t he? What was clear however, was that Blackpool would be ready to welcome Barlow with open arms.

In spectacular fashion, and after what has most likely been a lot of behind the scenes work from both the visitBlackpool Team and Barlow, he is now set to headline tomorrow night’s switch on concert with a 45 minute set.

Gary said:

I’m so excited to be performing in Blackpool tomorrow night, I’ve had some fantastic nights out in that town over the years so it will be amazing to play a special show there.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council said:

I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Gary Barlow into the Switch-On Concert. It’s been a very long night, with huge amounts of work going on, but I’m thrilled we’ve got things in place now.

Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, added:

He’s always been a fan of town and has now stepped in during our hour of need. Gary’s our switch on saviour.

Tickets are available from Blackpool Tourist Information Centre now until 10pm tonight and from 8.15am Friday morning. Further details on tickets to follow. For more information go to the visitBlackpool website or call 01253 478209. To keep up-to-date with all Switch-On news register online.

See how this extraordinary turn of events unfolded and the reaction to it on our Storify below…

After the shock exit of The Script from the Illuminations Switch On Concert, Take That front man and X-Factor Judge Gary Barlow rides to the rescue. Here is how it unfolded on Twitter.


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