Yes, direct news from the Blackpool Tourism office before it even hits the press. We already knew that the TOP GEAR trio would be flicking the switch to turn on the lights, but Radio 2 have just announced the line-up of bands who will be performing.
BOYZONE, SCOUTING FOR GIRLS and singer-songwriter DAVID JORDAN.
Radio 2 presenter JANICE LONG will be the host, and pre-how entertainment from 6pm will include Manchester Pop Idol SARAH WHATMORE and local funny man JOEY BLOWER.
Designer LAWRENCE LLEWELYN-BOWEN will be on stage to talk about his new feature at this year's illuminations too.
THIS YEAR'S SHOW IS ON FRIDAY, 29TH AUGUST 2008. The event begins with pre-show entertainment at 6pm and the Radio 2 show begins at 8pm or 8.30pm (I'm not sure which - although you'd need to be there long before this time in order to get a place). The Radio 2 show will be broadcast live on Radio 2, and will culminate in the Top Gear switch-on at approximately 9.25pm.
The illuminations will be on that night until 1am on the Saturday morning. The illuminations will then run for 66 consecutive nights until November 2nd, 2008 (which is the close of the Blackpool season this year).
Hope that helps peeps!