Reach for the stars
’90s stars S Club, 911 and Livin’ Joy head lights switch-on – with fireworks
CHRISTMAS is on its way and Southport BID has announced a huge lineup for this month’s big switchon event on Sunday, November 18.
Following on the success of last year’s ’90s line-up, the team at the Business Improvement District said that this year’s headliners will be three of the biggest bands of the late 1990s.
This year Southport’s Christmas lights will be turned on by none other than S Club, backed by huge boy band and house music legends Livin’ Joy.
Headliners S Club – Jo, Bradley and Tina – were one of the biggest bands of the late ’90s and early 00s.
With a huge catalogue of hits including Don’t Stop Moving and Reach through to Never Had A Dream Come True, the band have enjoyed huge chart successes worldwide.
Boyband 911, known for hits such as More Than A Woman and Don’t Make Me Wait, enjoyed huge success and reformed for ITV’s The Big Reunion and are back taking on the pop world.
Completing the stellar retro line-up is classic house giant Livin’ Joy featuring Luzahnn, performing hits such as Dreamer and Don’t Stop Movin’.
Visitors can expect a full day of entertainment before the main show, with fairground rides, Santa and his reindeer and plenty of pop-up street entertainment around town.
The stage show will start at 2.15pm with the StarKidz Christmas Show and performances throughout the afternoon from STA Dance Academy and two panto sets.
Local singer Astrid, the eightyear-old star of Team Will.I.am on ITV’s Voice Kids, will also be wowing afternoon audiences with her jazz vocals.
Children’s headliners are the hilarious Cook & Line from CBeebies’ Swashbuckle.
Aimed at children aged two to seven, Swashbuckle takes the form of a pirate game show pitting children against the “naughty” pirates Cook, Line & Captain Sinker.
Cook and Line will be delivering a hilarious show perfect for grown-ups and little ones alike.
This year’s presenter will be star of Love Island Scott Thomas, and the event will culminate in the switching on of the new feature tree Southport BID has invested in, and their town centre-wide lights.
As an added surprise a firework display set to Christmas music from the British Musical Firework Championships Sirotechnics will burst from the roof of The Atkinson.
Hugh Evans of Southport BID said: “2017’s switch-on was a huge success with over 45,000 people in town throughout the course of the day, and a crowd of over 4,500 for the switch-on moment.
“It was a spectacular day and we want to make it even better with even more superb surprises and our most impressive line-up yet.
“The fireworks will be a stunning display and we are excited our stunning new tree (is) the centrepiece to it all.”
The entertainment begins at 1pm on Lord Street with the lights being turned on at 5.30pm.
For details, running order and line-up announcements follow Southport BID on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
YOUNG people from a Bootle-based performing arts group delivered an inspiring performance as part of the town’s 150th celebrations.Part of a week-long programme of events taking place in Bootle’s Town Hall, Bootle to Broadway – It’s Coming Home took the audience on a journey through time, marking important events in the town’s history.Part of Merseyside Youth Association (MYA), Sefton Performing Arts and Creative Education (Space), is the only youth arts centre in Sefton.The project’s youth arts development manager, Kerry Gardzielewska said: “We were delighted to be invited to take part in the celebrations.“The 36 young people have worked incredibly hard in rehearsals over recent months, and this paid off.“I’m incredibly proud of their performances, which featured original music, scripts and dance routines.”
S Club – Jo, Bradley and Tina
Love Island’s Scott Thomas and boyband 911
Above and top, members of SPACE perform at Bootle town hall