Countdown to star-studded Christmas lights switch-on in Barnstaple

Up-and-coming girl group Stooshe will be turning on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple on Sunday.

Up-and-coming girl group Stooshe will be turning on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple on Sunday. - Credit: Archant

Top billing of entertainment booked for show on the Square this Sunday.

Britain’s Got Talent finalists Luminites have been booked to perform alongside Stooshe at Barnstaple

Britain’s Got Talent finalists Luminites have been booked to perform alongside Stooshe at Barnstaple's Christmas Lights Switch-on on Sunday. - Credit: Archant

ORGANISERS of Barnstaple’s annual Christmas Light Switch On event have organised a top billing of entertainment for this year’s event, taking place on Sunday.

Up-and-coming Brit and Mobo Award nominees Stooshe will headline the show, which will also feature 2013 Britain’s Got Talent finalists Luminites.

Stooshe, who recently toured with Nicki Minaj, scored a top five hit with their debut single Love Me, while their follow-up Black Heart peaked at number three in the charts.

Described as ‘bold and edgy’, the group’s debut album London with the Lights On, debuted at number eight in the UK album charts in June.


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Luminites took this year’s TV talent show by storm, wowing judges with their innovative performances of old classics such as Hurts So Good and To Love Somebody.

The day’s entertainment starts at 1pm on the Square with music from the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra.

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Then at 2pm there is a surprise in store when more than 300 school children take the stage for the North Devon Schools Christmas Collaboration.

Popular Devon based musician Adam Isaac, star of BBC One’s The Voice will perform at 3.15pm.

Local musicians from event house band Switched On will be getting everyone into the party mood this year from 4.30pm, ready for the Luminites at 5.40pm.

The light switch-on is planned for approximately 6.20pm and then it’s the turn of girl group Stooshe.

Sue Rawle, co-ordinator of BID Barnstaple, the main organisers of the event, said: “We always punch above our weight where our Christmas Lights switch-on is concerned.

“This serves us well in terms of both bringing people into the town and putting us on the map as the commercial centre of North Devon.”

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