We’re delighted to reveal the acts for Perth’s biggest ever Christmas party!
It’s big, bright and brimming with stars, Perth’s Christmas Light’s Switch On is this year’s must-see festive celebration with a fantastic line-up of sensational acts making their way to Fair City to kick-start the season’s glorious Winter Festival including Alesha Dixon, MUD, The Hunna, East 17, Boyzlife and more!
Taking you from afternoon into evening, Perth’s Christmas Light’s Switch-On has something for everyone – stages, entertainment-packed streets and an array of tasty treats and street food await you as we prepare to countdown to Christmas 2017.
And of course, all of this festive fun is wrapped around a bustling, compact City Centre packed full of fantastic independent shops, big name High Street brands and an unrivalled choice of restaurants, eateries and bars. Make sure your diary is marked.
Perth really is the place to be when it comes to kicking off Yuletide festivities with the city offering a range of fantastic entertainment on Saturday 18 November at one of the biggest Christmas parties in Scotland.
The Christmas Lights switch-on is part of Perth Winter Festival 2017.
Alesha Dixon has always displayed the traits that make her so successful. After studying a National Diploma in Sport Studies Alesha found fame with the UK Garage trio Mis-teeq. Boasting hits from ‘Why’ and ‘All I Want’ to ‘One Night Stand’ and ‘Scandalous’, the MOBO winning group scored seven Top Ten singles and released two platinum selling albums. Alesha went on to showcase an electrifying performance after accepting an invitation to appear in the N.E.R.D video ‘She Wants To Move’.
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Choreographed by Missy Elliott’s choreographer, Hi-Hat, Alesha’s presence in the video helped propel the record to become the band’s biggest hit to date.
After Mis-teeq separated in 2005, when their record label, Telstar, went into liquidation, Alesha was signed to Polydor as a solo artist.
In 2007, indicative of Alesha’s determination, grit and resolve, she joined hit BBC show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ as a contestant. A testament to her roundhouse talent Alesha went on to win the series receiving the highest marks ever awarded on the show, which led the BBC to ask Alesha to return as a judge on the 2009, 2010 and 2011 series.
Alesha signed a new deal with Asylum Records, which resulted in an incredible 2008 and 2009, with smash hits including ‘The Boy Does Nothing’, ‘Breathe Slow’ and ‘Let’s Get Excited’. The success of the singles spurred Alesha onto a variety of other achievements including recording and penning ‘To Love Again’ with the UK’s finest songsmith – Gary Barlow, platinum album sales for ‘The Alesha Show’, a BRIT nomination and a sold-out UK tour. She also climbed to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro the same year helping to raise over £3 million for Comic Relief alongside the likes of Cheryl Cole, Fearne Cotton and Chris Moyles.
Along with her incredible UK support, Alesha is one of a few UK artists in recent times to enjoy significant international success with singles from ‘The Alesha Show’ topping the charts in Europe and Australia.
In addition to her music and ‘Strictly…’ work, Alesha is also a presenter, model, philanthropist and business-woman. She has made several documentaries on subjects ranging from domestic violence to the digital age in the entertainment world. As well as working closely with the RSPCA, the PDSA, the ACLT (African-Caribbean Leukemia Trust) and Comic Relief, Alesha is an official ambassador for both Help A London Child and The Prince’s Trust and also backed Nickelodeon’s 2009’s anti-bullying initiative. She collaborated with Dune on a line of jewellery, the proceeds of which were donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, and had her own jewellery line with Evoke. Alesha also announced a four-year profit- share with health club LA Fitness. Rather than just being an advocate for the brand, Dixon is the creative director who is actively involved in advising the company on classes and recruiting new members.
2012 Saw Alesha move from her judging position on Strictly Come Dancing to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, where she joined Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and fellow newbie David Walliams, her first series was a great success with BGT having it’s best year in the TV ratings and her move was deemed to be a huge success for BGT. Alesha returned to her position on BGT again for the 2013 series and will be returning once again for 2014.
Following on the success of BGT in 2013, Alesha was on co-hosting duties on ITV’s new Saturday night show “ Your Face Sounds Familiar” co-hosting with Paddy McGuiness. She has also completed a 3rd series of her CBBC dance show “Alesha’s Street Dance Stars” due for broadcast in August 2013.
Alesha worked with AVON Cosmetics as brand ambassador for the UK and Ireland, and has worked with them on their domestic violence initiatives with great success.
Alesha’s third album “Do It for Love” was released in 2015. In 2014 and 2015, Dixon co-presented segments of ITV’s Text Santa. She has worked with several LGBT charities and headlined London and Brighton Pride in 2016 and co-presented Sport Relief 2016. In 2017 Alesha presented Dance Dance Dance, a six-part reality series for ITV. She has recently backed social media campaign #LikeAGirl launched by Always to encourage teenage girls to be strong and confident.
Alesha continues her TV work with Britain’s Got Talent, guest judging 2017 X-Factor along with her involvement in a charity initiative in conjunction with the charity RED and Galaxy chocolate to help prevent the spread of HIV between mothers and babies in Africa.
The band played 5 dates in 2016, a gap of 38 years since the original band last performed together in 1978. Two of the founder members, Les Gray and David Mount have now passed away leaving Ray Stiles and Rob Davis as the remaining originals.
During the gap, Les toured ‘Les Gray’s Mud’ for some time but Dave eventually left the music business altogether. Ray joined the legendary Hollies in 1986 and has been
a member for 31 years, still playing territories around the world. He also produced the Hollies’ last 2 studio albums but his time is now largely taken up with producing his son Jack’s band ‘Vambo’. Rob is a very successful songwriter having written many chart hits in recent years including Kylie’s, ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, Spiller’s (Sophie Ellis Bexter) ‘Groove Jet’ and Fragma’s ‘I Need A Miracle’ – all number 1 hits.
Rob and Ray finally decided to get Mud together after many requests, just to see how it worked out. They are joined by Pete Phipps on drums – Pete was an original with the Glitter Band and afterwards the Eurythmics. A long time friend, Keith Read, completes the line-up. Keith was a member of the 60s ‘greaser’ rock n’roll band, the Wild Angels and has also performed with Elvis’ backing group, the Jordanaires. The reaction to the current Mud has been fantastic. The element of fun is still there and the hits are reproduced faithfully which is something that Rob and Ray were initially concerned with. Commitments permitting, there could possibly be more shows to come.
Following the release of their hugely successful debut album in the summer of 2016, The Hunna have established themselves as one of the UK’s most in-demand bands. Having experienced a rapid rise that saw the band land at #13 in the album charts 10 months into their career, The Hunna have achieved a massive amount in the year that has proceeded.
From selling-out two back-to-back album tours that included London’s Kentish Town Forum and Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the band also headlined memorable nights nationwide at venues such as Glasgow’s Barrowlands, Manchester’s Academy 1 and Nottingham’s Rock City.
Boyzlife is the fusion of beloved boy band legends, Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden. These boys have 21 No.1’s between them, being a part of the multi-platinum, record breaking bands, Westlife and Boyzone.
East 17 are back and performing live with Robbie Craig from Artful Dodger!
Hear all of their biggest songs including Worldwide Number 1 hit STAY ANOTHER DAY, IT’S ALRIGHT, HOUSE OF LOVE, IF YOU EVER, AROUND THE WORLD and many more, as well as an exclusive live performance of WOMAN TROUBLE.
Perth band Longstay open the Main Stage. Musically it is a broad church comprising pop, rock, country and a bit of folk for good measure. Saturdays sometimes finds them in the High street busking and they can be found around the open mic scene in Perth. Lately, organised gigs are featuring more often in their calendar
Born in Brooklyn, New York 4th July, 1950. At the age of 10, Lionel and his family moved to Manhattan. This is where Lionel was influenced by the sweet sounds of soul. Later on in the 60s, still in his teens, Lionel helped the growth of Motown music, becoming close friends with The Jacksons, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Mark Summers - "The Young Elvis Presley"
Known as the ‘young Elvis Presley’ Mark Summers is one of the top selling international Tribute acts to the famous man himself. Mark is described as the closest to Elvis as you can get, performing worldwide for over 10 years.
The Midnight Soul Sisters
Created by powerhouse performer Bupsi Brown, who recently shot to fame after a raunchy performance on the X Factor where she got through to the Live Finals in Simon’s group!
Midnight Soul Sisters are a team of 8 ladies who are all professional entertainers and incredible
vocalists; they share a passion for music and are true music lovers. A blend of amazing ladies where every sister will give you a different taste of soul!