Olympic star and The Vamps to light up Leeds

Caption: British band The Vamps who are set to light up Leeds

Up-and-coming British band The Vamps are set to entertain the crowds at the Leeds light switch on next week.

Alongside the band, special guest of honour, home-grown Olympic boxing sensation Nicola Adams will be on hand to start the official countdown to light up the city.

The Vamps, who launched themselves into the public spotlight via posting their music videos on YouTube, have shot to stardom through the social media platform and have recently just completed a tour with McFly. The four piece - singer Bradley Will Simpson, guitarist James McVey, drummer Tristan Evans and bassist Connor Ball are excited to be performing a couple of their most popular tracks including Wild Heart and Can we Dance.

Nicola is Great Britain’s most decorated female boxer. She qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games by winning her third World Championship Silver Medal. She faced the same opponent, China’s Ren Cancan, in the Olympic Final, and this time won the first ever Olympic Women’s Boxing Gold Medal. Nicola works hard as a role model in the city and one of her main aims is to help increase participation in sport. One of the ways she is doing this is backing the council’s ‘Let’s Get Active’ programme to encourage people who do not do any physical activity to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity, once a week.

Held on Thursday November 7 from around 6.45pm, an estimated crowd of 15,000 are once again set to gather for the celebrations at Victoria Gardens as the city begins its countdown to Christmas.

Organised by Leeds City Council and Real Radio, with support from partners the Yorkshire Evening Post, other guests confirmed to appear include up and coming boy band - Rubylux, young guitar vocalist Kirsty White - the winner of Leeds City Council’s annual Breeze Has Talent competition and of course the ever popular Santa’s Show time along with special guests. Stars from the city’s local sporting heritage will also be appearing including the Leeds United Manager Brian McDermott together with Captain Rudi Austin and teammate Jason Pearce.

Representatives from Leeds Rhinos and the Rugby League World Cup will also be in attendance as anticipation builds for the big kick-off for the group game between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at Leeds Headingly Stadium on Friday 8 November at 8pm.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

“It is great to have the Vamps and Nicola Adams attending the Light switch on this year, and will really help the 30th year of the celebrations go off with a bang.

“We have a fantastic line up for the night, and I think the crowds in Victoria Gardens are going to help make the night a fantastic start to the festive celebrations.”

Dixie and Gayle, Real Radio Breakfast Presenters said:

“We are so excited to have the Vamps at the Leeds Lights Switch On. They’re sure to set a few hearts on fire! Along with Gabriella Cilmi, Same Difference and now Nicola Adams, the show really does have something for everyone”

The Leeds Light switch-on forms part of the council’s wider festive programme ‘Winter WonderLeeds’ which will provide a number of events and activities across the city centre including the 12th annual Christkindelmarkt on Millennium Square.

Notes to editors:

Tickets are now available for the pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ which runs from Friday 6 December 2013 to Saturday 11 January 2014 at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds. Book online at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 0113 224 3801.

The Leeds Christkindelmarkt German Christmas market will open from Friday 8 November. For more information, call Leeds City Council’s Events team on 0113 395 0891 or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/christmasmarket.

Leeds Lights Switch-On and Christkindelmarkt form part of the city’s wider festive activity programme ‘Winter WonderLeeds’ which focuses on the best in Leeds Christmas markets and events including the ‘Made in Yorkshire Festive Fayre’ Crafts Market on Victoria Gardens and a new 17 day Christmas festival on Briggate, running from Friday 6 to Sunday 22 December. Brand new for 2013, Winter WonderLeeds on Briggate will feature a giant marquee housing 20 stalls showcasing food, drink, crafts and festive goods celebrating the very best of Leeds; whilst an events space will provide arts, culture and entertainment for all ages. For further information visit http://www.leedsmarkets.co.uk/winterwonderleeds

In addition to the various market offerings, a Festive Family Funfair will also be taking place on Cookridge Street (between the Headrow and St Anne’s street) every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 22 November to 15 December 2013. Open from 11am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 11am to 6pm on Sundays, the fairground and will feature the popular dodgems, flying chairs, convoy, cups and saucers rides amongst others together with a traditional candy floss and refreshment stall.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk