LATEST: Barnstaple's Christmas lights switch on WILL go ahead this evening despite the poor weather forecast. If this changes, we will post any news of the event here. Keep checking back throughout the day for the latest information.
Soul Queen Beverley Knight will switch on Barnstaple’s Christmas lights this evening.
The singer will perform a half-hour, hit-filled set and switch on the town’s Christmas lights to mark the start of the festive season and kick-off the town’s weekly late-night shopping.
Joining the British pop diva will be a host of local talents helping to entertain the crowds.
The entertainment kicks off in The Square at 4pm with Braunton singer songwriter Steve Ley.
He will be followed by The Brakes Collective and Friends, who will perform a number of Christmas songs, with guest performances by other local musicians.
Semi-Toned, a unique ten-piece a cappella group, will then provide some entertaining re-mixes using just their voices. The members from this all-male group met at Exeter University and reinterpret classic rock and pop songs in their own unique and fun style, adding harmonies, raps and entertaining noises.
Mama Stone's House Band, featuring soulful Leigh Coleman, will then perform a number of songs before the official lights switch on.
There is more fun to be had after the grand lights switch on.
Samba Sol will lead the crowd from The Square to the High Street. And in the pannier market there will be funky pop covers from iFunk (the band have written and recorded the music for Barnstaple's TV advert).
Plus, there will be food from Monty Carribean Kitchen, The Lush Hot Dog Stall, as well as roasted chestnuts and children's rides.
Programme of events:*
4pm - Steve Ley
4.25pm - The Breaks Collective & Friends
5.05pm - Semi Toned
5.30pm - Mama Stones House Band with Leigh Coleman
6.20pm – Official Christmas Lights Switch On
6.25pm - Beverley Knight
From 7pm in the Pannier Market - iFunk host the after-show party
*subject to change
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