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East 17 announced for Perth’s Christmas Lights after-party

The current line up of John Hendy, Robbie Craig and Terry Coldwell.
The current line up of John Hendy, Robbie Craig and Terry Coldwell.

Nineties pop legends East 17 are to make an appearance at Perth’s Christmas light’s switch-on event.

However those hoping to catch a glimpse of the original heart-throb frontman Brian Harvey are set to be disappointed as the band now comprises original members John Hendy and Terry Coldwell, as well as their most recent recruit Robbie Craig.

East 17 achieved 12 top 10 hits in the UK between 1992 and 1998. The band’s second album Steam featured their best-selling hit Stay Another Day, which remained at the top of the charts in the UK for five weeks and was the 1994 Christmas Number one.

The group will perform on a stage in King Edward Street as part of a newly-announced Christmas light switch-on “after-party” from 7pm to 9pm on November 19.

Those whose musical tastes are more 70s will be able to enjoy Abba tribute band Abba Spectacular at the Horsecross Plaza stage.

Top designer Wayne Hemingway, who was recently appointed to a group tasked with driving Perth’s future growth, will keep the crowds warmed up with a Northern Soul DJ set on the main stage.

Glam rockers Slade and hip hop star Professor Green have already been announced as headlining this year’s event.

A dedicated children’s stage will also cater for younger visitors, with an appearance by the legendary Basil Brush among the attractions.

The city centre event is a key part of the annual Winter Festival, but its success could also be crucial to Perth’s bid for City of Culture status.

The performances will follow a full day of entertainment in the city centre, with more live music, reindeer, huskies and ice skating.

The council also promises a silent disco in an igloo.

Provost Liz Grant will join Father Christmas on a festive parade through city centre streets, starting at 5.30pm.

She will then take to stage to perform the switch-on, followed immediately by a fireworks display over the River Tay.

Last year, Billy Ocean and pop stars Lawson helped bring tens of thousands of people into the city centre.

A study revealed that the event had helped pump around £1.6 million into the local economy. 

For more, visit www.perthcity.co.uk/perths-christmas-lights-switch.

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