Up-and-coming British band The Vamps are set to entertain the crowds at the Leeds light switch on this 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 switch-on will take place on Thursday, November 7 from around 6.45pm with an estimated crowd of 15,000 set to gather for the celebrations at Victoria Gardens as Leeds begins its countdown to Christmas.
Organised by Leeds City Council and Real Radio, 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 Leeds United manager Brian McDermott together with club 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.
Coun 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.”
The Leeds lights 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.