08:21 Friday 15 November 2013

Hit band Toploader to switch on Ely's Christmas lights this year

Written byJORDAN DAY

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HIT band Toploader will be turning Ely’s Christmas lights on this year, Ely News can confirm.

Organisers of the annual Christmas lights switch-on announced this morning (Friday) that the alternative rock band, best known for their cover of King Harvest’s song, Dancing in the Moonlight, will be headlining the event on Friday, November 29.

The band, who are from Eastbourne and were formed in 1997, will be performing on the night and formally switching on the city’s festive lights.

Toploader have sold over two million albums and have had a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad.

Their debut album, Onka’s Big Moka, sold over one million units and remained in the top five of the UK Albums Chart for over six months.

Their second album, Magic Hotel, reached number three in the UK Albums Chart and their third album was released in 2012.

Ian Newstead, the main organiser of the switch-on, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Toploader will be switching the lights on.

“They’re a superb band with millions of album sales to their name and it’s certainly going to be a night to remember.”

More details about the event will be released nearer to the time but as ever, there will be performances from local dance groups and musicians, stalls, a Santa’s grotto, fairground rides, festive games and plenty of fun and games for all the family on the night.

Last year’s lights were switched on by Britain’s Got Talent finalists the Loveable Rogues.

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