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RESULTS OF THE BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

DISILLUSIONMENT WITH THE BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Last weekend saw the national British Musical Firework Championships take place but sadly, there were issues, resulting in the cancellation of the remainder of the competition on Sunday due to high winds which were carrying the debris into the gathered spectators.

Fortunately, there was time on the Friday and Saturday to get a couple of displays in, some of which were the stuff of legends.

First to fire Kimbolton Fireworks who very kindly stepped in at the last minute (bearing in mind that usually competitors have more than 6 months to plan the pyrotechnics and the music) to offer up a beautiful display.  Unfortunately, as a result of the lateness of the call to fire, they had to call upon a previously created display which included a track being used by one of the other teams so they decided that they would not be included in the competition.  It was a lovely display with lots of colour and effect and they will be competing next season when they have had more chance to plan.

Next up; Phenomenal Fireworks – their theme was opened with ‘Lets get ready to rumble’ and followed the ‘boxing’ theme. The multi-directional pieces looked a little haphazard but the ghost shells with blinking stars were lovely.  In the middle of the Eye of the Tiger track, they had 2 minutes of dark sky due to a rare technical issue, but they quickly got back on track and the gear was absolute quality – when the fish came straight at the crowds I was holding my breath!  A terrible shame as historically Phenomenal are usually exactly that – Phenomenal!

Then onto Saturday Night before a packed crowd of spectators – first to fire Blitz Fireworks. Their display had a very beautiful WW theme. It was much less smoky than the display from Phenomenal too but the windy conditions could clearly be seen and felt.

The theme was particularly poignant as this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. The first few musical tracks used were ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag’, The White Cliffs of Dover’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’, The Great Escape and of course, The Dambusters; there were even air raid sirens and searchlights! There were some HUGE shell breaks and the timing of the flying fish was amazing and to the split second.

The whistle for the all clear followed by the Last Post was very heart-rending and quite rightly, the display received a very well-deserved round of applause from the huge crowds at Southport. The second half of the display was much for upbeat with modern musical accompaniment including Sweet Lullaby from Paloma Faith, For You from Rita Ora and Liam Payne and In My Blood by Shawn Mendes – just brilliant and the crackling mines on the beat sounded like clapping. The finale was a sky full of red and gold. A beautiful, poignant and packed show – congratulations Blitz Fireworks.

Second to step up to the plate was the team from Firework Effects. Now here is a bone of contention as despite having the same funding as the other competitors, it would appear they had offered up a much smaller scale display which simply didn’t measure up. It was very centralised and with no width to the display, it was wholly disappointing.  Had it been for a wedding/anniversary event, perhaps it would have hit the mark but sadly, not for competition. I dare say that having watched the show, it had a huge dark sky period and the effects could easily have been fully covered by one of our DIY display packs – with more effects!  I understand that everyone has to take their piece, but if you do not plan to commit to competing, why agree to take part?

Last to fire on Saturday were the much-anticipated Illusion Fireworks.

I have to say, firstly there was a great deal more pyro than in some of the other displays, but it was all used to brilliant effect. It wasn’t perfect as there were a few odd little shots which appeared to be incorrect as they were the wrong colour/effect but that could not take anything away as it and it was an exceptional display full of drama, packed with colour and the sweeping mine effects were awesome.

The remaining competitors, unfortunately, were unable to complete their displays and as such, it was scored on the people who were able to display (apart from Kimbolton).

The results were:

  • 1st ILLUSION FIREWORKS
  • BLITZ FIREWORKS
  • PHENOMENAL FIREWORKS

Very well done everyone.

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SOUTHPORT BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS – IT’S HERE!

The 2018 British Musical Firework Championships, one of the most fiercely contested competitions in the UK Firework display calendar starts this Friday in the beautiful West coast town of Southport.

Each team invited to compete are tasked with producing the most beautiful display lasting around 16-18 minutes and fully choregraphed to a pre-approved track list. The displays will be judged by a panel from the firework and entertainment industry on the following:

The Judges Score Sheet scoring is based on the following:

Artistic Merit:
Synchronisation to Music 15
Mood and flow (continuity) 15

Variety of Music and Effects:
Firework Symmetry – colour, pattern and effects 15
Choice and use of music 15

Technical Merit:
Technical synchronisation 10
Site Safety management 10
Overall display timing 5

Overall Performance:
Design, choreography and entertainment value 15
(taking weather conditions into account)

POINTS POSSIBLE 100

The little Town of Southport has a huge amount of charm and the back streets are packed with little eateries (having eaten at half a dozen, I have never been disappointed).

For details of the firing order and times, please check out previous blog post.

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SOUTHPORT MUSICAL FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIP

WHAT: SOUTHPORT MUSICAL FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHERE: VICTORIA PARK, SOUTHPORT, MERSEYSIDE
WHEN: 28TH, 29TH AND 30TH SEPTEMBER 2018
COST: VARIES – TICKETS FROM £7.00 FOR FRIDAY OR SUNDAY EVENT TO SATURDAY WITH A SEAT FOR £25.00

As we face some of the hottest weather the UK has seen in many years, thoughts of Autumn and cool evenings fill the mind as this also herald’s Southport’s fabulous firework championships.

The British Musical Firework Championships is one of the most fiercely competed for in the UK event calendar as it brings together some of the finest exponents of the art of pyrotechnics to battle it out in the sky over this stunning seaside town.

There will be over 10 tonnes of pyrotechnics which will be linked by a staggering 5km of cabling and will take teams of up to 15 technicians to set up the displays.

FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2018
8PM KIMBOLTON FIREWORKS
8.30PM PHENOMENAL FIREWORKS

SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018
8PM BLITZ FIREWORKS
8.30PM FIREWORK EFFECTS
9PM ILLUSION FIREWORKS

SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2018
8PM RAINBOW FIREWORKS
8.30PM DISTANT THUNDER FIREWORKS

Each team will produce a 16-18 minute display, choregraphed to a pre-approved list of music and will be judged by a specialist panel from within the fireworks and entertainment industry.
There will be concessions on site, but you are very welcome to take along your own food and beverages.

Out and about there are numerous really good quality little eateries:

SAMSARA THAI – This is a busy, but efficiently run, establishment serving everything from dishes powerfully spiced with chilli to mild yet fragrant tasty dishes. Make sure you book to be sure of getting a table.

BISTRO 21 – Just off Lord Street, the main road through Southport. With an excellent choice of tasting, A-la-carte or Table D’hote menus the food is freshly prepared and choices range from fish to steak and Thai to Moroccan.

BISTRO VERITE – this lovely little French-inspired bistro has a reasonably priced menu with food of a standard which would compete with any top end restaurant.

CHESHIRE LINES INN – cheap eats of the very best quality. Their speciality is a fish platter with HUGE chunky homemade chips that are simply gorgeous.

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