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BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

WHAT: BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
WHY: NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: 27TH, 28TH, AND 29TH SEPTEMBER 2019
WHERE: VICTORIA PARK, SOUTHPORT

The skies over Southport will once again be filled with bright light and effects as a selection of the UK’s premier pyrotechnic teams go head to head in this, the most fiercely fought competition, in the British firework calendar.

You can go along to one or all the shows over the weekend and there is plenty to see and do out and about in the beautiful seaside town of Southport.

Competing this year are as follows:

FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2019

  • 8PM – ILLUSION FIREWORKS (EXHIBITION DISPLAY ONLY)
  • 30PM – PHOENIX FIREWORKS

SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2019

  • 8PM – MAGIC AND MIRACLES FIREWORKS
  • 30PM – G2 FIREWORK SHOP
  • 00PM – DISTANT THUNDER FIREWORKS

SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2019

  • 8PM – PYRO 2000
  • 30PM – 1ST GALAXY

There will be 5 judges who will be scoring on the following:

  • Synchronisation to music
  • The mood and flow of the display
  • Patterns, colours and effects
  • Timing and overall display design

Each competitor will fire a 15 minute display before crowds of tens of thousands who gather every year for this fabulous event.

A little about each company:

1st Galaxy Fireworks – Sherwood, Nottingham

Runners up at the British Firework Championships and British Musical Firework Championships as well as participants in innumerable international events. The company was established over 20 years ago and have a number of regular corporate customers.

Pyro 2000  – Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Established in 1996 as the display arm of the company Black Cat/Standard Fireworks who have been thrilling us throughout the UK for over 100 years (standard was established in 1891!!) This company have a huge number of UK clients and have competed all over the World during their history including picking up the win in Macau in 2016 and more recently they were over in Vietnam for the DIFF (DaNang International Firework Festival) helping out Pyrotex Fireworx into the final where they were narrowly beaten by JoHo Pyro. They are also the team providing the fireworks for the magnificent Edinburgh Tattoo.

Phoenix Fireworks – Sevenoaks, Kent

Established for over 45 years this team have been under new management for the last 10 years and have again competed in numerous National and International festivals.  Last year, their set up was damaged during another team’s display resulting in Phoenix not being able to show their full potential but in the fireworks game this sort of thing can happen. Best of luck to the team.

Magic and Miracles Fireworks – Stapleford, Nottingham

Established in 1994 so they have been 25 years in the professional display game. The team won at the Firework Champions Event in 2018 at Arley Hall and they have a packed diary of events booked all year round with an impressive list of clients from the business and private sectors.

G2 Fireworks – Middlesborough, Teeside

The company has been in the fireworks industry for 30 years and competed at Catton Hall for the Festival of Fireworks. I have to say that having watched their display from the Festival of Fireworks it was exceptional – the precision and use of colour and effects was absolutely beautiful.

Distant Thunder Fireworks – Devizes, Wiltshire

This team were set to compete at the 2018 event here in Southport but due to severe weather conditions and an incident which resulted in burning debris setting fire to a tree and some hitting a spectator, the event was cancelled for the safety of everyone.

You can go along for one or all the three nights events and out and about there is plenty to see and do during the day.

Southport is great for browsing the shops as there are a huge number of High Street and independent retailers per square metre than in London.

The Wayfarer Arcade even has a bronze statue of the legendary Red Rum, the horse who went on to win three times and place runner up twice during his illustrious career. The horse used to train on the sands at Southport.  So if you are looking for anything from Dolce and Gabbana to YSL or want inexpensive homewares, it is certainly a shoppers paradise.

Eating out can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be whether you are looking to have afternoon tea (Nostalgia Tea-rooms), Sushi (V-Café and Sushi bar) or some delicious seafood and steaks (La Forge Brasserie) there is something for every taste and budget.

Have a great time.

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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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