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SOUTHPORT FIREWORKS RESULTS 2019

SOUTHPORT BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 – THE RESULTS

Last weekend saw the final UK based competition of 2019 (Blackpool is a World Competition) get underway in what can only be described as poor condition.

On Friday, teams representing Phoenix Fireworks and Illusion Fireworks set up but the weather was dreadful with ever-changing wind direction, so it was deemed unsafe to fire.

This decision hit home as Illusion had planned a special shell launch in memory of firework enthusiast Wilf Scott who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The result was that they offered both teams the opportunity to fire on Saturday or Sunday, but unfortunately, Illusion Fireworks had other commitments, so Phoenix was added to the revised firing schedule for Saturday.  The spectators got a true treat with 4 spectacular displays:

7.45pm – Phoenix Fireworks
8.15pm –  Magic and Miracle
8.45pm –  G2 Fireworks
9.15pm –  Distant Thunder Fireworks

First up, Phoenix Fireworks.  The opening sequence appeared to have an issue as only one side was firing, but once it got going, it was lovely.  A couple of dark sky moments (totally out of character for this exceptional pro team) but there were some flashes of brilliance too – I particularly loved the multi-coloured peonies which were gorgeous.  Well done team Phoenix.

Next were Magic and Miracle.  Winners last year at Firework Champions at Arley Hall where they produced a spectacular show, great things were expected, and the crowds were not disappointed.  There was a peony shell breaking into strobing glitter which was absolutely astonishing to see.  A couple of lengthy pregnant pauses but some of the combinations really lit up the sky and the ground effects were outstanding with a very pretty finale.  A lovely display well received by the crowds.

Third, to fire, G2 Fireworks who put up a strong fight with some outstanding shell work and I have to say, the strobing glitter horsetails were beautiful.  The shell with the white-tipped glitter and a bright blue pistil centre were awesome.  A great mix of diverse music including a bhangra mix which certainly got the crowd’s attention.  The choreography to the music was nothing short of brilliant.

The final competitors on Saturday evening were Distant Thunder Fireworks. The brilliant opening sequence with a central full-width spread fanned effect bouquet that was absolutely stunning.  There was a bit of random firing on the right side, in the midst of the silver and blue sequence, with a sudden burst of pink/gold.  The z-firing fanned set was beautiful with lots of colour, particularly in the Mary Poppins section.  More of the colour changing horsetail breaks and some of my favourite ones which look like giant jellyfish (not a scooby what they are called) which are always a winner in my book.  One of the shells launched by the team was in memory of Pete Thorley, a pyrotechnician close to the hearts of many of those in attendance at Southport.  Their finale was something else … just WOW.

Onto Sunday and there were three more displays to see – the first two competitive and the finale was a display from Illusion who had managed to get a team together to fire the dedication display.

First to fire; Pyro 2000. The opening sequence, including some INCREDIBLE crossettes was, in my opinion, one of the most colourful displays of the weekend.  But, the finale was a little lacklustre and there didn’t appear to be much ‘form’ to it.  Nice job.

Last of the competing teams: 1st Galaxy Fireworks.  They started with a very emotional opening set with very rich deep colours and the perfectly spherical shell breaks were outstanding – over in Japan the crowd would have been cheering loudly as when a shell breaks so well, it is said to signify excellence and it is a true indication of the love and care taken by the creators.  There were some lovely titanium flashes and excellently choreographed to a fabulous selection of music – There was a hell of a lot of pyro involved in this display.

Finally, the closing exhibition display by Illusion Fireworks.  Winners last year at Southport, Karl and his team of professionals designed a very special show for much-loved judge Wilf Scott who passed away earlier this year.  As mentioned earlier, it was meant to take place on Friday, but the weather conditions made it unsafe to proceed.  I have to say it was a very beautiful tribute to one of the characters of the pyro world and he would have been blown away by the breaks on a beautiful specially designed shell that was choreographed to Wilf’s favourite piece of music; Handle’s Zadok the Priest.  Wilf was a traditionalist and especially liked silver and gold combinations with little colour, so the team tried to adhere to that as much as possible.

The results were:

  1. DISTANT THUNDER FIREWORKS
  2. PYRO 2000
  3. 1ST GALAXY FIREWORKS

Great job in some really challenging weather conditions and our congratulations to the winners and the teams who took part in this iconic competition.

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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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BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 – THE COMPETITORS ARE ANNOUNCED

WHAT: BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 – THE COMPETITORS ARE ANNOUNCED
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK DISPLAY COMPETITION
WHERE: VICTORIA PARK, SOUTHPORT
WHEN: 28th – 30th SEPTEMBER 2018 (THREE NIGHT EVENT)

We are delighted to inform you of the teams competing in the 2018 British Musical Firework Championships in Southport.

This year includes the following teams choreographing the fireworks to their own music selection. Some of the teams have competed before at the British Musical Fireworks Championships and
others at similar competition events both here in the UK and overseas.

 FUSE FIREWORKS
 DISTANT THUNDER FIREWORKS
 BLITZ FIREWORKS
 FIREWORK EFFECTS
 PHENOMENAL FIREWORKS
 ILLUSION FIREWORKS LTD
 RAINBOW FIREWORKS

All the competing teams must have a minimum of £5 million in Public Liability Insurance (most of them have a massive amount more) and their list of music must be submitted by 1 st June and be
suitable for a family audience.

Competitors can use between 4 and 10 pieces of music and they must have the details of the artiste, composer, genre etc and the final display should be of 16-18 minutes in length (outside of these timings, competing teams will be penalised).

The official judges are not ‘wet behind the ears’ so nothing gets past them and as mentioned in the previous blog, there are few better experienced that these having been in the industry for 30 years plus.

Once we are aware of the running order of the competition, we will let you know.

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