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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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SOUTHPORT BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

WHAT: 2018 BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIPS
WHERE: SOUTHPORT
VENUE: VICTORIA PARK
WHEN: 28th – 30th SEPTEMBER 2018 (THREE NIGHT EVENT)

I know that it is some time to go until we start thinking about Bonfire Night just yet but there is always time to check in what is to come for the following year, especially for those who live with pyro running through your veins.

The event brings together teams of professional display specialists in a battle to see who will be awarded the trophy for the best of the bunch.

Three nights of beautiful sky thrilling pyrotechnics over which they will fire an average of 10 tonnes of fireworks with a net explosive content of around 2 tonnes and the wiring of around 5 kilometres set up by 15 pyrotechnicians and associate assistants. The displays will have a wide range of effects including lasers, lancework and of course some ground and aerial effects set to thrill. Each team is tasked with creating a display lasting around 16-18 minutes perfectly choreographed to music.

The judging is carried out by professionals who have all served their time in the industry in both the display and planning and implementation stages so they know a thing or two about display
fireworks. In their ranks there have created displays for Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart and Queen so not too shabby.

The 2017 event was a ‘Champion of Champions’ event which was out of this world. The eventual winner, by just one point, was Sirotechnics, under the watchful eye of creator of the company, Simon Harding. The team were second to fire on the Saturday 29 th September 2017 and it was BANGING DOWN!! Yet, despite the dreadful weather conditions, the crowd got behind all the competitors. Sirotechnics display was awesome with absolute crisp and clear colours and the strobing titanium salutes were jaw-dropping. Every effect and a huge range of colour was packed into this display of pyrotechnic art and the pyro used was class itself with perfectly spherical shell breaks – a very well deserved if close win. The second place team, Allstar Fireworks really did start the evening off with a bang and really set the bar high but the winner was indeed cleaner, crisper and the choreography and musical interpretation was clean from both competitors but Simon always brings something that bit unusual to the table.

The seaside town of Southport is quite lovely with an ‘Olde Worlde’ charm about it that feels like some of it is a throwback to Victorian times. With the canopied boulevard on Lord Street which offers a certain gentile elegance lacking in some coastal resorts today, there is lots to do and see and of course eat and having tucked into more than one or two meals in some of the most beautiful dinky restaurants and café’s on offer personally you can be assured the food is superb.

You can take a stroll along Crosby Beach and see the world renowned 100 life sized statues created by artist Antony Gormley titled ‘Another Place’ which look out to see in silent anticipation.
Although, some have been ‘decorated’ with colourful clothes by and unknown artist (for want of a better word – lazy vandal would be more my choice of description) it is still worth a look.

Fix these dates in your calendar and get your tickets arranged but remember, the weather at the end of September can be lovely and conversely can be a horrid wet mess so be prepared.

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