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Blackpool Fireworks Championships 2014

WHEN: 5TH, 12TH, 19TH AND 26TH SEPTEMBER 2014
WHERE: BLACKPOOL PROMENADE
COST: FREE (the epic fireworks team LOVE this word 🙂

This event has been running for many years and continues to bring together some of the very best teams from around the world together to battle it out for supremacy in the skies over the West Coast of the UK.

Teams from Sweden, Austria and Canada take it to the next level as they put together a display showing their wares alongside the internationally famous Blackpool Illuminations.

All the displays must be set to music and will all be fired from the North Pier.

The firing order is as follows:

5/9/2014 – Team Sweden
12/9/2014 – Team Austria
19/9/2014 – Team Canada
26/9/2014 – Closing Display

The finale display will be brought to you from the very special non competing guests, Titanium Fireworks who are putting on a show to close this marvellous event. Their display is sure to be something special so make sure that your camera’s are at the ready. The winners will be announced after the finale display from Titanium.

The first display was Sweden, up on Friday on what was essentially a very nice evening. There was a great deal of smoke but there were some lovely pieces. My personal ‘thing’ is symmetry and these most certainly wont but given the restrictive ‘firing space’ on the Pier, we shall have to see what the remaining teams can pull out of the bag.

Last year, whilst the weather wasn’t quite as terrible as it was in 2012, there were still very high winds so fingers crossed that the weather may be a little more clement this time around. However, having visited the illuminations on a number of times in the past, the weather conditions can be absolutely appalling so fingers crossed.

This is the perfect chance to get some fireworks in your system in preparation for Bonfire Night and a lovely place to visit with plenty to do through the day and after the fireworks, you can take in a show, visit the cinema or go out to eat in any one of the thousands of café and restaurants.

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Blackpool International Fireworks Championships 2013

Blackpool fireworks competition

The skies above Blackpool will once again be lit by more than just the Illuminations as they host the International Fireworks Championships competition. Last year’s event was sadly massively impacted by high winds and driving rain and I have to say some pretty lousy weather conditions. Clients of Epic Fireworks who made their way over to enjoy the competition were naturally very disappointed not to get to see some of the finest pyros in the World.

This year, the weather may still impact on proceedings but of course, we all have our fingers crossed that the weather gods are actually on the side of the righteous.

Teams for this competition come from Ireland, China and France and non-competing but fabulous nevertheless, Titanium Fireworks will be hosting a display on the final awards evening.

As the finest in the World come together, we hope for great things as we know the passion felt by the Irish and of course, China being the home of fireworks will, of course, add that little bit more to the proceedings.

The running order is as follows:

• 6 September 2013 – Ireland – Rocket Fireworks
• 13 September 2013 – China – Vulcan Fireworks
• 20 September 2013 – France – Focus Pyro
• 27 September 2013 – exhibition only – UK’s Titanium Fireworks

The competition is a pyro musical which has the fireworks choreographed to musical accompaniment. The displays have to be 14-15 minutes in duration.

Blackpool, on the West coast of the UK, is also known as mentioned for its marvellous illuminations and being ‘up North’ the locals are really friendly with a massively diverse amount of entertainment on offer. From the ‘girls’ at the fantastic Funny Girls to a HUGE beer festival at the Continental lasting 4 days from 19th September, Blackpool has something to offer everyone.

You also have a huge range of accommodation available to meet even the tightest of budgets where you can stay in the height of luxury at the gorgeous Number one on Blackpool’s South Beach to any one of the hundreds of Bed and Breakfast establishments costing from £20.00 for the most basic of facilities to a decent place for around £135.00 for 3-days bed and breakfast for two people to make a weekend of it.

Due to the huge array of things to entertain everyone from young children to the elderly, this is one of those places that even if you are not a fan of fireworks, it still enables those who do the opportunity to see, completely free of charge, displays from the best display teams in the World today whilst the rest of the family enjoy the other entertainment on offer.

If you should manage to get along, we would love to see some photographs or video footage.

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Fireworks Championships 2009 Blackpool

Blackpool hosts the International Fireworks Championships.

Starting on Sunday the 6th of September. The Blackpool Illuminations season opens with an international air as countries from all around the world come to compete for the coveted title.

Each team must put on a pyro-musical display that not only reflects their country’s cultural heritage but also shows off state of the art design and innovation in pyrotechnics.

The eyes of the world will be on Blackpool for this and competition will be fierce. The first to perform will be Frances Focus Pyro who hope to dazzle the tens of thousands of spectators who line the promenades to witness the best in the world battle it out.

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Pyro – Musical has become an artform in and of itself, honing their skills, the competitors will hope to touch the audience emotionally and use the music and the fireworks harmoniously.

“Music and fireworks go together beautifully when the timing is just right and the mood and feel of the musical piece match the visual display in the sky, the audience responds and the whole becomes much greater than the sum of its parts. There is an acceptance of togetherness between spectator, music and pyrotechnic which can be overwhelming.” – Graeme Connelly, pyro musical aficionado.

Weekly heats will see the competitors vying for top space and the publics hearts. We hope you can make it there.

The recommended viewing area for the Blackpool Fireworks or the best place to see the fireworks is all the promenade areas North of the North Pier all the way to Gynn Square. If you know a good spot to watch the Blackpool fireworks let us know and we will share it with the world.

Itinerary:

First Heat Sunday, Sept 6 – France, Focus Pyro

Second Heat Friday, Sept 11 – Ireland, Rocket Pyrotechnic

Third Heat Friday, Sept 18 – China, Vulcan International

Fourth Heat Friday 25 – Austria, Lukasser Design Fireworks International

Final Friday Oct 2 – Celebration Display by Kimbolton Fireworks

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