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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2014

WHAT: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2014
WHEN: Sunday 31st August 2014
WHERE: Edinburgh, Scotland

The annual Edinburgh International Festival has been part and parcel of the entertainment for the region since 1947 and it came about as a result of the need for people to gather together after World War II.

Originally billed as ‘The Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama’ the basic theme has changed very little over the years. The original organisers, Rudolf Bing, Henry Harvey Wood and various other gathered civic leaders decided that the festival was from the outset very much a case of where your imagination could take you and resulted in a number of ‘fringe’ events sprouting up which has in turn added another facet as these uninvited ‘guests’ created the incredibly popular Edinburgh Fringe event.

In addition to the MASSIVE Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, which brings the event to a magnificent close, there is music as diverse as the Polish Radio Choir who perform all over the World playing alongside the exceptional Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a male choral group from South Africa who perform in the traditional Zulu style and are multi Grammy Award winners and theatrical performances of the brilliant ‘Ganesh Vs The Third Reich’ to dance from the exceptionally talented Akram Khan with his combination of classical Indian Kathak dance with his contemporary dance roots.

The Firework Concert features some of classical music’s most instantly recognisable pieces of music. This year continues with their preferred ‘war’ theme and the music selections continue to reflect this.

Some of the featured pieces include:

• Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner
• Egmont Overture – Beethoven
• War March of the Priests – Mendelsson
• 1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky

The 1812 Overture was created in celebration of Russia’s win over Napoleon’s armies and The Ride of the Valkyries was used in the Disney feature film, Fantasia and parts of it were used in Star Wars as ‘incidental music’.

For anyone visiting, you have a number of options in store for seeing the fireworks. The best way of course would be to enjoy the musical performances and then remain seated in the best seats in the house to see the magnificent fireworks. Alternatively, there are standing tickets available for Princes Street Gardens which are considerably less expensive but you will have to get into place well in advance of the performances to ensure that you have a birds-eye view.

It will of course be spectacular and if you are lucky enough to get to visit the area, keep your phone handy for that video footage and we would love to see any shots you take.


Goodwood Racecourse Fireworks Concert

This Saturday 14th July sees the welcome return of this spectacular concert and fireworks display.

The show’s director Amanda Sharp is overjoyed that 600 tickets have been sold already for what promises to be the best yet. Tickets are still available and as the same as last year, anyone booking in advance will not have to pay parking fees.

Once again the line-up promises to make the night memorable with no less than five tribute acts taking the stage.

Kicking off with a night of dirty dancing starting at 17:30 and culminating in a massive fireworks display at 22:25, the 20 strong team led by the Rev Ron Lancaster of Kimbolton Fireworks are sure to put on another WOW show, although we expect Ron to be sat back with his feet up “supervising” having just had a knee replaced, all the best on that one.

Other acts attending will be, crazy for Bublé, The magic of take that, Bee gee’s magic and the fantastic Queen B, said to be probably the best Queen tribute band around, a must-see for hardcore Queen fans.

Although barbeques and gazebos will be banned from the race course area a licenced bar will be available, the weather seems (if the met office forecast for West Sussex is correct) to be a little better for Saturday with just a shower or two during the day.

It may be worthwhile taking a waterproof ground sheet, a chair, and dressing warmly.

Whatever the weather we hope it doesn’t spoil the event.

Adult tickets start at £30, a family ticket for two adults and two children is £72.

11-16 year olds just £10 children under 10 accompanied by an adult enter free

If anyone is attending and films the fireworks display we would love to see it, as we are otherwise committed, just upload the video to youtube and e-mail us the link to [email protected], and we will give you a mention.


Celebrate Edinburghs Hogmanay – The Worlds Best New Years Celebrations

Edinburgh Castle Hogmanay fireworks bring in 2008

Tickets for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2010; the greatest celebration of New Year in the world, are ON-SALE NOW! Details of this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay programme are now available and it is one of the biggest ever with five days of spectacular concerts, events and fireworks. The Torchlight Procession starts proceedings on the 29th December and leads us into a host of new events from the Night Afore – Light Night to re:formation day on New Year’s Day, dance spectacular Off Kilter and Firelight with Carabosse are events not to be missed, transforming the Royal Mile into a hub of fire and light, and not forgetting an incredible music line-up including Madness, The Enemy, MYLO, Calvin Harris, Noisettes, Codeine Velvet Club and Frightened Rabbit plus loads more…