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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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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS NEWBY HALL RESULTS

This is the first event of the Firework Champions events and was destined to be one of the greats with a classy programme of three of the hardest working professional firing teams taking each other on.  Last year, local team Optimum Fireworks picked up the win but it was all to play for.

It was a stunner of an evening in every sense – warm, light breeze and of course, FIREWORKS

First, to fire, Blaze Fireworks, were always going to be up against it as such a lovely evening kept it light outside until very late meaning that they were firing in twilight rather than fully dark, but they didn’t let it beat them. Some of the colours were difficult to see and were not quite as clear as they would have been if the lighting conditions had been better. The mixture of music and the choreography was lovely and there were some bright spinners with purple breaks which were captivating. The final sequence was magical and fit perfectly with the music ‘Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as the slow falling glitter was the perfect end to an excellent display. Well done Blaze Fireworks.

Second to fire; Blitz Fireworks. The opening sequence was beautifully paced and the pyro was perfectly matched to the haunting ‘Chandelier’ by Sia and then onto a cover of ‘The Sound Of Silence’ which was brilliant and the falling horsetails midway through the track brought an emotion to the display which is rarely seen – simply put it was beautiful. Beautifully symmetrical, great use of effects and colours and in a different class altogether.

Final competitors; Spectrum Fireworks. Again, a lovely mixture of music but the show was a little uneven for my taste as it appeared to lose some of the symmetry. Good mix of colours and effects and I particularly liked the rainbow colours on the full-width fan. The finale was really pretty with a good mixture of reds and golds – very good and a great interpretation of the music.

The votes were cast and counted whilst everyone was treated to a celebration display by organisers MLE.

The winner was BLITZ FIREWORKS which from the comments on social media, was certainly the chosen display from the spectators.

This weekend sees Firework Champions at the incredibly beautiful Stanford Hall near Rugby. Don’t forget, tickets are available for all the Firework Champions events taking place over the next few Saturdays.

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RESULTS – DA NANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018

WHAT: DA NANG INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
WHERE: DA NANG, VIETNAM
WHEN: SUMMER 2018

Some of the best exponents of pyrotechnic art brought together to battle it out with bright and beautiful firework effects and colour again this year.

It has become one of the most visited areas in the World and each year the increase in arrivals in the Country has gone up 25% every year for the last 5 years and it shows no sign of slowing down thanks to its dramatic landscape, the friendliness and hospitality of its people, some of the best, cleanest and most beautiful beaches and of course the food is beautifully fresh.

The annual Da Nang International Firework Festival includes, of course, an international competition as well as other events including a food festival, dance competition and a street carnival and parade.

The teams this year hailed from Portugal, Hong Kong, USA, France, Poland, Sweden, Italy and of course local representatives from Vietnam.

The winner of the Firework Competition was the team from Martello SR Italy who once again lifted the trophy for the second year running with their theme ‘Legend of Bridges’.

In my opinion, the first couple of minutes of the Italian display was a little odd as it was all to come side and there was little choreography going on as the timing was well and truly shot and the symmetry off. However, once they gained some momentum, it was simply gorgeous and some of the big shells were outstanding in both effect and sheer magnitude. A poor start quickly became a stunning display – well done Martello SR.

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