In 2016 the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site were looking for a BIG idea to celebrate their ‘tinth’ anniversary – they got one! The Largest Mechanical Puppet ever constructed in Britain steamed the length of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site with a live audience of 149,400 over 10 days. Following the success of the 2016 tour, the man engine is back.
With the Festival season fast approaching, Titanium Fireworks will once again be busy delivering displays and pyrotechnic special effects for numerous festivals and concerts. We are very proud of our track record which last year saw us at Wembley Stadium for Adele “The Finale” firing from the stage and the famous Arch. At the end of the summer we were up in Blackpool for the Livewire Festival, for a rare concert from Will Smith; his first in the UK for many years, with pyro erupting from behind the stage and a large aerial display from the beach.
During the last few years we have had the pleasure of working on a number of exciting and unusual projects, many of which have involved firing at historic buildings ranging from Tudor royal palaces to Victorian wooden piers.
The annual Edinburgh’s Hogmanay display is a major National Celebration launched from the ramparts of the 12th century castle, owned by Historic Scotland. It is not a simple task of just turning up with the fireworks and equipment, loading the display and firing it; months of planning go on behind the scenes with the various stakeholders to ensure the safety of the audience, the castle and its staff, as well as priceless artefacts such as cannon, stained glass windows and the One O’clock Gun.
There are three main reasons for having firework displays on water: safety, aesthetics and context.
Perhaps the most obvious point is that if we are not using ultra low debris effects (see previous blog about working on rooftops) we need to observe safety distances for the effects we are using and sometimes the middle of a river, lake, estuary or offshore is the only place which affords the space we need.
He’s set fire to the rain for Adele, made a dazzling crown of red, white and blue for the Queen and lights up every New Year’s Eve. Meet gunpowder guru Darryl Fleming who gives you more bang for your buck.
Darryl Fleming is the man who Set Fire To The Rain for Adele and put the Boom! into Boom! Shake The Room for Will Smith. He’s made a fizzing crown of red, white and blue fire for the Queen and hurled a gigantic rugby ball of light around the top of Twickenham stadium. On New Year’s Eve, he makes London’s firework celebrations the envy of the world.
Fleming, 47, runs Titanium Fireworks, the British company that has become the industry go-to for the cream of showbusiness and sporting events. His budget can climb as high as some of his rockets – the estimated cost of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony sequence was £300,000.
It’s a career that combines the creativity of music and colour with the engineering ingenuity needed to build bespoke rigs for venues such as Twickenham and Wembley. It also requires the technical know-how to manage up to 150 firework cues in a single second………………………………….. Click here to read the full article on the Daily Mail Website
On the 1st of January our team came together to put on the annual New Year’s Day Fireworks Display in Cromer, Norfolk. The event is held to help raise funds for local projects and draws huge crowds from all over the county and beyond. The event has been kept free to attend but there is a voluntary donation system on the night, so the pressure is on for us to deliver something that will encourage the crowds to put their hands in their pockets.
Once again we had the pleasure of producing the displays for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, ringing in the New Year to capacity crowds of 150’000 over the two nights.
New organisers Underbelly made their mark on the long-established festival with a whole new range of street entertainment, a special child-friendly early concert called the Bairns Afore, a Ceilidh at the foot of Castle Rock and an extended 9 minute Midnight firework display.
Part I London
Madness – One Step Beyond (sample only)
Chase & Status – Big Man Skank
Sigala / Ella Eyre – Came Here for Love
Puff Daddy feat Jimmy Page – Come with Me
Little Mix feat. Stormzy – Power
Coldplay / The Chainsmokers – Something Just Like This
Adele – Set Fire to The Rain (vocal)
J Hus – Common Sense
George Michael – Freedom 90 (sample only)
George Michael – Careless Whisper (sample only)
Emma Clarke – Mind the Gap (Voice Over)