The River of Light 2017 was the largest firework display in the country for the Guy Fawkes season. Liverpool City Council was keen to build on the previous year’s event and deliver a show that would mesmerise the 90,000 strong audience. We fired from two barges on the River Mersey at the world famous waterfront from Pier Head, Princes Street and St Georges Dock while the Wirral display was launched in New Brighton.
We have been very busy since starting our New Year with the three biggest displays in the country – London, Edinburgh and Hull. Our summer program has been packed with May Balls, festivals, private parties, weddings and concerts. Take a look and see what we have been up to with some of the highlights of this summer and also a quick look ahead to the rest of the year.
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After 15 months of a world tour covering Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand, Adele finished her 119 shows at Wembley Stadium in June 2017; billed as “Adele The Finale”. The concerts broke the attendance record set by U2 back in 2009, drawing nearly 98,000 fans.
The set list saw Adele perform a huge range of songs from all three of her studio albums including Hello, Rumour Has it, Rolling in the Deep and Skyfall, with the main set reaching a climax with Set Fire to the Rain illuminated by a pyrotechnic display by Titanium Fireworks.
The summer events program is filled with festivals and outdoor concerts where fireworks form part of the evening’s entertainment. What better way to close an amazing night of music and culture than with a spectacular display. Titanium Fireworks have considerable experience working around the country delivering dazzling finales for acts as diverse as Katherine Jenkins, the Pet Shop Boys, Jools Holland, The Pretenders, Melanie C and All Saints and Goldie.
We are rapidly approaching the Summer Ball season where we are lucky enough to fire at some of the most exciting and prestigious locations in the UK. Trinity is probably the most sophisticated and lavish of all the May Balls but Robinson certainly make the most of their modern site whilst Downing also display the style and creativity synonymous with these very special events.
Utilising a structure as the focal point of a firework display can add tremendous visual impact. But doing so requires specialist skills and experience to ensure a safe and successful result. Titanium Fireworks have been fortunate enough to fire from a huge variety of structures and our team have unrivalled experience of delivering complex displays in challenging conditions.
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.
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.