Review: World Firework Championships – Sweden

On Friday 5 September, thousands flocked to Blackpool Promenade which twinkled as elaborate twirling windmills and LED lights played in the hands of the audience as the anticipation built to this week’s world class fireworks display by Sweden. The atmosphere was rich with a certain calm before the explosive energy began. The music, hosted by Rock FM, ruled the air, and boosted the mood.

Once the sun had set, and the tide was in the smell of chips, hot dogs, and other fast food dominated. A fading orange light edged the otherwise dark horizon and there was a brief warm up for the audience before the countdown. Sweden’s first attempt at an international fireworks display began with a confident red and green theme, accompanied by Flo Rida’s I Get a Good Feeling, which was mirrored by the audience’s gasps and ‘wows’ as the fireworks cascaded down in a shower of coloured light, dissipating to embers as they reached the ground.

Scarlet fireworks followed next and fanned out in the black sky, a beautiful contrast of colour and darkness. Rรถyksopp and Robyn’s song Do it Again helped choreograph the twirling catherine wheels of gold. The music then slowed down to a more delicate piece, I think sung by Michael Ball. The fireworks were exploding in time to the music and were violet and gold, most regal, building up to a crescendo as the rock song Rock the Night beat out the explosions and the pops and bangs continued to an amazing and rather abrupt finale. The audience loved it.

Many were photographing the spectacle, most were in awe as the skyline was taken over by such a fine display. In all, it was a fine start to the championships. As usual after the show, the audience move in their hordes to make a quick get away from the masses, all trying to get back home, or wherever. Town was amass with excited people and the evening ended with a display from a local drumming team beating out a rhythmic sound outside St John’s Church. The illuminated fountains were a playground for the children to run through, as happy parents looked on.

Next week’s display will begin at roughly 8.45pm.


Featured image shows 2013 championship and is courtesy of Kev Malone Photography.

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