October 28 2013

A series of local bands and singers have been signed up for Bristol’s biggest firework show taking place this year on Friday 1 November.

A series of local bands and singers have been signed up for Bristol’s biggest firework show taking place this year on Friday 1 November.

The annual Downend Firework Show attracts crowds of up to 10,000 people from across the South West and has become known for its vibrant entertainment programme as well as its spectacular fireworks.

This year will see local singer-songwriter Katey Brooks take to the stage with her unique acoustic sound which draws influences from Johnny Cash and Kate Bush. Katey’s voice has been likened to Annie Lennox and having played at the London Paralympics, Glastonbury and Womad, she’s sure to have audiences enthralled.

George Ezra is another name beginning to make waves in the music industry and who will be performing at the display. This folky singer-songwriter is selling out venues across the UK and is definitely one to watch!

Also making an appearance will be Hayley Chilcott and indie-folk band Tidy Street, made up of three music students, an economist and a mathematician.

All acts will be performing sets before the main event kicks off with more performers set to be announced in coming days.

Andrew Simmonds, who organises the event said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local musical talent to show what they can do in front of a huge crowd. It provides them with a platform and experience at one of Bristol’s biggest events.

“The acts we have lined up this year are superb and we’re all really excited to watch them perform.

“Live music is one of the things that sets us apart from other organised displays in Bristol. It creates a great atmosphere and really gets the crowds going.”

The Downend Firework Show is now in its 42nd year, organised by the Great Western Round Table. This year the event is raising money for Frenchay After Burns Children’s Club, Children in Need and a host of other worthy local causes.

Skyburst the Firework Company will be lighting up the skies once again and with a bigger budget than ever before, it is set to be a spectacular show.

Also at the event will be a children’s firework display attractions and refreshments.

Andrew continued: “The bands performing at this year’s event are in great company. Previously performing on the stage we’ve had Peter Andre and All Saints.

“It’s going to be a night of brilliant entertainment, amazing fireworks and Bristol spirit!”

Tickets are now available to buy online at www.downendfireworks.co.uk for £3.50. Tickets are also available from various outlets and tickets on the gate cost £5 for adults and £3 for children. 

The Downend Firework Show is sponsored by Checkatrade, Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School and Bristol Audi. To get involved or find out more about the GWRT please visit http://www.gwrt.co.uk/