With a venue as iconic as Alexandra Palace, and its 196 acres of land, a fireworks festival is no small-time affair. Sure, they could just scatter attendees around the grounds, let off a few hundred fireworks, and call it a day. But that’s nowhere near enough for the team behind the Ally Pally Fireworks Festival. They want more, and they know you want more too.
On November 5, Alexandra Palace’s grounds will be completely taken over by a night-time, fair-time, fireworks-watching, food-scoffing, beat-blasting, ice-skating, movie-watching, beer-swilling, festival of epic proportions. They’re properly living up to their Glastonbury comparisons with outdoor live music, DJs, and street food spread around the grounds. There’s also a full on funfair to keep the kids entertained. And hot off of hitting up summer festivals, Pride, and playing in Ibiza, Gok Wan MBE will be headlining the DJ bill.
But wait, there’s more…
Inside Alexandra Palace itself there’s even more happening (somehow) than outside! The Palace will feature an ice rink for skaters to enjoy, where an ice disco will also take place. The Great Hall will play host to the UK’s largest German Bier Festival, where Elvis himself (okay, a tribute act) will be performing. Meanwhile, the Palace’s own cinema will be showing a host of family-friendly, and less family-friendly, flicks throughout the evening. Just be sure to check which particular movie you’re about to enjoy if you’ve got kids with you!
And, of course, there’s the legendary fireworks display itself lighting up the skyline to a carefully curated playlist. Wouldn’t be the Ally Pally Fireworks Festival without the namesake fireworks after all, would it? There will also be a massive bonfire, and fire shows that’ll have you checking your eyebrows haven’t been singed off.
Simon Fell, Alexandra Palace’s Fireworks Festival director, said:
“We cannot wait to welcome everyone to this year’s Fireworks Festival. We’re going big, with a packed programme featuring all the classics, a sensational display, massive bonfire, plus plenty of extras we add on to bring a proper festival vibe.”
Tickets have sold out for the event, though you’ll no doubt catch a glimpse of them if you’re out and about in north London over the weekend! Find more details at the link.