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. And, as this comes as part of Alexandra Palace’s 150th birthday celebrations, you can expect an extra special year as it takes part across two days.
On November 3-4, 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.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a drag takeover by The Glory on the Friday night, with live bands blasting out the anthems the following day. Plus, UK Garage legend DJ Spoony will be providing the tunes on the Saturday evening, as he provides the perfect atmosphere for those tucking into the grub available from 35 vendors in the StrEATlife Festival Village; and Fat Tony will be doing the very same on the opening night.
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) and Kylie Minogue (you got us… also a tribute act) will be performing.
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: “This is the Palace’s 150th birthday year and we’ve been doing fireworks for over 140 of those! We’re gearing up for an amazing couple of nights of celebration, with wall-to-wall entertainment, right from the gates opening.
“There is something for everyone, entertainment of all shapes and sizes, building up to the best display London has to offer. We definitely like to bring visitors that festival experience – they don’t call us the ‘Glastonbury of Fireworks’ for nothing! So book fast, as the countdown has begun, and we look forward to seeing you here for one big party in November.”
Tickets are on sale now for the events, which take place on November 3-4! Find more details at the link.