The Edinburgh Festival is over but ends with a bang!
So with a heavy heart – it is time to say goodbye to the Edinburgh Festival for another year! However, the Edinburgh Festival doesn’t end quietly – no it goes out with a bang!
The end of the Edinburgh Festival lights up the skyline!
So, to mark the end of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival season in general every year there is the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert. At 9.30pm – the Edinburgh skyline will light up during the most colourful display you could ever imagine!
Believe it or not – this is the world’s largest annual fireworks concert! Months of planning go into making it truly spectacular – year in, year out. It’s a night to celebrate the city of Edinburgh and its people. Set to the music of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the fireworks end the Festival with a bang (literally!) and serve as a stunning curtain closer to the summer festival season.
So where can you watch it?
To be honest – you will struggle to miss it! The sky is alight with fireworks like you’ve never seen before! There are some recommended viewing places.
You can buy tickets for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, you can choose to sit in the Ross Theatre or stand in Princes Street Gardens. This guarantees some of the best vantage points – although it is very, very busy!
Many locals decide to end the Edinburgh Festival atop Calton Hill – but this is always extremely busy because it is free and gives a spectacular view of the city.
If you prefer to be in a less crowded area – you can also see the fireworks from Inverleith Park and if you tune in to Forth 1 (97.3) you will feel like you are right in the heart of the action!
Why is it such a big deal? It’s just some fireworks right?
This is more than a fireworks show – this is a celebration of the Edinburgh Festival! It is also a fireworks show like you’ve never seen before! It is painstakingly set to music! The Scottish Chamber Orchestra interpret this stunning display in the most amazing fashion! The set list this year includes:
- E Strauss Steam Powered polka (fast, op. 70)
- Brahms Hungarian Dances nos. 1,3 & 5
- Mozart Contradances from K603 and K609
- Lumbye Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop
- Dvorak Slavonic Dances from op. 46
- J Strauss II Emperor Waltz, op. 437
- J Strauss II Thunder and Lightning Polka
If you are not going to buy tickets for the event but want to enjoy the concert – make sure to tune into Forth 1 from 9pm tonight!
Still not convinced? Watch this taster of this spectacular event!
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