Just last night, Mark Radcliffe was on the radio waxing lyrical about Pulp’s headlining performance on the Main Stage in Glastonbury in 1995. Even now, nearly 15 years after the event, his comments were so effusive – something along the lines that he has never seen one man hold an audience of so many in the palm of his hand – that there’s no wonder it’s widely held to be the defining moment (and peak )of Britpop, with Common People as the jewel in the crown of a sparkling set. It must have been some performance.
What does that have to do with fireworks? Not much, directly. (Ok, probably nothing at all, directly). But I personally think that fireworks displays have so much more value when they have a human story, like Andy and Anna’s wedding fireworks display. Like many wedding couples considering a fireworks display for their special day, Andy and Anna got in touch via email. We mentioned the option of a custom musical display and they decide to go away and think about music that means something to them, but that would also work well with fireworks. The tentative suggestion came back: how about Common People by Pulp? Would that work with fireworks? The reason was, that Andy and Anna had witnessed that incredible Pulp performance somewhere, somewhere in a field in Somerset (alright!), and the experience had given that track a special place in their hearts, and in their relationship. On the happiness-ometer it’s a pretty special combination: a great anthemic track, with memories of a great shared experience, choreographed to dazzling display of fireworks. And it’s your wedding day. Tell the folk at Cadbury’s that Phil Collins and the drumming gorilla have competition: Andy, Anna and Alchemy are here, with Jarvis turned up to 11, a sky full of fireworks and an ecstatic wedding party!
“Sorry it’s taken so long to write this but Anna and I both wanted to give you our thanks for the most amazing show you put on at the wedding. It exceeded all my expectations and we’re very happy we chose Alchemy to design and fire the show. We’ve seen a few other wedding firework displays and they didn’t come close to what you delivered, especially being fired to common people! Our guests and most of the village are still talking about it. I have to admit that I was always a little nervous about the cost as it’s difficult to envisage what you’re getting for your money but I think you provide a very high value for money service and would be happy to recommend you.” Andy and Anna