• River of Light

‘Scouse’ soundtrack for new-look River of Light

Plans have been revealed for a ‘scouse’ finale to round off next weekend’s River of Light event.

The new-look music and firework spectacular returns to the waterfront on 5 November with nationally acclaimed company Titanium Fireworks at the helm.

Liverpool City Council says it has taken on board feedback from 2016, with an upbeat soundtrack created to accompany the display which starts at 6.30pm.

Audiences have been told to expect a mix of up-to-date chart hits from international artists, and as a special nod to the city, the final three tracks will be by The Beatles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Paul McCartney.

The tracks themselves won’t be revealed until the night, but the team is aiming for a dramatic finale to round off the fireworks which will be set off from huge barges floating near the edge of the River Mersey.

A map has been produced for the free event which highlights the best vantage point for the Liverpool audience to see the display and hear the music.

Councillor Wendy Simon, assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, says: “We’re expecting thousands to wrap up warm and head to the waterfront on 5 November, so the map is a great way to ensure people know exactly where to go in order to get a great view and to hear the soundtrack.

“Logistically, it would be impossible for us to make sure music is playing the entire length of the waterfront, so by identifying the key vantage points, we will hopefully make sure that everyone can have a visual and audio treat on the evening.”

From 4pm on the Sunday, a range of pre-show family entertainment will take place in Mann Island’s Atrium, with street performances taking place on The Strand, Pier Head and Princes Parade from 5pm.

River of Light will take place in both Liverpool and Wirral on 5 November – it will be two separate displays, but both will use the same soundtrack.

For the Wirral audience, the fireworks will be set off from Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, at 6.30pm. Both displays will finish around 6.45pm.

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