New Year's Eve in London
|London's New Year's Eve|
Fireworks over London Eye as part of the multi-senory New Year's 2013–2014 display
|Genre||New Year's Eve event|
|Date(s)||31 December/1 January|
|Location(s)||Victoria Embankment, South Bank and River Thames|
New Year's Eve in London, a New Year's Eve firework display, is celebrated along the Victoria Embankment and South Bank areas of the River Thames where the London Eye and Big Ben are situated. The countdown is accompanied by the chimes of Big Ben, and a digital countdown timer projected onto the Shell Centre, until 2017. The fireworks are launched off the London Eye at midnight. A company, Titanium Fireworks are responsible for the pyrotechnics.
The first major New Year's Eve fireworks display in London was planned in December 1999 to celebrate the year 2000. It was estimated by the BBC that about 3 million people turned up around the Thames to watch the fireworks display. A "river of fire" was planned to accompany the fireworks display, but failed to make an impact. A fireworks display was planned during 2000 to celebrate 2001, but was cancelled in November due to a dispute between then-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and the London Underground. Similar disputes also occurred, causing displays to be cancelled for both the 2001–02 and 2002–03 celebrations, although approximately 80,000 revellers gathered around Trafalgar Square to celebrate the New Year.
After a short three-year hiatus, for the 2003–04 event, there were fireworks though only for three minutes. For the 2004–05 event, in the run-up to midnight, an image of candles was projected onto the Shell Centre as a tribute to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Also, at midnight, fireworks were launched from the wheel itself for the first time.
For the 2011–12 extravaganza, fireworks were fired in a one-off event from Elizabeth Tower, launching from the top of the building outwards above the many spectators and well wishers below, welcoming in the year in which London went on to host the Olympic Games. Fireworks were launched in the shape and colour of the Olympic flag, in a display that lasted approximately eleven minutes compared to being reduced to eight minutes in 2010.
The theme of the 2013–14 fireworks was 'Firsts' a projection prior to the fireworks featured Mayor of London Boris Johnson talking about the many 'firsts' that have come from the United Kingdom and London itself. He then went on to explain the 2013–14 fireworks would the "world first" multi-sensory fireworks display with fruit flavoured sweets and radio controlled LED bracelets which had previously been used during Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto Tour and the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony being handed out to revellers when entering the viewing areas. These sweets were as stated in the information leaflet to be eaten prior to the display to "prepare" spectators with the flavours that they were going to experience during the evening. Scented mists and edible flavoured foam were also sprayed throughout the performance.
For the 2014–15 display, the designer of the display stated that the fireworks would focus on London being a world-class city and how it can continue its repetition on being one. It was also focused on how the New Year's event in London was special to the public. The 2014–15 display was the subject of controversy as a £10 charge was introduced by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for tickets to the official viewing areas.
For the 2015–16 display, the Mayor of London announced a partnership with UNICEF to raise money for the charity from the profits made during the evening. The Elizabeth Tower clock face, London Eye and the surrounding areas were lit in blue to support the cause.
New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan stated the 2016–17 display will be the "most exciting New Year fireworks yet for the city". Khan announced a partnership with the BBC to film the fireworks in 360 degrees. The fireworks display paid homage to Prince, David Bowie and Ronnie Corbett who died in 2016.
The 2017–18 firework display featured a soundtrack dominated by female artists such as Ariana Grande, Little Mix, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Dua Lipa and Florence Welch which was played to mark the centenary of women being allowed to vote. Big Ben also chimed at midnight amid ongoing repairs. For the first time, the 60 second countdown was only projected from 15 seconds instead of the full 60 seconds due to Big Ben's accuracy being different due to the repair work being carried out on the tower and the bell. In addition, the London Eye's capsules also marked the countdown with each of them lighting down from 10 seconds. Ariana Grande's One Last Time was played as part of the soundtrack to the firework display with 22 red fireworks to pay tribute to the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena attack.
It is unknown if Big Ben will be able to chime due to repair works on the tower which last until 2021, but however Big Ben’s clock hands were taken off in April, so for the first time ever the next event could all be digitally timed. It is known that lots of people will show up.
Since 2010–11, musical soundtracks have been played during the fireworks. In 2010–11, 2011–12 and 2014–15, BBC Radio 1 provided the soundtrack to the firework displays. In 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, and 2018-19, Bounce, a music editing company based in London, provided the soundtrack to the displays.
|2.||20th Century Boy||T.Rex|
|3.||We Will Rock You||Queen|
|4.||Pass Out||Tinie Tempah|
|5.||Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds||The Beatles|
|6.||West End Girls||Pet Shop Boys|
|7.||You Got the Love||Florence and the Machine|
|8.||London Calling||The Clash|
|9.||Don't Stop 'Til You Get to Bollywood||Michael Jackson vs Usha Ulthup|
|10.||All Time Low||The Wanted|
|12.||Holiday (Instrumental)||Dizzee Rascal|
|1.||Chariots of Fire||Vangelis|
|4.||Viva la Vida||Coldplay|
|5.||Alright||Supergrass (with Martin Solveig "Hello" sample)|
|6.||You Really Got Me||The Kinks|
|7.||Tainted Love||Soft Cell|
|8.||Diamonds Are Forever||Shirley Bassey|
|9.||Rolling in the Deep||Adele|
|10.||Mundyia De Dil Hilgaye||Kais ft. DSI|
|12.||Firestarter||The Prodigy (with Queen sample)|
|1.||Me and You||Nero|
|2.||Yeah Yeah||Willy Moon|
|3.||Another One Bites the Dust||Queen|
|4.||London Calling||The Clash|
|5.||Mr. Blue Sky||Electric Light Orchestra|
|7.||Paradise / Wide Awake||Coldplay and Katy Perry|
|8.||Harder Than You Think||Public Enemy|
|9.||Something 2 Dance 2||NWA|
|10.||Bom Bom||Sam & The Womp|
|12.||Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)||Florence and the Machine|
|13.||We Will Rock You||Queen|
|15.||Anything Could Happen||Ellie Goulding|
|16.||Won't Get Fooled Again||The Who|
|18.||Should I Stay Or Should I Go||The Clash|
|19.||Live While We're Young||One Direction|
|20.||Miami 2 Ibiza||Swedish House Mafia ft. Tinie Tempah|
|1.||Love Me Again||John Newman|
|2.||Hiding All The Stars||Chicane|
|3.||Another One Bites the Dust||Queen|
|4.||Blurred Lines||Robin Thicke|
|5.||Let's Dance||David Bowie|
|7.||Bassline Junkie||Dizzie Rascal|
|8.||Waiting All Night||Rudimental|
|9.||The Mother We Share||Chvrches|
|10.||Down With the Trumpets||Rizzle Kicks|
|11.||Let's Get Ready To Rhumble||PJ & Duncan|
|12.||Skip to the Good Bit||Rizzle Kicks|
|13.||You Should Be Dancing||Bee Gees|
|14.||Breathe in the Air||Pink Floyd|
|16.||I Could Be The One||Avicii and Nicky Romero|
|17.||Louder||DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans|
|1.||No Place Like London||Sweeney Todd|
|2.||Tsunami (Jump)||DVBBS & Borgeou ft. Tinie Tempah|
|3.||Boom Clap||Charli XCX|
|4.||Whole Lotta Love||Led Zeppelin|
|5.||Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner||Flanagan and Allen|
|6.||Original Nuttah||Shy FX|
|7.||Nobody to Love||Sigma|
|10.||Keep The Home Fires Burning||Katie Melua|
|11.||Last Train to London||Electric Light Orchestra|
|12.||Shine a Little Love||Electric Light Orchestra|
|13.||Bang Bang||Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj|
|18.||Gecko (Overdrive)||Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill|
|20.||Changing||Sigma ft. Paloma Faith|
|21.||Blame||Calvin Harris ft. John Newman|
|1.||Pompeii (Audien Remix)||Bastille|
|2.||Peanut Butter Jelly||Galantis|
|3.||Billericky Dicky||Ian Dury|
|4.||Soul Makossa||Yolanda Be Cool|
|5.||Rebel Rebel||David Bowie|
|6.||Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)||Silento|
|7.||Blue Monday||New Order|
|8.||Slap & Tickle||Squeeze|
|9.||Are You Gonna Go My Way||Lenny Kravitz|
|10.||Swing Low, Sweet Chariot||Ella Eyre|
|11.||I Luv U||Dizzie Rascal|
|12.||Stop the Rock||Apollo 440|
|13.||Can You Feel It?||The Jacksons|
|14.||Don't Stop Till You Get Enough||Michael Jackson|
|15.||Need You Tonight||INXS|
|16.||I Can't Feel My Face||The Weeknd|
|18.||Blind Faith||Chase & Status|
|19.||Something Tells Me||Cilla Black|
|20.||Live While We're Young||One Direction|
|22.||Runaway (U & I)||Galantis|
|2.||Let's Go Crazy||Prince|
|5.||Give Me Your Love||Sigala (feat. John Newman & Nile Rodgers)|
|6.||Shut Up and Dance||Walk the Moon|
|7.||Video Killed The Radio Star||Buggles|
|8.||Crosstown Traffic||Jimi Hendrix|
|9.||It Takes Scoop||Fatman Scoop (ft. DJ Kool)|
|11.||Run Boy Run||Woodkid|
|12.||Relax||Frankie Goes to Hollywood|
|13.||This Girl||Kungs vs. Cookin' on 3 Burners|
|15.||Incredible||M Beat feat. General Levvy|
|16.||Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat||Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr (ft. Beardyman)|
|17.||London is the Place for Me||Edmundo Ros|
|18.||A Sky Full of Stars (Hardwell Remix)||Coldplay|
|20.||Space Oddity||David Bowie|
|21.||Suffragette City||David Bowie|
|22.||Ziggy Stardust||David Bowie|
|23.||Jealous (Dillon Francis Remix)||Chromeo|
|24.||Don't You Worry Child||Swedish House Mafia (feat. John Martin)|
|1.||One Step Beyond||Madness|
|2.||Big Man Skank||Chase and Status ft. Mr Vegas|
|3.||Came Here for Love||Sigala|
|4.||Come With Me||Puff Daddy ft. Jimmy Page|
|5.||Something Just Like This||Coldplay |
|6.||Set Fire to the Rain||Adele|
|7.||Power J Hus – Common Sense||Little Mix ft. Stormzy|
|8.||Video Killed The Radio Star||Buggles|
|9.||Freedom 90||George Michael|
|10.||Careless Whisper||George Michael|
|11.||Dog Days Are Over||Florence and the Machine|
|12.||One Way or Another||Blondie|
|13.||Be the One||Dua Lipa|
|14.||Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves||Eurythmics|
|15.||One Last Time||Ariana Grande|
|16.||Breathing Underwater||Emeli Sande|
|17.||Symphony (Dash Berlin Remix)||Clean Bandit|
The fireworks are broadcast on BBC One on a show entitled New Year's Eve Fireworks. In addition, the network's 2000 Today broadcast the display for the very first time. Sky News, ITV News and CNN also provide coverage on the fireworks and still cover as of 2017.
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New Year's Eve, London—An Image of Candles is Projected onto the Shell Building (left) as a Tribute to the Victims of the Asian Tsunami (REUTERS/Matt Dunham)
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