First look at the plans for the 2018 Sunderland Airshow

Written by on 28th May 2018

Plans for the Friday night launch of this years 30th Sunderland International Airshow have been revealed including musical nostalgia, spectacular flying programme and breath-taking fireworks.

This year’s Friday evening event will take place on Friday 27th July and will once again welcomes a showcase musical spectacular from last year’s headline performers, the Sunderland based i-Stage group.

To mark 30 years of the North East’s landmark event, the set list promises something for everyone as visitors will be treated to some of the greatest hits from the past three decades right up to present day chart toppers.

“The opening night sets the tone for the whole weekend so we want people to enjoy every moment and I’m sure they will. Rehearsals are already in full flow and we can’t wait to wow everyone!” – Paul Waite, i-stage Director 

In between the hits there will be plenty to draw eyes to the sky as a range of pyrotechnic flying teams light up the coastal skyline with their incredible glittering displays. 

Returning favourites Fireflies and Twister Duo will perform together before handing over to a thrilling pyrotechnic display from Otto the Helicopter, a first time performance for Sunderland Airshow.

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said the launch night has become an integral part of the Airshow weekend.

“Although Sunderland Airshow began as a one day event in 1989, it has grown dramatically throughout the past 30 years. The first Friday evening launch event took place in 2009 as part of the celebration of the 21st show and has proven to be one of the best loved parts of the weekend’s programme.” – Councillor John Kelly 

The free family event gets underway at 4pm as a wealth of local performers take to the stage to showcase their talents before handing over to the colour and excitement of an Indian Bollywood-style dance extravaganza.

The night ends in usual fashion with a fireworks display to official start the Airshow weekend. 

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