A short history of Skyfire – find out how it started with a bang over 30 years ago

Posted 13 Mar 2019

Story by CBR Canberra

Skyfire started with a bang over 30 years ago and the history of this signature Canberra event is as enthralling as the fireworks spectacular it is famous for.

The first Skyfire was held on 18 March 1989, as FM 104.7’s contribution to the Canberra Festival that year and the newly launched radio stations way of thanking the people of Canberra for welcoming them into their daily lives. The show was simulcast on FM104.7 featuring artists like INXS and Jimmy Barnes through the soundtrack. Over the next few years, Skyfire grew in popularity as the firework technology changed and new launching positions were used at various times, such as the National Library of Australia and Commonwealth Bridge. Over time the launch positions have been centralised to the barges and pontoons on LBG as it offers the best all-round viewing opportunity for everyone around the lake and on the surround ‘mountains’ and tall buildings.

The Regatta Point Stage, or ‘Skyfire Central’ was introduced in the mid-2000’s the offer further entertainment over a longer period of time featuring live artists such as Antony Callea, Vanessa Amorosi, Justice Crew, Potbelleez, Jessica Mauboy and Samantha Jade to name a few. In recent years the involvement of the ADF has allowed Skyfire to host fast jet handling displays, low-level flyovers, helicopter flying displays, fast boat rescues, the Roulettes and Australia’s Federation Guard and their always impressive artillery firings from Gallipoli Reach throughout the evening and as the first ‘bang’ of Skyfire.

This year, 31 years later and as part of the Enlighten Festival, Hit 104.7 Skyfire has some of the regions favourite food truck offerings all around the lake as well as family entertainment through the afternoon, Make sure you bring your radio to make the most of the Skyfire experience as we produce a soundtrack that is set to the fireworks. Our 2019 soundtrack will have a few surprises and will be packed with your favourites which will bring the display alive. We have a RAAF C17 making a low flyover which is a first plus the Royal Navy Taipan Helicopter making an appearance over and around the lake. Hit 104.7’s Ned & Josh will be hosting Skyfire Central from 6pm and will feature a performance from DJ Whippy Lion and the very popular Samantha Jade.

Pyrotechnic extraordinaire, Forch Fortunati promises a bunch of new effects this year, ones not even seen in Sydney for NYE, and of course a massive finale that will truly blow the dark from the park!

The best way to get to Skyfire is on the extra Transport Canberra bus services that will be running through the afternoon and we will have free charter buses running after Skyfire taking to back to your closest interchange for FREE!

Hit 104.7 Skyfire is on Saturday 16 March at Regatta Point, with the fireworks commencing at 8:30pm. Full details can be found at hit1047.com.au.


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