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Disco inferno for Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display

Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fireworks in the air above crowd at Abbey Park

DISCO’s 1970s heyday will be alive once again at Leicester’s biggest and best bonfire and firework display next month.

Glittering disco balls, funky flares and dodgy dance moves will all be taking centre stage for this year’s Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display, which takes place on Saturday, November 3.

In contrast to previous year’s the event will be based strongly around a theme – in this case Saturday Night Fever and the very best of disco music.

The stage programme will include a dazzling performance by Leicester motown and soul band Johnny and the Goodtime Boys, as well as a stage-led choreographed audience dance routine by Guru Dudu.

Five large suspended glitter balls will add a sparkling dimension of disco lighting amid the celebrations, which will culminate in the huge bonfire being lit at 6.55pm to the sounds of The Trammps disco classic ‘Disco Inferno’.

And the Guy being burned on the bonfire? That’ll be Saturday Night Fever heartthrob John Travolta. Visitors are even being encouraged to dress up in their best 1970s club gear to join in the festivities.

The programme of events runs from 5pm to 9pm, with attractions guaranteed to appeal to all ages.

Gates open at 5pm, with the onstage show beginning at 6pm. A quieter children’s firework display will take place at 6.45pm, with the bonfire lit at 6.55pm.

The fun steps up a gear from 7pm in a programme of main stage entertainment with GEM Radio, including sounds of the 60s and 70s with Johnny and the Goodtime Boys, plus Guru Dudu’s unique interactive dance routine.

The fireworks finale sparks up at 8pm illuminating the sky above Abbey Park with a spectacular light show.

Leicester deputy city mayor responsible for culture and leisure, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “This year’s disco-themed bonfire and fireworks display is a fantastic twist on the traditional events, and will bring a real spectacle to Abbey Park.

“Giants glitter balls and a disco soundtrack will certainly add an extra dimension to the fun, alongside the well-loved fireworks, bonfire and programme of stage entertainment.

“I would urge people to get their tickets in advance to save themselves money and avoid queuing on the night.”

Advance tickets give visitors the chance to save up to 40percent compared with full-price tickets bought on the night.

Adult tickets bought in advance cost £6, with concessions and under 16s costing £4, or £16 for a family ticket admitting two adults and two children. Under fours go free but will be issued with a wristband.

Tickets are available from Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate, or the De Montfort Hall box office on 0116 233 3111. Tickets can also be bought online at

Free bike parking is available on site at Abbey Park.

More details of the event are available at