The Best Bonfire Night Party Entertainment Ideas
Many of the venues we work alongside in cities like London or Brighton have no outside space, but it doesn’t mean you have to have an empty venue on bonfire night. It’s a date every venue dreads as they just can’t compete with those pesky outdoor displays, but at Electric Cabaret Company we say bring in those Bonfire Night fire performers, embrace it and work with it!
Here’s how to get more bang for your buck!
Remember if November 5th falls on a weekday you can have a fire themed event on the closest weekend and the night itself, that will not only attract partygoers who don’t like the cold and the queues at organised displays, but can also draw in revellers (with perhaps the use of a friendly and enthusiastic flyering PR team) as they leave outdoor displays and get ready to celebrate further.
Ideas for Bonfire Night Parties Inside
From multiple remixes of Katie Perry’s ‘Firework’ to The Prodigy classic ‘Fire Starter,’ there is a lot of musical inspiration out there for fire based stage acts.
Bonfire night ideas for large indoor venues
If you’ve got the space, go for that wow factor.
Fire Hula Hoop Performers
Fire Hula Hooping (yes this really is a thing!). The cutest of all the fire acts, fire hooping is literally as it sounds. Multiple customised hula hoops with wicks that burn are hooped around the body and arms in all manner of jaw-dropping combinations to beautiful effect.
Fire Breathing Acts
Fire Breathing. Always a favourite and probably one of the oldest fire acts dating back to the very start of the production of alcohol in Persia which was used as the first fuel for breathing fire. If you have the height and space anything is possible. ‘Dragon Breaths’ create massive balls of fire high up into the air that will simply stun any audience. The highest ever flame was recorded at 26 feet and 5 inches or 8.05 meters by Antonia Restivo in Las Vegas in 2011 – now that’s one amazing fire breather!
Angle Grind Acts
Angle Grind spark act. Performers angle grind across metal plates attached to their bodies creating showers of sparks to stunning effect. A modern, cutting-edge act with plenty of attitude.
Bonfire Night Cabaret Shows
A fire and spark based seated dinner show followed by dancing can be a big pull for events like Gala Balls or Charity Dinners. Carefully picked songs and routines along the theme of fire, fireworks, burning love etc. interspersed with high energy fire entertainers makes for a very exciting event. The finale to the night will be a real show stopper if it is combined with specially installed stage based pyrotechnics like cascades that are designed to shoot upwards or downwards in a beautiful white shower – very glamorous and very high impact for any finale.
Bonfire Night ideas for small venues
If you haven’t got much space but want to provide a show-stopping fire filled event on bonfire night, we have got you covered…
Here are some of our favourite bonfire night entertainment ideas for smaller venues:
Fire Eaters and Body Burners
If you don’t have space the best fire acts would be the ones that involve very small scale fire like glamorous vintage dancers or Burlesque acts that include fire palms (a small lit circular tray of fire in the performer’s hands used to beautiful and graceful effect in a choreographed routine). Body burning and fire eating are exciting acts that involve smaller fire sticks and can be very well contained in a small area.
Get your guests involved in the fun with safe indoor sparklers, apple bobbing and cocktails you can set fire to like the Bailey’s Comet, Goblet of Fire (inspired by the Harry Potter Movie), Flaming Lamborghini and the classic Flaming Sambuca,
Fire Acts for outside your venue entrance & Fire Spinning Poi Acts
Fire spinning is a wow factor performance and if you have a big enough, safe area outside the entrance to your venue this act can be seen from a very long distance and is a great welcome act and photo opportunity for guests.
Health and Safety for fire acts
Of course, mixing fire performers with drunk party people is always a safety concern. Please don’t book a student who learned to spin fire on a beach in Thailand in his/her gap year, because it may all go horribly wrong!
Electric Cabaret company performers are all fully insured and experienced entertainers who can provide a full risk assessment and are confident to work with you regarding fire alarms, clearance space needed between themselves and the audience, security positioning, and locations of lighting pots, fire blankets, and extinguishers.
You are in very safe hands with us and remember we are happy to choreograph a bespoke fire show to your chosen track, or drawn from your inspiration from popular culture, that is unique to your venue.
We wish you a sparkling, fun-fuelled bonfire night!