Sheffield’s After Dark has the X Factor

Miss Dynamix
Miss Dynamix

Remember, remember...South Yorkshire’s biggest bonfire spectacular has The X Factor when it takes place in Sheffield tonight (Tuesday, November 5), writes Graham Walker.

Helping the night go with a bang will be girl group Miss Dynamix, who were voted out of The X Factor live finals a week ago.

After Dark fireworks light up the sky at Don Valley Grass Bowl, Sheffield.

After Dark fireworks light up the sky at Don Valley Grass Bowl, Sheffield.

And The X Factor connection does not stop there – with performances also from Janet Devlin, a finalist in 2011, who has been recording her album at Eliot Kennedy’s Steelworks Studio on Sheffield.

Chart-stars The Mend, who made their name on Britain’s Got Talent and have also been recording at the Steelworks, are also on the bill.

Joining them on stage will be Archie Hardwick, Vanquish, Everyoung, Reconnected and Rubylux.

Real Radio Breakfast Show presenters Dixie and Gayle – Dave Dixon and Gayle Lofthouse – will host the party.

X Factor star Janet Devlin and Eliot Kennedy.

X Factor star Janet Devlin and Eliot Kennedy.

And a staggering 20,000 people are expected for the bonfire, funfair, food stalls, bar, and spectacular fireworks display.

It all takes place at the Don Valley Bowl in Attercliffe, with parking at the neighbouring Motorpoint Arena.

Gates open at 5.30pm with stage entertainment from 6.30pm before the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm.

The fireworks display, set to music, is at 8.45pm with the event finishing at 10pm.

Tickets are available from the Arena box office, City Hall, Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield University students’ unions and The Star Shop or on 0114 256 5656.

Scott Barton, event organiser, said: “After Dark is the region’s biggest firework display and attracts visitors from all across Yorkshire.

“The event is now in its 17th year and it just keeps growing in popularity.”

Other firework displays in the region tonight include:

* Charity firework spectacular, The Fox and Hounds, Marsh Lane, near Eckington. Firework display, bonfire bins, live artist Sarah Kidman, raffle, children’s rides, outside bars, catering vans and stalls.

Gates open at 5.30pm, firework display at 8pm in aid of PACT in Sheffield.

* Firework Display, Stand Road Recreation Ground, Chesterfield.
Fun for all the family with funfair, entertainment from Peak FM’s roadshow and a selection of catering vans.
Gates open at 6pm and entry is free.

* Firework Display Night, The Prince Of Wales, Norton Lees. Free bonfire toffee, toffee apples and free sparklers for the kids, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
From 7pm.

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