Sonique to headline Malmesbury's balloon race celebrations

By Jessica Durston - 21 July 2021

Arts and CultureAttractions

The Great Balloon Race Extravaganza will be held at Charlton Park from 13 - 15 August.

The Malmesbury’s park will see Sonique, Rozalla and Angie Brown headlining its weekend of aerial entertainment.

The Wiltshire venue will feature up to 50 of the UK’s best hot air balloons taking to the skies and performing a night glow show with the Ibiza Classics Orchestra.

Brit Award winner Sonique, who had an international No 1 hit with ‘It Feels So Good’, will headline the three-day hot air balloon event on Sunday 15 August.

The Saturday night will see 90s artist Rozalla – whose biggest hit was ‘Everybody’s Free (to Feel Good)' reached No 6 in the UK.

Angie Brown - who sang on Bizarre Inc’s 1990s hit ‘I’m Gonna Get Ya’ and has performed vocals for a range of artists including Mark Morrison, Fat Boy Slim and Stereophonics - will take to the stage on the Friday.

Event director Adam Faulkner said: “Our headline acts have always been a big part of our shows and it’s great to be able to bring Sonique, Rozalla and Angie Brown to Wiltshire.

“They are incredible performers and add extra star quality to what is an already amazing array of entertainment on show.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing the Great Balloon Race festival to Charlton Park.”

Spectators will get the chance to see a 'daredevil' paramotor display by the Sky Rascals. The weekend will include the The Sky Dance which is performed from a 100ft crane by Incandescence. The evening ends with a fireworks display.

Organisers have retained certain socially distanced plots, which can hold a maximum of six adults, while mixing between plots is also feasible for larger groups. The event will also continue to operate a ‘click & collect’ food and drinks service – via an event app - and provide additional toilet facilities.

There are three options of plots available, standard, premium and VIP with prices ranging from £65 to £240.

A standard plot (£65) is 3.5m square; a premium plot (£120) is 5m square and includes a bench and is located nearer the show arena; or a VIP plot (£240) is 5m square and also includes a welcome drink, table service, a prime location by the arena, VIP parking and VIP toilet facilities.

Balloon flights are available to the public, with prices starting from £325 for an individual on a shared flight, £950 for a couple and up to £1,650 for a party of six.

All balloon activities are weather permitting and conducted in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority guidelines.

More information and slot booking can be found at https://greatballoonrace.co.uk/ 

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