The main attraction of the night was in the capital city, where as many as 100,000 revellers lined the streets of London to watch thousands of fireworks explode above the River Thames. The New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2018 began airing on BBC One from 11.55pm on December 31. Coverage will be live streamed from the official BBC YouTube from 11.30pm and can be watched via this article (below).
The annual display lasted for roughly 15 minutes.
It was shown live on the BBC iPlayer where it will be added in full after the broadcast.
Enjoy stunning photos of the display below.
According to the BBC: “As Big Ben strikes midnight, we bring in the New Year live from Embankment with London’s famous fireworks, one of the most spectacular firework displays to be seen anywhere in the world.
“The celebrations continue along the Thames with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne – the perfect start to 2019.”
The fireworks this year featured fabulous views of the River Thames, Big Ben and the London Eye.
Popular band Madness kicked off proceedings to warm up the crowd.
The music legends performed many of their massive hits as the programme built up to midnight and the spectacular fireworks display over the River Thames.
The concert also included special collaborations with The Kingdom Choir.
After the firework display, Madness returned to the stage for another 50 minutes.
Madness are really excited to be performing at the New Year’s Eve concert and have said: “Hold onto your sofas, your chaise lounges, your couches.
“NYE and Madness it’s going to go off like a packet of crackers what a ding dong ding dong.”
Big Ben’s customary bongs marked midnight, with an estimated 100,000 people watching from the banks of the Thames.
London mayor Sadiq Khan had said in advance the theme of the event would be celebrating the capital’s links with Europe.
In Edinburgh, Franz Ferdinand were the headline act for the Hogmanay concert, with 60,000 tickets sold.
Cardiff saw crowds gather in the city’s Winter Wonderland outside the Civic Centre for fireworks and music, while in Belfast, City Hall was illuminated in a raft of colours for the event.
Meanwhile, cities around the world had already enjoyed sparkling events for the start of 2019.
Islands in the Pacific were the first to mark the occasion, ahead of New Zealand and then Australia – where a massive fireworks display lit up Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectators on boats.