After last night’s orchestral start to the weekend this was the first of 3 multi-stage days. Like in all perfect Camelots it had rained during the night and so we all spend a happy and mostly sunny day milling about the Liverpool International Music Festival.
One of the people I see on the Bandstand is Sophia Ben-Yousef, the 16 year old singer and writer I told you about the other day. The first thing that strikes me about her, walking along the path towards the Bandstand is her voice. Strong, clear and, later on, perfectly at home on Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling good.’ That good. She does a mix of covers, including ‘Wonderwall,’ and her own songs.
Over on the main field it’s Beatles Band day. As I roll up it’s 1966.
Going through reasonably faithful versions of all the ‘Revolver’ songs. And reminding any who needed it that in 1966 our boys were more or less walking on water.
Then before you know it, it’s 1967.
But I’ve finished my lunch now, so I’m off for a look around.
On my ramble I also get into here.
I’ve been fascinated by this colourful looking tent since I first saw it a few days ago. And had been annoyed I couldn’t have a closer look because it was reserved for VIPs (Ha, yes, there have been complaints about that).
But today, for some reason, doesn’t have VIPs – so I go in.
Back at the music, on the It’s Liverpool stage, another treat awaits.
Soaring, rhythmic, dark, intense. Singing things like:
“My love he sleeps with lions”
“I am the mountain, I am the rain.”
Listen to some Bird music here.
And I believe The Tea Street Band are great, next up too.
But by then I’m meandering home, past the big field as 1969 is happening. Side Two of Abbey Road:
“Golden slumbers fill your eyes…Carry that weight, carry that weight – a long time.”
A good day. Tomorrow it’s ‘World Music Stage’ and ‘It’s Liverpool…Tomorrow.’
Let the sun shine in.
Download the full programme here.