In the Park – Saturday

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.Saturday01

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.

Sophia Ben

Sophia Ben-Yousef

I think we'll be hearing a lot more from her.

I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from her.

Over on the main field it’s Beatles Band day. As I roll up it’s 1966.

From Glasgow, wigs akimbo, Them Beatles.

From Glasgow, wigs akimbo, Them Beatles.

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.

And the Mersey Beatles are  launching into you know what.

And the Mersey Beatles are launching into you know what.

But I’ve finished my lunch now, so I’m off for a look around.

And there's lots more than music going on.

And there’s lots more than music going on.

A climbing wall.

A climbing wall.

Loads of sports and activities.

Loads of sports and activities.

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Well done to everyone organising and running these for the weekend.

Well done to everyone organising and running these for the weekend.

Drums of course.

Drums of course.

And drama, from Black E. Watched by proud founder Bill Harpe.

And drama, from The Black-E. Watched by proud founder Bill Harpe.

And there's a train too, to transport the children between the activities, the music and the cafés.

And there’s a train too, to transport the children between the activities, the music and the cafés.

On my ramble I also get into here.

The Romantiek.

The Romantiek.

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.

To a wood, glass and canvas palace

To a wood, glass and canvas palace

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Even the floor is a thing of delicacy and beauty.

Even the floor is a thing of delicacy and beauty.

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A treat.

A treat. Don’t miss it.

Back at the music, on the It’s Liverpool stage, another treat awaits.

In the afternoon sun.

In the afternoon sun.

Liverpool band Bird.

Liverpool band Bird.

Soaring, rhythmic, dark, intense. Singing things like:

“My love he sleeps with lions”

“I am the mountain, I am the rain.”

Saturday25 Saturday26A beautiful sound and wonderful to hear such great new music from Liverpool at the Festival. That’s why it’s a new festival, and no longer just Beatles and ‘Tribute’ acts and beer isn’t it?

Listen to some Bird music here.

A splendid time was had by all.

A splendid time was had by all.

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.

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