Always a pleasure. Quiet conversations, cups of tea in elegant china and always a photographic treat. With music to follow!
Next it’s the 26 bus from the Baltic out to Sefton Park, where the Liverpool International Music Festival is having its fourth yearly event this weekend. Passing through the crowded main field for some reggae from Carroll Thompson, we then arrive and spend the afternoon at the It’s Liverpool stage. I’m here with friends Jayne and Jennifer for a quiet celebration. After a week of working in our various places we’ve finally got time to spend some time together and celebrate the fact that this week The Beautiful Ideas Co invested £30,000 in us to get our new idea, our Coming Home Liverpool, up and running. We are very happy with this, of course.
And there’s lots of music too. Which I’m not going to review. Cath Bore’s done a good job of that over on Get Into This.
And some regathering of our collective Merseybeat memories. Of how many black musicians and bands were involved in creating the sound of Liverpool. Derry Wilkie, the Chants and so many of you, respect.
Lovely to meet so many friends through the afternoon. Hello Val Alker. Hello Ray Quarless. Hello Phil Hayes.
A good man, well again. Lovely to have you back Phil. You must have talked to the whole field!
An afternoon without New Order and without Superstition and so much else wouldn’t have been much of a festival at all. And special thanks, as evening gathered, for the David Bowie Starman finish:
“Let the children boogie, let all the children boogie…” It’s Liverpool.