I’m not a Nashville country music kinda guy so I wasn’t aware of the Bluebird Cafe until last night. If I’m ever in town I’ll be stopping by. Last nights gig at the Bluecoat involved a spiritual recreation of the Bluebird cafe with beautiful music and conversation about music, creativity and life. I loved it. It was such an intimate heart warming gig. I learnt, or at least was reminded, that you need to stretch your “show up” muscle. That every “no” gets you one step closer to a “yes”. Most of all I learnt just how warm and soothing country music can be.
The Liverpool International Music Festival, LIMF, is warming up for August Bank Holiday. Last night saw the first major event in the shape of a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron with Aswad, the Christians, Sophia Ben-Yousef, Talib Kweli and the brilliant Craig Charles. I do love that we have these epic spaces for music events in the city.
The festival is huge with events on all the way through to Monday night. I’m covering a lot of it along with Mark McNulty so stay tuned to our sites for coverage over the weekend.
Another year and another rainy Pride Festival. I think the rain just makes people have a more fun time. To quote my wife, “You can’t have a rainbow without rain.”
The rain killed my X100s. I hope it comes back to life. My newly acquired Hasselblad was kept dry and I shot a roll of portraits after the event. I’ll post them when they’re done.
6 weeks ago Cunard and Cruise Liverpool opened ‘One Magnificent City’. 6 weeks of events including Light Night, Look/15, and of course 3 Queens. The summer events came to a conclusion this weekend with a Very Big Catwalk. The aim was to beat the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Models on a Catwalk’ and they did it too. 3,651 models walked down the catwalk on Saturday. *cough* me included *cough*
The Cunard cruise ship Queen Mary 2 made a great backdrop for the event and of course she sailed away after a spectacular firework show.
The final day. Queen Victoria was given a great party send off featuring balloons, confetti, semaphore, bell boys, the town crier and Danielle Thomas singing ‘Time to say goodbye’. The sun even came out! It’s been quite a ride these past few days. My iPhone is telling me I’ve done a marathon in walking / running in 4 days. Considering I was mostly at the pier head it’s crazy. That’s just how much was going on. It’s been a joy to photograph it all.
Non of this would have been possible without the great work that Cruise Liverpool has been doing over these past 8 years. It’s been an honour working for them and they’ve put on an amazing show for the city. Well done guys :)
This was it. The big moment when the 3 Cunard liners Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 all sailed down the Mersey. I’ve been waiting to see this for years. It’s what I’ve been working towards over 8 years at the Cruise Terminal. Iconic moments. History. The biggest maritime event I’ve seen in my lifetime on the Mersey. I imagine we won’t see anything like it for another 25 years when it’s Cunard’s 200th birthday. I’ll be 61 by then.
The day exceeded my expectations. The Red Arrows! Seeing the Biennial’s Dazzle Ferry in amongst it all. So many lovely little bits. Here’s some photos of them.
The second day of the 3 Queens event in Liverpool saw the arrival of Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 (QM2). There was street theatre to entertain the crowds during the day and the evening saw the stunning projection ‘Amazing Graces’ on the three graces followed by fireworks over the river.