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Weekend extra

Free music festival "On the Waterfront" begins at Pier Head

Published on August 1st 2009.

Weekend extra
HAVE you been down to the Pier Head lately? Silly question, but, unless you are a goth, a tourist or catching a ferry, there often isn't a reason.

But if you haven't been, here is an excuse to check out how new and squeaky clean, and BIG, it's looking, now that all the diggers have chugged away and the big yellow-tiled terminal building has been smashed to bits and turned ito sea defence somewhere.

The Pier Head becomes a concert venue this weekend with the first in a trilogy of free festivals - called On The Waterfront - beginning Friday.

Music on the Waterfront will feature artistes from four continents taking to a specially built stage - installed with a 55-tonne, 130ft crane - the stage, not the musicians.

The music festival begins with a reprisal of the Capital of Culture concert - the Rightful Owners of The Song, which stars the city's best pub singers performing classic popular songs by greats from Sinatra and Elvis to Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The two-hour concert begins at 7.45pm.

On Saturday, from 5.30pm-10pm, the Africa Oyé people will be showcasing highlights from their June festival with Oumou Sangaré of Mali, 'Groupe Lolou' from Senegal. There is also performance from the 'Hohodza Band' from Zimbabwe who reside in exile in Blackpool. And you don't hear that very much.

Then there is a “Lazy Sunday Afternoon”, from 1pm-5pm, featuring latin, blues and funk players from the city and visiting artists from abroad.

Star acts include The Grapes Band, the seven piece funk monster band - 6ix Toys, Lightnin' Willie and the Poor Boys and the city's favourite blues shouter, Connie Lush.

Throughout Sunday afternoon there will also be samba performances at the south side of the Pier Head and music and dance from young performance groups working with Brouhaha International..

In total more than 200 musicians and performers, from nine countries will take to the stage for more than 12 hours of free music..

Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Councils' culture service, with Walk The Plank as creative producer, have created the programme, over three weekends, another in two weeks time and one in September featuring Britain's biggest outdoor cinema screen..

The 'On The Waterfront' season involves collaboration with the RLPO, National Museums Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, FACT and Liverpool Lantern Company..

By the way, if you haven't been down "On the Waterfront" for a while, you may have forgotten how bloody parky it gets. So pack a brolly, strap on that hip flask and get all flushed.
*On the Waterfront, Fri-Sun July 31-August 2. Per Head, Liverpool.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Lilo LilJuly 30th 2009.

I honestly thought it was carla Lane at first sight. Possibly outside the BBC demanding to know why they have rejected yet another script for a series that says knickers as every punchline or that brings Wendy Craig back to show us the trials and tribulations of boiling an egg when you are middle class and now a pensioner as well. Sounded like a winner to me.

Cliff Edge-HillJuly 30th 2009.

Carla Lane is one of the showbiz shower that made themselves very rich indeed by peddling negative stereotypes that have dogged liverpudlians and Liverpool for decades and been cheap ammunition for bigots. Far from being celebrated she ought to be banished to to her huge house in Spain.

Quo Freak, RuncornJuly 30th 2009.

Is that Rick Parfitt from Status Quo in the picture?

Quorn SausageJuly 30th 2009.

Ha ha! Carla Lane represents only those people who lived in a big house in Grassendale and spent their days in the grand lounge of the Adelphi when it was very posh. That's why her portrayal of working class people were so ludicrously inaccurate.

Professor ChucklebuttyJuly 30th 2009.

You know what Missus? This all sounds very good. Well done Culture Liverpool and Walk The Plank. That looks like an excellent programme of events. It was worth paying off Harbottle after all. There see!

Lilo LilJuly 30th 2009.

I'm sorry I mentioned it now. Anyway on second look it's more like Julie Walters. Poor carla only wants a script accespted now so she can look after the animal sanctuary bless her. (ahem!)

PollysguyJuly 30th 2009.

Carla Lane was before her time. As a female writer she had to struggle to win acclaim and her great acheivements as Liverpools funniest feminist hero have never been honoured.Why hasnt Carla been given a statue? - She more faithfully represents Liverpool citizens than any drug addled Beatle or chain smoking comedian ever has.Her monument should be located at the Pier Head. - lets melt down all that Victorian Imperialist tosh that clutters up Liverpool.

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