If you did not already know, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Liverpool and the music city is ready to host Europe and beyond.
To welcome the event to the city, the National Lottery and the city of Liverpool held an outdoor concert on the St George’s Hall esplanade, featuring musical acts from the city along with some Eurovision favourites.
A night to remember
Recognising the dance music heritage of legendary Liverpool night club Cream, Kelli-Leigh provided a stunning opening number of More Than Friends, the track she featured on by Wirral-born DJ James Hype.
Scouser Jamie Webster gave an emotionally charged version of This Place, backed by a choir all dressed in the Eurovision colours of blue, yellow and pink. Concluding with his version of The Beatles’ Come Together, Webster has done his home city proud.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK S1 winner The Vivienne provided a cheeky and over the top version of ABBA’s Waterloo, all done in the true spirit of Eurovision.
The Lightning Seeds brought a touch of pure pop to the stage with The Life of Riley and Lucky You, before a slimmed down version of Atomic Kitten reminded the audience of their number one hit, Whole Again before The Tide Is High was accompanied by cranes with acrobats hanging from them doing somersaults!
Alexander Burke was an unexpected surprise, giving a rousing version of Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman – though a more poignant moment was when Ukrainian singer Jamala sung an emotional version of her 2016 Eurovision winner 1944. She returned to the stage later to perform The Beatles classic, All You Need Is Love.
Still sounding good nearly 50 years on from the original release, You To Me Are Everything by The Real Thing was given a powerful and soulful rendition. Now down to a two piece, they still sounded in fine voice.
As 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst gave a stunning version of Rise Like A Phoenix, angels flew across the audience. It may have appeared an over the top moment, but somehow it all fitted in admirably.
The first appearance since 1987 of the original line up of Frankie Goes To Hollywood was highly anticipated, unfortunately they only performed one track, Welcome To The Pleasuredome. Excellent as it was, the omission of The Power of Love seemed like a missed opportunity and would have been a fitting finale.
Instead it was left to Zara Larson to close the proceedings with Can’t Tame Her and You Got The Love in a bid yet again to the Cream dance club.
The atmosphere was electrifying and Liverpool’s moment in the Eurovision musical spotlight has begun. It is going to be a week to remember.