Liverpool Music Week: sheltered from the storm
By phil.brady on 14 November 2009Well I am back in 'The Pool' for another dose of music and mischief. Tonight a storm blows around the country and Liverpool is no exception. That north wind howls around The Albert Dock, lashing the rain against the cobbled streets and red bricked, converted factories and dock buildings, that now host a tourist’s haven of bars, cafes, hotels, shops, a slave museum and The Beatles Story, all nestled together like penguins on the edge of the Mersey, as if to keep warm against the elements.
My hotel room overlooks the dock and the Liver Buildings. The dock is host to a fleet of sea worthy vessels, stained by the ghosts of their maritime past and eager to set sail, as a fog horn from a passing ferry bellows across the open waters and reverberates over the city. It's good to be back.
At times like these we appreciate a festival that is all indoors. We have all braved the weather at many UK summer festivals and quite frankly, there is not much worse than a wet weekend in a field. Don't get me wrong, I love the UK festival scene and I just can't get enough of the Bacchanalia, but when your bones have spong-ified and your skin has lost its water proof lining, due to 5 days of torrential rain and lack of sleep, it kind of takes the sparkle out of the good old English summer.
Mike Deane, the founder of Liverpool Music Week has pulled a blinder here. After seven years running, the music scene in Liverpool is as vibrant as ever. Tonight we will be seeing Marina and the Diamonds at Masque, Hot Club de Paris and Field Music at Bumper, then back to Masque for a performance by The Bays. I have been told there are also a couple of clubs afterwards close by to carry on the party so another mad weekend ahead.
And this time the car stays at home.