With a weekly changing menu of rotating chefs and dishes you can………. take your pick……Mexican beef or veggie stew, Spicy chickpea stew topped with goats cheese, BBQ languistines with complimentary glass of French wine a gut-busting all-american corndog stand with peanut-mustard sauce!!!! Yes it’s packed again tonight and with a great vibe with people eating not just drinking.
This is another fantastic idea from the creators of Camp and Furnace and a perfect use of the cavernous Furnace space. Music, birch trees and picnic tables abound with that open feel and atmosphere creating the perfect harmony to eat, chat and be seen to enjoy.
Friday nights are just one large supper party where food, music and drink just melt into crazy dance.
There are big plans on the horizon for this super venue. Nights in the future will incorporate tastings and workshops to showcase brand new food trends and you’ll see top chefs making an appearance on the night.
This venue will be big news hitting the street.
What better way to start the weekend. But be warned…Friends arrived a little over an hour after doors, already- alas-some of the dishes were running out.
No booking required…But, First come…first served!
I’m one of those people who when hearing about a free offer or a giveaway is immediately interested and eager to get my nose in the trough so when our fair city Hosts it’s own free musical giveaway it’s a case of ” Right. I’m on my way. See you in a minute.”
Music on the Waterfront returned to the Pier Head once again and having enjoyed last years Smooth Radio concert I was eager to be entertained by this years outing and on my arrival at 5.30pm I could see the sentiment was shared by the already capacity crowd.
Kicking off the event was singer songwriter Thea Gilmore .Playing songs from her album ‘ Regardless ‘ she gave the crowd a few reasons to be cheerful in the hot teatime weather. She was swiftly followed by the gifted Mancunian songstress Josephine who’s album ‘Portraits ‘ has recieved rave reviews from Uncut, Q magazine and a host of daily tabloids and whose sound is not unlike that of Joan Armatrading.We then had another female northerner Heather Peace ( or for those who love their bit of telly,Miss Nikki Boston from Waterloo Road ). Referring to her musical pursuits in her own words as her second job seemed a modest declaration as she looked more at home singing behind a piano than in front of a classroom of deep and brooding teenagers.
The artistes changeover seemed pretty swift and any breaks between acts were filled with presentational finesse by Smooth radios DJ’ Emma B as she continued to charm the appreciative crowd. It was a real mixed bag too. From scousebrows to unabashed European style armpit waving types and infant parents to elderly couples.There were even those who preferred to taste the experience via their i pad. A real cross section of happy smiley people who were about to have the ante well and truly upped by the next artiste.
Jack Savoretti romped through a foot stomping performance getting the crowd off the ground and jumping to a bluesy americana country flavoured party he was having on the stage and it was just what the crowd had been waiting for and furthermore deserved. What followed next was a for me a masterclass in how it should be done.
With an effortless cool that makes fonzie look like a geography teacher the full line up of the Christians took complete possession of their time on stage opening with ‘Born Again’ and showing us that with their trademark slick sound and with vocals that can cure cancer they are a must see at any live event. The self proclaimed ‘token scousers’ had the crowd firmly in their pocket giving us ‘Forgotten town,’ ‘Harvest for the world’ and ‘Ideal world’ as well as an open invitation to hop on their bus to a following concert that night in Southport. If it wasn’t for my blogging commitments I’d have definitely bagsy’d the back seat of the bus.
The artistes that followed like Leddra Chapman, Tunde (Lighthouse family) and K T Tunstall all gave strong and worthy accounts of themselves but after having been treated by our own ‘token scousers’ token full band ( not forgetting Jack Savoretti’s line up ) I felt that not only had there been a missed opportunity by all the stripped down acoustic acts but an element of shortchanging of the crowd ( I know it’s a free concert and I may appear greedy but there was a perfectly good drum kit gathering dust for the most part to a crowd who were on ‘ lets have it standby ‘ )
As if to hear my plea a beautiful angel named Katie Melua sporting an oh so beautiful hat and equally beautiful guitar sauntered onto the centre of the stage with a complete band , exulting the crowd with her faultless performance. ‘ The Flood ‘ being my personal highlight of her set and familiar hits ‘Closest thing to crazy’ and ‘ Nine Million bicycles’ became a recipe for turning the elderly couples into lovestruck teenagers at a school disco.Finishing the night off as he did the previous year Russell Watson yet again brought a touch of poignancy and Majesty ( with the aid of his backing band ” The Firework display”) . His presence on stage is undeniably huge but maybe the greedy pig voice in my head would have liked to have seen a live band behind him . Leaving the Pier Head contented was easy enough to do for at least two reasons. 1)Liverpudlians could claim bragging rights for the best band of the night being the Christians .2) I was asked for my phone number by an actual real female. I’m not saying buy a hat just yet but…………..
A supreme Master of his trade was simply BRILLANT at the Liverpool Philharmonic
Hall on Wednesday 29th May. A superb evenings night out after a hectic “full-on” work day. We were all treated to a CLASS Act on every
Delighted to she his wife in the audience, QUALITY at his very best, supported by a 6 piece band,
relaxed, easy listening (Ohh and what an amazing belting voice at his age) in the wonderful
surroundings of the grand Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Just go and see him, during the last stages of this whistle-stop tour of the UK, you will NOT be disappointed folks!
Presented by Robert Prat for Chimes International
His last show in the UK, will be June 2nd at Southsea- The Kings Theatre