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    LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA, SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2015

     

    “Love is a language”

     

    These were the words of the late Michael Molloy, his song ‘Rise and fall’ echoing the messages of love that would become the heart of this evening’s events.  As his words opened With love from Liverpool, one final lyric reminded us all of why we were here: “We will sound the trumpets, it is our call”. Tonight Liverpool was sounding out their support for refugees across Europe and the Aid workers who provide essential care for people in crisis. With the words and kindness of everyone in the Echo Arena, Liverpool reached out a hand of friendship during an evening of music to help so many.

     

    Hosted by comedian John Bishop and Radio DJ Janice Long, With love from Liverpool was an incredible fundraiser in aid of the British Red Cross. Organised in just ten days, everyone involved should be commended for their hard work and dedication to a large scale event, in such a short space of time. From the bands that performed, to the crew who worked throughout to prepare for each act, to the audience who gave generously and the fundraisers who collected and spoke during the show, each and every action counted. It was a night of music that will certainly never be forgotten.

     


     

    The line-up of bands who gave their time to this cause was spectacular. Liverpool lads MicLowry blended their beautiful harmonies together in a stunning Beatles medley, including ‘In my Life’ and ‘Money can’t buy me love’. A perfect opening act, this young group were a reminder that people of all ages were here tonight to give their support.

     

    Continuing the line-up were Liverpool legends Icicle Works, John Power, The Christians and Space. Anthems like ‘My beautiful neighbourhood’ and ‘Female of the Species’ had the audience on their feet, while choir Sense of Sound provided backing vocals for a performance worthy of a standing ovation. Sense of Sound’s rendition of Sting’s ‘Fragile’ was both hauntingly beautiful and thought-provoking, the words staying with you long into the night.

     

    Connecting the music during the transitions were laughs a plenty with John Bishop and Janice Long. Giving Bishop that moment of rock star glory, the audience might have created one of the first hand-waving accompaniments to a joke! It was certainly a unique moment I have never witnessed before! With classic lines about encounters with musicians, there was plenty to make you chuckle from one set to another.

     


    While we were there to enjoy the music, we were also here to help raise money for the important work to support refugees across Europe. Bishop and Long introduced Andy and Rhiannon from the British Red Cross, who spoke to the audience about the work of the charity. This inspiring talk really brought home how the concert could continue their essential and vital work, both abroad and in our own city. They spoke of how we could show that people never have to walk alone - With love from Liverpool did just that.

     

    Continuing the music towards the end of the evening were chart-toppers Lawson, with impressive guitar solos that could be likened to classic seventies rock greats. Following on with energy and vibrance were electronic heroes OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark). The synth-chimes of ‘Enola Gay’ nearly raised the roof off the arena; a phenomenal set that had the audience cheering for more. However it was the closing set from The Farm that summed up the evening, with the memorable ‘All together now’. In just ten days everyone had come together not only to create With love from Liverpool, but to bring help, hope and support to many.

     

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