16 December 2007

Liverpool’s Year as Capital of Culture

The City of Liverpool will officially open its year as European Capital of Culture with a three-day weekend of public events and concerts. The celebrations begin on Friday 11th January 2008 with a free open-air show on St George’s Plateau featuring ex-Beatle, Ringo Starr.

On 12th January, Ringo pops up again with Eurythmic Dave Stewart, to open the new Liverpool Echo Arena with Liverpool The Musical. Other performers include the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, No Fakin DJ’s, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pete Wylie, Ian Broudie, Shack and The Christians, plus a cast of poets, singers, aerialists, comedians, construction workers, gardeners and sailors.

Along with specially commissioned film and rare archive footage, Liverpool The Musical will feature music composed by Elgar, John Newton, The Real Thing, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Beatles, The La’s, The Wombats, The Farm, The Zutons, Stravinsky and Space, rearranged for the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with No Fakin DJ’s and conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

Sir Paul McCartney and his band will also perform in his home city in a Liverpool Sound concert in front of a crowd of 30,000 at Anfield Football Stadium on 1st June 2008.

We are looking forward to working with the Mersey Partnership and various Liverpool attractions to make 2008 a very special year indeed.

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