Saturday 20th May, saw the second day of Wirral Live Music Festival, hosting some more top talent, The Libertines, The Coral, Reverend and The Makers and The Hummingbirds.
First on stage were Liverpool favourites, The Hummingbirds, all sporting ‘ Vote Labour ‘ badges, warming the crowd up nicely with some well crafted and thoughtful music.
As usual, professional and together they received well deserved applause. Following on were Reverend and The Makers, I hadn’t heard them before and was impressed, as were the relatively appreciative crowd, who appeared to be treading water, waiting for the main two acts. Halfway through their performance, they stopped for a surprise guest.
Onto the stage walked Jeremy Corbyn! He gave a passionate speech to the crowd, which whipped them up into a frenzy. After leaving the stage the crowd chanted “Corbyn” at football match levels. This only served to get the crowd into a better mood for the following bands. If Mr Corbyn can generate support like this across the country soon, he might have a shot at No.10.
The Coral appeared to rapturous applause, a home band at a home ground, what could go wrong? New songs seemed to lose some in the crowd but, fervent and noisy they stayed. Directly in front of the stage was a wet, muddy dance floor, to which the fans seemed oblivious.
The only thing that started to spoil the event, were the inevitable dicks, throwing beer/urine in plastic glasses randomly into the crowd. Thank God they were only plastic. As the band finished their set, hundreds of fans started to leave, apparently only attending to see The Coral before calling it a day. Their departure however, didn’t seem to put a dent in the numbers.
Finally, with the light fading, The Libertines appeared, and the crowd found their second wind. The punters surged and became one, bouncing and singing into the night, Pete Docherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell, powered through a pleasing set to the Merseyside Mass, cementing their fanbase in Liverpool with a well honed performance. Only then were security needed to fish certain revellers out of the crowd to safety. They did a fine job in my opinion. Quick, effective and safe.
Wirral Live has been a huge success, only spoiled by the fluid throwers, big names, well disciplined staff, good amenities…I can’t wait ’till next year!