‘On The Street’ in Anfield

‘On The Street’ in Anfield

Alerted at the last minute by the Liverpool Art and Culture Blog, I nipped up to Anfield this evening for the last night of  ‘On The Street’, a video installation that’s been on display in a terrace of derelict houses in Anfield for the past week.

On the Street

Empty properties in the heart of the regeneration zone, have been occupied by the giant ‘ghosts’ of those who once lived there. The illusion has been realised through a large-scale video installation created by Brooklyn-based artist Ed Purver with local young people aged 11-17 as part of Liverpool Biennial’s ‘On the Street’. The launch took place on Friday 16 April attended by members of the local community, friends and family of the young people and those supporting the project.

When I arrived at dusk a closing street party and barbecue was just winding down, and local adults, kids and community police officers stood around watching the show. A lot of the kids were recognising themselves or others in the giant videos that flickered in the empty rooms of the derelict houses.

An impressive work, obviously appreciated by the locals.  Glad I didn’t miss it.

Ed Purver’s video sketchbook for the project

Liverpool Stories video: Giants in Anfield

Paul McCartney at Anfield

Last night Paul McCartney last night played to nearly 40,000 people at Anfield in one of the highlights of Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture.

Before the gig, Liverpool had been deluged with rain, but the power of rock and roll made sure that the Liverpool Sound concert took place in dry weather, albeit under leaden skies.

Paul himself took to the stage close to 9.30pm wearing a dapper modern-day version of the famous button-up Beatle suit. He never once forgot that he was playing before a local crowd, making reference to the fact he was born just down the road from Anfield, at Walton hospital.

The set itself covered the whole spectrum of his career, from the height of Beatlemania to his most recent solo work. Addressing the crowd between numbers, and clearly overcome with emotion, Sir Paul said: “I don’t know what to say. Every time I come up to Liverpool, all the memories come flooding back.”

It was a simple but highly effective stage set, with the word Liverpool spelt out in huge letters at the top and facing the Kop end of Anfield. At points, the Anfield roar was well in evidence as Sir Paul played songs such as Something on ukulele – as a tribute to George Harrison – Band on the Run and Back in the USSR.

As always with any home-coming appearance by Sir Paul McCartney, the adoring crowd did not want to let him go, and he crashed through his scheduled finish time to end with a rousing version of I Saw Her Standing There, and finishing off with a spectacular firework display.

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