Mathew Street Festival 2009 – Monday


Must admit we didn’t get around so much of the festival today but we started off at the Hard Days Night Hotel to see the unveiling of a newly commissioned artwork by Klaus Voormann. It was Klaus who designed the Revolver album cover as well as being a top bass player (Manfred Mann and others). He was introduced by Bill Harry who created the Merseybeat newspaper so many years ago and photographer Astrid Kirchherr was also present.

I like the painting, titled ‘The Liverpool Rascals‘, he’s been quite playful with the faces and the various memorabilia in the centre of the picture are actually painted but they look so real, especially that  piece of sticky tape!

The picture is in the hotel lounge which, by the way, is a nice place to go for a relaxing drink (its one of our secret haunts).

Then we went over to Derby Square to see the other Japanese Beatles tribute band here this year, The Aspreys. Again there were huge crowds everywhere, the band were very well received, this is their second year at the festival.

The festival seemed bigger and more varied than ever with there being more stages, indoor venues and the more organised Fringe.

We took the quiet route back via the Bluecoat, enjoying some watermelon and pineapple from the BBQ in the courtyard.


Appreciative crowd at Derby Sq Stage
Appreciative crowd at Derby Sq Stage