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A great night of Liverpool music and entertainment for a very worthy cause at The Olympia last night. The event was for the Francesca Bimpson Foundation to bring families of serious crime together. Francesca was sadly killed in an horrific arson attack at the family home in December 2008 and it was great to see so many musicians and entertainers support the event.

Steve Riks started off proceedings with his Ringo impersonation and kept the crowd going between acts with a dazzling array of very funny impersonations (George Michael was particularly funny).

Numerous Liverpool bands and singers performed to including The Sums, The Real People, the totally Amazing Kappa, a trio of Ian’s (Prowse, McNabb and McCulloch) with Brian Nash doing a stunning rendition of the Power Of Love by his former band and Sad Cafe sandwiched between them.

Great night for a great cause. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

The Specials

I grew up with The Specials back in the 70s/early 80s and it was great to see the guys again at The Olympia (Neville was sadly missing through illness). I first saw The Specials in 2009 as part of Liverpool Music Week and they did a legendary gig that night. I suspect the one tonight may well go down as being equally as good.

The venue was packed out with a sea of Fred Perry polo shirts, mod haircuts and pork pie hats so it was a great nostalgia trip. The band sounded in top form (though I was glad to avoid the mike stand being thrown into the pit by Terry Hall a couple of times during Do The Dog.

Just prior to the gig I did a couple of cage fighter portraits for a new series and they’ll be appearing soon too.


Great to see Echo And The Bunnymen legends Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson get back together with their new project Poltergeist at The Kazimier last night with drummer Nick Kilroe.

The guys sounded fantastic playing a fully instrumental set with a filmic backdrop to provide visual entertainment with their sounds. The band were in fine form with plenty of melody and riffs being fired along by Nick’s expert drumming.

Abley supported by Elohymn (though sadly the billed Eva Peterson couldn’t attend) the gig was a real treat for those present at Kazimier. More about the band can be found here.