The lyrics from the beginning of Lucy in the sky with diamonds have never been more appropriate, as Liverpool gears up for a summer of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’. It was the year Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album from Liverpool’s most famous sons was released, The Mersey Sound Poetry was published and the Metropolitan Cathedral opened.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Regarded as one of the most important rock and roll albums ever made; an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock and roll group of all time. For the Beatles, it was a decisive goodbye to matching suits, world tours and assembly-line record-making. "We were fed up with being Beatles," McCartney said. "We were not boys, we were men... artists rather than performers."
The Mersey Sound Poetry
First published in 1967, The Mersey Sound is an anthology of poems by Liverpool poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. When published it launched the poets into 'considerable acclaim and critical fame'. It went on to sell over 500,000 copies, becoming one of the bestselling poetry anthologies of all time. The poems are characterised by 'accessibility, relevance and lack of pretension', as well as humour, liveliness and at times melancholy.
The Metropolitan Cathedral
Officially known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, construction began in October 1962 and less than five years later, on the Feast of Pentecost 14 May 1967, the completed cathedral was consecrated. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool and the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool.
In 2017 Liverpool will be celebrating that famous Summer of Love by hosting 67-17: 50 Summers of Love – a season of events and performances inspired by the golden anniversary of the Summer of Love between the 12th April and 3rd September.
Full details of all activities, news and updates can be found here, as well as details of Magellan on the Mersey. Cruise & Maritime Voyages is deploying its biggest ever cruise schedule out of Liverpool this year! With a capacity of 1,794 passengers Magellan is the largest vessel to turnaround in the city.
A celebratory quayside concert will take place from 8:15pm until 9pm, featuring live music and performances from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Summer of Love. A colourful confetti show will signal the ships departure at 9pm.
Since it’s opening in 2007, the cruise terminal has welcomed 355 cruise ships carrying over 700,000 international passengers and crew, generated £50m to the local economy with an additional 20m GT of shipping traffic to the River Mersey.
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