Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s Andy McCluskey will join Liverpool indie rockers Red Rum Club and psychedelic pop queen Jane Weaver as they become members of Welcome To Eurotopia, – a supergroup made up of Liverpool musicians and Ukrainian artists who will take to the stage at 9:30pm on the Pier Head on 5 May in an avant-pop concert. It will follow a memorable Eurovision Village opening performance from 2022 Eurovision winners, Kalush Orchestra.
The band is led by city art scene musicians Natalie McCool and Stealing Sheep and will lead an incredible line-up of musicians. Other Liverpool musicians performing include She Drew The Gun’s Lou Roach, vocal harmony group Mic Lowry, Mickey Callisto, PODGE, Kelly Shimeya and Dialect. They will join forces with Ukrainian artists Helleroid, Krapka;KOMA and Iryna Muha in an unmissable performance. The concert in the Eurovision Village will be FREE to attend.
Welcome to Eurotopia is just one of 24 EuroFestival commissions which will take place across the city from 1–14 May. Some of the other projects using the city’s rich musical heritage as inspiration include:
● Electronica meets performing arts in Xpresia – an underground counterculture ‘festival within a festival’ – which will erupt across some of Liverpool’s best independent arts and music venues from 7–9 May. Born from the shared desire to bring Ukrainian and UK artists together in solidarity, the festival will celebrate alternative culture, unity and creativity through visual arts, electronic music, DJs, live music, theatre and cabaret and creative technology. Artists and DJs in the festival include Zbaraski, DJ SweetSpot, Nastya Murayova and Love ‘n’ Joy. Tickets are free and available here.
● Two cities. One world-changing rave! Rave UKraine, a collaboration between producer Jez Collins, UAME I Music Saves UA and Open Culture will unite DJs and ravers across simultaneous live events in Liverpool and Kyiv, sending a message of love, support and solidarity to the people of Ukraine. Tapping into the uniting power of music, the daytime raves will feature headline DJ sets from Hot Chip, DJ Paulette, Mingulitka and the legendary James Lavelle and streamed across the world as ravers descend on the dance floor of CONTENT in Liverpool and HVLV Bar ft Hangout in Kyiv from 2pm on 7 May. Tickets available to purchase here. All tickets and streaming profits will go to UAME I Music Saves UA, an initiative organised by the Ukrainian Association of Music Events to help those in need during the war in Ukraine
● Opera meets Europop on May 9 as the English National Opera does Eurovision. The world-renowned ENO Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell, will be joined at 6pm by former Eurovision contestants Ruslana, Sonia and Linda Martin as well as international opera stars including Russell Watson, Ella Taylor, Ellie Neate, Zwakele Tshabalala, Themba Mvula and Collin Shay to perform classical arrangements of some of the Song Contest’s greatest hits. A FREE sensory overload featuring two of the most visual musical spectacles. And singing along won’t just be permitted, it will be mandatory!
● Taking place on 11 May at Liverpool’s Pier Head (Eurovision Village), Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest 2016 winner and singer songwriter Jamala will perform a FREE global premiere of QIRIM from 6pm. This extraordinary and poignant new album is based around Crimean Tatar folk songs and accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Jamala invites the audience on a journey across the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea, shining a spotlight on a culture and language most people know little about.
EuroFestival will take place across Liverpool and Merseyside including public spaces and the city’s leading art venues: Bluecoat, Chavasse Park, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Everyman Theatre, Unity Theatre, Everyman Cinema, Open Eye Gallery, Exchange Flags, Liverpool One, Content, TATE, Invisible Wind Factory, Museum of Liverpool and Tower Grounds New Brighton.
EuroFestival has been made possible thanks to support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, as well as The British Council, Spirit of 2012 and Arts Council England. The content partners are The Ukrainian Institute, the BBC, Liverpool ONE, The Liverpool BID and Royal Liverpool Albert Dock.
For full details about EuroFestival visit the official Visit Liverpool website.