Liverpool Live TV’s Nicola Denton takes us through some of the highlights from her event coverage of the past fortnight with Warpaint, LLTV’s own Red Sofa Sessions and a special screening of The Book Thief taking the headlines.
On Thursday (20th Feb) I saw all girl Californian rock troop Warpaint at the O2 Academy. It was my first time seeing them and I thought it was a great gig, but I heard it was a little lacklustre compared to the last time they visited Liverpool. I had the best view from the photographer’s pit and got some good shots! They performed tracks from their new self-titled album such as ‘Love Is To Die’, ‘Keep It Healthy’ and ‘Disco//Very’ as well as the classics like ‘Undertow’ and ‘Elephants’. Psychedelic, musically sound and hypnotic to watch, I look forward to seeing them again. They may have had a few more Red Bulls by then! Read my full review HERE.
On Tuesday (25th Feb) I went to Clapperboards’ screening of The Book Thief at FACT, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director Brian Percival. The film is about young Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) who finds solace in stealing and sharing books to escape the horrors of World War II. Some critics have said that its handling of Nazi Germany is ‘too safe’ but that’s what I like about it. The film is more of a drama than a typical gory war film, there is a good balance between the main story and the story of the war. Brian said he wanted to portray Nazi Germany in a ‘less evil’ way because it is seen through a young girl’s eyes. It is a powerful and touching film with funny moments, particularly from Geoffrey Rush as Hans and Emily Watson as Rosa. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the end!
Wednesday (26th Feb) was an amazing day! Not only did I get to see Paper Aeroplanes, one of my favourite bands, play The Kazimier but I got to meet them and see their Red Sofa Session with LLTV. I was a bit star struck at first but I eventually chatted to them about their tour and how much I enjoyed their music. They played ‘At The Altar’ on our Red Sofa and it sounded beautiful unplugged. I also got to see Paul Straws, The Sundowners and Me and Deboe perform too! Watch the session HERE.
My boyfriend bought me the tickets for Christmas and the gig was worth the wait. Despite Sarah’s vocal problems they were on top form and played songs like ‘Same Mistakes’, ‘Winter Never Comes’, ‘My First Love’, ‘Little Letters’, and ‘Circus’. But the best part of the night was after their encore when Sarah and Rich unplugged their guitars and mics and came down into the audience to perform ‘Newport’. Everyone began to gather round sitting at any available space, you could hear a pin drop as they sang and the audience joined in. An unforgettable moment.