2015: Our best bits

2015: Our best bits

Well, we don’t know about you, but we’ve had a cracking twelve months. Art, prizes, plenty of food, huge cruise ships ‘dancing’ in the River Mersey and more music than you could shake a turntable at.  Not to mention Liverpool scooping up loads of awards, like being named among Trip Advisor’s top European destinations in their TravelersChoice‬ awards and being declared Unesco’s City of Music.  Yes, 2015, you were a bit of all right!

Here are our favourite bits:

Jackson Pollock at Tate Liverpool

Not for the first time, Tate Liverpool made look at a world renowned art master with fresh eyes. Jackson Pollock ‘Blind Spots’ reflected on the artist’s career from a new perspective, hanging his famous abstract pieces alongside those from his black period. It was mind blowing and intense. It made us feel like we were meeting Pollock for the first time.

It was loved by many. Here it is in review in The Guardian.

Jackson Pollock, 1912-1956, Portrait and a Dream 1953. Oil and enamel on canvas
Jackson Pollock, 1912-1956, Portrait and a Dream 1953. Oil and enamel on canvas

Three Queens

Marking the 175th anniversary of Cunard, the Queen Mary II, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth sailed along the River Mersey and nodded to the city. The weather might have been slightly damp, but it was a sight that cheered the thousands watching from the banks. It was glorious, historic and we were as proud as punch.

Read about it here.

Liverpool's Three Queens event May 2015
Liverpool’s Three Queens event May 2015

Basement Jaxx at LIMF

As summer slowly ebbed away, LIMF turned it up to 11 for one last seasonal send off. It was a cracking weekend, their best lineup yet. But our highlight was Basement Jaxx. Under a sublime harvest moon the saturday night headliners romped through their greatest hits from ‘Good Luck’ to ‘Where’s Your Head At’ and the crowd thumping ‘Do Your Thing.’ A carnival spirit in the heart of Sefton Park.

You can read our write up here.

Basement Jaxx play the main stage on the opening night of LIMF.
Basement Jaxx play the main stage on the opening night of LIMF

Sound City’s new home

The Vaccines, Thurston Moore, Belle and Sebastian; Sound City pulled out all the stops from their new home at Bramley Moore docks this spring. Liverpool has a wealth of new musical flavour right now and the festival showcased it to its fullest. From Stealing Sheep to Ady Suleiman Sound City proved, yet again, why it has its finger on the city’s beating heart.

Read The Guardian’s review of Liverpool Sound City 2015 here. 

Liverpool Sound City 2015
Liverpool Sound City 2015

Assemble winning the Turner Prize

A late entry but a worth one. Assemble’s work as urban regenerators in Granby Four Streets saw them become the first social enterprise to win the acclaimed arts prize and one of the most controversial.  Once all the “is it art” questions that routinely surround the Turner Prize abate the project will remain; a glorious celebration of a community that defended itself to its doors, who stood together and rebuilt together.

Read our write up here.

Assemble - Winning The Turner Prize
Assemble - Winning The Turner Prize

Dazzle Ferry

Even on rainy days, the dazzle ferry cheers our hearts. Sir Peter Blake’s design for “Everybody Razzle Dazzle” is in honour of the patterns first used on vessels in World War One. It’s the only operating dazzle ship in the UK and was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial. You can even take a tour.

Find out how to book tickets here.

Sir Peter Blake’s ‘Dazzle Ferry’

Liverpool Studios

The most filmed UK city outside London, Liverpool is used to hosting film crews and reimagining its period setting, place and point in time for the purpose of a script. Yet the announcement of a £25m project to turn the former Littlewoods building into a film and TV studio have taken the city’s ambition up a notch. Welcomed by the industry, the project could create 900 jobs. We’re ready for our close up.

Read more about the new studios here.

Liverpool's Littlewoods building
Liverpool’s Littlewoods building

Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Open since September 2015, the £66m Exhibition Centre on Liverpool’s waterfront joins the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, adding to the city’s ability to host major industry events. With a Comic Con, travel shows, antique fairs, exhibitions, conferences and shows planned, the centre has a jam-packed first year.

Visit their website for a full list of events.

Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Indy foodies

2015 has been a great year for Liverpool’s foodie independents. From Constellations cafe to Miyagi to the Buyers Club and many more independents have sprouted out of the city’s streets like wild flowers. It’s been a great year to be a foodie in Liverpool.

To discover more places to eat, download our app.

Miyagi, Liverpool. Photo by James Maloney
Miyagi, Liverpool. Photo by James Maloney

‘Evertro’ wheels park

The brainchild of South Korean born artist Jeong A,  a glowing skate park in Everton was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial. Collaborating with the neighbourhood’s skating community, balancing beauty and skating practicality the skate park has a glow in the dark surface.

Read more about the Park here.

SEvertro Skatepark (8)
South Korean artist Koo Jeong A decribed the project as an “inspiration”

We’re looking forward to 2016 in Liverpool.  2015 will be a hard act to follow.

Published: 21/12/2015