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12th May, 2023

John Lennon and other Liverpool musicians set to be celebrated in tomorrow's Eurovision Grand Final

This article contains some spoilers about tomorrow's Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. If you want the show to be a surprise, ‘Get Back’ to our homepage by clicking here.

 

We were granted access to today's dress rehearsal ahead of tomorrow's Grand Final, and were among some of the first to see the ‘Liverpool Songbook’ performance planned for tomorrow’s show.

 

Eurovision’s Graham Norton introduced the performance by listing “incredible music” as one of Liverpool’s greatest exports – truer words were never spoken!

 

The interval act, which is performed by an all-star cast of past Eurovision acts, has been dubbed by the BBC as a “spectacular one-off performance medley […] in which Eurovision’s greatest perform Liverpool’s greatest hits!”

 

Featuring Mahmood, Netta Barzilai, Daði Freyr, Cornelia Jakobs, Duncan Laurence and Liverpool’s very own Eurovision icon Sonia, who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her Eurovision performance. 

 

The act starts with Italy’s Mahmood under a spotlight, and his moving rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ prompts hope for peace in Ukraine. Eurovision, this year, celebrates love and unity across Europe and the world in the host city Liverpool. What better song than ‘Imagine’ to tie all of these together?

 

Written during the Vietnam War in March 1971, ‘Imagine’ was described by John himself as “an ad campaign for peace.” Inspired by Yoko Ono’s 1964 poetry book ‘Grapefruit,’ the song went on to become a beacon of hope during a time of war and violence. Still to this day, and during the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the song continues to bring people together United by Music. This segment of tomorrow's Eurovision Grand Final promises to be an emotional moment for a united Europe.


The song 'Imagine' is also celebrated in The Beatles Story's White Room.

 


While this year’s Eurovision retains its fun and celebratory nature, there are some more serious undertones to the event, which is being hosted by the UK on behalf of war-torn Ukraine. The Beatles Story is proud to be supporting Liverpool-based charity Casus Pax, who deliver vital equipment to the people of Ukraine, throughout the Eurovision period. 


 

The interval celebrates other famous Liverpudlians too, like Dead or Alive’s Pete Burns, The Spice Girls’ Mel C, and Gerry and the Pacemakers. The Netherland’s Duncan Laurence is set to perform a moving cover of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ which was made famous in the UK by Liverpool’s Gerry and the Pacemakers and immortalised by Liverpool Football Club. The interval act’s climax sees the all-star cast come together to finish ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in unity.

 

The song was covered by Merseybeat band Gerry and The Pacemakers in 1963, and shortly after became LFC’s official anthem. The track was cemented as a signifier of hope and unity in the hearts of all Liverpudlians after the tragic Hillsborough Disaster took the lives of 97 football fans. 

 

This symbol of unity and togetherness has been adapted for this year’s Eurovision contest in the slogan ‘You’ll Never Sing Alone.’


 

Gerry and the Pacemakers, 1964.


While excitement for the upcoming Grand Final is building in the M&S Bank Arena, it can be also felt on the streets of Liverpool, and at The Royal Albert Dock, which is home to The Beatles Story.

 

This week we were treated to a surprise performance by last year’s UK Eurovision entry Sam Ryder, who led the 5,000-strong crowd in song, uniting us by music.


 

Sam Ryder's surprise appearance at The Royal Albert Dock.


Also making an appearance on the docks was the blue and yellow submarine. An ode to The Beatles’ song ‘Yellow Submarine,’ and a nod to the flag of Ukraine. 


 

The Blue and Yellow Submarine parked at The Royal Albert Dock.


While the official Eurovision Song Contest celebrates some of the best musicians Europe has to offer, The Beatles Story and The Jacaranda Club have ‘Come Together’ to celebrate some of the best local artists in Liverpool today. The free live music sets have been delighting audiences for almost two weeks now, and more amazing acts are performing this weekend.

 

Will you be watching the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final tomorrow? Who is your winner?


The trophy that the finalists will be battling for in tomorrow's Grand Final (EBU/Corinne Cumming)



If you want to learn more about Liverpool's musical heritage, click below for tickets to The Beatles Story

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