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EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE IS A HUGE SUCCESS

12/01/2008


This weekend Ear to the Ground was the main event agency responsible for producing the official launch of the European Capital of Culture in Liverpool. Images were beamed across the globe of a groundbreaking multi media public event that took place over 2 nights and featured hundreds of performers, international orchestras, pyrotechnics a multitude of VIPs and one of the Beatles.

Friday involved a huge outdoor event viewed by 50,000 people in front of Lime Street Station with key celebrity ?Scousers? being transported onto roof using cranes and shipping containers, scissor lifts and arielists. In a grand finale a euphoric Ringo Starr emerged to perform his ode to the city alongside Dave Stewart with rooftops across the city filled with drummers and guitarists.

Saturday saw us stage manage and produce the official launch of the new 12,000 capacity Liverpool Echo Arena. We worked with legendary creative producer Nigel Jamieson to produce a mesmerizing 90 minute show that told the story of the city through the medium of live music and moving image. A purpose built screen was specially commissioned that also acted as a 100 foot high grid to showcase the players of the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic.

While everyone else has been relaxing over Christmas Ear to the Ground Director Jon Drape and the Ear to the Ground production team was working feverishly on producing our biggest ever show. It was a truly incredible way to end 07 and march into 08.