“One Small Step For Scousers” | Emotional Scenes at Sefton Park

by Johanna Roelich

This weekend saw a historical event in the music industry as 5,000 people gathered in Sefton Park, Liverpool, side by side, to capture three talented bands take to the stage in front of a live audience, for the first time in over a year.

The line-up was made up of Liverpool singer Zuzu, The Lathums and Stockport band The Blossoms, with DJ sets by a good friend of scotts; Katie Owen. To say it was an emotional night is an understatement, and that was clear when setting eyes on the artists so privileged to be part of an event that will go down in history. This gig was the first in over a year due to the pandemic that hit the world hard. The music industry suffered greatly, in all areas. Sefton Park was the celebration of things returning to ‘normal’, and the fight to show how important music is to peoples lives and the influence it has on all of us.

Scenes captured by This Feeling Film-Maker and Photographer Dan Hewitson.

We spoke to a few of our friends in the industry, to understand what it felt like to be a part of this moment, whether being in the crowd or on stage.

“It was absolutely incredible, like a surreal dream. I couldn’t sleep the night before because I was too excited, it honestly felt magical, as if I was a kid on Christmas Eve again. The atmosphere was so positive and everyone was in high spirits. The gates opened at 4:30pm on the dot, a sea of excited faces came flooding in and quickly started to fill up the huge tent – I was the first artist on stage playing a two hour DJ Set. My first gig back in over a year and it was to five thousand people…. What song do I play first?! No pressure… I don’t tend to make set lists for my gigs, I’m quite spontaneous and like to judge it by the crowd, it’s really important to interact and connect with them so you can play the right tunes and guarantee that we all have the best time… My absolute priority is to get every single person singing their hearts out and enjoying themselves. That’s all I want. I started off with The Wombats, Let’s Dance To Joy Division. Oh my goodness. Thousands of voices singing the lyrics “I’m back in Liverpool and everything seems the same” at me, and it was electric. I then kept the energy going with all the biggest and best indie classics, everyone was so up for it and I’m not surprised after the absence of live music and socialising over the past year. I think we all needed it. Zuzu, The Lathums and The Blossoms were all absolutely phenomenal. It was a special night that I’ll never forget and I’m so honoured to have been a part of it.” – Katie Owen, Lineup DJ

“It was an honour to be a part of it all, to be chosen to potentially re open the music industry and get gigs going again we can’t thank every single person who was involved and all the fans who came enough it was so special for us. The atmosphere was impeccable you could feel the buzz in the air and everywhere you looked there was a smiling face. When we stepped on stage and saw those 5,000 people we remembered why we started this band and what we had been missing out on for so long now so we count our lucky stars for being given that opportunity and we hope it was a big step in the right direction, not just for gigs but for life to get back to normal for everyone.” – The Lathums, Lineup

“It was like opening the curtains and feeling the sunshine for the first time after the longest, coldest winter.” – The Lottery Winners

“The atmosphere was electric. Everyone was there to just have the best day and make up for lost time with friends and family. It was amazing to be stood in a big field, drinking warm lager, hugging strangers & singing along to your favourite bands again.Everyone there felt like they were a part of something historic. I know I did.” – Dan Hewitson, This Feeling Film-Maker and Photographer

“The energy was electric. It got the heart beating. The joy and excitement was felt by all 5000 of us. It connected us all as we made history together.” – Red Rum Club

This is the start of what we have missed greatly for such a long time. We’re getting there. Hold on tight, we’re almost there.

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