On Sunday, May 2nd, Blossoms covered the Beatles’ classic ‘Paperback Writer’ as part of their historic set in Liverpool.
Blossoms played amongst a weekend of pilot events in Liverpool at the weekend, in the city’s Sefton Park. It seemed like an event that everyone – including punters and artists – were trying to get their head around. The scenes on TV and social media were reminiscent of life pre-pandemic
The Park hosted 5,000 people, whereas it usually holds 7,500, although those lucky enough to have attended were not required to socially distance, wear a face mask or have a vaccine passport to gain entrance to the venue. All it took was a negative cover test the day before.
As part of their triumphant set, which took from all three of their studio albums, Blossoms also included the cover of Liverpool’s greatest export, The Beatles. They clearly love ‘Paperback Writer’, as they previously covered it way back at the start of the pandemic in a self-isolation video.
The gig, which featured indie heroes of the hour The Lathums and Liverpool’s darling Zuzu, was organised by promoters Festival Republic. Boss Melvin Benn promised a “historic” event that would allow the the public to “behave as if the pandemic never happened”.
“This will be the first gig in the Northern hemisphere where it’s a proper show, with 5,000 people not socially distanced, not having to wear masks, with bars and food stalls in the arena, and it will feel like a mini version of a festival,” he said. “The whole world will be looking at it. You know how many gigs I’ve been involved in, but this is the most historic. I’m just so excited by it.”
Hopefully this is the start of the end for the Pandemic. Further pilot events are scheduled to take place across the UK in May, including the Brit Awards, and they have been kind enough to allocate a number of tickets to key workers.
Watch footage of Blossoms doing ‘Paperback Writer’ below.