The Mersey River Festival returned to Liverpool this year when tall ships graced the Mersey as the city became one of the host ports for the Irish Sea Fleet Maritime Tour 2013.
REM have a long history of working in the city and unrivalled expertise in maritime festivals so we were delighted to be awarded the site and production management contract.
The city’s historic waterfront came alive with aerobatic displays from Russian aircraft, live street theatre, wake boarders and a canoe polo tournament. All this was topped off with international flavours with the World Music Stage at the Pier Head playing African, Indian and Arabic music and dance. The River Festival also coincided with Music on the Waterfront, building on the successful partnership with Smooth Radio established last year. The line-up included Katie Melua, Nell Bryden, Russell Watson, KT Tunstall as well as local heroes – The Christians.
For the nautically minded, we were joined by Irene, Johanna Lucretia, Keewaydin, Soteria, Pelican of London, Ruth, Glaciere, Zebu and Kathleen & May.