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Issue:- 31 October 2014

The Liverpool Academy has hosted Holly Johnson
Photos & report below are with thanks to Jo Forrest.

ON Friday, 24 October 2014, there was a slightly confusing start to the evening, as Holly had been moved from the Liverpool Arena 2 to The Liverpool Academy, in the middle of the complex, although this had been made public on the website there was no indication outside the Arena 2 that the venue had changed. A lovely intimate venue where there was a generally mixed age range of fans in attendance, as well as many die hard fans of the 80's era. The stage was dark as the support act appeared, 2 DJ's who played an unusual range of music, in fact at 1st I thought they were technicians until I clarified it, they didn't engage with the audience in any way, which I found rather unusual. Many of the audience also did not seem to be aware that this was in fact the support act. After a slightly surreal start came the fantastic performance by Holly Johnson, who is best known to the Pop music world as the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. That band had massive commercial success in the mid 1980's and they are still played on the radio today and used on many TV shows.

This show was part of his warm up for the new tour of the UK and Germany, called:- 'Europa'. The tour comes hot on the tail of Holly  Johnson's 1st album to chart in the UK since his debut 'Blast'. His new album, which has a special pop promo directed by Chris Shepherd, is called:- "In And Out Of Love" Of course, he played a few tracks from this new album in his set, including the title track In and Out of Love and Europa. Dressed in a black suit, black boots and black gloves, on a minimalist stage, plus his band. He performed a highly enjoyable and lively show that was focused on the performance and not on multiple costume changes and elaborate stage sets. He also had a minimalist stage, with a takeout coffee cup, water bottle, large silver kettle, plus his band... He engaged well with the audience who appeared to enjoy the show immensely. We look forward to the return of this highly acclaimed artist, whose career has not only led the way for many acts, but also raised lots of money for charity, including those in Liverpool.

2 interesting facts about Holly Johnson:-

1. His legal battle with ZTT Records and its sister publishing company, Perfect Songs; the result, in the late 1980, is credited as "setting a legal precedent which rocked the music business." It resulted in a landmark legal outcome that still today protects performers and others from unreasonable restraint of trade.

2. Did you know that in 1989, he performed a charity version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" which was released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, along with The Christians, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman?

The set list was as follows in no specific order:-

Rage Hard
Love Train
Heavens Here
Follow your Heart
Disco Heaven
Watching the Wildlife
In and Out of Love
Dancing With No Fear
Lonesome Town
Penny Arcade
Atomic City
2 Tribes
Power of Love
So much it Hurts

Photographs above are copyright of Jo Forrest.

Tickets go on sale next week for the 2015 Open Championship

TICKETS will be going on sale next week for the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews, where Rory McIlroy will defend his title. The 144th Open Championship will be played from 12 July to 19 July 2015 over the Old Course and world number one McIlroy will return to St Andrews as defending Champion after his two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler at Royal Liverpool in July. The Open will be played at St Andrews for the 29th time and the list of champions at the Home of Golf includes some of the greatest players in the sport's history such as Bobby Jones, Peter Thomson, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen, who lifted the Claret Jug in 2010. Earlier this year, The R&A, which organises The Open, announced an extension to the exemption of 5 time Open Champion Tom Watson which will enable him to make his 40th anniversary appearance in The Open at St Andrews next year. Ticket prices are being kept the same in 2015 for concessions and accompanied children aged under-16 will continue to enjoy free entry to the Championship. After being frozen for this year's Open, the price of an adult daily ticket will go up by £5 to £70, if purchased before 31 May 2015, and £80 thereafter. If a ticket is purchased before 31 May, the £70 price represents a £10 increase on the 2010 daily ticket price. Weekly tickets, valid from Sunday 12, July to Sunday 19 July 2014, inclusive, are available for £240, a saving of £125 on the daily ticket prices for the full week. Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director of the Championships, at The R&A, said:- "We are very much looking forward to the return of The Open to St Andrews next year. There is always a special atmosphere at St Andrews and we will be working hard to deliver an outstanding experience for spectators once again. With Rory McIlroy defending the Claret Jug and Tom Watson making what is likely to be his final appearance in The Open, there will be no shortage of drama and emotion for the galleries. It promises to be a fantastic week of world class golf." Tickets for The 2015 Open go on sale on Tuesday, 4 November 2014. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit:-

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