It is little surprise Merseyside has won the race to host Eurovision for Ukraine because it’s always been a Liverpull of Euro music.
It may have been a surprise surprise (well that’s our big-up to Liverpool’s favourite daughter Cilla Black done).
Yes, Glasgow put together a good bid but who can realistically compete with The Beatles as host ambassadors?
Love me do
It’s apt too that Liverpool should get the nod 60 years on from the release of The Beatles’ first single Love Me Do.
The tens of thousands of Eurovision fans descending on Liverpool next year will flock to The Beatles story on Albert Dock.
They’ll get a picture taken with the statues of The Fab Four at Albert Dock and the Eleanor Rigby monument on Matthew Street.
And channel our inner Beatles at their old stomping ground The Cavern Club.
Tour de four
Take one of the tours around the city and tick off Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and The Beatles birthplaces.
And you may be lucky too to have a driver with a pop link (everyone in Liverpool is a musician).
Ours was Holly Johnson’s brother on the Magical Mystery Tour.
The invasion of European music fans to Liverpool then is nothing new.
And its place in the continent’s thinking existed too back in the late 50s.
When talent spotters headed to the north of England to find bands to feed American servicemen’s appetite in Hamburg for the new rock’n’roll music.
The thinking was that they would be cheaper than the London bands.
The Beatles were a late pick but they honed their skills on the Reeperbahn with exhausting sets.
While days of seeing and enjoying Beatles music in the German port city are long behind us.
The Stef of dreams
The best Beatles experience you can have there is signing up for Stefanie Hempell’s Beatles tour.
Where she will take you around Hamburg’s Beatles’ landmarks.
And strum her way around their hits on George Harrison’s favourite instrument, the ukulele.
That’s the Liverpull of Euro music for you and why we’re endorsing Merseyside as the best choice for Eurovision 2023.
And that’s coming from a proud citizen of Glasgow.