International Pop Overthrow Liverpool 2011 ended with the Bongo Beat/Viper label night. This is always guaranteed to be a good night.
A notable absence was Ralph, head of the Bongo Beat label, but hopefully he'll be back again soon.
It was a pleasure to have the Plastic Heroes back at the Cavern. The set included songs from their Escape The Lower End album as well as a few new ones including their new single Fake Revolution which is available on itunes and amazon as a download.
Oh okay, they also did Anne-Marie as Simon co-wrote the song.
After their set I nipped off to the loo but as I passed the band room I was taken in to say hello properly. I reminded them that by the time Dave Rave was to take to the stage it would be Stephen's birthday. I left them working out a special song for him.
In the mean time Mike Badger, founder member of the Las and had of the Viper Records label had taken to the stage with a fabulous set of rockabilly style songs. I particularly liked the one about being kidnapped by Big Foot.
Last on the bill was Mr Dave Rave, ably backed by The Plastic Heroes.
Can't Stop Shakin'
About three songs in they unleashed their surprise for Stephen's birthday - a version of, yup, you guessed it, Birthday by The Beatles. Not bad considering they dropped it into the set on the spur of the moment and none of them had played it before.
And for the second time that night we got Anne-Marie, well...it's IS just a good song!
DAve usually gets most of the audience to join him on stage but he'd got in trouble for doing that the night before so while he got a couple of people on stage for a rendition of I Saw Her Standing There, he came into the audience and joined us instead!
I Saw Her Standing There.
All too soon the event was over for another year and we were off into the night for a taxi home, knowing the next day brought the final round of fonds farewells till next year.