Holly Johnson says 'it's always special' ahead of 'amazing' event

Holly Johnson has spoke of his fondness for his home city
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Legendary Liverpool musician Holly Johnson has expressed his excitement ahead of his return to the city.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood, with Holly as the lead singer, became a sensation across the country in the 1980s as hits such as Relax and Two Tribes soared to the top of the charts.

It was announced earlier this year that Holly would take part in Liverpool Celebrates, the successor to the Mathew Street festival, this summer. He will perform some of his band’s best known songs on the Pier Head.

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Holly will be part of the festival’s opening night, which will celebrate Liverpool and its music heritage, joining The Lightning Seeds, Space, China Crisis, Tea Street Band and The Sway in opening the festival.

Speaking ahead of this, Holly praised Liverpool’s ever present love for music and celebrations. He said: “I always love performing in Liverpool and I am really looking forward to the Liverpool Celebrates Festival. There’s a brilliant line up over the entire August bank holiday weekend. It’s good for the city to be showcasing all of this music talent at a festival on this scale.

"The city’s music heritage is well known all over the world. I suppose this is another event which shines a light on it, and it is lovely to be asked to be part of it as the headline Friday act alongside a whole host of amazing Liverpool and international bands.

"I’ll be performing all of my greatest hits on the opening night in front of thousands of people next to the Liver Building. I am sure there will be a few Liver Birds in the crowd too!

"There is a brilliant buzz around Liverpool and a great energy. I felt it when I performed at the special Eurovision opening ceremony at St George’s Hall last year.

"I’ve got a few festivals this year but the biggest will be performing in Liverpool which is always special and even more so this year with it being the 40th anniversary of Relax, Two Tribes, The Power Of Love and the Welcome To The Pleasuredome album topping the charts. I also have an exhibition at The Museum Of Liverpool in September."

Taking place across the August Bank Holiday (Friday August 23 to Monday August 26), Liverpool Celebrates commemorates the 10 year anniversary of the last Mathew Street Festival, with The Jacksons, now comprised of brothers Jackie, Tito and Marlon, set to headline the Saturday, joined by a spectacular 10 piece live band.

The Jacksons will perform legendary tracks such as Blame It On The Boogie, I Want You Back, ABC and Can You Feel It after Boyzlife - the Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy supergroup -rock the Pier with acclaimed Boyzone and Westlife number ones.

Jonny Bongo, of the popular worldwide Bongo’s Bingo event, will also bring his Festival Experience to the Dock with N-Trance also set to take the stage for a lively set, while world-class tribute acts will perform The Beatles, Queen, Prince, Oasis and Elton John tributes across the Sunday and Monday.

The final day of the festival will be hosted in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey to aid a complete refurbishment, with a recent 'Battle of the Artists' competition allowing two local bands or singers the opportunity to perform on the main Pier Head stage during the festival.

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