Despite growing up in Liverpool, returning to my home city to start fresh has felt somewhat strange. In some ways it feels like I’m living in a brand new city, it all feels unknown to me, and in terms of blogging in Liverpool I’ve definitely felt a bit out the loop.
So when I found out I’d been invited the Albert Dock for Made in Liverpool, a TV channel dedicated to this incredible city, I was running down to the Docks quicker than you can say ‘Lights, Camera, Action.’
Launching live from Panam, a beautiful contemporary bar & restaurant, the event hosted an array of local Liverpool celebs, influencer’s and VIP’s for a little pre-party, a 60 minute launch show, followed of course by an after party. I arrived at 6.30pm and by 7pm the guests were arriving, the drinks were flowing (although none for me as #DryJanuary) nibbles were circulating and the photobooth had lift off (because who can resist a good photobooth? No-one, that’s who)
Having worked in the TV industry for more than six years, I’m no stranger to the hectic Behind the Scenes world of Broadcast. However, live TV isn’t exactly what I’m used to and it was actually pretty nerve-wracking to begin with. Myself and Holly of HollyQuillsandIvy.co.uk were there to snap pictures and get all the BTS content for Twitter and Snapchat. Being so close to the camera men and producers, we were both a little terrified of accidentally tripping over a camera wire, going tits-over-arse and possibly destroying a live broadcast, but by the end of the show we were joining in with the filming, by dancing along to Uptown Funk during the Presenters Challenge.
Throughout the night I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride I had for this city I get to call home. The Albert Dock looked stunning and I forgot just how beautiful it looks at night, it really does come alive, the whole city does. Every single person at the launch was incredibly friendly, putting all my nerves and anxiety to bed pretty much as soon as I arrived. But then I forget that friendliness is a genuine scouse trait. Maybe all those years in London made me forget just how easy it is to go out in Liverpool and feel at home and welcome by all.
Living so long in London, it’s easy to feel like the world revolves around the capital city and ‘what could there possibly be outside London?’ But that is what Made in Liverpool TV is all about. Available on Channel 117 on Sky (7 on freeview and 159 for Virgin Media) the programmes featured on this distinct channel showcase all the amazing music, events, culture and sports that Liverpool has to offer.
To watch the ‘Live from the Dock’ TV launch, or catch up on any other Made in Liverpool programmes, you can watch it here.