THE only tickets some Liverpool traffic wardens will be issuing this weekend are tickets to ride, as they become the focus of the Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations.
Attention turns to Lovely Rita – the tenth song on Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band penned by Paul McCartney after a chance encounter with a ‘meter maid’.
On Saturday 10 June in a celebration of the city and its traffic wardens, international performer Meow Meow will lead a riotous parade down Hope Street, as she rides on a float wearing an incredible gown made of parking tickets and red tape. In a celebration of rules and regulations gone wild, she will be joined by her Sleepless Beauties – acclaimed musician, composer and producer Jherek Bischoff, sound designer and composer Jethro Woodward. The piece has been developed in partnership with New York and award-winning designer and inventor Andrea Lauer.
The event is called Rita Riot, Rita Dreaming, Rita Requiem and takes place across the entire weekend.
Setting off from the Metropolitan Cathedral at 9.30am, the parade involves traffic wardens musicians and brass bands. It will finish in a glorious concert at 10am at the Oratory which is located outside the Anglican Cathedral.
The event will then move in to its Rita Dreaming phase. This is a visual and sonic installation by the Sleepless Beauties in the Oratory which will be on display in 30 minute cycles from 11.30am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. A soundscape revealing the inner thoughts and dreams of wardens and Liverpudlians will be played out to visitors.
The weekend will culminate in Rita’s ‘awakening’ at 10pm on Sunday 11 June, with a requiem in St James Gardens on the preciousness of time and the ultimate examination of time keeping by meter maids.
This will be followed by another Meow Meow and Jherek Bischoff performance, accompanied by the Liverpool String Quartet and a brass band.