Sun Ra and his Cosmic Love Arkestra at Bluecoat

Sun Ra brought his ensemble to play at Bluecoat on 8 June, 1990. This memorable night, programmed by Bluecoat’s live programmer Jayne Casey, resembled a rave, as the packed crowd on the Concert Hall's seating unit responded to the American jazz legend. The gig was captured on video, which turned up in the US, finding its way back to Liverpool the next century. Shown here is an extract from the video, as the band is introduced, performing as they enter the cramped stage, one by one. After this first number, the evening got increasingly intense and the band played on for a further 90 or so minutes.