THERE was a mixture of ceol, craic and scorching sunlight on Liverpool's waterfront on Saturday as a packed line-up of Irish musical talent of both young and old took to the stage and entertained a crowd of nearly 12,000 suncream-clad fans.
With a billing that included Van Morrison, Imelda May, Aslan, The Chieftains, The Hothouse Flowers, The Coronas, Damien Dempsey, Hudson Taylor and many many more, it was no surprise that a mixture of Irish of all generations were in attendance - with many travelling from Ireland specifically for the day of top-class performances.
The highlight of the event was for many the special guest appearance of Shane MacGowan, who joined many of the acts named above on stage for a soulful rendition of Dirty Old Town.
Most of the credit must go to Vince Power, the organiser of the festival, and his team who ensured the day was a raging success throughout.
Imelda May went out of her way to thank Mr Power while on stage, telling the audience: “Vince booked me when nobody else would, gave me good food…and money”. She also acclaimed him for what he has done for musical culture in UK
The craic was ninety from the minute the first chord was struck until the last, so much so that the bars literally sold out of drink by the end of the day, which could also be as a result of the thirst from the heat.
Regardless, its a day those who were there will never forget. For those who couldn't make it, the pictures below should give you some impression of what an incredible success Feis 2018 was.