Line Up Announced For Liverpool Loves New Music

Stephen Langstaff, Polar States, Natalie McCool, Gary Edward Jones and Chelcee Grimes are among the Liverpool acts performing during the inaugural three-day Liverpool Loves festival in August.  Liverpool Loves New Music is an integral part of Festival Day on Saturday 8 August at the iconic location of Pier Head Liverpool on the city’s waterfront.  Festival Day is free to attend and will run from 10am to 10pm – a full 12 hours of culture, entertainment and activities on the banks of the River Mersey.

The programme will span across zoned areas covering music, the arts, dance, comedy, food and drink, health and well-being, and family fun – creating a real festival atmosphere at the heart of the waterfront.

Acts also include Lives, Joe Slater, Seattle Yacht Club (SYC), Chris Kearney, Jimmy and The Revolvers, Ego and Oranj Son.

Chelcee Grimes guitar

Liverpool Loves New Music provides the soundtrack to the day, and features emerging local acts on the New Music Stage, curated by Martin O’Shea.  Martin is from Liverpool’s Bold Management, who delivered the first ever full concert at the Liverpool Echo Arena in 2008 with The Number One Project, and also last year’s inaugural World Merit Day headlined by Nobel winner Malala Yousafzi.

Martin is also curator for Liverpool Loves Ireland, a ticketed evening of music and entertainment to celebrate the links between the city and the Emerald Isle. This takes place in the Big Top at Pier Head Liverpool onFriday 7 August as part of the wider Liverpool Loves festival.

Martin O’Shea commented: “We set out to offer a platform for new and exciting music acts to perform at Liverpool Loves and wanted a fresh, dynamic and diverse line up – and that’s exactly what we have achieved. The acts all boast real talent with a lot to offer and they cannot wait to get on that stage and entertain the crowds at the Pier Head this Summer.”

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Liverpool Loves New Music on the Bold Management Stage will be hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s champion for new Liverpool music, Dave Monks.  Dave is highly respected on the live music circuit, his weekly two-hour radio show, BBC Introducing Merseyside, features unsigned acts and is the ‘go to’ platform to hear the very latest from the local music scene.

Dave Monks commented: “I am really excited to be hosting Liverpool Loves New Music. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear the very latest talent and sounds from the Liverpool music scene. Some of the line up on the day are musicians that we have supported since they started on my programme.  See them in Liverpool while you can.”

The confirmed line up is Stephen Langstaff; Polar States; Natalie McCool; Chelcee Grimes; Lives; Joe Slater; Seattle Yacht Club; Chris Kearney; Jimmy and The Revolvers; Oranj Son; Merki Waters; Cavalry; The Ambition; Paul Holden; Satin Beige; Shamanarchy; Phaedra; Blue Saint; The Floormen; Gary Edward Jones; and The Holograms.

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Liverpool Loves starts on Thursday 6 August with Liverpool Loves Business and continues on Friday 7 August with Liverpool Loves Ireland, culminating in Festival Day on Saturday 8 August.

More information here


The Very Big Catwalk – Rehearsal

The Very Big Catwalk, taking place on the Pier Head in Liverpool next Saturday, the 4th July, will attempt to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the ‘Most models on a catwalk’. The organisers need 5000 people in total and they still have some spaces available for people wanting to take part in this historic event, so register on this website now!

#INSPO had  a chance to talk with the woman behind the event, fashion producer Jane Galpin.

So how did the idea to organise an event like this come about?

Wayne Hemingway has curated the most amazing weekend called Transatlantic 175, and what he really wanted to do is to celebrate the 175th anniversary of passenger travel in a big way with a food festival in Mann Island, the vintage festival, and he said to me “let’s rock the world and smash the world record”. Wayne asked me to come along and help him with a fashion show, and this is how the idea came about – he wanted to organise an interesting weekend, celebrate the anniversary and celebrate great style that Liverpool has.

How many people are actually doing the show?

We’ve got about 4000 people, but we still need more to smash the world record, which we will do, but we want to keep hold of that record for quite a few years, so I need people of all ages, all sizes, all heights (register on this website).

We know that a couple of local designers are showcasing their collections at the event, could you tell us a bit more about them?

We’ve got amazing talent showing their collections at the event! We’ve got Philip Armstrong, the top couturier, doing the most amazing moment on the runway, something bespoke and extra special, and it’s going to be fantastic.

We’ve got Ben Mak, who is a really strong up and coming designer, who’s got the most theatrical costumes. I’m sure that his clothes are going to rock the runway.

And we also have Beth Hyland, who is a great talent, and she will be showing her very first collection, lots of sequins and glamour.


As some of the participants we spoke to said, “it’s amazing to be involved in such an event that’s promoting the city, and we are really looking forward to it”. So are we! Don’t forget to attend The Very Big Catwalk next Saturday on the Pier Head in Liverpool, 5-10pm.


Festival Chic

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Summer music festival season is in full swing now. Glastonbury, one of the biggest in the UK has just started yesterday, but there are plenty more coming all around the world, like Roskilde in Denmark, Wireless in the UK, Positivus in Latvia and many more.

If you are looking for a festival chic look, why not shop at Flannels (on sale!) for some designer gems?


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KENZO Paris Espadrilles

MOSCHINO Can Chain Bag

MULBERRY Monogram Jacquard Scarf

PAUL SMITH Straw Tribly Hat

TOM FORD Kit Astuccio Rigido Sunglasses


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GUCCI Ombre Wayfarer Sunglasses


VALENTINO Camouflage T Shirt

VERSUS VERSACE Mix Print Backpack


LHK Management are delighted to be opening their books for 2015/2016 and are on the look-out for the regions hottest new talent.

Open auditions to join one of the North West’s most in demand Theatre, TV and Film casting and booking agencies will take place on Sunday 14 June at The Liner Hotel, Liverpool at 2pm.

The company, which are looking to add to their ever growing pool of talented performers, encourage anyone with a passion and drive to succeed in the entertainment business to apply.

LHK’s Lee Kelly will lead the auditions which are broken down in to the following categories: Juvenile artists (Age 5 – 15) who show a talent for singing, dancing and/or acting; Young performers (Age 16- 20) who can deliver as a singer, dancer and/or as an actor; and Professional performers (Age 21+) with industry experience, who will be required to prepare a monologue and song (if a singer).

LHK Management, created due to the rapid success and expansion of LHK Productions Ltd is responsible for looking after some of the UK’s most memorable pop acts and TV personalities including Sonia (1993 Eurovision Song Contest), Andy Scott Lee (‘3SL’, Pop Idol, Totally Scott Lee), Dale Howard (Big Brother) and Nikki Grahame (Big Brother, Ultimate Big Brother). LHK Management also represents local performers including Alison Crawford (Jack and the Beanstalk) and the very best in the region’s dancers and juvenile performers.

Do not miss this fantastic opportunity to join one of the North West’s most progressive agencies.

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Aspiring models are being given the chance to take part in a world record breaking attempt at the most models on a catwalk, The Very Big Catwalk, held in association with, and wear a bespoke gown by internationally renowned fashion designer to the stars, Philip Armstrong.

In addition to walking the Very Big Catwalk the models will also win the chance of signing with Liverpool’s Pulse Model Agency – an amazing opportunity to start a career as a model.

The Very Big Catwalk arrives at Liverpool‘s Pier Head on July 4th and people from across the region are being encouraged to take part.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work and walk with professional models and to take to The Very Big Catwalk in an Armstrong gown, during a special segment of the show dedicated to the designer’s collection.

A call out for models will take place on 11th June at the Russell Building in School Lane at Liverpool ONE with an open casting for models. All aspiring models must be aged over 16 and both males and females are welcome at the casting, which will take place between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. Girls must be a minimum height 5ft8 and boys 6ft. Girls are required to bring heels to walk in.

Philip Armstrong and Pulse Model Agency, will be on the lookout for models to win a coveted place on the catwalk.

Philip Armstrong and Tony Dixon Armstrong

The Very Big Catwalk, sponsored by is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most people on a catwalk during the city’s Transatlantic 175 celebrations over the 4th-5th July weekend.

Liverpool based Philip Armstrong and Tony Burke Armstrong, who both studied fashion locally at the City of Liverpool College, are the designers behind the internationally renowned label Philip Armstrong. Worn on many a red carpet, the pair focus on detail and this has paved the way to an established fashion brand that grows from season to season. Their collections have been worn by a multitude of stars including Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry and now they’re bringing their designs home to The Very Big Catwalk.

Philip Armstrong said: “Tony and I are both proud and honoured to be a part of such an amazing event in the city we both grew up in.  This catwalk is a celebration of not only the fashion, but of the diverse culture and people of Liverpool.

“When we were approached we knew it was something we had to get involved with, a way of giving back to the city we both love.  To make it extra special we have designed four couture pieces inspired by Liverpool’s heritage and we can’t wait to share them with you, along with our ready-to-wear men’s and womenswear collections.”

Pulse Agency was founded in 2004 and represents the best of Liverpool’s modelling talent. With an abundance of experience in producing catwalk shows and providing models for editorial and commercial shows. With diverse clients such as Vivienne Westwood, Liverpool ONE and Boodles. Pulse was the logical partner to summon the best of Liverpool’s undiscovered modelling talent

Irene Bird, founder of Pulse Agency, said: “We have worked with Philip Armstrong on a number of projects in the past and this seemed like a great way to tie our Liverpool roots together. We are very proud to be based in such a fashion conscious city. The Very Big Catwalk will be a celebration of fashion in Liverpool and we are looking forward to casting the best of Liverpool’s talent for this unmissable opportunity. We are an agency that prides ourselves in sourcing the best local talent and this is a great way for us to tap into the undiscovered models in Liverpool and give them a once in a lifetime opportunity in front of a watching city.

“We will be looking for models who have a presence on the catwalk, it’s not just a look it’s a distinctive style and attitude that makes a great runway model. If you have the look and the attitude please come along to the casting, we will guide you through and help you with training before the show”

Liverpool is on the lookout for thousands of models to break the world record of the most people on a catwalk.

The current record held by Mexico City since November 2013, is 3,083.

Jane Galpin, producer of the Very Big Catwalk, said: “Style is innate in the people of Liverpool and internationally renowned designers like Philip Armstrong exemplify this talent and style. We are thrilled to have him on board for the Very Big Catwalk and can’t wait to showcase his designs on the runway.

“His signature gowns will breathe life into the catwalk and, along with Pulse Model Agency, we are delighted to be able to invite aspiring models to the casting for the opportunity to walk in his gowns.”

Fabric for a number of the gowns designed by Philip Armstrong for the segment will be generously donated by The Fabric Place, which can be found on Stafford Street in Liverpool. The other garments showcased will be from current and previous Philip Armstrong collections.

The models will come together to celebrate Liverpool and its fashion heritage, alongside the communities that call the city home. Regardless of age, sex or background, the people of Liverpool will stand proud to show the world the individuals that make up the heart of the city.

The Very Big Catwalk will take place during the city’s Transatlantic 175 weekend, a city wide celebration of 175 years of transatlantic travel and the relationship between New York and Liverpool. Organised by Liverpool City Council it will be a visual and cultural celebration that spans the food, music and fashion of the decades and Atlantic Ocean. The weekend will also see the departure of the Cunard liner, Queen Mary 2 as she recreates the maiden voyage, originally to Boston, on 4 July 1840.

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The Undertones in Liverpool

The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1977, the result of five friends learning how to play guitar and drums in time with someone singing.

Even by the standard of that decade Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere. With no live bands worth watching, they learned by listening to mailorder records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all from listening to John Peel’s wonderful show on BBC Radio One.

Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on the Good Vibrations indie label in Belfast. The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show.

The Undertones signed with Sire Records and ‘Teenage Kicks’ was released followed by  further punk pop gems such as `Here Comes The Summer`, Jimmy Jimmy`, `My Perfect Cousin`, `You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)’ and four LPs.

Tickets for the LIVERPOOL – 02 Academy 2 show taking place on Saturday 30th May are available from:

LIVERPOOL – 02 Academy 2

Saturday 30th May 2015

Box Office No: 0844 477 2000

Website – and

Tickets – £20 advance

Martha Reeves in Liverpool

It was 1962 that Motown’s Artist and Repertoire Director William “Mickey” Stevenson first heard the voice that would become synonymous with “the sound of young America.” A young jazz/blues singer with the unlikely name of “Martha Lavaille” was bringing audiences to their feet at Detroit’s famed 20 Grand Nightclub singing songs made popular by singers the likes of Gloria Lynne and Della Reese. He invited her to audition at the new Motown Records headquarters, “Hitsville, USA.”

Though the audition never happened, within a year, Martha had taken the reigns of the company’s A&R department, ingratiating herself. She saw that musicians showed up on time and got paid. She watched, learned, and whenever opportunity presented itself, she sang. And when she did, everyone took notice. When Mary Wells couldn’t make a session, Martha was called to the mic. With her group, the Del Phi’s, she recorded “I’ll Have to Let Him Go,” and Martha and the Vandellas was born.

The song was rather forgettable, but Reeves’ sound wasn’t. While waiting for her first hit, Martha (along with Rosalind Ashford and Annette Beard) backed Marvin Gaye on his first three releases and sang with him on stage. Soon, however, they emerged from the shadows with “Come and Get These Memories,” followed by an enviable string of hits:“Heat Wave,” “Quicksand,” “In My Lonely Room,” “Nowhere to Run,” “My Baby Loves Me,”, “Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things,” “I’m Ready For Love,” “Jimmy Mack,” and, of course, the Motown anthem, “Dancing In The Street.”

After leaving Motown in 1972, Martha continued to expand her musical horizons, establishing herself as a singer-songwriter with few limitations. She sang rock, jazz, country, gospel, blues and classical. Her singing companions included everyone from the Godfather James Brown and the Boss Bruce Springsteen to opera diva Beverly Sills and gospel king Rance Allen. She headlined a national touring company of the musical “Ain’t Misbehaving,” and for three years toured the UK in the musical review“Dancing In The Street.”

Martha Reeves continues to thrill audiences around the world. Her self-produced 2004 CD, “Home to You” was named one of the year’s best by the Asbury Park Press. In 2005, Will Smith mined the Motown vaults to uncover her unreleased gem, “It’s Easy to Fall In Love,” and included it in the hit movie “Hitch.”  Also in 2005, Motown released Martha’s “Lost and Found” collection, which included the rare Smokey Robinson-penned “Spellbound,” her studio recording of “For Once In My Life,” and covers of hits by the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Marvelettes, Vikki Carr, Sam & Dave, and the Four Tops. She was also featured in the PBS special, “Motown: The Early Years,” writing liner notes for the four-set CD package. A “Gold” collection was released in March 2006 and “The Definitive Collection” in 2009.  (Her 1968 “Live at the Copa” remains in the vaults, but we hope for a release in the not-too-distant future.

Martha just completed a four-year run as a member of the Detroit City Council. She is back on the road full time, making sure that no one ever forgets the Motor City!

Tickets for the LIVERPOOL – Arts Club show taking place on Tuesday 14th July are available from:


Tuesday 14th July 2015

Box Office No: 08444 771000

Website –

Tickets – £22.50 adv