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.
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.”
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.
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.