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We Will Rock You the Musical at The Liverpool Empire for 3 weeks from Sept 6

Two day festival brings our city alive with music by JADE WRIGHT WELCOME to our 12 page guide to the most musical week in Liverpool’s calendar. We have the Mathew Street Festival, International Beatles Week, and a packed programme of events on all around the city. Mathew Street Music Festival is the annual celebration of one of the city’s cultural cornerstones – music. This fantastic free two-day event will be 19 years old this year, with over 80 hours of live outdoor music, it celebrates cover, original and new bands which attract local people and visitors from all over Europe. This year dozens of bands

perform from as far as USA, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden and Scotland will be performing. The Fringe Festival for original bands runs from Friday to Monday in venues across the city offering a vast array of music. If you love music, it gives you the bands that people are whispering about, breaking boundaries, running in over 30 venues across town. With five outdoor live stages over the two days, plus the fringe festival for its third year – across more than 40 indoor venues, and the Albert Dock festivities, the hardest job seems to be trying to work out how to fit everything in. JADE WRIGHT Echo Music Writer

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THE CAST: We Will Rock You will be performing at the Empire for three weeks from September 6

The Empire and We Will Rock You are proud to sponsor the Matthew Street Festival supplement 2011


IVERPOOL, get ready to rock! The guitar-thrashing, leather clad musical We Will Rock You, officially crowned the public’s favourite show at this year’s Olivier Awards, hits the Liverpool Empire on September 6 and rocks for three weeks in Liverpool with a cast featuring Noel Sullivan, Ian Reddington, Earl Carpenter and Liverpool’s Leon Lopez. Based on over two dozen Queen songs with a script and direction by Ben Elton, We Will Rock You has been one of the West End’s biggest attractions since it opened at London’s Dominion Theatre almost nine years ago. Queen’s Brian May said: “The touring production of WWRY has taken our show to new places in more ways than one! The London show thunders on, and continues to delight audiences, but the touring cast and band have brought a new interpretation and style all of their own. It's a tonic!” Empire Theatre General Manager Andrew Rawlinson said: “The Empire and We Will Rock You are proud to be sponsoring the ECHO’s Matthew Street festival supplement, it’s always a very exciting weekend for the city and we hope to welcome lots of festival attendees through our doors in September for We Will Rock You as I’m sure it will be right up their street.” We Will Rock You has become the longest running show ever to play at The Dominion and to date has been seen by more than five million people in the UK and by over 12 million worldwide. Tickets are available now from the Liverpool Empire box office, via telephone on 0844 871 3017 or online at

QUEEN GUITARIST: Brian May says: “The touring production of WWRY has taken our show to new places in more ways than one!”

LEFT: Ben Elton has directed the show which has been one of the West End’s biggest attractions since it opened at London’s Dominion Theatre almost nine years ago

Tuesday, August 23, 2011



We Will Rock You the Musical at The Liverpool Empire for 3 weeks from Sept 6

Remembering George E

VERY year, the Mathew Street Festival marks a moment in history. This year, it will commemorate the life of George Harrison, who died 10 years ago this year. As part of the programming on the Derby Square stage, there will be a special celebration of the music of George Harrison. This year’s Mathew Street Music Festival will take place on five stages throughout Liverpool city centre and there will be a distinct Mersey theme. Although there is an international flavour with bands from Argentina, Brazil, Norway, Germany and the USA and visitors expected from over

30 countries, the overall emphasis for the Festival’s 19th year is on Liverpool’s rich cultural links and heritage. More than half of the performers will be from the Merseyside region with many of them making their festival debut. While, for the first time ever there will be no dedicated Beatles stage, there is a strong Beatles and Merseybeat presence. Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, says: “This year’s festival is the 19th and promises to be one of the best ever. We have sponsors for all the stages and it is really encouraging to see the support we are getting from

all over the world from local, national and international companies including giving new bands a great opportunity to play at gigs in the city. “Whatever your musical taste is, whether it is the sounds of the 60’s or the latest bands, you will find it at the festival. There is a very strong Beatles and Merseybeat theme but there will be plenty of other styles of music, making the Mathew Street Music Festival the place to be during the August Bank Holiday.” ● For up to date information please visit, or become a fan at mathewstreetfestival.

A LEGEND: The many faces of George Harrison, left, performing with Paul McCartney and The Beatles on Sunday Night at the London Palladium, above right, with wife Pattie Boyd and, right, with close friend Eric Clapton

Family fun guaranteed at Dock FOLLOWING the success of the Albert Dock Family Stage in 2010, the dock will once again celebrate the city’s Mathew Street Music Festival, this time with two days of entertainment and family fun. Albert Dock’s Fab Four Family Stage, situated in Salthouse Dock, has been programmed to reflect the music of Liverpool’s favourite sons, from the MerseyCats’ artists to tribute acts like Paul Kappa and Just John and Paul, who will be playing the Beatles songs. Many of the venues at Albert Dock will have their own programme of indoor music and entertainment during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Taking place on August 28 and 29, the family friendly weekend will be packed with

entertainment both on the floating stage with the MerseyCats’ who will be joined by the Liverpool Sign Choir and in the Dockside venues, with the Cheatles returning to PanAm. Sue Grindrod Chair of Albert Dock says: “We are delighted that the Fab Four Family Stage is adding to the vibrant mix of events at Albert Dock this year.” Jeremy Roberts, Chairman of the Albert Dock Business Tenants Association adds: “Along with our partners, we are delighted to be able to confirm the exciting line up for the Fab Four Family Stage to coincide with this year’s Mathew Street Music Festival. “It will be a fun-filled family experience for everyone which will build on the amazing event

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011


We Will Rock You the Musical at The Liverpool Empire for 3 weeks from Sept 6

City boosts 53 number one hits J

ON Keats is a busy man this August. As entertainment manager for the Cavern, he works on the International Beatles Week Festival as well as the Mathew Street Festival. Plus, this year he’s also hosting the 53 Number Ones stage in Derby Square on Bank Holiday Monday. It will celebrate Liverpool’s 53 number one singles. “I think the fact that we have had so many number ones from the 50s to the present day speaks for itself,” says Jon. “There’s so much to choose from, spanning so many eras of the Liverpool music scene. The Merseybeats will be playing all the Frankie numbers which should be fun. We have a special appearance from Ken Dodd singing his 1965 classic Tears (That’s me doing my Doddy impression by the way!). “So many Beatles and Merseybeats classics on the one stage is never a bad thing. We’re closing the stage with a special George Harrison 10th Anniversary tribute with Nube 9 from Argentina who are the world’s finest George tribute band.” The number ones span from 1953 – Lita Roza’s How Much is that Doggy in the Window – to 2002, with Atomic Kitten’s The Tide is High. “Obviously there is a huge Beatles/solo Beatles presence, but we are a music city full stop,” says Jon. “The number ones really don’t tell the full story as we have produced so many great artists throughout the last 50 odd years and long may it continue.” The festival is now marking 19 years since it began, and during that time it has evolved. “I think the Mathew Street Festival reflects the changes that have happened in the city in general during that period really,” explains Jon. “Both have become world class in so many ways. The infrastructure behind the festival reflects the size and scale of the event and the council’s handling of it really is impressive. “I always say it is Liverpool’s street party. Great live music to suit all tastes. From the array of cover bands to the emerging Liverpool bands, something for everyone.” As well as his own stage, Jon also recommends taking a stroll around the festival. “The Radicals stage should be good on the Monday – Lennon, Dylan, Neil Young, The Jam,” he says. “Also the Made in Liverpool

stages on both days should be excellent. We have old favourites like China Crisis, Supercharge, Up & Running alongside the likes of The Red Suns, Amsterdam and the fantastic Delta Maid.” Jon’s tip for festival-goers is to set your alarm clock. “Get there early to make the most of it,” he says. “You can’t see all the bands you would like to but try and plan your stages in advance as getting to and from the stages can take a while, but above all, just enjoy the atmosphere – there’s nothing and nowhere like it.” And, he says, don’t forget to take a pitstop for food. “Take your pick, we are now truly spoilt in that department,” he smiles. “The new Pan Asian restaurant Matou at the Pier Head is well worth a try. Views of the river from the restaurant and spectacular views of the Three Graces from their outside terrace.” After the main stages finish, there are plans for aftershows in venues across the city. “The whole of the city is the aftershow,” laughs Jon. “The music in the bars just keeps on going ‘til the wee small hours. If you are looking for more Beatles, we have The Fab Four Beatles Show direct from Las Vegas at the Philharmonic Hall on the Monday which features Liverpool’s own Gavin Pring as George – it’s a great show.

Liverpool’s Number Ones Lita Roza: How Much Is That Doggy In The Window? (1953) Frankie Vaughan: The Garden Of Eden (1957) Michael Holliday: Story Of My Life (1960) Michael Holliday: Starry Eyed (1960) Frankie Vaughan: Tower Of Strength (1961) Gerry and the Pacemakers: How Do You Do It? (1963) The Beatles: From Me To You (1963) Gerry and the Pacemakers: I Like It (1963) The Searchers: Sweets For My Sweet (1963) Billy J Kramer: Bad To Me (1963) The Beatles: She Loves You (1963) Gerry and the Pacemakers: You’ll Never Walk Alone (1963) The Beatles: I Want To Hold Your Hand (1963) The Searchers: Needles And Pins (1964) Cilla Black: Anyone Who Had A Heart (1964) Billy J Kramer: Little Children (1964) The Beatles: Can’t Buy Me Love (1964) The Searchers: Don’t Throw Your Love Away (1964) Cilla Black: You’re My World (1964) The Beatles: Hard Day’s Night (1964) The Beatles: I Feel Fine (1964) The Beatles: Ticket To Ride (1965) The Beatles: Help (1965) Ken Dodd: Tears (1965)

MELANIE C: Chart topper in 2000

The Beatles: Day Tripper (1965) The Beatles: Paperback Writer (1965) The Beatles: Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby (1966) The Beatles: All You Need Is Love (1967) The Beatles: Hello/Goodbye (1967) The Beatles: Lady Madonna (1968) The Beatles: Hey Jude (1968) The Scaffold: Lilly The Pink (1968) The Beatles: Get Back (1969) The Beatles: The Ballad Of John And Yoko (1969) George Harrison: My Sweet Lord (1971) The Real Thing: You To Me Are Everything (1976) Wings: Mull Of Kintyre (1977) John Lennon: Just Like Starting Over (1980) John Lennon: Imagine (1980) John Lennon: Woman (1980) Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder: Ebony And Ivory (1982) Paul McCartney: Pipes Of Peace (1984) Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Relax (1984)

JON KEATS: Entertainment manager at the Cavern

Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Two Tribes (1984) Frankie Goes To Hollywood: The Power Of Love (1984) Dead Or Alive: You Spin Me Right Round (1985) The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden: Ferry Across The Mersey (1989) Sonia: You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You (1989) The Lightning Seeds: Three Lions (1996) The Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner: Three Lions ‘98 (1998) Melanie C: Things Will Never Be The Same Again (2000) Melanie C: I Turn To You (2000) Atomic Kitten: Whole Again (2001) Atomic Kitten: Eternal Flame (2001)

CILLA BLACK: Two number ones for Cilla

TICKLED: Ken Dodd will be performing his 1965 classic on Monday

George Harrison: My Sweet Lord (2002) Atomic Kitten: The Tide Is High (2002)


Tuesday, August 23, 2011



Tuesday, August 23, 2011




August 11

This year the city will host a total of five outdoor stages over two days from 12pm - 6pm. Over 60 hours of live outdoor music has been programmed for Sunday 28 – Monday 29 August, with over 70 bands from as far as Argentina, Brazil, Norway, Germany and the USA.



CONTEMPORARY 1200 - 1230




1200 - 1245

The Merseybeatles 1255-1335

Elevation The U2 Experience 1350-1430

Elvis Brettini (With The Gary Murphy Band) 1445-1520

Roxy Magic (Roxy Music & Bryan Ferry Tribute) 1535-1615

Space Oddity (The Bowie Experience) 1630-1800

Dios Salve A La Reina (Queen Tribute)

15:00 - 1530

Up And Running 1545 - 1615

John O’Connell 1630 - 1700

China Crisis 1715 - 17:50

The Merseybeats

The Sounds Of Simon (A Tribute To Simon & Garfunkel)

1300 - 1345

1700 - 1745

Dizzy Lizzy 1400 - 1445


Mike Powell/Gary Murphy Band (Michael Buble Tribute)


Super Cannes

Danny Roman Is The Voice Of Tom Jones (With The Gary Murphy Band)


1600 - 1645

Dark Horses (The Band Tribute)

1700 - 1745

1400 - 1445



Paul Leegan & The Legends (Tribute To Lonnie Donegan)

Amsterdam 1415-1445

John Head

1245 - 1320


Beth McCann (Lady Gaga Tribute) 1335 - 1405

Paula Delaney (Lily Allen Tribute) 1420 - 1500

I Am Duffy Tribute

Supercharge Delta Maid 1615-1700

Tommy Scott And The Red Scare 1715-1745

The Big House

1500 - 1535

The Merseybeasts 1545 - 1615

Clube Big Beatles 1625 - 1655

2 Of Us (Liverpool) 1705 - 1745

Nube 9 - MSMF Tribute To George Harrison 10 Years On

Black Eyed Peaz


Fly With Vampires


1600 - 1645


1500 - 1545

Paula Delaney (Katy Perry Tribute)

The Beached Boys

1300 - 1345

We, The Undersigned aka WtU

The Red Suns

The Shakers & Jon Keats

1500 - 1545


Beth McCann (Tribute To Texas)

1330 - 1410

1445 - 1450

Positive Impact Classic Motown

Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen Tribute)

Sinner Boy (Rory Gallagher Tribute)

The Wicked Whispers

1400 - 1445



Positive Impact Classic Motown



1300 - 1345

Bee Gees Magic 1500 - 1545

AC/DC UK 1600 - 1645

Crowded Scouse 1700 - 1745

Bryan Adams Experience

1515 - 1555

Suga Mama (Beyonce Tribute) 1610 - 1645

Amy Housewine 1700 - 1745



Man Get Out 1230-1245

Stealing Sheep


Made In Liverpool (Beatles Tribute Band) 1230- 1245

Det Betales 1245 - 1310

Det Betales & Tony Sheridan 1320 - 1350

Victoria Sharpe & Victoria McDermott 1405 - 1430

The Shakers 1430 - 1445

The Shakers & Dave Carter


The Stones 1300 - 1345

Rebel Truce (The Clash Tribute) 1400 - 1445


1500 - 1545

Straighten Out (Stranglers Tribute) 1600 - 1645

The Kinx 1700 - 1745

Too REX (The Marc Bolan & T.REX Rock Tribute


The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 1300 - 1345

Sex Pistols Experience 1400 - 1445

Rust For Glory (Neil Young Tribute) 1500 - 1545

Instant Karma USA (John Lennon Tribute) 1600 - 1645

Changing Man (Paul Weller Tribute) 1700 - 1745

Vogue Madonna

Produced on behalf of Liverpool City Council

Tuesday, August 23, 2011





Sun 28th 20.00 - 00.00 Open mic host Mr Johnny Sands presents the very first ‘Out of the Bedroom and into the Attic’ evening packed with your favourite acts from our regular Tuesday night slot: .Johnny Sands . Rae Clark . Alex Hulme . John Witherspoon . Steph Frazer . Jeff Jepson

August 11

An impressive line up of top indoor venues have also signed up to play host to fantastic live bands across the weekend. All of these venues plus many more have made a valuable financial contribution to help stage Europe’s largest city centre music festival. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Liverpool Bar, Newz Cafe Bar & Grill, Sir Thomas Hotel, Ship & Mitre, Slaughterhouse, The Vernon Arms, Cornmarket, Cavern Club, Cavern Pub, Bier Keller, The Lion Tavern, Garcia’s and Shenanigans. Our extended thanks also goes out to our friends from overseas at Abbarch Architecture Inc and The Popular Music Society of Telemark, Norway for their support.

Liverpool ONE Chavasse Park

Sat 27th 14.00 - 17.00 Free Dave Monks BBC Live Session: Mark Delaney . All We Are . Natalie McCool . Sixteen Tonnes . The Thespians . Strawhouses

O2 Academy

11-13 Hotham Street Fri 26th 19.00 - 23.00 £6 (adv) Dusty Spuds presents: Kaylide . The Heist . Boards . Sankofa . Kedollasha Sun 28th 19.30 - 03.00 £10 (adv) Retro-Trax presents: Clatterbridge Cancer Care Charity Event featuring: Marshall Jefferson . Mike Knowler . Scarlet Fantastic Live PA plus guests

For the most up-to-date information visit or please contact the venue direct.

The Planet Boat Canning Dock

The Liverpool Bar

14 James Street, Liverpool, L2 7PQ Sun 28 Simple Bublé with Our Gaz . The Cubans . Just Jackie . Rag Tag . Miss Lindzi Germaine Mon 29 Jeff Nugent and the Undertakers . Carl Terry and the Cruisers . The Buckets . Carl Terry and the Cruisers . The Buckets . The Merzees

Tel: 0151 236 1650

Sir Thomas Hotel

24 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool, L1 6JB

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The Vernon Arms

69 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2HJ Fri 26 - Mon 28 Camilla Queen of Kirkby . Sean Dudley

Tel: 0151 236 6132

Fri 26 - Sun 28 DJ Bobby Valentino

The Cornmarket

Sat 27 Steven Zdrenka . DJ Bobby Valentino

Sun 28 Stone Piano Mon 29 Nightshift

Sun 28 Trica McTeague . DJ Bobby Valentino

Old Ropery, Liverpool, L2 7NT

Mon 29 The George Wilson Trio . DJ Bobby Valentino

Tel: 0151 236 2131

Tel: 0151 236 1366


Slaughterhouse 13-15 Fenwick Street, Liverpool, L2 7LS Fri 26 The Amazing Kappa Band Sat 27 Tooz-Up Sun 28 Band With No Name . Rodmus . Digsy and Jamie Mon 29 The Dawn . Harlequin . The Liars

Tel: 0151 236 0704

77 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2EN Sun 28 Australian Bald Eagle Red Cow Junction Mon 29 Fat Joey’s Sponge . Shelly and Adam

Tel: 0151 255 1563

The Cavern Club

10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE Sun 28 The Urban Crow . The Other Paul and Linda .

The Clover . Penny Ladies . Sheepdogs . Magical Mystery Men . Marco Zappa . Pampa Chillout . Revolver . The Beatribes . The Beatelles . The Sutcliffes . The Bluebeetles . The Backties Mon 29 The Clover . Ayeleen Secches . Two of Us . Beat Tripper . Revolver . The Brothel Creepers . Beatlejuice . The Urban Crow . Tripper . The Rockits . Clube Big Beatles . Heartbeat Band . Karma USA . Sheepdogs

Tel: 0151 236 1965

The Cavern Pub

5 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE Sun 28 Magical Mystery Men . Dario Sorano . The Beatlegs . The Frontline Band . Beat Tripper . Two of Us . The Dublin Rockets . Mick Dunne . The Liverpool Band . Beatlejuice . Beatles 4 Sale . Det Betales . The Cavernites . One After 909 Mon 29 The Other Paul and Linda . Dario Sorano . Now Here . Magical Mystery Men . Hal Bruce . The Beatribes . The Apples Band . Beatles Forever Band . The Backties . Pampa Chillout . The Urban Crow . The Rockits . Beat Tripper . Tripper

Tel: 0151 236 4041

Forget what you thought you knew about the Mathew Street Music Festival The MSMF Fringe has liverpool’s hottest bands playing in the city’s hippest venues. Fringe gives you the bands that people are whispering about, breaking boundaries and playing the kind of music you like.

Baa bar

Myrtle Street

Sun 28th 18.00 - 01.00 Free Paul Holland . Josef D Kelly . Mathew Carroll . Thom Morecroft . 4 Saken . HTTP . Hot Light Fiesta

Sat 27th 17.00 - 23.30 Free. Shaun Walsh . The New Caldera . The City Walls . The Springtime Anchorage . Club Fiction . R&R Featuring Flute Man . KOF . The Bo Weevils Sun 28th 17.00 - 23.30 Free. The Bo Weevils . Fly with Vampires . The Romleys . Earthworm . Triphazard . The Stan Smith Band . The White Widows Mon 29th 15.00 - 21.00 Free. Insanity Hurts . Isatri Stacks . Union Dolls . The Bo Weevils . Raw City . Jemma O’Shea . The Wayward Travellers

Studio 2

33-45 Parr Street Sat 27th 18.00 - 00.00 Free. ‘Under the Influence’ is a monthly night of great original music and homage to those who inspired us. Set in the perfect acoustics of the marvellously stylish Parr Street Studio 2 and hosted by Liverpool based North Norwegian Singer Songwriter Kaya with a sound track from DJ X-Ray Cat (CMWMSMDM). The night has already seen some of the best Liverpool artists perform including Ogo, 6ix Toys, Jennifer John, James Munro, Ronan Boyle, Ian McNabb and Jo Bywater.

The Zanzibar Club 42 Seel Street

The Bluecoat

Fri 26th 19.00 - 01.00 Free. Scare Tactics . Gods Of War . Entropy . Sclavinia . plus guests

Sat 27th 13.00 - 21.00 Free Mike Badger & The Shady Trio . Loose Moose String Band . The Big House . Dead Cities . Sixteen Tonnes . Jeff Jepson . The Grande . SJ Downes . Dave Owen . Tom George . The Trestles . Andy Steele . Kaya . Stuart Anthony’s Long Lost Band . Thomas J Speight . The Orchestra . Lizzie Nunnery . Jez Wing . Jo Bywater . Stuart Todd . Moorea Masa . Anna Tai Hogan . SuperCannes . Duncan Stuart . Moguls . Jimmy Rae . Tom O’Rourke . Mark Byrne . Tony Chestnut Brown . Mark Delaney . Stan Ambrose . Plus DJs: Colin Dilnot . Mike Badger . Blazing Saddles . Mike Stout . Gavin Kendrick . Richie Vegas . Jonnie O’Hare . Monkey . Bugsy

Sat 27th 13.00 - 01.00 Free. Downstairs Deadbeats . The Rain Band . Insanity Hurts . Northern Daze . Wayward Travellers . Version 3 . Hummingbirds . Matchstickmen . Freda & The High Tides . Ali Ingle . Mervyn Gersh . Tramp Attack . Violent Playground . The Casas . The Winchesters . Ste Williams . The Ratty Little Fingers . Upstairs Miles Carrington . Liam D Ellison . Jo Byewater . Phil Daltry . Seven Years Behind . Joe Rhead . Duncan Ewart . Carl McCan . Rachael Wright

School Lane,


14-18 Hardman Street Fri 26th 20.00 - 00.00 Free. Thom Morecroft . Raw City . Sacrenoir Sat 27th 20.00 - 00.00 Free After An Alibi . Blackwater . Zebedy . Kickstart Kitty . Babylon Leaf Sun 28th 19.00 - 00.00 Free. The Ringleaders . Johny Wishart . Ian Dunn . Tacoma . Secret Garden Gathering Mon 29th 19.00 - 00.00 Free. Laura & Claire . Zac Zi . Thom Moorcroft . HTTP . Hot Light Fiesta . Mono LPs

The Grapes

60 Roscoe Street

Sun 28th 21.30 - 00.30 Free. Jazz Con Fusion: Live Jazz with a twist.

The Krazyhouse 16 Wood Street

Sun 28th 19.30 - 02.00 £3. Vice Squad . Punchdrunx . The Vermin Suicides . Biteback . In Evil Hour . The Wasters . The No Name Janes


Bold Street Sat 27th 19.00 - 02.00 Free. New Path presents: MinionTV . This Is My Normal State . Kanina . Muto Leo . In Violet Sun 28th 11.00 - 17.00 Free If you’ve never bought vintage before, now is the time to discover some unique pieces. Or if you’re a vintage/retro fan, then this mini-vintage fair is the perfect chance to bag yourself something stylish, original and affordable. Gather your friends, come along, buy recycled, be sustainable and revel in Retro Sundays.

Sun 28th 13.00 - 01.00 Free. Downstairs The Polyveldts . Just By Chance . Mono LPS . Mercury 13 . James Whitehouse . Midnight Ramble . Loose Moose . City Walls . Springtime Anchorage . Bruised Arcade . Tone Puppets . Donja Vines . Northern Daze . Insanity Hurts Upstairs Pod Cousins . Phil Gemmil . Eddie Cooney . Shannon Bamford . Southbound Attic Band . Big I Am . Last 2 Pages Mon 29th 13.00 - 01.00 Free. Downstairs The White Vinyls . Sheerwater . Sundowners . Cold Shoulder. Secret Garden Gathering . The Strangs . The Casas . The New Caldera . Jacobi . Xander & The Peace Pirates . The Captive Hearts . Jets At Dawn Upstairs Rob Gough . James Carson . Igga Cousins . Barry Briercliffe . Joe Symes . The Vans Band . Matt Purcell

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23 Mathew Street

Fri 26th 20.30 - 23.15 £5 Adv £6 on door. Liverpool Acoustic’s monthly showcase of the best local, national and international acoustic acts around . Joe Topping . Steph Fraser . The Orchestra

The Jacaranda Slater Street

Fri 26 - Mon 29 13:00 – late Free Resident DJ’s

Heebie Jeebies Seel Street

Sat 27 13:00 – late Free Resident DJ’s & open mic Sun 28 13:00 – late Free Kappa plus Resident DJ’s


Tuesday, August 23, 2011




TUNNEL STAGE Sponsored by Merseytravel Main Stage - located Byrom Street, by Queensway Tunnel entrance Merseytravel - Sunday Contemporary Stage - Monday

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WILLIAMSON SQUARE STAGE Sponsored by Smirnoff Made in Liverpool - Sunday & Monday DERBY SQUARE STAGE Sponsored by Real Radio Celtic Roots - Sunday 53 Number Ones - Monday WATER STREET STAGE Sponsored by Flanagan Group New World USA - Sunday London Calling - Monday SUPERLAMBANANA

STAGE Sponsored by Marston’s Epa Located in Tithebarn Street Canada, Australia & NZ - Sunday Radicals - Monday

FESTIVAL INFO Liverpool is one of the most vibrant and safest cities in the world, but as in any large, busy city, crime can sometimes occur. To make your visit safer and more enjoyable: • Secure your vehicle and don’t leave anything on display - even if it seems of little value to you, such as a coat or small change. • If you have a sat nav system, take it with you; wipe any visible marks on your windscreen and place the holder and wiring in the boot. • When using cash points go in daylight and avoid getting cash out alone if you’ve been drinking. Look around before inserting your card and only take out what you need. Always shield your pin number with your other hand when entering. • Avoid texting and talking on your mobile in crowded areas. • Don’t leave your wallet, mobile or bags unattended. • Report any suspicious bags or activity to the police or security.

GETTING THERE Drinking Please drink sensibly and do not bring glass into the festival area. • Don’t leave drinks unattended. • Don’t accept drinks from strangers. • Use plastic bottles and dispose of them in the recycling bins provided. • When leaving the festival licensed area of the city and after 6pm on the event days, alcohol may not be consumed on the streets - with fines of up to £500 for breaching these laws. • Alcohol may only be consumed in and around the stage areas between 12pm 6pm. Under no circumstances can alcohol be consumed in the shopping areas of the city. Failure to adhere to this, will lead to confiscation of alcohol and a fine of up to £500. A Challenge 21 policy will be in place, please ensure that if you are lucky enough to look under 21, you have ID available to purchase or consume alcohol at the festival. It is advisable to check accessibility with the relevant organisation before attending any event.

Please use public transport – there will be enhanced bus and train services on both Sunday and Monday. For information on all public transport ring Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. Bus Travel

Queen Square Bus Station and bus stops in Sir Thomas Street will be closed all day on Sunday and Monday (except for ‘Night Buses’ which will run, as normal, from Queen Square Bus Station). Buses will pick up at either Liverpool ONE Bus Station or from temporary bus stops on Lime Street (outside St Georges Hall). All Cross River buses will run to and from Liverpool ONE Bus Station only. For more details, call Traveline or visit

Rail Travel

Merseyrail Northern Line: use Moorfields, Central and Lime Street stations. Wirral Line: use any city centre station. Merseyrail City Line and long distance trains run to and from Liverpool Lime Street station. *James Street Station will be closed on Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August.

Coach Travel

The National Express coach station on Norton Street is five minutes walk from the city centre.

Travel by Car

We recommend you use public transport as road closures will be in place within the city centre over the festival weekend meaning access will be restricted. All city car parks have recognised DDA parking bays.

Liverpool Bar Newz Cafe Bar & Grill Sr Thomas Hotel Ship & Mitre Slaughter House The Vernon Arms The Cornmarket Cavern Club Cavern Pub Bier Keller Shenanigans Garcia’s


Baa Baa The Bluecoat Bumper The Grapes The Krazyhouse Leaf Liverpool ONE 02 Academy The Planet Boat Studio2 The Zanzibar Club View Two Gallery Hannah’s Bar Heebie Jeebiest The Jacaranda

NEWS STORIES & COMPETITONS • Whilst your at the festival check out Merseytravel’s public art programme ‘Animate the Underground’. This amazing series by local artist Grant Searl can be viewed at Moorfields, Hamilton Sq, Lime Street Underground and James St stations. The final piece at Liverpool Central will be unveiled during the Mathew Street Festival. Each one carries a riddle, find the answer and you could win an amazing prize. For further details visit • Enjoy celebrating late into the night? Head down to Newz Cafe Bar & Grill and St Thomas Hotel after the festival as the Flanagan Group continue to party the night away. • Calling all Liverpool bands! Fancy the chance to perform at some of the best local venues and festivals in 2011 & 2012? Marston’s EPA is giving you the chance to do just that. To apply simply upload your YouTube videos and let the judges decide. Visit

• Don’t panic if you can’t make this years festival as Real Radio will be making a number of special live broadcasts with all the latest news and festival gossip on location, bringing the festival right to your doorstep. • Cain’s Brewery is a keen supporter of the festival and will be encouraging Festival goers to enjoy a drop of their renowned International Lager at Dr. Duncan’s or the Dispensary and a number of other bars in the City. • Smirnoff is proud to be involved with the Matthew Street Festival and think it’s great that such a fantastic line up is free to thousands of music fans. We urge you to remember that drinking within your limits will ensure that you don’t see a great night wasted. For more information visit

Message from British Transport Police

British Transport Police proudly support the Mathew Street Music Festival. Officers are not here to spoil the fun, but to make sure that everyone has a great time. We’d like to remind you that drinking alcohol on the Merseyrail network is prohibited on Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August. We ask that passengers drink sensibly while at the festival and treat rail staff and passengers with respect. Mathew Street Music Festival is supported by

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50 years on for musician Tony F

IFTY years ago this summer, The Beatles released their first record. Of course, it wasn’t the Beatles as we know them now, but The Beat Brothers, who recorded My Bonnie alongside Tony Sheridan. Tony, the first young rock musician ever to be allowed to play live electric guitar on British TV, got to know the Beatles in Hamburg, when he played at the Kaiserkeller and the Top Ten Club on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. Here he was accompanied by various groups, including Gerry & the Pacemakers, and The Beatles, who at that time featured Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe. The Beatles not only backed Tony on stage – they all lived together for several months, during which time Paul, John and George learned much, calling Sheridan the “Teacher”, a term which Paul uses to this day. Tony and The Beatles recorded several titles for Polydor including My Bonnie, Why and others. In October 1961, Polydor released My Bonnie (Mein Herz ist bei dir nur) which appeared on the German charts under the name Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers – a generic name used for whoever happened to be in Sheridan’s back-up group, although as Paul McCartney has said: “They didn’t like our name and said, ‘Change to the Beat Brothers, this is more understandable for the German audience.’ We went along with it... it was a record.” Ringo Starr joined Tony’s band in Hamburg, while The Beatles went home to Liverpool, leaving Stuart Sutcliffe to continue his studies at the art school there. The story goes that it was My Bonnie that brought The Beatles to the attention of Brian Epstein. George Harrison had a German copy of the record, which Stuart Sutcliffe had sent to him, as he was still in Hamburg. George lent it to Bob Wooler (The Cavern Club DJ) who played it at various venues. On October 28, 1961, the 27-year-old Epstein, manager of the record department in his father’s NEMS music store in Whitechapel Street, Liverpool, was asked for the record by an 18-year-old boy, Raymond Jones. Epstein could find nothing on his files about The Beatles or the record, but the following day it was requested again by two girls, this time mentioning that The Beatles had been seen playing at the Cavern, a club in nearby Mathew Street.

ROCK STAR: Tony Sheridan is appearing at International Beatles Week

ON STAGE: The Beatles performing at The Cavern Club TOP: Brian Epstein BELOW LEFT: Star-Club poster But Alistair Taylor (Brian’s assistant) later said that the story had been invented and that he had used the name Jones to order copies of the record himself. Similarly, Paul McCartney has said: “Brian (Epstein) knew perfectly well who The Beatles were, they were on the front page of the second issue of Mersey Beat.” Nevertheless, the interest in the record eventually led Epstein to make his way to the Cavern, during lunch hour on November 9, 1961. Epstein said of that performance: “I was immediately struck by their music, their beat, and their sense of humour on stage – and, even afterwards, when I met them, I was struck again by their personal charm. And it was there

that, really, it all started. After the performance, he went into the dressing room, which he later called “as big as a broom cupboard”, to talk to them. The Beatles, who were all regular NEMS customers, immediately recognised him before Epstein could congratulate them on their performance. The Beatles were scheduled to play at the club over the next three weeks, and Epstein was always there to watch them. Epstein contacted Allan Williams (their previous promoter/manager), to confirm that Williams no longer had any ties to them, but Williams advised Epstein “not to touch them with a barge pole”, because of a fee they had refused to pay him while playing in Hamburg. Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr the following year, and a reunion gig of Tony Sheridan and the new Beatles line-up took place at the opening of the Star-Club. Between 1962-67, Tony

Sheridan was the so-called “King of the Star-Club”, the house singer much loved by audiences. During the early Hamburg years, he recorded several albums for Polydor with various groups, the most popular recordings, including the hit Skinny Minnie, with The Big Six from Glasgow. Tony has remained very active in the music business, touring all over the world and recording his own albums, most recently Vagabond. Today, together with an Irish and two South American musicians, Tony presents a live show with all manner of songs (including an enigmatic version of his old friend Paul’s Yesterday) and continues to reach new fans. He has no intention of ever retiring from the music business. ● Tony Sheridan will be appearing at International Beatles Week on August 26 – Alma de Cuba – 5.10pm; August 28 – Adelphi Ballroom – 12.05pm; August 29 – Exchange St East – 12.45pm.

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New bands are M A D E I N festival’s future T HE Mathew Street Festival may attract a huge number of tribute bands each year, but at its heart there’s also a great deal of original music. Dave Monks hosts the Made in Liverpool Stage this year, a celebration of the city’s music scene, with new bands and some more established Scouse acts. This year the stage will be situated in Williamson Square on Sunday and Monday from 12-6pm. “The idea is to have a selection of established names alongside some of the great new emerging bands from the city,” says Dave. “There are so many bands I am looking forward to seeing over the two days. Every one of the emerging bands are strong this year but especially look out for Fly With Vampires, The Wicked Whispers, and The Big House which features ex Zuton Paul Molloy and the amazing voice of Candie Payne. “It is also great to have Delta Maid play on the Monday – she’s had such a successful year releasing her debut album on Geffen records. Amongst the new talent we have some real Liverpool treats from the likes of John Head (Shack) and his new band, Ian Prowse and Amsterdam, China Crisis, and Tommy Scott (Space) and the Red Scare. There are plenty of recognisable songs to hear.” What’s the best thing about the Mathew Street Festival? “It’s a free event and lets people enjoy themselves across the city for a few days,” says Dave. “For me without doubt it’s being

PRESENTER: Dave Monks hosts the Made in Liverpool stage this year involved in the original band stage, the process leading up to the event and having an input on trying to shape the way the event looks in the future. I recognise how important it is for the success and longevity of whole Mathew Street Festival as these emerging bands are the future.” Dave has been involved with the festival since 2006. “I think it has changed a lot; it has certainly grown in size. This year I was asked to be part of the panel again and have an influence on which bands should play the original stage. Last year we only had one day of the new bands stage so to be back over two days in the popular Williamson Square location should be great. “I think as long as new bands


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get an opportunity to play the festival it will continue to thrive.” What would be your dream act to book for the Liverpool stage? “There are so many I would like to see. A few years back Shack and Lightning Seeds played in front of the Liver Building that was a great afternoon. It would be great to have a reunited Shack again but we do have John Head this time. It would also be great one year to have Echo and The Bunnymen, Cast or The La’s headlining this event when you think of what they have done for Liverpool music.” Over the years, the Liverpool bands stage has featured performances from bands that have gone on to bigger things. “There have been so many over the last few years,” says Dave. “Last year Picture Book were immense and pulled a good crowd on the new band stage and the year before The Maybes? and Sound of Guns stay in my mind as being special.” Other than the Made in Liverpool stage, are there any acts on other stages that you’d recommend this year? “To be totally honest my main focus is at Williamson Square and that is my recommendation as to where you should park up over on Sunday and Monday,” he laughs. “I’d also say come down to Liverpool One on Saturday in Chavasse Park for another free event I’ll be hosting which will feature a selection of emerging names from 2pm.” How about the best place to grab a bite to eat and a drink at the festival? Or a really great aftershow party? “For me it will probably be somewhere as close as possible to the stage – an M&S sarnie maybe?” he laughs. “Straight after the Sunday I’ll be going back to the station to present my programme live on Radio Merseyside so there will be no aftershow for me this year.”

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LIVERPOOL GROUNDPIG: John O’Connell (right) and Graham Evans performing with their band in the 80s

John’s tip is to come and enjoy the vibe IF YOU’VE been on a few Saturday nights out in Liverpool over the last 20 years the chances are you’ve heard of Groundpig, or their singer John O’Connell. You may not have heard them play, or even realised they were a band but somewhere, at some time, you’ve probably seen one of their posters or heard them mentioned. Every Friday and Saturday John plays a residency in O´Neills on Hanover Street. This year John is playing the Made in Liverpool stage. “I’m looking forward to playing on one of the main stages in front of a big audience,” he says. “I first played the Mathew Street Festival as part of the band Groundpig and since those early days the festival has become a lot more international. Visitors from far and wide seem to head to Liverpool to enjoy the music

It’s an event for the people LIVERPOOL band Amsterdam have become something of an institution at the Mathew Street Festival. They played the Pier Head stage twice, and were due to headline the 2007 festival, which ended up being scaled back. This year they play the Made in Liverpool stage. Singer Ian Prowse says: “We always look forward to playing to the ordinary people of Merseyside who turn out in their droves every year for this festival. People who perhaps don’t usually attend rock and roll shows along with friends, fans and sunshine, all for free “It’s become the weekend of the year for the people. It’s a massive event nowadays. I always get the feeling that if the council

scrapped it everyone would turn up anyway. We did it twice down at the Pier Head in 2005/6, I always see those shows as the time when Amsterdam became a real contender. “I’m looking forward to seeing my old friend Tommy Scott – The Australians, The Substitutes, Space and The Drellas, I’ve loved all his bands. We go back a long way.” Aside from the Made in Liverpool stage, there’s plenty to enjoy on the fringe. “You could do a lot worse then get up to the Zanzibar and watch my young cousin’s band Sheerwater on the Monday early evening,” says Ian. “He does a better Springsteen than me – imagine that!”

What’s the best thing about the Mathew Street Festival? “The fact that I live smack bang in the middle of the festival and my apartment is like Euston station,” Ian laughs. “Old friends, new friends band members and family are all received and given a drink. “We all go to my local, the mighty Croc on Harrington Street. A fine beverage and the official HQ for all Amsterdam activity. There’s seven of us in our band, then add our crew and we fill the pub up on our own. “It’s great to be out in the city too, and just soak up the atmosphere – it’s almost not about the music, it’s about hanging out, enjoying the crowds.”

alongside local Liverpudlians.” He’s looking forward to performing alongside a new generation of Liverpool musicians. “I’m really looking forward to seeing Delta Maid,” he says. “It is good to see a local musician’s career taking off. I saw her being interviewed on BBC1 Breakfast and was very impressed by her live performance. “I would also recommend Victoria Sharpe and Victoria McDermott on the Number Ones Stage on Monday. The best thing about the festival is the vibe. It’s a great time for local businesses. “My tip would also be to go to the Fringe Festival. There will be a wealth of talented musicians playing all over the city. If you want something a little different then a visit to either Cathedral should be on the itinerary.”

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