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Liverpool Music Week 2011

Lisa Bentley


Liverpool Sound City, Africa Oye Festival, The Mathew Street Festival. All done and dusted for another year, however Liverpool still has one more music festival up its proverbial sleeve. This autumn sees the return of Liverpool Music Week, the largest indoor winter music festival in Liverpool. Having recently been nominated as the Fans Best Festival in the UK Festival Awards, Liverpool Music Week is currently in its 9th year and the festival keeps getting bigger and better, including local artists in its line-up alongside more established performers.

A staple part of the festival organiser’s ethos is to create a festival which offers plenty of free gigs alongside ticketed events.   As with last year’s event, a large portion of the free gigs will be held at Liverpool’s hidden gem of a venue MOJO whose performance roster last year included Owls* and Chapel Club. Previous years have also included performances by Kasabian, Dananananakroyd, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Specials and Sound of Guns. The range in artists that have taken part in this festival over the years is staggering.

Liverpool’s forward thinking attitude towards music is displayed in the diversity of music festivals they host each year, advancing a great tradition which has been at the heart of the city for over half a century.

This year the festival runs from October 28th to November 13th with performances from the likes of New Villager, D/R/U/G/S, Big Deal (whose album MTTM have previously reviewed and recommended), Lanterns On A Lake, Summer Camp, and Marcus Foster. The event is to be opened by The Horrors with a closing set from Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet (and let’s not forget the fantastic artists performing in between). For the full line up please visit – www.liverpoolmusicweek.co.uk

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