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Mathew Street Festival 2011

Lisa Bentley


Liverpool’s music history is predicated on its influence during the 1960s, the Mersey beat movement and the influential groups of that period, producing one of the world’s biggest bands – The Beatles.  Whilst many a decade has passed since the 60s heyday of musical establishment bands have continued to be born and bred in this great city.  Over the years the likes of The Mighty Wah, Cast, The Coral, The Zutons,  Sound of Guns and The Sand Band have continued the amazing musical heritage; more and more bands come along each day to mark their place among those considered great.

Each year Liverpool plays host to many a music festival, Sound City, Liverpool Music Week, and over the August bank holiday weekend The Mathew Street Festival is held every year.  Currently in its 19th year, the festival showcases such a quirky collection of musicians that you don’t find in your mainstream summer entertainment.  The rag tag assemblage includes original bands – this year those are Delta Maid, The Wicked Whispers and The Red Suns, along with a plethora of tribute performances that strangely tend to hold more attention than the seasoned artists.  This year the tribute artists include Amy Housewine, Blurb and of course a Beatles act – The Mersey Beatles.

Along with the many bands dotted around the city, there is usually so much more happening, fun fair, different stalls and food carts, street art performances.  This really is one of the greatest festivals which can be enjoyed by all age groups.  Furthermore, Liverpool’s Mathew Street Festival is a free event and in an ever changing financial climate where ticket prices for festivals are continuing to inflate what could be a better way to spend a weekend that with over 80 hours of live music where you won’t spend a penny… Unless you need to use the public bathroom which cost 20p.

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