This coming weekend sees something different on the Liverpool music scene, and it could only ever take place at The New Picket!
The Liverpool Working Class Music Festival is a series of three concerts featuring some of the UK’s best socially aware and radical musicians. Some, all, or none of the musicians may or may not be performing acoustic music during their sets, but that doesn’t really matter given the quality of those on the bill.
The festival is the brainchild of local folk hero Alun Parry and Liverpool Acoustic asked him why he was putting on something so different from what we’ve seen so far this year. “The purpose of the festival is to ensure that Liverpool’s working people are represented culturally in Liverpool’s European City of Culture year.”
Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person and can be bought for individual concerts. Alternatively you can save some money and buy a weekend ticket for all three concerts for only £25. Full details of how to buy your tickets can be found at the website
A prolific songwriter for over 40 years, Leon is an icon for radical songwriters everywhere. Best know for his oft-covered classic The World Turned Upside Down, Leon was branded by the Daily Telegraph as “possibly the world’s most accomplished mischief maker.”
Billy Bragg regards him as powerful as The Clash, and Tony Benn calls him the greatest socialist singer of his generation. Currently touring with Tony Benn with their Writing On The Wall show which won them the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Live Act.
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.