Hope Street Feast this Sunday

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The small but perfectly formed Hope Street Feast (aka the Hope Street Festival) is back for its fourth year, and we’ve got all the details just for you.

But instead of picking out just the acoustic happenings, we thought we’d give you the whole caboodle, with the acoustic bits highlighted in red . Enjoy :-)


SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2009, 10.30am – 5.00pm

Hope Street Quarter, Liverpool

Hope Street Feast 2009, sponsored by Paramount Stewarding and Security, is the 4th blissful family-friendly Sunday street party in Liverpool’s Hope Street Quarter with music, theatre, dance, great food, drink and produce.

It’s CAR FREE DAY! Come by BUS (74, 75 80 80A, 180, 86) or come by BIKE – we hope to have some extra bicycle parking on site at Mount Street.

This year there are 3 music stages on the streets ~ Myrtle Street, Blackburne Place (LIPA stage), and Hardman Street (Guinness Liverpool Irish Festival Stage including the Ceili)

With open air dining areas and bars, free open days at the Unity and Everyman Theatres, the whole event is brilliantly animated by Hope Street Ltd’s theatrical antics: following on from last year’s “Market of Optimism,” this year’s theme is “The Big Nosh …”

Central to the event is the Open Day at the Phil. Vasily Petrenko will be conducting the RLPO in 3 free concerts, with other performances as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic open day including Seth Paris’s “West African music meets Lancashire Brass Band” extravaganza, and the West Everton Children’s Orchestra …

The farmers’ market with hot food stalls runs the length of Hope Street from LIPA to the Everyman, and expect some spectacular gastronomic delights from the finest eateries on the street ~ No 60, The Quarter, Host, Everyman Bistro, Rubato and the Side Door, to name a few.

Open air bar / dining areas are at Myrtle Street, outside the Everyman Bistro on Hope Street, and outside The Quarter on Falkner Street.

Liverpool Cathedral is open throughout the day, hosting the final day of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, whilst the Metropolitan Cathedral piazza hosts an art market.

Everything is free to enter, you just pay for what you choose to eat and drink …



11am-5pm Art, Design &Craft; Fair

The local artists and designer-makers’ work for sale includes jewellery, photography, textiles, ceramics and glass. Thirty-five stalls offering you quality, handmade or limited edition work.

Blackburne House Theatre – Hope Street Conversations

Four talks to annotate aspects of Hope Street Feast 2009

1pm Ian Brownbill in conversation with Seth Paris

Ian Brownbill, Director of Metal, discusses the Brass Band Transatlantic, the ambitious West African/Lancashire musical exchange project masterminded by Seth Paris, Metal artist in residence. Performances arising from the project take place both at Philharmonic Hall and the Myrtle Street stage during the day.

2pm John Dempsey (tbc)

John Dempsey contributed the Daily Post Country Matters column, is the author of Wild Merseyside a new book packed full of stuff on birds, insects, plants, mammals, and writes an infamous Birdblog. To complement the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, John will talk about the wildlife of Hope Street and the city, aimed at everyone from beginners to grown-up birders.

3pm Andrew Cornall in conversation with Vasily Petrenko

Andrew Cornall, Executive Director of Orchestra & Ensembles at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, discusses and the extension until 2015 of Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko ‘s Liverpool contract.

4pm Darren Henley in conversation with Vincent McKernan

Darren Henley is Managing Director of Classic FM and Vincent McKernan is the former County Archivist for Greater Manchester Record Office who managed a two year project cataloguing the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s archive. Henley and McKernan are joint authors of the new book The Original Sound: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Story.


Bar & Picnic Area with seating and Stage

12noon The Grapes Band

Taking their name from the renowned Sunday residency at the nearby pub of the same name, The Grapes Band play an energetic, infectious mix of Latin jazz grooves.

1pm The Grande

Feel good band, Priory Falls’ former lead singer Ben Sherwen and drummer Phil Stevens return with a new project.

2pm Xander and the Peace Pirates

XATPP have a bluesy and soulful sound. This Liverpool band play a thought-provoking, happy and inspiring mix of sixties and seventies influenced music.

3pm Seth Paris with Felix Ngindu and friends

Metal’s artist in residence Seth Paris on saxophone and Kanda Bongo Man percussionist Felix Ngindu with a host of guests.

4pm Ian Prowse

Back by popular demand the Amsterdam, and former Pele, frontman returns to the Feast.




A chance to see an insider’s view of the Phil as we celebrate the opening of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s season and the range of music, film, comedy and events at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Packed with music for all ages, drop in throughout the day and enjoy free music and films that demonstrate the range of activity and give a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues works.

Doors 10.30am

Main Auditorium Stage


Watch the cinema screen rise from the stage and settle down to see four short family matinees.

12pm PeterPan

Enjoy Disney’s classic feature-length animation of the fairy story Peter Pan.

1pm, 1.40pm and 2.20pm

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Three free short concerts of twenty thrilling minutes with Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.

1.20pm and 2pm

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir

One of the North West’s finest youth choirs, offering young singers from the region exceptional choral training and performance experience.

3pm West Everton Children’s Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Liverpool’s newest orchestra, formed through the national pilot In Harmony project which brings children and staff from Faith Primary School together with a team of highly skilled musicians led by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Sally Anne Anderson. They performed for the first time in July this year alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Lloyd Webber.

3.50pm Liverpool Allstars

Allstars Casting TV Film & Theatre are based on Hope Street. They are Liverpool’s most contemporary casting agency for children, teenagers and adults. Here, they perform extracts from their recent hit show Our Day Out.

4.30pm Brass Band Transatlantic

Featuring Seth Paris (New York), Congolese percussionist, Felix Ngindu and The Liverpool Youth and Formby Brass Bands, this is West African music meets Lancashire Brass Band, and is the culmination of a project led by Seth Paris, an outstanding Jazz Saxophonist, who recently completed a residency at Metal gallery in Liverpool and spent a year in Ghana.

Rodewald Suite

(Entrance in Sugnall Street)

12.10pm Alistair Savage

Alistair is the guitar player/singer from Liverpool recording duo Cavemen That Get Sad, a full on mix of electric guitars and programming. He also plays occasional acoustic sets.

12.50pm Charlie Keeling

Charlie Keeling from Gothenburg is a songwriter, singer-guitarist influenced by Bert Jansch/John Renbourn and Nick Drake.

1.40pm None of the Above

Eclectic acoustic music, from Cajun to sea shanties.

2.30pm Ogo Nzeakor

This singer/songwriter plays a folky acoustic soul sound and has worked with artists such as Sense of Sound Choir and Sandi Thom.

3.20pm Modjango

This duo play breathtaking Jazz Manouche (Gypsy Jazz) guitar in the style of the great Django Reinhardt. Taking influences not only from Django, but also from modern day Gypsy Jazz guitarists, Spanish music, Rock Country and Classical music.

4.20pm Terry Coyne and Skirm

Two top Irish entertainers in their own right come together with flutes, whistles, guitar and vocals to produce a sound that includes vibrant tunes and stirring songs..

Rubato Café Bar

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s café bar will be open all day for a hassle free lunch or a coffee and cake stop. Check out the live feed from the Phil stage, so you don’t miss a thing while you refuel.

Grand Foyer Bar from 12.30pm

Join us in the bar upstairs in the Grand Foyer for a host of activities with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Learning & Engagement team. These taster sessions are suitable for Children aged 1 to 11 years and their parents, the workshops involve creative music making and the opportunity to have a go on a range of musical instruments. In addition, children can pop up throughout the day and have a go at creating their own t-shirt.


Providing food and live music throughout the day. Enjoy regional dishes or choose from range of Merseyside beers or a selection of the Bistro’s renowned salads and savouries..

Live music line up:

12pm Modjango

12.50pm Helen Maher

1.40pm Charlie Keeling

2.30pm The Grapes Band

3.20pm Terry & Skirm


12pm Mike Neary

Mike Neary has probably played in every venue on Hope Street including both cathedrals. This, his first outdoor venue, completes a very enviable set!

1pm-3pm Hope Street Ceili

The Guinness Liverpool Irish Festival 2009 present their famous Ceili. Join in the fun with the cream of Merseyside’s Ceili musicians and callers led by ex Garva maestro Terry Coyne, with dance demonstrations by The Liverpool School of Irish Dancing and of course, YOU ~ ceili dancing is about joining in – you’ll be ‘Dancin’ in the Street!

3.20pm The Trestles

With nods to The Waterboys, Springsteen, The Clash and Van Morrison, this four-piece have supported Mull Historical Society, Amsterdam and Ian McNabb.

4.10 pm Barry Sutton

The irrepressible Fabian Rothschilde, sometime of The La’s and Mirrorball, is a Hope Street coffee-drinking legend, sharp-witted songsmith and a fine showman.


Open 11am to 4pm

11.30am, 12 noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm Tours

12.30pm Family Quiz

1.30pm Storytelling

3pm Everyman 45th Birthday Quiz

Visit for a sneaky back stage tour and find out more about our exciting re-development plans or test your knowledge of the Everyman in our 45th Birthday Quiz. You can pick up a bargain with our ‘Script Sale’ or re-cycle your holiday reading with our bookswap. There’s plenty of fun for all the family too with storytelling with actress Eithne Brown enthralling the children with stories including The BFG. Alternatively, just sit and enjoy some refreshment and watch the world go by…


East meets West taste of the Orient. Oodles of Noodles!



The London Carriage Works will be an oasis of calm for the partaking of Afternoon Tea! Delectable sandwiches, nursery rhyme sponge cakes and lashings of clotted cream will be the perfect accompaniment to watch the crowds go by. There will be a stall of scones and jam to lure you into the peace and quiet! Music is served below stairs at The Residents Lounge, to whet a different kind of appetite!


Come for some good old fashioned family fun on the fairground rides tucked away in the car park!


12noon–4.30pm (last ticket 4pm)

Catch the final day of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the end of its successful 5 week run with live owls and hawks in the Well of the Cathedral from 12 noon until 2.30pm, or take a trip up the Tower for the best views in town!


Produced by LIPA

12pm Dan Croll

singer/songwriter based in Liverpool and studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, combines his acoustic style with both Parisian and Spanish influences to make cultured and memorable music.

12.30pm Natalie McCool

As a singer and acoustic guitarist, McCool has a timeless acoustic sound. She’s been inspired by an eclectic mix of artists including SuzanneVega, Damian Rice, Gomez, Coldplay and KT Tunstall.

1pm Richard O’Flynn

O’Flynn writes simple but provocative songs which he delivers through soaring vocals and catchy melodies. His powerful and emotive voice, coupled with his searching lyrics, give him a very distinctive sound.

1.30pm Shane Beales

Musician and songwriter Beales is a LIPA graduate renowned for launching a revolutionary website – Project 52 – on which he undertook to write and upload one song a week for a year.

2pm Lee Broderick

The 20 year old singer-songwriter has accomplished a lot already in the infancy of his live career, supporting Willy Mason, Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall and Daniel Powter. He has toured extensively across the UK performing and crafting songs with passion, subtlety and an endearing honesty.

2.30pm The cast of ‘Six Ways’

The cast will be performing some songs from this new musical that was voted the number one musical to watch at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009 – “Six ways will touch your heart in a number of ways …” – Broadway Baby

3pm Kaya

As a member of the Sense of Sound choir Kaya has performed at the Royal Variety Show, with Ringo Starr at the Capital of Culture 2008 opening ceremony and as a finalist of BBC’s Last Choir Standing. With her own music, Kaya released a critically acclaimed album earlier this year, and has played alongside Brett Anderson (Suede), Cherry Ghost, and Noah and the Whale.

3.30pm Mark Murphy

An acoustic set from the Crocodile God frontman.

4pm Deaf School

“In the whole history of Liverpool music, two bands matter most; one is The Beatles and the other is Deaf School… their impact on the city is with us to this day. Deaf School were (and still are) an inspired, chaotic live act..They play a wild amalgam of cabaret and pop; they are camp and theatrical but rock like crazy too”. Paul Du Noyer.

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