April is here and many local schools are experiencing their first ever ‘Spring Break’ – sounds so American, doesn’t it? But the local acoustic scene isn’t taking a break – no Siree! In fact it’s going into overdrive with no fewer than 14 (yes, you heard it right, 14!) new, regular events being added to the online diary this month.
And then we have the festivals…!
Festival 1 – Working Class Life and Music Festival
April brings with it the return of this festival which is now the largest celebration of working people on the planet. There’s plenty to see and do, with the festival covering history, literature, comedy, drama, art, politics, philosophy, sport, and (of course) music. In addition to the many music events (including the opening gig, courtesy of Liverpool Acoustic) there’s also the return of the Liverpool Music Barcamp, an un-conference for anyone interested in music and the local scene, including workshops on how it’s produced and consumed, and discussions on topics such as digital media and the state of Liverpool’s music scene. Full details of all the events can be found at workingclassmusic.org.uk
Festival 2 – Shanty Festival
The demise of the Liverpool Boat Show also saw the demise of many of the events that would have run alongside it. Faced with apathy from the organisers of the replacement festivities the Shanty Festival has upped and moved to the National Waterways Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port. The first Shanty UK Easter Sea Shanty Festival takes place over the Easter weekend, with special guests including Hughie Jones, Bob Conroy (USA) and groups from across the UK and Europe. Full details can be found at shanty.org.uk
Festival 3 – 3rd Degree Festival
Running from Monday 4th to Saturday 16th is the 3rd Degree Music Festival, showcasing the incredibly talented musicians graduating at the end of their third year studying at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts – LIPA. You can find a full run-down of gigs at 3rddegreefestival.com Acoustic treats in the eclectic line-up include Douglas Dare, James Canty, Ben Noke, Emily Leonard, Joaqim Lewerin, Petru Calinescu, Mikhael Paskalev, the James Whitehouse Band, Jonas Alaska, Billie Van, Dan Croll, Yuval Bilgorai and T’lark. There’s also a welcome return for The Worry Dolls featuring Liverpool Acoustic favourites Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones. Each gig is £4, with a wristband for the whole event a brilliant £12.
Doors open at 7.00pm and the music starts at 7.30pm
A full bar is available.
You say goodbye…
…and I say hello
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Graham, on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic Team
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.
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