Threshold Festival is back for the second year from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th February, and with the closure of the CUC has spread its wings across venues old and new inside the Baltic (Love) Triangle, and a little further beyond.
Liverpool Acoustic is taking part again, and will be bringing the Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon to Elevator Bar and Cafe from 2pm to 7pm on Saturday 11th February. We’ll tell you more about that in a future news item, along with a special Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight show, but if you really can’t wait then visit our facebook event page to find out more. Day and Weekend tickets for Threshold can be bought from tiny.cc/threshold12tickets
Last year’s Threshold was a big hit with critics, acts and audiences alike, not bad for a first effort. So, where to go from there? We sent Liverpool Acoustic reporter Luke Moore to track down organisers Chris and Kaya Carney and ask them what to expect for Threshold 2012….
First off – congratulations are in order after an amazing debut festival in February 2011 and of course on getting married last year! How have things been going in the run up to Threshold 2012?
Thank you very much! Well…There was a point in the beginning of November as we started finalizing the programming where we thought, we are actually almost ready to go. You know when you think you must have forgotten something.. And then the CUC closed and we had to think outside a completely different box! Needless to say, the last few weeks have been, shall we say interesting?
After hosting Threshold 2011 and a whole host of other great events, it was disheartening to hear that the Liverpool CUC (Contemporary Urban Centre) is closing at the start of this year. As you had originally planned this year’s festival there, what challenges have you faced in making sure the show still goes on?
We love our new venues;Camp & Furnaceis a fantastic warehouse space & really is THE ‘up & coming’ venue in Liverpool,The Blade Factory’sgot nooks and crannies that create a fantastic maze of events,The Pickethas been one of our favourite venues for years,Elevatoris the creative hub for musicians in the city and putting on an event within theNordic Churchmakes perfect sense with all theScandoswho have been part of the festival’s inception.The Lantern Theatreis the newcomer, and also an exciting fringe space. But this is the phoenix from the ashes.
It has been hard – we’ve lost our biggest sponsor and all the infrastructure/logistical work. It’s now all on us, and it’s all made on love and community spirit – we’ve renamed the Baltic Triangle the Baltic Love Triangle, but you can’t pay for things with goodwill, so we have had to work around the clock to try and make things work.
The festival runs from 10th – 12th February, often a quiet month for gigs and events, yet last year the event was packed out for almost all of the time. What have you got on offer that will bring in the crowds this year?
More than anything it is the sum of the events, the best grassroots art in the city, not just music but visual and performance art too alongside established acts and the up-and-coming… the quirky with the more commercial. As long as it is good, we try and find a space! We’re not following a scene, we accommodate for what’s going on.
Liverpool’s music scene is a hot-bed of new acts across a wide range of music and you again have an impressive number of bands and solo artists showcasing their wares this year. Who stood out last year and what acts should we be looking out for at Threshold 2012?
Every time I start talking about being excited about one thing, I remember another thing. Friday’s line up is pretty much Kaya’s dream gig with Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six headlining and lots of the most exciting alternative steampunk, folk, pop, blues, singer/songwriters on the line up + a whole room of Antipop – with their rock solid line-up (literally) in addition to Newpath, a post rock visual experience which has Chris all giddy and lots of acoustic wonderfulness accumulating with after parties from ‘Are you Louche?’ with The Elementals, who closed last years party so gorgeously and some VERY special guests tba.
But then Saturday goes from the newly signed Chelcee Grimes with her soulful pop and up-and-coming Coffee & Cakesfor Funeral through to more established Nu folk wunderkinds Stealing Sheep, All We Are and Laura J Martin with international Scouse favourites TJ & Murphy.The Liverpool Acoustic stage features Oxtoby Music, The Big I Am, Robert Mulder plus many others and on the Liverpool Live Stages buzz bands Man Get Out and The Thespians will be rocking out after a fantastic full day of funk, soul, hip hop and craziness part presented by the fabulous guys of Soul4Soul. There’s also Debt Records’ line-up, one of the audience darlings from last year + a double afterparty with the WAXXX guys, Mr Paul,CANTMIXWONTMIXSHDNTMIXDONTMIX and Upituprecords.
And we haven’t even started talking about Sunday which a LOT of people are talking about. We have invited Diplomat of Sound to do a Chai Wallahs stage with Yes Sir Boss, Coda, Joe Driscoll and We the Undersigned. Most people who’ve been to Glastonbury, Bestival, Green Man Festival or Secret Garden Party have wandered into this tent – a funktastic experience no-one should miss.
That could be big enough, but we have a dribble worthy line up at Elevator for the full festival and a smoking hot bill for Sunday at The Picket with Sandi Thom, The Hummingbirds, ambitious and epic The Fifth Movement (formerly KCO), Natalie McCool and a few other handpicked ones from Sandi’s label Guardian Angels Records. Basically – we try and put on the festival we want to see. And then hope we get to see some of it!
But it’s not just about the muso’s, right…?
No very true! We have quite a few theatre and dance groups doing stunt performances and pop up pieces plus Impropriety and other programmed theatre groups.
So, something for everyone by the sound of it! How much are tickets?
In advance they’re a bargain £25 for the weekend or £10 for the day, it will be more on the door, so get your tickets early!
Fantastic! Well, I guess you both have a lot to do in preparation for Threshold but where can people find out more about the event?
Luke Moore writes for Liverpool Acoustic, is the Liverpool/Cheshire editor for Independent Music News and is a talent scout for Deuce Management & Promotion. Luke is also a composer, arranger, session musician (cello, bass, piano) and works with a variety of signed and unsigned artists in the North West of England. This article originally appeared on Indie Music News and is republished here with kind permission.
The festival is still on the look out for willing volunteers to help steward all the events they’ve got planned over the weekend. The more people they have volunteering, the shorter each of the stints will need to be. And as a volunteer, when you’re not doing your volunteering thing you can get into any of the other events for free? It’s got to be worth it, hasn’t it?
In addition to writing reviews for liverpoolacoustic.co.uk, Luke Moore is a freelance composer, arranger, session musician (cello/piano/bass guitar/double bass) and songwriter. With a business that aims to be a 'one stop shop' for bands and artists, Luke works with a lot of bands and artists in Liverpool, sharing their passion for original new music.