Last week Liverpool Acoustic received an email from a local musician requesting a headline slot at a Liverpool Acoustic Live event in the next couple of months. We politely explained that we were already fully booked for April and May and couldn’t ‘just squeeze him in’, and that our headline acts were all booked through to November. He seemed a little miffed.
So, in an attempt to de-mystify the situation (we’ve had other critics too) Liverpool Acoustic Live’s co-organiser, Graham Holland, explains how the event is put together, what the booking policy is, and why we can’t help everyone.
The most recent Liverpool Acoustic Live event took place last Friday 23rd March at the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street. You’d probably think I’m biased if I say it was a fantastic night of live music, and you’d be right. But you don’t have to take my word for it – you just have to glance at the facebook pages of the musicians who played to see how much they enjoyed it. The opinion is shared by Roxanne de Bastion in her blog post about her trip to Liverpool, and the reviewer from Fatea magazine was equally impressed too when he wrote his review. And there can’t be too many events which have featured a random stranger from the audience joining the main act on harmonica, or have been sketched by a local artist (in this case, Jim Fleming).
|The finale from 23rd March 2012 © David Munn davidmunn.co.uk|
As I said, not everyone is going to be able to get a booking at Liverpool Acoustic Live, and short of turning it into a weekly event, or booking more acts with shorter sets (neither of which we want to do), there’s not a lot we can do about that. Personally, I blame the enormous pool of talent on the local acoustic scene for making the job so much harder! Some people criticise the event having never actually been to it themselves – we tend to just ignore them. Amazingly, some people are jealous when their muso friends are booked before they’ve been booked – we suggest they get over it and support their musician friends by being happy for them and (here’s a radical idea) actually coming along to the gig to support them. Surely even the most cynical, seasoned musician wouldn’t begrudge the likes of 15 year old Dominic Dunn 15 minutes in the spotlight, would they?
So if you’re a local musician and are wondering why we’ve not booked you yet then please understand it’s nothing personal, and it could even be that you haven’t actually asked yet!