Liverpool Acoustic and Liverpool Live TV join forces for Liverpool Acoustic Festival 2016
Double award-winning promotors Liverpool Acoustic and local CIC Liverpool Live TV announce their completed lineup of intimate acoustic performances for the Liverpool Acoustic Festival 2016.
On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March 2016, Liverpool Acoustic and LLTV will be hosting an array of talented acoustic musicians performing ‘in the round’ in the Unity Theatre’s flexible, top floor performance space Unity 2. This is an ideal opportunity to get up close and personal with the musicians as each intimate set will be followed by an opportunity for audience members to question the performers about musical influences, songwriting techniques, and anything else that comes to mind!
16 year old singer-songwriter Lewis Maxwell is a previous LIMF performer and veteran of two national Teen Stars competitions. He’ll be opening the proceedings in Unity 2 at 6.15pm on Friday 18th March. He is followed at 9.15pm by the Country-tinged songs of Omagh singer-songwriter Karen Turley. Finishing off the Festival’s Friday programme is Joseph Topping, who’ll be filling the late night 11.15pm session with a blend of bluesy Delta-style slide guitar accompanying original songs alongside modern reinterpretation of classic folk songs.
Saturday 19th March kicks off at 1.30pm with Wirral songbird Caroline England, followed by young singer-songwriter Niamh Jones at 3.15pm. Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2015 winner Maria Silker starts the evening session at 6.30pm, followed at 8.00pm by a closing featured slot from local favourite Roxanne de Bastion.5.00pm on Saturday also sees a discussion panel on the topic of ‘Female is not a genre’ where Roxanne de Bastion, Kaya Herstad Carney, Jo Bywater, and Eleanor Nelly will be considering issues faced by women in the music industry. This is sure to be an interesting and lively debate, and everyone is welcome to attend and contribute to the discussion.
In addition to the official lineup, the Unity 2 stage will also be hosting ‘pop up performances’ and interviews from other Liverpool Acoustic Festival performers, and Liverpool Live TV will be there to capture these on video to share with the rest of the world.
Graham Holland, Liverpool Acoustic co-organiser, said:
“It’s great to be back at the Liverpool Acoustic Festival after having so much fun last time round. This year we’re delighted to be moving up to Unity 2 to join our friends at Liverpool Live TV for what is set to be an incredible two days of live music.”
The annual music festival takes place at Unity Theatre and Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room and a ‘free fringe festival’ programme sprawls out to venues all along Hope Street for what will be a captivating and inspiring event to kick off the festival calendar.
Matthew Linley, Artistic Director and CEO of Unity Theatre added
“The Acoustic Festival was one of the first things I witnessed when I first arrived in Liverpool last year. Lots struck me – the fantastic music, the huge potential of the festival and the warmth and friendly nature of the vibe. So it’s incredibly exciting to see the festival spread out this year from its natural home of Unity, and, via our friends at Liverpool Philharmonic, out and across what is one of the most extraordinary streets in the UK – Hope Street”
Richard Haswell, head of programme Liverpool philharmonic said
“The opening of The Music Room means Liverpool Philharmonic has a great opportunity to work with artists and festivals in Liverpool in a whole new way. It’s great that the festival is embracing the whole of Hope Street and we are delighted to be playing our part.”
Passes for both days or single days are available to purchase via the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s Box Office on
0151 709 3789 or online via liverpoolphil.com
A full line up and festival schedule can be found at liverpoolacousticfestival.co.uk
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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