THE PROCLAIMERS TO WALK TO MATHEW ST
FESTIVAL favourites The Proclaimers are to play at Europe’s biggest free city centre music event.
The cult Scottish duo, who penned classics such as Letter from America and the million selling I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), are to play a one hour set on Saturday, August 26 at the 15th annual Mathew Street Music Festival (August 25-28).
Twins Craig and Charlie Reid, who formed the Proclaimers in 1983, are currently recording their sixth album. They’ll take centre stage at the Pier Head at 1.30pm on Mathew Street Saturday, August 26.
Famed for a pulsating live act – as witnessed at Edinburgh Live8 – the duo have successfully blended politics, passion and pop, and even helped their football club by spearheading the ‘Hands Off Hibs’ campaign.
Hollywood also continues to knock on The Proclaimers’ door, with their songs appearing in hits such as Benny and Joon, Dumb and Dumber and Shrek.
The duo love playing in Liverpool and appeared as surprise special guests at The Coral’s home town end of year show.
Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said: ”The Proclaimers are one of the great Scottish bands and always leave audiences wanting more. They are a great live band and they’ll make sure the weekend begins in style. This year’s festival line-up is really taking shape and should appeal to people of all tastes and ages.”
For the first time in the festival’s history, the music begins on a Friday with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s first Mathew Street concert on the Pier Head at 7.30pm on August 25.
This year’s festival has a strong Liverpool theme, with the Lightning Seeds headlining on Mathew Street Sunday. Festival organisers – the Liverpool Culture Company – have focused on showcasing home-grown talent, from the famous to the unsigned, to celebrate the 2006 Capital of Culture themed year – Liverpool Performs.