Liverpool Bandstand to run in Williamson Square from July 26 to August 22
64 performance spots available through Open Culture
Stage also open to free play three days a week
Pop-up bandstand commissioned by City Central B.I.D for Summer of Love campaign
Liverpool city centre will host its first ever bandstand this summer – to entertain people not interested in the Olympics!
City Central B.I.D has commissioned the bandstand to run in Liverpool’s historicWilliamson Square from July 26 until August 22 as a key highlight of itsSummer of Love campaign.
And organisers are putting the call out today (Monday, June 25) for musicians, singers, choirs, dancers, poets, comics and performers of all kinds to take to the stageduring the free, four week festival.
Thanks to Arts Council England funding the Summer of Love- Liverpool Bandstand will be programmed four days a week (Thursday-Sunday) by Open Culture, with a professional sound engineer to support four performances a day from noon to 5pm.
The programmed performances will be listed each week on the City Central B.I.D. and Open Culture websites.
To book one of the 64 spots available performers can do so online atwww.culture.org.uk/liverpoolbandstand or call 0151 478 4550.
The pop-up bandstand,which measures13ft high and 18ft wide and will feature seating for the public, will also be available for ‘free play’ on Monday to Wednesdays and will be listed as a busking venue under Liverpool city council’s new street entertainment policy, which comes into effect on July 9.
The Summer of Love campaign, devised to stimulate footfall during the £20m redevelopment of Central station, will be encouraging people tocelebrate the Olympics thanks to a purpose built grandstand in front of the BBC Big Screen in nearbyClayton Square, from July 27 to August 12.
Ged Gibbons, Chief Executive of City Central B.I.D, said: ‘’Everyone, including us, is catering for the Olympics and we thought we needed an oasis to cater for people who won’t be interested and what better than a bandstand that can act as a platform for a multitude of talents – much like an Olympics!
’To host Liverpool city centre’s first bandstand is an honour and thanks to the support of Open Culture and Arts Council England we can give people a chance to sit back, unwind and enjoy some of the finest talents this city and wider region has to offer.
‘’Of course, in between performances people can also nip round to see Usain Bolt as the Liverpool Bandstand is just a quick dash round the corner!’’
Charlotte Corrie of Open Culture said. “Once again we’re delighted to have created a magnificent platform for the arts in a high profile city centre location. We’re looking forward to a summer of music, theatre, poetry and more.
‘’Now’s your chance to get involved and use this great opportunity to showcase your talent.”
The Summer of Love, which is supported by Merseyrail, Merseytravel, Network Rail andLiverpool city council, will run until September 30.
Other Summer of Love highlights in July include:
Big Dance Week(part of Cultural Olympiad)– venues include Church Street – July 7-15 – featuring Merseyside Dance Initiative
Carnival weekender- July 13-15 with BrouhahaandBrazilica
Ping!Liverpool – city centre wide – until July 26
Tickle on Tour piano– from Liverpool ONE – at Central Station – from July 23 to August 12