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Mathew Street Festival Moves Indoors


Mathew Street Music Festival 2007

THE Mathew Street Festival is going back to its roots – with acts being staged at venues across the city centre this August Bank Holiday

It follows top level discussions led by council leader Warren Bradley involving the city council, Liverpool Culture Company, Merseyside Police, business leaders and directors of The Liverpool Mathew Street Music Festival Ltd.

Acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages on Sunday and Monday, August 26 and 27 will get the chance to play at more than 40 key city centre indoor venues to satisfy concerns over public safety.

It follows an independent report by leading health and safety experts Capita Symonds Limited, which stated the outdoor stages posed significant risks to the public.

The past few days of intensive discussions has resulted in:

. 40 city centre venues offering to stage acts
. A further 20 are being approached
. Of the acts scheduled to play, many already have an alternative venue
. All 10 Streetwaves acts will play at The Barfly on Bank Holiday Monday
. Key venues with a large capacity that have expressed interest, include: The Krazy House, Mood, Walkabout, Rat and Parrott, University of Liverpool’s Mountford Hall
. Talks are to be held with other interested key venues including: The Picket, Zanzibar, Korova, Heebie-Jeebies, Pan-M, Babycream, Blue, Society, La Bateau, Bar L1 Reflex, Varsity, Metro.
. Creamfields festival have offered to take acts on Saturday
. A full list of venues with listings will be published next week

Lots of family entertainment will also be provided within the city centre as the two-day event aims to cater for people of all ages. There will be a full programme of activities for families on the 26th and 27th August which will lead into the city’s 800th birthday celebrations on Tuesday 28th August.

The annual Liverpool International Beatles Week, organised by Cavern City Tours, will also run from August 22-28, kick starting with a special concert to launch the Cavern album marking the 50th anniversary of the world famous club. There will also be a programme of guest talks, concerts and Beatles-related auctions.