COMING UP: Astral Coast Festival at Floral Pavillion, 21 July 2012

New Wirral music festival Astral Coast have announced this year’s full line up, which includes The Thespians, Beach Skulls and a special guest acoustic performance from Sound of Guns’ Andrew Metcalfe as well as the best new emerging talent from the region.

Sound of Guns’ Andrew Metcalfe is confirmed as one of our special guest performers at this year’s inaugural festival. Andrew comes to Astral Coast after a fantastic year thus far, which has featured the release of Sound Of Guns’ second LP ‘Angels And Enemies’. The group have also toured extensively across the UK, including a sell-out headline show at Liverpool’s O2 Academy. Shows across Europe, including a performance at Glastonbury Festival, helped Zane Lowe label the band “British Rock and Roll from the heart” and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens proclaim them to be “a band everybody is excited about”.

Oxygen Thieves also join the festival bill as special guests. The Wirral group have recently been signed up for management by Deltasonic Records (The Coral, The Zutons, Dead 60s) and an eagerly anticipated single is due later this summer. The winners of Merseyrail Unsigned 2012 Beach Skulls also feature, as do The Thespians, fresh from headlining this year’s X&Y Festival in Liverpool.

Ellesmere Port group Tiro Lark join the festival bill following a successful showing at this year’s Liverpool Sound City Youth Live (who nominated the band to take part) as have the wonderful alt-rock three piece The Vigilantes. The wealth of emerging Wirral bands on show is maintained with Notion who play Astral Coast fresh from supporting The Lightning Seeds. Notion appear along with Zinc and Advenus. Guardians join the bill having recently headlined the Liverpool O2 Academy with the launch event for their single ‘New World Order’, as do fellow Wallasey outfits The Heist, Fools on Parade and The Chevrons. Ska-indie renegades Dead Dukes join the bill courtesy of Astral Coast’s Graphics Partners Milk: Presents, while seventeen year old grime, dubstep and hip-hop MC Rosh brings a different flavour to proceedings. Genre straddling synth pop nut cases Tourist Information and Joe Tarpey will complete the line-up, along with the winners of Wirral Council’s Youth Fest 2012 who will also feature at Astral Coast 2012.

The stunning programme of live music will be complemented by a host of guest DJs, as well as our Pillbox Vintage Clothes Fair, fairground rides and stalls and a host of attractions in our festival village. Wirral Music Studio Fallen Industries will be hosting a series of DJ workshops within the Where’s Your Head At? Zone (the coming together of Wallasey based mental health support service The Open Door Centre and CALM). The Climbing Hangar will be bringing their mobile Climbing Boulder along for the day, plus also expect live graffiti, and delicious mocktails at the Astral Coastail Bar as well as Hearty Festival Fayre & BBQ.

With hundreds of music lovers expected at the inaugural festival this July, plus a host of additional opportunities promised for the chosen acts, Astral Coast represents an amazing prospect for the area’s up and coming young artists. The festival represents the coming together of Bido Lito!, the highly influential Liverpool music magazine, Wallasey based mental health support hub The Open Door Centre, and The Floral Pavilion Theatre.

“Astral Coast is set to be the highlight of the Wirral’s summer,” said Bido Lito! Editor – and New Brighton resident Craig G Pennington. “We’re thrilled to be involved with the festival and are looking forward to helping discover the area’s next great musical visionaries. The Wirral has a long history of producing era-defining new music, and that music only ever comes from our youth. The festival will champion and support our emerging bands, while providing an amazing party for everyone in the process.”

Astral Coast 2012
The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
21st July 2012. Doors 1pm – 11pm. 
Tickets £4 adv from or
Or call 0151 666 0000 or in person at The Floral Pavilion Box Office. Tickets £5 on the day. Tickets will be exchanged on the day for a festival wristband to allow access in and out of the festival. All ages welcome.

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