NEWS: Mathew Street Music Festival line up announced

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Beryl Marsden and The Merseybeats are just some of the acts lined up to help make the 20th anniversary of the festival unforgettable. The festival takes place during the August bank holiday weekend (26 and 27 August) with nearly 70 acts taking to the five outdoor stages performing 80 hours of free live music.

Liverpool soul star, Esco Williams, who recently scooped the MOBO UnSung prize which recognises the UK’s best new artists, is also set to wow the crowds on the first day of the event. 

Although half the acts performing are from Merseyside, there will be an international flavour with bands travelling from the USA, Brazil, Canada, France and Mexico. Many of them will be making their festival debut and are expected to incorporate a Beatles element in their sets as a nod to this special year which marks 50 years since Ringo joined John, Paul and George. 

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “The excitement is already building around this year’s festival – particularly as it’s such a pivotal year in the history of the Fab Four. To have icons like Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers on the same bill as amazing up and coming talents such as Esco Williams is a great coup for this special 20th anniversary event and is a great platform to showcase the incredible calibre of artists we have in this city – past and present.”

The full line-up is as follows for the stages which will run from midday to 6pm each day:

Sunday 26 August:
Derby Square Stage – Nineties:
Southmartins (The Beautiful South /The Housemartins)
Pearl Jam (Pearl Jam)
Blurasis (Blur / Oasis)
Robbie William Banned (Robbie Williams)
Hypermused (Muse)
Big Up The 90’s (90s Tribute Band)

Superlambanana Stage (Tithebarn Street) – Eighties:
Ska-Wars (Ska)
Bon Jovi Experience (Bon Jovi)
Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen)
U2 Elevation (U2)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Rubix Cube (80s Tribute Band) 

Tunnel Stage – Chill Out:
Price Tag (Jessie J)
Ri Ri (Rihanna)
The Bee Gees meet ABBA (The Bee Gees / Abba)
Lareena (Adele)
Amy Housewine (Amy Winehouse)
So Patrol (Snow Patrol)
Coldplace (Coldplay)

Water Street stage – Seventies:
Freakout Disco Band (70s Tribute Band)
The Merseybeats (Tribute to Eric’s)
Ian McNabb (Tribute to Eric’s)
Kinisha & The Weekend Warriors (Tina Turner)
The Tearaways (The Ramones)
Counterfeit Quo (Status Quo)

Williamson Square Stage – Made In Liverpool (unsigned):
Married To The Sea 
Filter Distortion 
All We Are 
The Verdict 
The Mono LPs
The Furious
Esco Williams
The Sums
Dirty Rivers

Monday 27 August:
Derby Square Stage – Merseybeat: 
The Shakers 
Beryl Marsden 
Sam Hardie 
Karl Terry 
The Undertakers featuring Jackie Lomax
Gerry and The Pacemakers
The MerseybeatsMike Pender’s Searchers
Superlambanana Stage – Early Beatles Albums
The Sutcliffes
The Rockits 
After Beat 
Them Beatles

Tunnel Stage – The Cavern, Yesterday and Today:
Antarctic Monkeys (Arctic Monkeys)
The Kinx (The Kinks)
The Stones (The Rolling Stones)
Mercury (Queen)
The Overtures 

Water Street Stage – Guitar heroes 60s and 70s:
Uncomfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
Classic Clapton (Eric Clapton)
Are You Experienced (Jimi Hendrix)
Letz Zep (Led Zeppelin)
From Sabbath To Hell (Black Sabbath)
Viva Santana (Santana)

Williamson Square Stage – Later Beatles Albums:
Tripper and Revolver
Get Back Band 
Clube Big Beatles 
Help El Tributo
Hocus Pocus 

People are being asked to show their support for Mathew Street Music Festival by purchasing a special 50th anniversary of The Beatles souvenir wristband for just £2. This can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre at the Albert Dock and St George’s Hall and at Liverpool ONE’s Information Centre.

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