REVIEW: Made In Liverpool stage at Williamson Square (Mathew St Festival), Part 2

THE Mathew Street Festival was cut short this August bank holiday weekend as high winds caused health and safety concerns on the Monday. This didn’t stop the Made In Liverpool stage in Williamson Square bring in many of Liverpool’s unsigned acts to perform in Sunday’s glorious sunshine. Our music reviewer Shaun McCoy went to check them out.

Rockabilly trio the Furious were one of my two favourite bands on the Made In Liverpool Stage. They whip the watching crowd up into a rockabilly frenzy. There a lot of proper Teddy Boys and Rockers in the crowd lapping up the raucously brilliant set of rock and roll classics and original material delivered by Liverpool’s finest authentic rock and roll band. Hang Your Head is a real deep south sounding modern rockabilly classic – thudding double bass and rip-roaring guitar.

There were so many highlights to mention because I enjoyed every song whether it being an original or a cover. They are a highly exciting young band – go and see them straight away if you get the chance and experience a barrage of great songs. Some standouts to mention were original songs We Are the Teds and All Night Long, and vintage covers like Flying Saucer Rock & Roll by Billy Lee Riley and Please Don’t Touch by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates.

Esco Williams brings his own unique funk and soul material to the stage. He is very good at working a crowd, bringing a feel good factor to packed audience. He’s got a splendid singing voice with the star quality of Stevie Wonder. His opening three songs are a foundation to a first-rate set. You can see why Esco was presented a MOBO award earlier this year with songs such as I Want You More, Starry Eyed and his re-worked cover of American Boy aka Liverpool Girl.


My second favourite band of the day is The Sums. I’ve been a long-time admirer of singer/songwriter Peter ‘Digsy’ Deary since he graced the scene with Smaller back in the 1990s. The Sums are a very accomplished quartet producing poignant music and rousing harmonies. Digsy seems to sing like his life depends on every performance he gives. This is very evident in Scared of Missing Out and Spilt Milk with equally vigorous harmony coming from bassist and co-songwriter, Chris Mullin. Couple this with Lee Watson’s razor-like guitar and some classy drumming from Chris Campbell – you’re witnessing a very class act.

The totally electrifying Dirty Rivers are the last band on stage. The lead singer has the mannerisms and the swagger of Mick Jagger and Liam Gallagher which is very much needed to front a big sounding indie rock band like this. The opening track We Won’t Play Sex On Fire is very grungy ala the Stooges/Sonic Youth. Their next single Shooters, is one of the highlights of the set. It’s one of many hard-edged blues rock tracks that make them an exciting prospect to watch.

The Made in Liverpool stage was by far the best of the big outdoor stages because it highlights the vast array of original talent from the Liverpool music scene.

Read part 1 of Shaun’s review here:

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