The popular Liverpool Mathew Street Festival is no more and is to be replaced by the Liverpool International Music Festival.
The Liverpool council has pulled the plug on the festival and replaced it with something that looks a bit posher and less of the tribute bands.
According to the council “The costs of the new-look event will be 40 per cent lower than Mathew Street Music Festival, helping the city council achieve significant savings and balance its budget,”
It will still be a free festival and take place, as usual, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It will include, on the Friday, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor Vasily Petrenko taking to a brand new stage in Sefton Park for an evening of live music in the park. Sounds perfect. The concerts in the park will continue across the four days (Friday to Monday).
On the Saturday and Sunday, there will also be two outdoor stages located at the Pier Head which will include a tribute to the Beatles.
There are some worries that the newly scrubbed festival may not have the same atmosphere and bands as the current one but other people point out that the current festival was not ‘family friendly’. is this all part of the corporatisation of popular culture or a timely cleaning up?