The return of the Larks In The Park Festival?

The return of the Larks In The Parks Festival?

A bid has been launched to revitilise the legendary Liverpool festival Larks In The Park; the festival was last held in 1985 having been run since 1980 – the festival was unique in that the stage was built upon an extended version of the park bandstand with a moat btween it and the audienc; not that that bothered those who attended to see Bow Wow Wow who charged into the moat in an effort to complete a stage invasion. The original festival attracted bands including Echo & The Bunnymen, a pre-fame FGTH (in full leather bondage gear), Big Country, and the Stone Roses.

Now local DJ and band promoter Steven Nicholls is working on a plan to organise another Larks in the Park Festival; Nicholls told the Liverpool EchoThere have been many calls over the years to revive it. We are early in the process with the council but the dates are set for Sept 21st and 22nd 2013 and the plan is to put the event in a big top sited near the Palm House with a capacity of 5,0000.”

A Liverpool City Council spokesman said: “We are receptive to expressions of interest from organisations seeking to organise events in the park, provided we are confident they are going to be safe and well managed….We have been in ongoing discussions with an interested party who wants to hold an event in Sefton Park on the weekend of September 21 and 22. The application is still in the very early stages and we are awaiting further detail before we are able to properly assess its viability. Once we have all the information we need we can than discuss the application with safety advisory partners and consider whether or not it can be approved.”

Echo & The Bunnymen ‘Over The Wall’ @ Larks In The Park, Liverpool 1982

Despite this non committal response bands are apparently already being booked to play.

Mr Nicholls stated: “Currently we have approximately 30 acts involved including Ian McNabb and the Christians.”

Whilst we approve of any plan for live music events we would hope that organisers recall the original spirit of the Larks In The Park, and look to some of the emerging local talent such as the bands linked to the Liverpool based Antipop label inc Vermin Suicides, Super Fast Girlie Show etc – Larks In The Park was a forward looking festival, it would be a shame if a revived event over-looked such talent; equally it seems a shame that the plan is to stage it (essentially) indoors; the joy of Larks In The Park was its unique outdoor location.

We will watch as this one develops.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. […] Monday then, and the weather is even better The Liverpool Echo estimates 60,000 people turn up in the park. How they do this I’ve no idea, but it is fuller than I’ve ever seen it. Even the Bunnymen  and Frankie Goes to Hollywood back in the 80s didn’t pull in crowds like this for the fabled ‘Larks in the Park.’ […]


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