Thursday, 19 July 2007

Livefest Venue Change

Important Announcement

After much deliberation and discussion, the decision has been taken to move Livefest to Mountford Hall for the Saturday August 11th date in Liverpool.

The move has been made to take account of the great British weather – which has been raining pretty much everyday for two months - and the effect this has had on the Aigburth cricket ground. With more rain forecast in the coming weeks, safety concerns have led the Livefest team to conclude that in the circumstances the best viable alternative is for the festival to take place indoors at Mountford Hall.
Tony Rothwell, the festival director said “Obviously it’s not an easy decision to make but we feel there is little choice. I have been studying the weather forecasts avidly and the outlook is not great. The chief concern is that the cricket ground is already saturated and with more rain likely there are safety issues regarding the ground underfoot and also the difficulties of erecting a stage on soft ground.”
Liverpool Cricket Club recognize that safety must always be the main consideration and with this in mind they fully support the move. While disappointed they remain committed to hosting Livefest in subsequent years.

Moutford Hall is situated on the Liverpool University Campus and provides great indoor facilities along with outdoor areas for a capacity of 3,000 people. The headline acts remain Alabama 3, Hayseed, Shack and Tobias Froberg, along with local talent which will use the extra stages and rooms that Mountford Hall offers.
The ticket price has been reduced to £25 to reflect the change of circumstances. Anyone who has purchased a ticket for the original venue should contact Ticketline and Ticketweb for further info.

Whilst its foundation is to be a great music festival, there’s so much more to Livefest to keep everyone happy. The Real Ale Tent will feature exhibitors from Cains Brewery – Liverpool, Hydes – Manchester, Brimstage, Country Life – Devon, Stonehenge – Wiltshire, Inveralmond – Perth, Scotland, Wapping Ales – Baltic Fleet Pub, Liverpool and Mordue. The festival will also feature a selection of arts and craft stalls and much more with tempting produce and goodies.

Livefest will take place on Saturday 11th August 2007 at Mountford Hall. Visit www.livefest.co.uk or www.myspace.com/livefest for more information on the festival. Keep checking for information on the line-up.


Livefest 2007
Saturday 11th August
@ Mountford Hall, 160 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L69 7BR
Mountford Hall Main Stage
Alabama 3
Shack
Hayseed Dixie
Tobias Froberg
John Smith
More TBC
Second Room
The Diesel Fitters
Jade Gallagher
The Fountains
More TBC
1pm – 11pm
Ticket price £25.00 from www.ticketweb.co.uk
www.livefest.co.uk
Info: (0) 20 7099 5991

Press Enquiries:

Print/Broadcast:
Damo Jones, Tandem PR, 07795 663114, damo@tandempr.co.uk

Online:
Amy Woodhouse, Creative Cultures, 0207 100 3254
amy.woodhouse@creativecultures.biz

Biographies of Main Acts

Alabama 3

Legendary Brixton collective, best known for the theme tune to the TV show 'Sopranos'. They combine techno beats with country instruments and are a group best sampled live.


Hayseed Dixie

An American group who started out as an Appalachian style tribute to AC/DC, playing traditional instruments such as fiddle, mandolin and banjo. Following the release of 2001's 'A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC' they have branched out, playing songs by other rock luminaries, as well as a few original

Shack

Formed in 1986 by Brothers Mick and John Head, Shack emerged from the ashes of the Pale Fountains. Having had their fingers burnt by the major records industry - Pale Fountains reached number 46 in the UK charts with Thank You, but were generally misunderstood by their employers - Shack joined up with independent record label Ghetto. Experts at the cleverly understated melodic guitar pop song, 1988 saw the release of their acclaimed debut album Zilch. Yet instead of persevering with their commercial instincts, Shack laid low until reappearing with a single in 1991 and a planned second album for the year after, which was finally issued in 1995. Much of what Shack were doing in 1990 can be heard in the current wave of mid-90s guitar-based indie bands. It is hoped they will be both credited and remembered for their originality.

Tobias Froberg

Swedish singer/songwriter Tobias Froberg, who began his recording career in 2004 with debut album 'For Elisabeth Wherever She Is'. Known for his subtle and delicate song writing style, Tobias is comparable to fellow Swede Jose Gonzalez.

John Smith

John Smith's mesmerising percussive guitar and story telling has been winning fans everywhere. Whether it be playing the guitar lap-style like a drum, detuning the strings mid-chorus or just straight-forward rumbling fingerstyle, the Devon man's playing has prompted both hushed appreciation and riotous standing ovations


Jade Gallagher

Due to her Malaysian-Chinese mother and British-Irish father, Liverpool born Jade has the looks that reflect the city’s cosmopolitan nature.
She was classically trained throughout her teens before opting to concentrate on playing guitar, singing and to try a little writing, something that she found to be more liberating in terms of there not being ‘rules’ to follow.
Her rich, soulful voice and acoustically driven songs have drawn comparisons to artists such as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega. Set to release a debut album in early 2007, Jade has been working with highly respected songwriters and producers, as well as developing her
own material.


The Diesel Fitters
Seven piece folk-stomp-rock-esque outfit! The band formed in 2004, and over the past few years the band have built up a loyal and enthusiastic following. Gigs have taken the band far afield: They have played many venues in the Liverpool area: Stamps Bar, Crosby, the Zanzibar, the Magnet, Barfly, etc.
Played the Mersey River Festival on the main stage, the Mathew Street Festival alongside the Buzzcocks, and the Stranglers, in front of 2000 people and toured the West Coast of Scotland, and Limerick, Ireland, to great receptions.

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