The Matthew Street Festival may have gone but long live the Liverpool International Music Festival.
Inspired by the vision of Music Curator, Yaw Owusu – “Liverpool International Music Festival is focusted on three things; celebrating greatness, discovering the new and inspiring the next. We want people to disover the DNA of a global music cityand be surprised and inspired by the collection and scope of artists, spaces, events and collaborations in place.”
Backed by shrewd financial management, the event now comes in 40% lower than the money spent in previous years on the Mathew Street Festival. REM were appointed to handle technical stage production, so with five stages and line ups covering all tastes, it was a very busy weekend. We managed to change our steel toecaps for dancing shoes at various points during the proceedings.
In total around 150,000 attended the free events in Sefton Park with 21,000 buying tickets for the paid for stages at Pier Head.
Liverpool’s Director of Culture Claire McColgan said: “It’s been bigger and better than we could ever have imagined. Normally you would have a year to plan a festival like this, but we had just five months after the decision was taken to move away from the Mathew Street Festival. It’s part of a fiver-year plan – we see it like an Edinburgh Festival for music lovers. Given what’s happened this weekend I think we are well on our way there.”
An equally ambitious Yaw Owusu added “In five years we want to be the biggest city-based music festival in Europe.”