The Cavern Club and Liverpool Sound City have teamed up to work on a new venture to promote emerging UK music talent. The Arts Council funded project Mapped Out has been developed to give high quality new bands and artists who have just been or are on the verge of being signed to a record label a real 'bunk-up' in the music industry.
I am delighted to announce that I'll be working with Merseyside Arts Foundation on their 2013-14 Music Development Programme
It is an honour to be working with such a worthwhile organisation on something to recognise new talent in our city. The music scene here is burgeoning and it is wonderful to be able to give some of those new bands and solo artists a helping hand.
THIS year's first Liverpool International Music Festival promises to bring a hugely diverse offering of music to the city.
I'm particularly looking forward to the indoor music stages, which will see the best new talent on at venues around the city.
This year I'll be curating a stage featuring some of the best new bands and some reworkings of Liverpool favourites at Eric's on Mathew Street.
WHEN the ECHO launched its search to find an unsigned act to represent us at the Liverpool Music Awards, we were inundated with entries.
But one stood out above the rest.
West Derby musician TreeTop impressed us with his intricate layered harmonies and fresh-sounding demo.
THE Liverpool Music Awards nominations party takes place at Eric's next Wednesday, July 17 and I've got tickets for a reader and three mates to win to go the show.
There will be live sets from Stevie Banks, UkeBox, Coffee and Cakes For Funerals, The Ragamuffins, Rumjig, Taylor Fowlis and Me & Deboe, plus the organisers are offering a pamper session at Urban Calm in the Metquarter to get you in the mood, and a tippkle from sponsors Barefoot Wine.
THE Primitives were championed by John Peel on his radio show, with many an appearance in his Festive Fifty. Morrissey named them as one of his favourite bands and they developed a cult following with their shimmering jangly guitars.
Last year they released their first LP in 21 years, a collection of covers of 1960's obscurities, called Echoes & Rhymes. This year they released their retrospective Everything's Shining Bright The Lazy Recordings 1985 - 1987. They come to Eric's on Mathew Street on Sunday June 23, so I caught up with guitarist PJ Court for this week's ECHO music Q&A.
NOMINATIONS for the Liverpool Music Awards close tonight at midnight - so there is still time to vote for your heroes of the music industry in our city.
"We've been overwhelmed with the response to nominations so far and we've have had some new names thrown into the hat so with so much to choose from the judges will have a real job on their hands," says awards director Ellie Phillips.
Today I can exclusively announce that I will be joining the panel for the second year running, alongside broadcasters Janice Long, Dave Monks and Billy Butler, Sense of Sound's artistic director Jennifer John, LIPA's founding principle/CEO Mark Featherstone-Witty, University of Liverpool music lecturer Dr Mike Jones, DJ Lee Butler, Chris Bye from the Arts Council.
LIANNE La Havas will headline the third leg of the Lumia Live Sessions. The Mercury Award nominated star will perform to a crowd of 200 guests at Rampworx indoor skate park next Thursday.
"I'll be playing songs from my debut album as well as some covers, some new ones we've just introduced too," says Lianne. "Expect some cheeky crowd participation too."