Headline act, The Horrors, have been forced to pull out of Liverpool Music 2011 as frontman Faris Badwin has had to return to London due to problems with his voice.
The five-piece band have apologised, promising to reschedule their Liverpool gig as soon as possible. Singer Baldwin said: "We made it through last night’s show in Newcastle but I am worse today so have no choice but to cancel. If there was any other solution I would jump on it with more enthusiasm than [Horrors guitarist] Josh at a Snoopy-branded accessories fair.”
That disappointment aside, the tenth annual Liverpool Music Week is set to kick off at the end of the month, and JMU Journalism previews what is on the agenda this year.
For two weeks the festival of music is set to rock your socks with live performances from well-known bands and unsigned groups alike, at several venues around the city.
The event begins on 28th October, with live shows taking place every night until 13th November.
Bumper, Magnet, Mojo and the Masque will be among a number of clubs and bars hosting gigs.
Liverpool Music Week Director, Mike Deane told JMU Journalism: “The free festival we’ve announced is a blinder – our best to date – showcasing the best new bands out there alongside the freshest talent our great city has to offer. We can’t wait for this year’s festival to kick off. We are thrilled at the agenda we have pulled together for 2011.”
Last year saw the likes of Darwin Deez, Hadouken and the Drums join local bands such as Magic Youth Club, Tricks and Wild Eyes as part of the magnificent line-up.
The indoor festival is now into its tenth year and, with more than 300 bands playing each year, has become an important fixture on the music scene.
Modern icons such as Florence and the Machine, the Chemical Brothers and Dizzee Rascal have all
entertained the residents of Liverpool during the festival's history.
From this year's line-up, we recommend Lanterns on the Lake, Marcus Foster and the Young Knives.
Further listings remain to be revealed but the traditional free gigs at Mojo have been announced and feature the Duke Spirit, Three Trapped Tigers and Tribes.
The Contemporary Urban Centre will host Ghostpoet, a nominee for this year’s Mercury Prize, along with
newcomers Outfit, who were placed in the NME’s top 25 list.
For more information on shows and tickets, see the Liverpool Music Week 2011 website.
By Amy Konate, Tobias Orrells & Abbi Webster
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The Horrors will be missing but Ghostpoet and the Young Knives will be at Liverpool Music Week 2011