Bandstand in Liverpool city centre will host four weeks of free live performances
The Olympic Free Liverpool Bandstand,under construction in Williamson Square by Joe Bretherton from local firm Timber Structures Ltd.
A ‘POP-UP’ bandstand is appearing in Liverpool city centre from today to offer free open air entertainment over the summer.
King of Mirthyside Ken Dodd was set to officially launch the Williamson Square attraction at 1pm.
The 13ft high and 18ft wide bandstand, which features seating for the public, was commissioned by City Central BID as part of its Summer of Love campaign. Arts Council funding means it will have programmed performances from noon to 5pm on Thursday to Sunday each week.
The first act to follow Ken Dodd will be The Beach Skulls from Widnes, a two-piece band that recently won the Merseyrail Unsigned competition.
Doddy said: “I’ve always wanted to be a maestro or a busker, so I’m discomknockerated to finally have the chance to give my rendition of the Ballad of Knotty Ash on the beautiful bandstand in Williamson Square.”
Open Culture ran the selection process that chose a total of 64 acts to perform during the four-week festival, supported by a professional sound engineer.
The performances will be listed each week on the City Central BID and Open Culture websites.
The Summer of Love campaign, introduced to encourage people into the city centre while Central Station is redeveloped and running until the end of September, is also entering into the Olympic spirit with a grandstand in front of the BBC Big Screen in Clayton Square from this Friday until August 12.
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