Mathew Street Festival 2012: Beatles’ 50th anniversary at heart of celebrations
Source: Liverpool Echo
The Beatles’ 50th anniversary will be at the heart of this year’s Mathew Street Festival.
To celebrate the landmark, five stages across the city will feature music to attract all ages.
As part of the festival, which takes place on Sunday August 26 and Monday August 27, there will be a nod to Liverpool’s most famous sons as the second day has been renamed Merseybeat Monday, celebrating all things Beatles and Beatles-influenced.
The Sunday will feature a chill out area, stages dedicated to the 70s, 80s and 90s, a Liverpool bands stage and a tribute to legendary city venue Eric’s.
Eric’s music director Ethan Allen said: “Being located on Mathew Street itself we are used to running our own live music events over the festival weekend but this year is going to be extra special for us as we are pleased to announce a tribute to Eric's on the Water Street stage. We’ll be looking forward to bringing the brand to a bigger audience."
On Monday two stages will be dedicated to the Fab Four as that week marks 50 years since Ringo joined John, Paul and George. There will also be stages dedicated to Merseybeat, The Cavern and guitar heroes of the 60s and 70s.
Letters have been sent out to more than 300 organis-ations in the city centre asking for support and to help share the cost of putting on the festival.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “The Mathew Street Music Festival has been part of the city’s calendar of events for 20 years and over time has evolved from an indoor event to a high-profile outdoor music celebration.
“As a result this is one of the most costly festivals we stage.
“Over the next two years we’re facing further cuts of more than £50million and tough decisions have to be made.
“We’re determined to make the 2012 festival one to remember as we pay homage to 50 years of one of Liverpool’s greatest exports. We realise it’s a tough economic climate for everyone but the whole city reaps the benefits from this event and we would be delighted if businesses could get behind us.”
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