The annual Matthew Street Music Festival took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend on 26 and 27 August.
The Festival has over 80 hours of live outdoor music which celebrates original and new bands playing their own songs or performing cover versions attracting local people and guests from all over Europe.
I went along on Sunday where there were stages dedicated to the 70s, 80s and 90s, a Liverpool bands stage and a tribute to the legendary city venue Eric’s on the Water Street stage. Sunday was a warm sunny day and the city centre was packed with revellers of all ages with the beer and wine flowing freely on the streets as well as in the pubs and bars. It was estimated that 160,000 people visited the first day of the event.
The Matthew 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.
It is costly to stage the event and the City’s mayor Joe Anderson has said that with major cutbacks in public spending over the next two years tough decisions will have to be made on the running of such events in the future.
A big landmark in the Matthew Street area is the Hard Day’s Night boutique hotel. It has a whole host of Beatles’ memorabilia including some impressive statuesof the Beatles on the outside of the building.
Round the corner in Stanley Street, Eleanor Rigby still sits all alone. But someone left a yellow rose on her lap this weekend.
Bank Holiday Monday’s weather was a different story as the outdoor performances in the city centre were cancelled due to dangerously high winds and heavy rain with a fear that the temporary outdoor stages could be damaged and make it unsafe for spectators. Many of the indoor concerts went ahead as planned.
Monday’s events were going to have featured tribute bands to the Beatles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group which went on to take the world by storm following Ringo joining the other three Beatles.