Matthew Street Music Festival

Matthew Street

The annual Matthew Street Music Festival took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend on 26 and 27 August.

The Beatles Shop Matthew Street

Carl Gustav Jung plaque

Matthew Street

Wall of Fame Matthew Street

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.

Waiting outside Eric’s

A photo outside the Cavern

Balloons outside Flares

The Cavern Club

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.

Bricks in the wall of fame in Matthew Street

John Lennon

Everyone wants to be with John

Outside Liverpool One

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.

Red light at the Derby Square stage

A camera in the crowd

Hypermused on the Derby Square stage

Hypermused on the Derby Square stage

Hypermused on the Derby Square stage

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.

I’ll have another beer…

Harringron Street

Busker on Church Street

Crowd on Lord Street

Tin whistle player’s regular pitch on Church Street

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.

Paul McCartney

John Lennon

George Harrison

Ringo Starr

Magical Myster Tour…

Round the corner in Stanley Street, Eleanor Rigby still sits all alone.  But someone left a yellow rose on her lap this weekend.

Eleanor Rigby still on her own

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.

The Moore’s brothers walking down Church Street

Street Preacher being challenged

Helter Skelter (featured on the Beatles White Album)

Taking a ride on the Helter Skelter

No glasses

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.

The Sums on the Williamson Square stage

The Sums on the Williamson Square stage

The Sums on the Williamson Square stage

Hello Tiger