The definitive
Liverpool Listings Guide

      Dave Monks - Liverpool International Music Festival

      Dave Monks

      I write this month’s column with excitement after just confirming the line-up for the inaugural Liverpool International Music Festival. I have been asked to curate and host the closing party which will take place at Leaf on Sunday 22nd September, bringing the curtain down on what is building up to be a real music extravaganza. There will be 250 performances across 35 days around the city starting from 18th August until 22nd September.  Respect goes out to Yaw Owusu and his team for having great vision for putting together a real diverse mix of music across many different locations for everyone to enjoy.

      I will be talking in depth about my curated closing party in Low Down September column, but in the meantime let me persuade you to keep your diaries free and come down to the stage I will be comparing on Saturday 24th August at Sefton Park. This, as with many of the events, is free to attend and comprises an afternoon of live music that really reflects the best local emerging artists coming out of Merseyside at the moment. If you’re a regular listener to my Saturday evening BBC Introducing programme you will have heard us play tracks from these bands and some have been in session with us this year. If not here’s a few lines of description and music links to entice you to the ‘It’s Liverpool’ Stage on Saturday 24th.

      The Tea Street Band

      Fresh from the trip ‘down under’ the lads will be looking to put the busy heads were the action is. Their debut album is sure to put them in the spotlight this summer and rightly so, this track Disco Lights has to be the Scouse underground anthem of 2013.


      If the great weather continues this month, this band will make you want to spend the whole afternoon in ‘Sevvy Park’ without budging. Adele Emmas, Sian Williams and Alexis Samataare the trio that make the Bird atmosphere come alive.

      The Dirty Rivers

      This gang are a joy to watch live,as soon as the amps are cranked up they are off with tight songs and loads of energy. Their recent Deltasonic release ‘The Kid’ is just a taster of what they have in their armoury.

      Broken Men

      They have big tunes like ‘Oversold’ and ‘Can the Kids Come Back Alive’ which have been featured on BBC Introducing and 6 Music. They look as though they would hurt you if you didn’t like them, but I’m sure you will.

      Coffee and Cakes for Funerals

      There is so much promise from their self-releases, especially their track ‘I’m Fine’ which we have played a lot on the radio. They are quite a surprising bunch and not what you expect when you see them together. The CACFF sound is a real assimilation of styles that make them an ideal choice for some added ambiguity for the afternoon.


      The newest band on the line-up so far, already witnessed some early shows that offer loads of potential and promise, Circuit Queen is just one example of what they’re about on the recent Eighties Vinyl Records compilation album.

      There is just a selection here. Check out their music and then come and experience it live and party in the park with us from 12 midday until 5pm on Saturday 24th August. There are lots of other exciting performances planned at Sefton Park across this Bank Holiday weekend including live acoustic sets at the band stand, a super show with Soul || Soul, The Christians and Rebecca Ferguson. On the Bank Holiday Monday, my colleague Roger Phillips who will be hosting the ‘Its Liverpool Legends’ stage which includes legends Deaf School, Connie Lush and Malik and The Og’s.

      All the line-up for the whole month can be viewed here at

      For all the latest updates on the festival, don’t forget to tune in to BBC Introducing every Saturday night from 8pm on BBC Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM/DAB or online at You can also catch up or listen again for 7 days after broadcast using the

      Dave Monks

      August 2013