23 August 2012

Line Up Announced for ‘Jade Wright new band’ stage @ Eric’s - Mathew Street Festival Weekend

New Band Stage Mathew Street Fringe Festival

Line Up Announced for ‘Jade Wright new band’ stage @ Eric’s - Mathew Street Festival Weekend

** Sunday 26 August and  Monday 27 August **
“The year sees the launch of our new music festival at Eric’s. We’re proud to announce the new band stage, curated by Liverpool Echo music writer Jade Wright. We’ll be bringing some of the UK's best bands up for the weekend from places such as London, Devon and Brighton. Look out for These Reigning Days, 4th St Traffic and The Last Carnival, along with Liverpool's Cold Shoulder, Kids on Bridges and singer Stephen Langstaff.  Mathew Street is in for a real treat this year. And all for free!”

“We’ll also be running our Rubber Soul live music festival again on Mathew Street, with the best covers bands in the northwest, we’ve got solo performers at Mathew Street Live and we have Ian McNabb and The Merseybeasts both playing at the Water Street stage ” says Ethan Allen, music director at Eric’s.

Echo music writer Jade Wright says "It's a real pleasure to be working alongside Eric's to curate this stage for the Mathew Street Festival. The Mathew Street weekend is one of the city's biggest parties of the year, and it’s only fitting that original music should play a big part in that.”

"The best part of my job is discovering and championing new music. With this line-up we have put together a real mixture of bands from around the country, taking in a wide variety of styles. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Liverpool band Cold Shoulder. Formed from the ashes of The Black Velvets and The Aeroplanes, they are always a great live band.”

"We’ve tried to keep the focus on the ‘new’ element - some of these bands have been together for a year or less so it’s all about potential. It's fantastic to put that on in a venue that has such a strong reputation for nurturing new talent. Bands from around the country cite Eric's as being pivotal to their success. Here's hoping that we can help build on that for a new generation.”

"So if you've had your fill of tribute bands, pop down to Eric's for a free showcase featuring some of the best up and coming new bands – and remember where you saw them first."

Bassist Andy Ashton from Liverpool band Cold Shoulder, says "We've had a really good time when we've played Eric's. The crowds and atmosphere were great and the in-house staff are brilliant. The Mathew St Festival is always a good laugh. We've all played it at some point with different bands but this year we're looking forward to playing it together. Hopefully the people in the crowd will love it too!" Cold Shoulder play the Jade Wright New Music Stage at Eric’s on Sunday 26 August at 7pm.

Liverpool singer Stephen Langstaff, plays the Jade Wright New Music Stage at Eric’s on Monday 27 August at 7pm.  His music has been compared to the late Jeff Buckley and Tori Amos. This will be an intimate gig for Stephen who has played at the Echo Arena, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the main stage at Chester Rocks, as well as playing the summer festival circuit this year. “I’m really looking forward to playing Eric’s. The atmosphere really changes in the city centre during The Mathew St Festival and there is always a real buzz about the place” says Stephen.

The Devon-based three-piece, These Reigning Days, are led by former lead singer/songwriter of The Quails, Dan Steer. His new band have been honing their brand of synth layered indie-rock with top producer Yoad Nevo (Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Girls Aloud, Goldfrapp) as they work towards the release of their debut album later in 2012. Dan says “We can’t wait to be back in Liverpool. A night out in Liverpool is just what we need.” These Reigning Days headline the Jade Wright New Music Stage at Eric’s on Sunday 26 August at 9pm

4th Street Traffic play the Jade Wright New Music Stage at Eric’s on Monday 27 August at 5pm. Coming from the heart of the South Wales valley they have supported Welsh rockers, the Stereophonics "If you like the sound of stadium rock then you might like us, we love crowd interaction so don't be shy come and see us at Eric’s” says singer Alastair “We always have a great time in Liverpool and it was a great pleasure to be asked to play there again. It’s a very friendly place and we always meet some great characters.”

The Last Carnival, play the Jade Wright New Music Stage on Monday 27 August at 8pm. The London based band are currently working on their first album “Imagine an old broken Jukebox that has magically been juiced back into life and sprinkled with 21st Century Carnie guitars and forgotten vintage song dust” says singer Russell James Williams on their sound.

“We can't wait to be back playing in one of our favourite cities. We played at Eric's and the Cavern club back in May. It’s an honour to play at such a great famous venue” adds Russell.

Running Order
Jade Wright New Music Stage
Eric's, Mathew St

Sunday 26 August

5pm. Alex Hulme
6pm. Robert Vincent (band)
7pm. Cold Shoulder
8pm. Kids On Bridges
9pm. These Reigning Days

Monday 27 August

5pm. 4th  Street Traffic
6pm. Robert Vincent (band)
7pm. Stephen Langstaff
8pm. The Last Carnival

Other stages

Rubber Soul stage, Mathew St

Sunday 26 August

3pm. Captains Of Industry
5pm. Marc Kenny Band
7pm. The Broadways
9pm. Rob Mather Band

Monday 27 August

3pm. Marc Kenny Band
5pm. Boomin
7pm. Beatle5

Mathew Street Live Stage

Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August

4pm. Cal McMorran
6pm. Al Macdonald
8pm. Pete Raven

Water Street Stage – Tribute to Eric’s

Sunday 26 August

1pm The Merseybeasts

2pm  Ian McNabb

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