31 March 2015

Threshold Festival 2015 - Review

Threshold Festival 2015 - Review

Threshold festival in Liverpool is now in its 5th year and only seems to increase in popularity and audience attendance. 

We started out on the Saturday with a riot rousing set from 67 at the Constellations stage who managed to mix blues,folk and protest music all in one giant ensemble. 

Over on the Baltic Social stage we had a more relaxed laid back outing in the form of Twisted Trees from Liverpool. A glorious 4 piece folk band that, even though some were still hungover from the night before, managed to produce a sublime and chilled set. 

One of the wonderful things about Threshold can be the things you spot moving between venues. The man stood in a plastic container of soil, rubbing it over himself, whilst dancing in a vest and shorts, is one such act that caught our eye. What was it about? Getting back to nature? You can always dance and dig? We aren't sure. But we love it.

Anyway, back to the rest of the day. In the evening we headed over to the Observatory for Mersey Wylie. Daughter of the legendary Pete Wylie and a wonderful vocalist in her own right, Mersey exudes enthusiasm. Along with her brand new band brought the venue up and dancing. With her mix of soul/jazz and blues, you cannot help but be caught up in the 

We stayed at Observatory for London rapper Akala. Akala is known for his no nonsense lyrics and with songs like "Malcolm Said it" and "Knowledge is power" you can see why. Akala, although, does like the audience to participate and the Liverpool crowd didn't fail to keep up their end of the musical bargain. Akala brings a lot of stage presence with him and this rubs off onto the crowd itself who had no problem jumping about and shouting out the lyrics to songs throughout the set. 

Sunday saw us head down to a windy and wet Threshold in the day. We visited Unit 51 to listen to some Merseyrail Sound Station podcasts and to enjoy some wonderful coffee. 

Liverpools' BayTV where on hand to introduce the acts and to do a little impromptu interviews with the acts.

Later on in the evening UNIT 51 were playing host to News From Neptune. A wonderfully, weird guitarist who played a mixture of transcendental and trippy en fused music much to the pleasure of the wide-eyed staring crowd.

Over at District though it was a different story altogether. Wirral based, Steve Thompson and the Incidents were brewing up a rock 'n' roll storm with their old school 90s influenced tracks. Wonderfully in your face and loud, I was quite bemused as to why they only had much a short set and would gladly have listened to more given half the chance.

Speaking about "in your face" music, you couldn't have got any more than that with The Visitors on the Constellations stage. With a voice so low that it could rattle the undead, lead singer Jack BC startles you with his growling and ferocious presence. This was dirty, dark and grungy and unlike a lot of acts we had witnessed over the weekend but it only goes to show the variety of music you can find here at Threshold.

Once again, Threshold is a breath of fresh air in a sea of stiff, over pretentious festivals that litter the yearly music rounds.

It's relaxed, laid back attitude is something we look forward to every year and is slowly carving a name for itself in the minds of music lovers. We for one,hope it lives long and prospers for many years to come.

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