Knowsley Music Festival
More than 2,000 people enjoyed Knowsley Music Festival this year.
Knowsley has always danced to the beat of its own drum and across ten days (from Thursday 10 to Friday 18 November) the borough was alive with the sound of music.
Some of Knowsley’s most famous musical exports including China Crisis, Craig Charles and Space performed as well as other Liverpool legends including John Power, Ian Prowse, The Real Thing, and DJ Les Spaine. Up-and coming performers showcased their talents including ZuZu, Eleanor Nelly, La Lavande, and SILENT-K and a special event specifically for Knowsley’s young people took place with legendary DJ, Anton Powers teaming up with DJ 2Kind, DJ Lilsss, Pl3z and KOJ at Halewood Leisure Centre.
Significantly, events took place at very special venues across the borough including St. Chad’s Church, Kirkby and Shakespeare North Playhouse – the first time a music event has been staged at the newly opened theatre in Prescot.
The festival was a celebration of Knowsley and Liverpool talent and people voted with their feet, with most events selling out. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive too, with hundreds of messages from people on social media saying what an ‘amazing evening’ they’d had, they ‘loved the whole night’ with many describing gigs as ‘fantastic’, ‘unbelievable’, ‘brilliant’, and ‘quality’.
As well as experiencing world class music, emerging music artists, bands and industry professionals had the opportunity to attend a free day of workshops and talks, giving them an insight into the music business. Industry experts including G33 (Girls Don’t Sync), musician Michael Aldag, BBC Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks, and CEO of Sound City, Becky Ayres – to name a few – offered their experiences, leaving a legacy of the festival that gives future generations insights into how they can carve a career in the music industry.
See highlights from Knowsley Music Festival below.