For anyone suffering from summer-festival withdrawal symptoms, fear not. Liverpool Music Week is almost upon us again to tantalise the ear-drums of all music lovers, young and old.


This year’s festival, starting at the end of October, is sure not to disappoint with the organisers pulling out all the stops to attract some of the biggest and best artists in Britain at the moment, making for a stunning series of performances.


Some of the acts already added to this year’s ever growing all-star bill are indie heavyweights Kasabian, chart-topper Calvin Harris, world-renowned American bluesman Seasick Steve and ska 2-tone legends The Specials.


Self-proclaimed re-inventor of disco Calvin Harris returns to the city for a second time in as many months following his main stage appearance at this year’s Creamfields where he performed his No.1 single ‘Holiday’ with Dizzee Rascal. With a number one hit this summer in ‘I’m Not Alone’, along with the infectious 'Ready for the Weekend', it’s no surprise that LMW organisers were so keen to get him in the line-up this year.


LMW director and co-founder Mike Deane said: “It’s fantastic to have Calvin on board. He is a top artist and he proves the calibre of artiste LMW can attract and with Seasick Steve, this year’s festival is shaping up to be the most diverse yet."


Undoubtedly a lot of LMW’s charm comes from the organisers' willingness to provide a platform for exciting, emerging talent and then offer them up to the public for free. Improv geniuses The Bays play one of the free shows at The Masque on Friday November 13th. Don’t worry though... there’s no need to be superstitious as these guys are a breath of fresh air in today’s music industry. They never rehearse, they never write a set-list and they never do the same gig twice. It’s all about living in the moment and letting the music take you with them.


Another free show worth a mention is that of Manchester indie rockers Twisted Wheel, also playing at The Masque on Friday November 6th. The trio are quickly making a name for themselves and considering they’re fresh from completing support slots for the likes of Oasis, Paul Weller and Ian Brown they’re definitely ones to look out for.


Mike Deane added: "The Bays & Twisted Wheel are just the tip of the iceberg for the city-centre free shows. We've some hugely innovative and exciting announcements to come, and we're thrilled to have these two very exciting and very different acts as our first free festival announcement."


With The Specials spearheading the list of golden-oldies, there are a few other bands playing whose names might ring a bell. Also added to the bill are Super Furry Animals and Brand New Heavies who enjoyed most of their successes in the 90s but nevertheless their live experiences are not to be missed.  Other acts confirmed are Reverend And The Makers, Gallows and The Enemy.


As well as staging a huge agenda of live music events, Liverpool Music Week will also be running a series of panels and seminars featuring some of the UK's music industry movers and shakers who will come together to discuss issues and opportunities within the sector and to offer advice and support to a range of related music businesses, artists and individuals.



Liverpool Music Week 2009 preview

By Paul Meehan, Deputy Music Editor

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