ONE MONTH TO GO TO ENGLAND’S BIGGEST FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL Music across the Mersey with live gig on Mersey Ferrie

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Music across the Mersey with live gig on Mersey Ferrie

Talented young Merseyside singers and musicians from both sides of the River Mersey will be performing on ferries across the Mersey on Saturday 12 July, as part of ‘The Big Gig’.

Music and Arts organisation Showrunners, organising the event, will also be inviting passengers to bring instruments on board to take part in a Mersey Ferry Jam.

The aim is to bring together performers and communities that generally don’t mix very often so new friendships and networks can be formed and to create a sense of pride amongst the people on the ferry from all across Merseyside.

It will be a showcase of the local talented musicians to visitors who come from all over the world to travel on the Mersey ferry. They also plan to perform an exciting new Hip Hop version of the famous anthem ‘Ferry Across the Mersey’.

BBC Radio Merseyside will be broadcasting live from the event.

Another Liverpool highlight will be the Pagoda Youth Chinese Orchestra (PCYO) performing at The Pagoda, Henry Street, Liverpool on Saturday 12 July.  This is Europe’s first and largest Chinese orchestra of its kind, playing authentic Chinese musical instruments.

Other gigs taking place locally over the weekend include The Engine Rooms, Skelmersdale and Stanley Park Bandstand on Friday 11 July and The Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre and Sefton Park on Saturday 12 July.

Full details of locations and line ups can be found here: 

Minister for Communities Stephen Williams today announced the Big Gig, which will involve 170 free concerts across England on 11-13 July.  The events will bring people from all backgrounds together to listen to and participate with the best local musicians.  Ten of the 170 events are going ahead through ‘crowd funding’ from people eager to have an event locally.

The Big Gig is part of government’s work to bring people together in strong united, communities, as well as an “Inspired by 2012” project which aims to keep the legacy of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics alive.  It is organised by not for profit arts organisation Superact, with the Department for Communities and Local Government as the main sponsor.

The ‘our big gig’ events will feature more than 7,000 musicians and 2,000 volunteers helping stage events at venues ranging from shopping centres, schools, town centres, churches, parks and village greens to pubs.

Stephen Williams said: “Live music is a great way of getting people from all different backgrounds and from right across the country involved in their local community and have a weekend of free entertainment into the bargain.  The Our Big Gig weekend will help turn strangers and neighbours into friends and encourage lots of people to get involved in music, in some cases for the first time.”

In 2012 more than 200 community-led performances attracted 200,000 people on the closing day of the Paralympics, and last summer’s our big gigs saw over 200,000 people attend free concerts.

Katharine Lane of Superact said: ““Just as football will unite thousands of people this summer at the world cup, so too will music and we hope our big gig will again offer a unique way for communities to come together.”

Darren Henley said: “For the second year running government, Superact and the music industry have worked together to arrange this huge series of free concerts to bring thousands of people together through music.  This year’s line ups will be the most exciting and diverse we have seen yet.”

‘Our big gig’ is one of a number of projects the department is funding to bring people together from different backgrounds and help build stronger communities.

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