Here’s a four-minute video which gives you a taste of Live Sounds, which returned to the airwaves this week on Mighty Southport Radio (our town’s very own internet radio station).

The show supports unsigned bands and musicians from Southport and beyond and provides a much-appreciated platform for their music.

Last night’s studio guests were rock/pop/rockabilly band One Mark Off (pictured).

Our guest next Wednesday night is young Southport singer Sarah Walker, a student at KGV College.

Live Sounds was started by Martin Hovden and has been running for more than 11 years, first as a newspaper column (it returns to the Southport Visiter very soon) and now also has its own radio show.

It first appeared on the airways on Southport Community Radio, then Dune FM, Mighty FM and now Mighty Southport Radio (

“We have some amazingly talented musicians in Southport and they put a lot into writing their own material, rehearsing and gigging,” explained Martin.

“They deserve to be supported and encouraged and one way is to provide publicity and a platform for their music.

“This week’s guests, One Mark Off, are still in their teens and have achieved so much. They started life as a Queen tribute band at Stanley High School and have since appeared all over the North West and now write their own songs as well as performing covers. They are a credit to Southport and great ambassadors for the town’s younger generation.”

If you want us to play your music or want to appear on the show, send your CDs or songs in MP3 format to Martin Hovden via Facebook or email

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