This directory showcases the variety of local music talent, expertise and enterprise.
All local musicians and organisations in the music sector can be listed in directory by completing the form below.
Aery is an artist management company, representing Algiers, Charlie Cunningham, Michael Price & Yann Tiersen.
Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture, takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand.
With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oyé seeks to redress the balance and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world.
Al Groves is a producer and mixer with over a decade’s worth over studio experience. Cutting his teeth as a go-to man for exciting guitar sounds around England’s northwest, Al was instrumental in setting up Sandhills Studio in Liverpool, before taking over The Motor Museum in 2012.
Al has made his name as a producer, mixer and engineer with acts such as Bring Me The Horizon and Cast, as well as developing a whole of host of new talented upstarts. Recent releases produced and mixed by Al include work by Glass Caves, The Reytons, and Bedside Manners.
Working out of Parr Street Studios, Alex Quinn has had tracks feature across an array of Spotify playlists, and radio stations. Singles & EPs produced and mixed by Alex have been released by labels such as 3 Beat, LAB Records, Modern Sky UK and many more.
Get in touch if you’d like to make a record!
I compose, arrange and produce many genres of music but mainly classical, neo-classical and EDM at the moment. I studied at City of Liverpool College in Music Technology and have music published on all major platforms.
Bido Lito! is a monthly magazine for and about Merseyside’s thriving creative community. We’re all about the here and now – the musicians, artists, makers and creative minds that make the region’s independent scene stronger than it’s ever been.
As lockdown measures are currently preventing us from producing our inky monthly our new content is going out via the weekly Bido Bulletin newsletter.
At the centre of Liverpool’s independent creative scene since 2010, Bido Lito! provides Merseyside with news, reviews, features and comment on the region’s vibrant cultural landscape.
BlackFest is a grassroots Black Arts festival piloted and founded in 2018. The annual combined arts festival platforms, empowers and develops work by Black artists across community spaces and established venues running at the end of September. The programme includes music, theatre, film, visual arts spoken word and poetry across community spaces and established venues.
We’re always keen to hear from and work with new and established artist and performers.
Capeesh is a youth/community development project that seeks to motivate and enable young adults (aged 13-24) to acquire and grow skills and confidence; increasing chances of deriving enjoyment and income, through direct or indirect involvement with music.
We have strong links with Harthill Youth Centre (in Wavertree L15) where we have supported young musicians and held regular ‘Open Mic’ events.
After a quiet 2020 (for obvious reasons) we hope to get busy in 2021, with a peer mentoring music initiative (funding allowing) at the forefront of our plans.
Contact us via our Facebook page.
Carl Rosa Opera (1873 – 1960) was the longest-running touring opera company in the UK, always performing in English. World and British premières include La Bohème (Manchester, with Puccini present), Manon (Liverpool), and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (London).
It owned Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre from 1884.
The Carl Rosa Trust exists to:
· re-catalogue and digitise the archive, making it accessible for family, historical and musical research.
· use the archive to display the pleasures of music, theatre, libraries and archives.
· encourage the academic investigation of the archive.
The archive is based in Liverpool Central Library and Archive.
Crosstown Studios is an independent recording and production studio based 10 minutes from Liverpool City Centre. Established in 2008, Crosstown is now the home-away-from-home for many musicians, Liverpool based and beyond. With the latest in recording and production technology, and the experience of in-house producer Jon, we are here to help you find YOUR sound. Get in touch to discuss your next project!
Culture City is a content creation house that specialises in high-end creative film/audio production, photography and design.
Culture Deck is a collaborative media platform that celebrates Liverpool and the North Wests urban culture. Through events, talent development and creative media projects, Culture Deck has established itself as a community platform for emerging artists and creative talent. Notable projects include Liverpool’s number one Freestyle platform, Rap’d Up and the Jamaica St Carnival Party being hosted for the first time in 2021.
For enquiries about events, media and talent development programmes get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny is an electric, synth and upright bassist, trumpeter and sousaphone player as well as an arranger, composer, copyist, orchestrator and music director.
Since graduating from Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Music (BA) in the summer of 2016, Danny has gone on to play on a variety of stages across the world, performing in various musical theatre productions, function bands and with pop artists.
Situated in the heart of the Baltic Triangle – Liverpool’s cultural mecca – District is a vibrant multi-purpose venue, playing host to gigs, club nights, screenings, talks and many other engaging events.
District is home to some of Liverpool’s most popular and eclectic music nights, including Boss, Positive Vibration and EAT ME + Preach.
District plays host (or has played host) to some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting metropolitan festivals, including, Liverpool Sound City, Baltic Weekender, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae, Liverpool Disco Festival, Threshold Festival and Liverpool Music Week.
Fit The Bill Ltd produced Folk On The Dock on Royal Albert Dock Liverpool for three consecutive years. Now looking for a new home for the festival that attracted up to 80,000 people over three days each year. We provided a platform that helped launch artists including Robert Vincent (2016), The Adelaides, Laura Oakes, Megan O’Neill and many more. Also promoted Michael Head at The Museum of Liverpool that sold within nine minutes of going on sale. We would like to relaunch the festival across Liverpool as originally planned with venues including Liverpool Philharmonic who were on board.
Full Fat is a collective of touring industry professionals, offering a one-stop service for emerging and established artists alike.
We oversee the translation of all musical aspects from studio to stage: from musical direction, programming, and designing tour-ready systems, to sourcing session musicians and crew to support you on the road.
Get in touch to see what we can do for you: email@example.com
The Futurama Festival is a new post punk and electronic festival for Liverpool and takes place across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (3/4.04.21). Although, it’s a new festival it has an incredible history. The Futuramas were a series of groundbreaking alternative festivals between 1979 and 1983. In fact, they were probably the first indoor alternative music festivals anywhere and their legacy is still felt today. The line ups are like the greatest who’s who of British alternative music…it includes Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Teardrop Explodes, Gang of Four, Soft Cell & The Fall.
FUTURE YARD is a brand-new, 350-capacity space in Birkenhead, an industrial town situated on the banks of the River Mersey. This new community venue will bring some of today’s most exciting new national and international artists to Wirral, while at the same time providing key early performance opportunities for emerging local musicians.
FUTURE YARD is also an innovation space for highly-talented aspiring musicians and future industry professionals, providing artist development opportunities and industry skills training schemes. Future Yard CIC is a registered non-profit, founded to instigate positive change in the industry and leverage music as a force for good within our local community.
Through utilising the power of music, FUTURE YARD aims to inspire local people, creating life-changing opportunities and shaping a new music future.
As an organisation, FUTURE YARD has committed to a long-term goal of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral grassroots music venue. Working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University’s Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory, we are currently shaping the long-term design of the building, its energy consumption and developing a range of policies in how the venue operates to achieve this goal. You will find no single-use plastic stocked on our bars or on our artist riders.
Holistic Harmonies is a Community Interest Company whose aim is to use Creative Arts to promote positive wellbeing for the whole family.
Delivering weekly Singing Mamas Choirs for women and children, music and movement sessions, family social events, baby massage courses, and targeted projects aimed at developing a cross-generational practice within social care settings; Holistic Harmonies is driven by a passion for music and movement and our objective is to use the art form as a vehicle to promote positive mental and physical wellbeing and togetherness with participants across all lifespans.
Promoting shows in Liverpool & beyond across all venues with artists including Jamie Webster, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Wolf Alice, Two door cinema club, The 1975, Mabel, Mahalia & many more.
Festival organiser & Booker
Jennifer John uses music as a vehicle for social change. She is a composer, vocal arranger, vocal coach, choir leader, sing/songwriter, music lecturer, music mentor and award winning business woman. The manager of Sense of Sound Singers she is also an expert in choir development and performance. With over 30 years experience as a vocal coach specialising in artist development her client base covers all sectors including TV, radio, commercial music industry, corporate, higher and further education, health and community. Currently she sits on the Liverpool City REgion Music Board and is an activist for diversity and inclusion.
The Liverpool Irish Festival beings Liverpool and Ireland closer together using arts and culture.
We run a 10-day annual Festival in October as well as delivering events for other celebration days across the year.
Music is an important part of our Festival, often connecting to our work via gigs, theatre, film scores, dance, podcasts, song commissions, articles, playlists and more.
We are a publicly funded arts charity, rather than a commercial music festival, but are open to collaborations and ideas, however expansive or niche.
The M&S Bank Arena is one of the most prestigious venues in the UK. The arena opened in 2008 with the launch event for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture and has since hosted over 1,550 performances and welcomed over 6.5 million visitors. The venue has a capacity of 11,000 and has hosted a range of high profile events including the MOBO Awards, the European MTV awards and world-class artists from Sir Paul McCartney, Diana Ross and The Who, to Liam Gallagher, Lady Gaga and Beyonce.
The M&S Bank Arena offers a variety of music venue spaces including The Auditorium at M&S Bank Arena for intimate performances within the interconnected convention centre and Space by M&S Bank Arena for live events in sister venue Exhibition Centre Liverpool
With over fifteen years of gigs, parties, collaborations and good times, Mellowtone have presented songwriters and bands from the worlds of folk, blues, roots and so much more, in a variety of Liverpool’s most iconic and intimate venues. We contiue to quietly create a stir.
“It’s a unique vibe for this city.”
“popular evening of subdued delights”
“…warming brew of lovingly-curated events and projects”
“Mellowtone have developed a reputation for sensational stripped-back sets”
‘”the metronome for live music”
“Liverpool’s unplugged heroes”
“eclectic, bon vivants of sound”
Nu Northern Soul
Mellowtone Records was born from the spirit of the nomadic Mellowtone nights, quietly creating a stir since 2004.
With over fifteen years of gigs, parties, collaborations and good times, Mellowtone have presented songwriters and bands from the worlds of folk, blues, roots and so much more, in a variety of Liverpool’s most iconic and intimate venues.
Mellowtone Records progresses this mission further; Seeking out music with Soul. Magic. Alchemy. And bringing it to the wider world.
Michael Aldag is a 19 year old singer-songwriter, instantly recognisable with his shock of red hair, who meshes an unpretentiously wry look at the world around him with a pop sensibility.
At his core, Aldag is a classic singer-songwriter. However, underneath this there are contemporary beats as well as an accessible 80s synthpop vibe that adds fresh dimensions to a familiar sound.
He is acutely aware of the power that music has to bring people together – those shared experiences of joy and sorrow, and his music reflects this.
Milap is Britain’s leading Indian arts development trust, producing world class performances, education and artist development opportunities across the UK. We are a British Art Organisation specialising in Indian Arts with a strong track record of creating and delivering ground breaking artistic projects nationally.
Milap’s aim is to bringing people together by providing audiences, aspiring artists and teachers with memorable and inspirational experiences of Indian arts through a dynamic programme of performances, tours, commissions, festivals and innovative educational projects.
mostdeffo is a music management company launched in Liverpool in October 2018. Ultimately, mostdeffo has been created by Cath Hurley to manage artists but is also an additional resource and positive voice providing industry support to the existing music organisations based in the region along with working directly with emerging bands and artists helping them on the right path. mostdeffo is proud to work with organisations such as FUTURE YARD, Merseyrail Soundstation, PRS Foundation, Launchpad and Music:Leeds.
One Fell Swoop offers a host of marketing, communications and events services – connecting you with your audience.
From fully outsourced solutions to working alongside your own team, we pride ourselves on our adaptability, tenacity and a passion for what we do.
Delivering multi-disciplinary campaigns of all shapes and sizes, we offer PR, social media management, content creation, digital advertising, branding, and marketing strategy, in addition to a host of event management and support services.
We have a bespoke and creative approach and bring a wealth of industry experience, contacts, knowledge and enthusiasm to every project.
Liverpool based, African drumming teacher and music historian.
Positive Impact is an Arts Development and Management Company working primarily within Liverpool’s Black Community. We provide training and development opportunities for young people thus providing a springboard for those young people wishing to forge a career in the mainstream Arts Industries. We were Sony Nominated for the creation of a Radio Drama series entitled The Grove, broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside. Musically we have helped develop two MOBO Unsung Award winners Esco Williams and later MiC LOWRY, who went on to Support Justin Bieber on his European Arena Tour. We intend to develop more young artistes and help them to fulfil their dreams!
Positive Vibration is an award-winning festival, events company, booking agency, management company and DJ collective, which showcases & celebrates reggae music (and all related genres).
Since its inception in 2016, Positive Vibration Festival has established itself as one of the country’s most exciting and eclectic reggae festivals, playing host to internationally renowned bands, legendary sound systems & selectors and some of the brightest new talent.
Most recently, Positive Vibration has created POSITIVE VIBRATION PODCAST – a brand new series of podcasts where musicians, actors, authors & sportspeople discuss their love of reggae music.
Resonate makes a significant difference to the musical experiences and outcomes for Liverpool’s young people, in fact in the year 201-20 we taught music to over 17,000 young people. The work we do in schools extends to all Liverpool’s 165 schools and in 2020 we began delivering music lesson in schools across Warrington and Halton.
Funded by Arts Council England we are hugely ambitious about the positive impact a quality and sustained music education has on our young people and the city region’s future workforce.
Founded in 2006, Sentric Music Group is a global, award-winning independent publisher. Based in Liverpool, with offices in London, Hamburg and New York, it boasts an international infrastructure including direct royalty collection in over 120 global territories. Today, it represents more than 1.5m works and over 200,000 songwriters either directly or via industry partners, including music publishers, independent labels, management companies and distributors that benefit from Sentric’s publishing administration, co-publishing and creative services.
Alongside Sentric’s industry innovating Direct to Artist 28-day publishing model and online platform, the company is home to a number of highly respected brands across multiple genres including Black Rock Publishing, IQ Music Publishing and Big World Publishing.
Sentric is also home to RightsApp, a pioneering software and service platform that enables rightsholders to seamlessly view and administer compositions, collect royalties and manage a global publishing business centrally & effectively. The Music Rights Management platform provides ultimate visibility, complete control and guaranteed performance for the modern music business.
Society of Losers record label formed in 2016 with the purpose of unearthing the loudest, most loserrific music (not) around.
Society: an organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity.
Loser: a person or thing that loses or has lost something, especially a game or contest.
Our group provides an extensive list of services tailored towards musicians and bands, with more than nine combined years of experience in the industry. We dedicate our utmost energy to every project we take on. We are a young, driven team with experience, soul and passion. We focus on live events and tours as well as representation and development. Our main hub situated in the heart of Liverpool’s music scene, home to some of the worlds-famous musicians, bands and venues.
Set in a beautiful daylit warehouse in the heart of Sefton Park, The Motor Museum is Liverpool’s most iconic recording studio. Our ethos is simple; To create inspiring and remarkable productions that help advance the careers of our clients, and provide us with the opportunity to work on the most exciting new music.
A thirty-two year legacy has shaped the careers of some of the UK’s hottest artists including The 1975, Bring Me The Horizon, Oasis, The Arctic Monkeys and Jake Bugg. It is now home to producer Al Groves and engineer Bob Mackenzie.
Vernon Fuller’s (who has supported Courtney Pine CBE and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the duo Twin Frets) relationship with the guitar started in London, where he cut his musical teeth in reggae and Jazz Funk outfits, playing venues such as Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s.
A vocalist/Guitarist/Song Writer, plays music that is influenced by the different genre’s of Latin, Reggae, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Funk.
Song types are: love songs, social commentary songs and fun songs.
Established in August 2012, Wall Of Sound PR is a boutique public relations and digital marketing agency focused on nurturing a diverse and interesting roster of high quality alternative and underground music.
We provide a variety of online and print PR, radio plugging, digital marketing and consultation services.
Since our inception, we’ve worked on hundreds of record releases, as well as providing bespoke PR campaigns for brands, events, media personalities and music-related businesses.
Our staff come from an independent music industry background spanning previous roles in promotion, digital marketing, booking, artist management, record labels, event production, and journalism, plus time spent as professional touring and recording musicians. This wealth of experience gives our team an innate and broad understanding of the music industry at large.
We’re always happy to speak about creating tailored campaigns for clients, and are flexible on rates for independent and unsigned acts, taking a long-term view of growing our relationships and services alongside the careers and needs of our clients.
Producer and Composer Stephen has over 20 years of international experience as the founder of multi-genre veterans www.apatt.com and is
based in a stunning neo-classical church studio in the UK.
Receiving critical acclaim from the likes of The Wire (shortlisted for “Best Avant-Rock”), Pitchfork, The Quietus and consistent airplay on the BBC Radio.
Glowing testimonials reflect Stephen’s energetic commitment to developing and platforming artists and their work, with over two decades, locally, nationally, and internationally.
@wherearethegirlbands is a digital organisation that supports and empowers female creatives in Liverpool, offering curated promotion, networking and collaboration opportunities and a space for discussion of gender inequality on the music scene. Our aim is to celebrate the work of local female creatives and offer them a space and a platform to be heard.
Wild Pitch provides solutions , from DJs and background music, to bespoke music production and talent booking. We work with companies on projects big and small, from Creamfields and John Lewis to independent bars, hotels and private clients.
Wild Pitch programme music for venues and festivals. We also specialise in music licensing and music production.
Home to Pete Harrison and Connor Dickson, Yellowbird Studio offers songwriters, producers and bands the ideal space to realise their creative projects, whether it is recording tracks from scratch, mixing, or adding warm, analogue tones to home recordings.
With our versatile hybrid system, the studio offers recording sessions that employ the benefits of both analog and digital recording processes, as well as use of some of the industry’s best and most sought after microphones.
If you are sending tracks to be mixed, Yellowbird’s work flow utilises the expedience of digital audio production whilst processing stems through a selection of coveted
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