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Threshold Festival - a treat for the weekend

Bigger, better and unmissably Baltic bound

Published on February 9th 2012.

Threshold Festival - a treat for the weekend

Stealing Sheep

GRASSROOTS happening the Threshold Festival gives you no excuse to whinge that nothing ever happens in Liverpool in February.

It returns to the Liverpool Baltic Triangle this weekend.

Following the success of its maiden voyage at the defunct CUC in 2011, the underdog aficionados behind Under the Influence have one alliterative mission statement: Bigger, Better and Baltic bound.

Music, theatre, visual art and live art performances are promised to flow from one venue to another, in case you get bored easily.

Field of Dreams
One thing that won’t be changing though, is the festival’s dedication to championing grassroots.

Over the three days (and nights), an almost uncountable number of up-and-coming and/or off-kilter acts will be making appearances (and waves) in Camp and Furnace, the Blade Factory, the New Picket, Elevator, the Nordic Church, the Lantern Theatre and the Brewery Tap.

This year’s festival will also tie-in some guerilla knitting. Also known as yarn bombing, it's about knitting around objects outdoors, usually lamp posts, street signs and bike racks but can also include tree trunks and anything else that happens to be stationary.  

There will also be a free fringe festival on the Sunday at the Albert Dock.

Right from the start, Threshold says its ethos has been to engage with arts, music and performance promoters, and provide them with a platform to create and explore.

Liverpool promoters on board include Mellowtone, Rebel Soul, Newpath, HeadSpace, Antipop and CALM, – and Liverpool Sound City will be programming a stage on the Saturday afternoon.

From further afield come Glastonbury, Bestival and Secret Garden Party favourites, Chai Wallahs on the Sunday. 

Scottish blues label Guardian Angels Records, Salford-based innovators Un-convention and alt-folk wunderkinds Imploding Inevitable Festival will also be showing their faces.

More exhaustive line-ups for Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th can be found below, but here are some highlights to help you calculate a route along the Baltic Triangle’s hypotenuse of venues…

 • Liverpool Sound City at the Blade Factory features Tiro Lark, Cheap Thrills, The Vigilantes, The Dead Velvets, Einstein’s, and Filthy Licks.

 • Camp and Furnace features Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, Chelcee Grimes, Man Get Out, HeadSpace’s Twinned exhibition, Liverpool Art Prize short-lister Robyn Woolston, Stealing Sheep and Picture Book, as well as Chai Wallah’s Closing Party which hosts Yes Sir Boss, CODA, and twice UK DMC champion, JFB.

 • The New Picket features Sandi Thom, The Hummingbirds and Un-Convention (in conversation with a special guest to be announced).


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 • The Nordic Church features Impropriety Threshold Soap Opera, Dismembered Empire, Jolly Boat, Random Acts of Wildness, Super Effective Retro Gaming, Dogstar Rose acoustic with: Thom Morecroft, Jo Bywater.

• The Lantern Theatre features Performing Shakespeare, a workshop by Max Rubin (Lodestar, Liverpool Shakespeare Festival), Script in Hand Theatre and Undercover BlonDDe.

 • Elevator features Venus Di Milo, Birdie Jackson & The Arbour and Police Squad.

 • The Brewery Tap features Philosophy in Pubs, discussing Culture of Capital.

In addition to the HeadSpace-curated ‘Twinned’ group exhibition, there will be visual art and 3D spectaculars from The Roost as well as Robyn Woolston, Michael Stevenson and Josephine Scales.

Another kind of craft that should prove popular will be Liverpool Craft Beer’s specially brewed limited edition Threshold Festival Beer which will be available in all the venues (except the Brewery Tap where you will have to make do with the Cains).


The line up


David Harbottle & The Friendly Cats / Rumjig / Silent Cities / Dave Jackson & The Cathedral Mountaineers /

Shona Foster / Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam 6 / Ready Mades / The Science Of the Lamps / Carousel /

Lou Lu & The Boy / Dan Ross / Robert Vincent / Crash Ambers Party / Matt Kerr / Danny Dunne / Lyra Jay /

Joe Symes / Cities That Sleep / Sally Pepper / The Vermin Suicides / The Jackpot Golden Boys / In Evil Hour

/ Elmo & The Styx / Antipop DJs / Fonetiks / Red Night Cities / Muto Leo / MINIONTV / The Elementals /

DJ Rasp / Mak of All Trades / Benny Maths / eveyn.is / RASTA4EYES / B & The T’s / False Alibi /

The Last Gambados / Dan Thorpe / Picture Book / Speed Pets / The Brothers King / DJ Ben Power /

DJ Gray Torino & Chesters.



Chelcee Grimes / Soul4Soul / Christina Malley / Some Say Nothing / Manukah / Ste Hedley Band /

Jazz Hands / The Mono LPs / Always The Quiet Ones / The Thespians / Coffee & Cakes for Funerals / Ogo /

34544_105800029472924_100001287830123_42373_4465681_NLouis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six
Carpe / The Reveres / Bring the Soul / Jeremiah Ferrari / At Any Time / Man Get Out / Paddy Steer /

The Left Hand / The Ratty Little Fingers / Liverpool Samba School / DJ Audio Voyeur / DJ Monkey /

Steve Khan / Terry Gray / Mary McCombs / Olly Squires / Miles Carrington / Callum McMorran /

Goegehan Jackson / Tibi & Her Cello / TJ & Murphy / Laura J Martin / All We Are / Stealing Sheep /

PILLBOX Vintage Retro Fair / Rob Rivieres / The Big I Am / Rob Vincent (Night Parade) / Oxtoby Music /

Leon Pearce / James Munro / Robert Mulder / Dean Elliot / Alan O'Hare / Hedda Aronssen / Rik Warren /

Pearse McLoughlin / T.E. Yates / Birdie Jackson & The Arbour / Felix Hagan / Age of Glass /

Liverpool Lighthouse Choir / Indigo Vibe / PRIME CUTS / SUPER EFFECTIVE / Venus Di Milo /

Dismembered Empire / Impropriety / Francis Tucker / Clitingham Avenue / Random Acts of Wildness /

Legion of Doom / Tom George / Dogstar Rose / Jo Bywater / Thom Morecroft / Sophie Ballamy / Rufus Hok /

Rob Clarke & The Wooltones / Absense (Waxxx) / Mr. Paul / CWMSMDM / Global Goon / Jacques vs isocore

/ Captain Johnson / Tiro Lark / Cheap Thrills / The Vigilantes / The Dead Velvets / Einstein’s / Filthy Licks.



We The Undersigned / The John Fairhurst Band / CODA / Yes Sir Boss / Lazy Habits / Joe Driscoll / TIN ROOTS / DJ JFB (UK DMC Champion) / DJ Moneyshot / DJ Buddah

/ UNCONVENTION PANEL DISCUSSIONS / Rob Gough / Ronan Boyle / Natalie McCool / The Fifth Movement / The Hummingbirds / Mr. James / Sandi Thom / ‘MADE HERE’ / HANDMADE ARTS AND CRAFT FAIR / Special Performance from Esco Williams / Greta Core / Stillpoint / Inglorious / Mitford Rebel / Skive / Fidel Afro / Brazen Goods /

Philosophy in Pubs / 10p Mixes / The Gastric Band / Stereo Electric Mistress / The Tin Foil Hat Brigade /

Masters of The Radio / Statement Haircut / Organ Freeman / Triphazard / Visual art from Josephine Scales and Michael Stevenson / The Grande / Bear Beats Band / The Romleys / The Southbound Attic Band /

The Long Lost Band / Jessica’s Ghost / SheerWater / The Stand / The Way / Police Squad / The Temps. 

• Tickets: Friday £10 / Saturday £10 / Sunday £10 / Weekend £25

All tickets are available from Skiddle.com



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AnonymousFebruary 28th 2012.


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