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Mathew Street cancelled

Council pulls plug on Europe's biggest street party in city's 800th birthday year

Published on May 28th 2008.


Mathew Street cancelled

From humble beginnings in the 1980s, with a bit of a Beatles auction, and a do at the Cavern, The Mathew Street Festival has mushroomed in size and ambition.

By last year it had become “Europe's biggest street party”, attracting 100,000 people, with big name acts on big stages, and everyone looked forward to letting their hair down on the last holiday of summer.

But today, in Liverpool's 800th birthday year, when it should have been grander and more ambitious than ever, Mathew Street Festival has been called off.

The decision to pull the plug follows independent advice from London health and safety consultants Capita Symonds, employed by the Liverpool Culture Co, who highlighted the loss of the Pier Head (see Not Strictly Confidential earlier this week) and the building site that is Liverpool city centre as a major factor in the decision.

Merseyside Police are, unsurprisingly, backing the decision (see same story), saying that his reduction in capacity, combined with huge crowds in an open, licensed environment, means there is a significant safety risk to the public. The detailed planning for the event, and discussions between the city council, police and safety officials, cannot fully eliminate the risk, they said in a statement.

Jason Harborow, chief executive of the Liverpool Culture Company, said: “In many ways, the Mathew Street Festival has become a victim of its own success this year. The huge growth in the popularity of the festival, combined with the loss of the Pier Head, presented us with a massive problem.”

The council, in a statement, says: “Staff worked right to the 11th hour to try and produce a workable plan which could accommodate the festival in the city centre.”

Eleventh hour indeed. Just yesterday a tender document went out for pa and lighting companies to pitch for the festival, taking place in under four weeks time, with a deadline of today.

Many thousands of people around the world are bound to be disappointed, including acts booked from as far away as Japan.

“I'm absolutely devastated, it's one of the best days out! there isn't a better way to spend the August Bank Holiday,” said the far-more-local Manchester-based Kelly Ormesher, a regular reveller whose friends travel from all over the UK to the event.

In a statement, the Culture Company says: “The advice relates specifically to the unique conditions surrounding the staging of the Mathew Street Festival this year, and does not affect the city’s ability to stage other large-scale events.”

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140 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Mathew StreetAugust 2nd 2007.

You just couldn't make it up, could you. I'm utterly flabbergasted. The thousands of people who must be wholeheartedly fed up by this piss up in brewery council by now. They should take it back to basics and let the cavern run it and the beatles anoraks. Utterly astounded

telly headAugust 2nd 2007.

I think most people in Manchester want Liverpool to be a success at the end of the day. But the people running the city always actually do seem to **** up good style and you can't get paranoid about it when someone from outside says so.It's gonna happen.

V. I. Lenin AirportAugust 2nd 2007.

Perhaps all the disappointed Mathew Street Festival fans ought to turn up on Tuesday instead for Liverpool’s 800th Birthday official celebration? (Not that I am suggesting they phone in sick, descend en masse and gatecrash the VIPs' junket, drink the champagne and canapés they have paid for, or anything like that…)After all, “Councillor Mike Storey, a teacher, who is off anyway, said: ‘We want as many people as possible to take part in the festivities.’” We mustn’t disappoint the shaggy-haired schoolmaster.

Chris PaulAugust 2nd 2007.

Bradley and the Doddy impersonator before him have been DESPERATE. Everyone in Manchester (well almost) wishes Liverpool well but you'll have to vote out these clowns to get anywhere at all. You know? Go to the polls. Don't vote Lib Dem. Vote Labour. Hatton and Co were a disgrace too but that's all water under the bridges. Chuck Bradley and Storey into the Albert Dock. Get a new broom.

V. I. Lenin AirportAugust 2nd 2007.

Comrades! It is time we marched on the Town Hall and threw these running dogs and capitalist lackeys into the gutter where they belong!(With any luck this revolution might be televised so the outside world will realise that we’re not just a town of thick footie fans after all!)

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Manchester Confidential F**ks UpHow funny you report the story so differently in the Manchester edition. (See http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk)I subscribe to both Manchester and Liverpool confidential and would expect better than this shoddy headline grabbing, journalism from the team at confidential. Clearly revelling in this event, which is very worrying for Liverpool's residents and business owners, and referring to Liverpool as "Manchester's hapless neighbour", will I am sure delight your advertisers and subscribers in Liverpool confidential. I would urge Liverpool confidential subscribers and advertisers to remove their subscriptions and business from your two-faced, "hapless" publication.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

I am rather dissapointed at the pathetic attention grabbing headline from manchester confidential, I work in Manchester but choose to live in Liverpool as I find it a city with a lot more soul and heart, shame on you this is a time when you shoudl stand by your merseysiders. I think right from the word go I could see that the council would manage to cock the COC up as with working on the arts at the time there was no real plan in place at the time of winning and even now they are STILL not clear of the plan. The COC is something that Liverpool has needed for a while its justa shame the council are ruining all what is cultural about the city beforehand.Manchester this is not a time for a gloating at Liverpool, but a time to show a bit of empathy.

fat gitAugust 2nd 2007.

I've been on incapacity benefit for 20 years and was meant to be doing a gig on Mathew Street (the invisible Beatles). Now I'll have to go to our kid's street party instead but there will be no money in it. I was hoping to fall down a hole so I could sue the bastards. Anyone know of any good bus crashes (two grand for whiplash).

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Typical - capital of culture my arse!

Tom O'BrienAugust 2nd 2007.

...er, me too

AndyAugust 2nd 2007.

It's not just Liverpool. it's beginning to happen everywhere. It's an incompetent, smug, self-serving political class totally out of control. Sefton Council tried the health & safety stunt on with the Gormley statues. Locals bombarded councillors by phone, text, email etc. in protest. This along with international sniggering, caused them to back peddle. It's your democratic right to let Liverpool Shitty Council know what you think. Their contact details are at:councillors.liverpool.gov.ukmgCommitteeMailingList.asp?ID=0

DaveAugust 2nd 2007.

on Manchester Confidential they have the same story but with the headline "Liverpools F***s up again!", a nice piece of unbiased reporting.

the laughing mancAugust 2nd 2007.

"Welcome to It's Cockup...wait a miniute I think Liverpool is about to play it's Joker!-yes here comes Warren now"

RoadenderAugust 2nd 2007.

For all you who voted Liberal stand back and take a look at the mess you have caused.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Jazzman, Perhaps they spell it Matthew Street, the 08 people, being from other parts

WappingAugust 2nd 2007.

Just noticed a BBC report that they were looking for alternative locations for the big stages in March though they knew the Pier Head wouldn't be available even as last year's show was going on. Maybe Summer Pops gave them cold feet?Glad I live here and haven't booked time off w*rk, travel and accommodation.

canthelastoneoutturnthelightoffAugust 2nd 2007.

just about sums up the real aspirations, COC have really jumped on the back of all the established great events we already have and seem to ruin them. Behind the H+S nonsense is that they dont have any money. Oh well there's always the street parties they have been pushing.

DonnaAugust 2nd 2007.

An absolute embarrassment!So all the building work has stopped the festival? Why couldn't it be relocated? - It's not as if the council haven't known about this for an age - A comple waste of space the lot of them!!

Ian Hamilton FazeyAugust 2nd 2007.

So how much were these London-based health & safety consultants paid to tell the council this? Did they consult the Director of Public Health of the political and economic consequences of shooting yourself in the foot? (No point in shooting yourself in the head of course it has no effect on the gormless).

Sefton ParkAugust 2nd 2007.

I think it is high time that Crown Prince Harpik was put in charge of the City Council. Crank he might be, but he couldn’t do any worse than this current shower of blockheads, he looks better and he’d certainly be a lot cheaper!

Banastre TarletonAugust 2nd 2007.

"Andy says.." Rant? What's the use, time to DO something. These democratically elected councillors are to blame for humiliating the city. Their telephone numbers should be in the public domain and available freely on the Liverpool City Council website. Bombard them with your thoughts by text. It worked with Sefton Council during the Gormleys fiasco. Do it NOW."". The problem with this it that the phone calls are put through to blameless, low-paid operators in Liverpool Direct, and the e-mails are diverted to a Culture Cockup Company server no-one looks at. If you want you opinions to be heard, use the home addresses.

Penny LaneAugust 2nd 2007.

Tonight, and for one night only, it's back!!! http://liverpoolsubculture.blogspot.com/

richard leeseAugust 2nd 2007.

Come home agents Harborow and Donaldson - mission accomplished - well done.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

I love the way Jase blames MSF for getting too big - "a victim of its own success". Nice. What a cock up.

MikelAugust 2nd 2007.

Wrong! Your obviously a Liverpool fan that never graces Anfield (Plasma HD Ready supporter) - hence the bitterness towards Everton! This is about Health & Safety and the 'Claim-Culture' that has enveloped Scousers' - you're probably one of them!!!

The CynicAugust 2nd 2007.

Here's a conspiracy theory, but perhaps not so mad: is it not bizarre that this ban ONLY affects the Beatles event and NOT any other cultural activity in Liverpool - their words? Apple has long tried to cancel Beatle Fests in the USA. Now Las Vegas has its hands on the Beatles, with LOVE. Hmmm - say no more seems to apply. Watch out for all indie Beatle events to be cancelled. It's a lucrative market and you know who wants to have total control over it.

ANTHONY H WILSONAugust 2nd 2007.

LIVERPOOL F**KS UP AGAINThat's the headline on the Manchester Confidential version of this story and I think it's disgusting. I would urge all readers to look at it. It descibes us as "MANCHESTER'S HAPLESS NEIGHBOUR CITY" and suggests that it's readers might find the cancellation of the Mathew Street Festival funny. The same organisation that is the self declared "voice of Liverpool" is laughing about it behind their hands.

Jim McCabeAugust 2nd 2007.

Where's the Liverpool Subculture blog at this time?! Revive it, Tony, your comments cut through all the crap from The Culture Company (the very name is a contradicion). I haven't been the greatest fan of the Matthew Street Festival (too many "tribute" bands, not enough current Liverpool acts), but the timing of this stinks to high heaven. If they cite health and safety as the concern, why wait till now? It wouldn't have been popular, but it would have been understandable to a wider audience if this announcement had been made in February or March. The Culture Company's ineptitude has caused more upheaval than the Big Dig ever could.(http://condensedthoughts.blogspot.com/ )

JESSAugust 2nd 2007.

What a farce i have to put up with all the football crap all year round and the festival is the one time i am gauranteed a good few days.I cant belieive that other large shows will be held ( money) i have visitors staying with us just for the festival what a farce

Sevvie "Balasteroids" ParkAugust 2nd 2007.

Was there ever a better time to ship everyone up to Sefton Park and reinstate Larks In the Park. Come on, let's do it. Bill Heckle, you heard. Take the lead, man!

canthelastoneoutturnthelightsoffAugust 2nd 2007.

Well said Tony Parrish. the thing that p***** me off is COC really believe we are too daft to see through this H+S smokescreen, then again if no-one with local knowledge is in a decision making role perhaps we shouldnt be surprised. The MSF used to work pretty well before Pierhead i would say.

Phil McCrackenAugust 2nd 2007.

When the Beatles released'Fixing A Hole'in 1967 were they talking about The Big Dig?

ABITMUCKINGFUTCHAugust 2nd 2007.

i see the health and safety idiots are at it again, where will it end? the health and safety are becoming a law on to themselves, shame on you lcc.

Peter StreetAugust 2nd 2007.

Well said, Rodrigo! It appears that when it comes to appointing overpaid and useless people to the Culture Company, that at the sound of an American accent, an Australian accent and a gorblimey London (or phoney gorblimey London) accent is all the useless carpetbaggers need to land a cushy job with a fat salary several times what the locals are allowed to earn. It seems that the parochial dolts in charge of recruitment to the Cockup Company are impressed by these accents far more than the ability to do the job in question. Experienced candidates with relevant, proven, skills, experience and local knowledge and a commitment to the area were dismissed early on.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Noooo!We look forward to this every year.Health and Safety gone mad.

JimmyJayAugust 2nd 2007.

Can we please have a great big headline on Liverpool Confidential saying "Manchester F**ks up" to accompany a story about the fantastic success that has been the B of the bang. For those who don't know this is a piece of public artwork that the council paid Thomas Hetherwick to create but it has had a cordon around it for ages becasue of Health and Safety. At least the council in Liverpool haven't forked out large sums of cash for us to have a similar H&S problem.

Captain JackAugust 2nd 2007.

An absolute shambles of mismanagement, incompetence, short sightedness, commercial naivety and cowardice.I'm still apoplectic 24 hours on. The people who run the city lost the confidence of the business community months ago, now the whole sorry mess has been laid bare for ordinary people to see. I have absolutely no confidence anything will be delivered for Capital Of Culture year. The City is hanging its hat on revenue from tourism, how much goodwill will be left after this?Its all very well building hotels like they are going out of fashion - who is going to stay in them? If the Council cant deliver events such as this then hotel chains will start to pull away. But I've said all that before.What really saddens me is the way the Council have missed a gilt edged opportunity to change peoples perceptions of the city once and for all. 2007 (800th Birthday) and 2008 were the opportunity to put Liverpool back on the world stage. What have we had? We appoint an Australian on a six figure salary who spends no time at all in Liverpool then resigns in mysterious circumstances. Her replacement was patently not up to the job and resigns as well. The infighting with Henshaw and Storey, email transcripts and High Court appearances, was an acute embarrassment. The Summer Pops was nearly cancelled until CMP stepped in with a scaled down version. The flagship concert venue launches with...Atomic Kitten. Now the Matthew St Festival is axed with 3 weeks to go. There is no evidence whatsoever anyone in a position of responsibility has the credentials to deliver a world class event (despite massively inflated salaries). This is even more depressing than the Militant years, because this time we had the opportunity and the platform to make the City fly high again and regain that sense of civic pride.I am devastated. I've been getting sarcy emails and texts from Manchester colleagues past and present who I had confidently predicted Liverpool would very soon be regaining its status as a UK destination. Even I cant believe the series of c*ck ups and gross mismanagement that has followed the announcement we were to be Capital Of Culture (it seems a long, long time ago now). I'd clear the lot of them out and get some commercially minded people in. What credentials has Warren Bradley to run anything? In management saying "I only found out yesterday" is no excuse - its your JOB to know. I have a passion and belief in Liverpool that has remained undimmed for years. I love the place, its in my blood. Which is why I feel so badly let down by those in power, people who had the opportunity and the flagship event to really effect change. There is such a big dent in my confidence its going to take a miracle to get it back. 2008 for me will be abit of ropey street theatre, the Toxteth Afro Caribbean drum collective, some second rate Liverpool comedians and bands who were big in the 80's...and a firework display. It could have been much, much more.I stood on St Georges Plateau at Christmas watching the fireworks and ushering in Liverpool's 800th Birthday. I was brimful of optimism. Its now all gone. All I feel is shame.

WappingAugust 2nd 2007.

How much worse would it be without the Pier Head stages? Not much I think. surely the local bands in local bars aspect can go ahead. In fact it probably can't be stopped. (I hope)

AndyAugust 2nd 2007.

As spectacular an own goal as trying to get rid of the Gormleys.

Charlotte StreetAugust 2nd 2007.

"Calder Stones says.." The French take to the streets at times like this. Revolution. Why don't we demand the resignation of the whole Council - and most certainly the whole of the Culture Company? Why not. There are more of us than them. ""Resignation? They deserve to be thrown out of their plush offices to the Mob and have their arses kicked until they burst.Hanging's too good for them.

Stanley ParkAugust 2nd 2007.

I'm actually glad it's not happening. No vomit cascading down the pavements at teatime. No pissed up pissheads. A quiet accident and emergency at the Royal.

Dickie LewisAugust 2nd 2007.

He has said the blame lies with the senior officers of the Culture Company and it is a disciplinary matter.I'll bet five bob none of them get the nine-ten-jack as they deserve. -(Not without a fat golden handshake anyway - still it's only public money. Who cares?)

Little EnglanderAugust 2nd 2007.

Once again the English are denied the right to enjoy themselves on the grounds that they might get hurt, If the same principle was applied in 1944 we would now be using the German language, it's not surprising that the politicised police Force (sorry "Service") are backing the ban.Get out there and have a party regardless, it's your right.

Tina and StephAugust 2nd 2007.

Not happy, its appaling. What has it got to do with health and safety? Its nearly capital of culture time, i am just so lost for words, its a disgrace

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

I, like many others, am gutted and bitterly disappointed. It doesn't make any sense to cancel at this late date. Listening to Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips show now - lot's of disgruntled people phoning in

DougalAugust 2nd 2007.

My thoughts are best summarised at http://www.dougal.org.uk Suffice to say, Howard Bernstein will be enjoying his bagels and coffee just a little bit more than usual this morning.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

So a private elf'n safety co. recommends that we stay at home for the weekend. The council and the police seem happy enough with that.The writing is on the wall.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

nobody!

FletchAugust 2nd 2007.

Disgrace! Short notice or what? And they've only just realised there's 'health & safety' issues? You're in danger every time you walk into the city centre these days. And what about those people who's have this booked for ages? And they want us to celebrate 800 year birthday and get into the spirit of the capital of culture!!! Total & utter disgrace.

AndyAugust 2nd 2007.

Rant? What's the use, time to DO something. These democratically elected councillors are to blame for humiliating the city. Their telephone numbers should be in the public domain and available freely on the Liverpool City Council website. Bombard them with your thoughts by text. It worked with Sefton Council during the Gormleys fiasco. Do it NOW.

AnnoyedAugust 2nd 2007.

Contact details of Liverpool City Councillors here: councillors.liverpool.gov.uk/teeMailingList.asp…

Sefton ParkAugust 2nd 2007.

Dear Liam Fogarty (A Mayor For Liverpool) if you get your way and we have an elected Mayor, would we be able to vote for whomever we like, or are we to be presented with a list of the usual suspects from which we must choose the least worst?Accustomed to the disappointment inherent in being a Liverpudlian who has lived in Liverpool during its systematic wrecking over the last forty-odd years I envisage voters being presented with a ballot paper listing such glorious choices as Mike Storey, Mike McCartney, etc., i.e., has-been careerist politicians and never-were showbiz types or other, similarly desperate self-publicists.What chance has a decent, local man such as Crown Prince Harpik of standing for this office?

ANTHONY H WILSONAugust 2nd 2007.

Dear Lord Street. Not lost that sense of humour, then? I too am a born and bred scouser. No I am not the Tony Wilson but obviously the irony of my pseudonym was not entirely lost on you, just went left of target and you a Lord as well! I thought you guys were well educated! However I'm not entirely unsurprised, when you seem to have read a different article in Manchester Confidential than the one I read. The article does not, as you seem to believe, differentiate between the council, the culture company, and the city. A fact that the editor and writer of the article himself points out and indeed (feebly) apologises for in the forum comments.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Are they wrong?

JazzmanAugust 2nd 2007.

Strangely, a search for "Mathew Street" at liverpool08.com returns an 'error' message!!!

Sir Bob ScottAugust 2nd 2007.

Why do you think that I got out?

PyromaniacAugust 2nd 2007.

Sorry Mum. Jase told me to say it.

CillaAugust 2nd 2007.

I've lived in Berkshire for over 40 years.

Edward WoodwardAugust 2nd 2007.

Put the lot of the Culture Co and the Council in the Wicker Man

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Utterly devo'd. this is a day that most merseysiders look forward to all year. surely we'll have to get this sorted for the capital of culture? how can we host an event such as that if we can't even have one of liverpool's most important cultural events??!

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Why not have simply transferred all the stages to the numeroud PARKS we have around the city... understand there is loads of road works in the city centre but Liverpool is much bigger than that!!... Small minds of our council hey. Think Bigger guys!!

Hen HendersonAugust 2nd 2007.

Yes saw the Manchester Confidential thing too, and it was a bit of a shock, but then I thought, that's unfortunately what it looks like, isn't it? to outsiders. Are they wrong? No. And all thanks to these tossers at the Culture Co.

WappingAugust 2nd 2007.

Just wondering ... who was booked to appear before all this blew up?

Carol TurnerAugust 2nd 2007.

I dont know what they are on about, Im a regular shopper in town and I cant see any problem, we've put up with all the building work for months now, and Ive not heard of any accidents etcI bet they want the money for themselves!

WappingAugust 2nd 2007.

Hahaha! liverpool08.com does find Mathew Street (not St) and there's a form for bands to apply to play there in a file dated LAST THURSDAY!!!That's cutting it a bit fine if the show had been going ahead. FFS!

sweetieAugust 2nd 2007.

well I hope they read all of this and see how angry people are!

John E. MonkAugust 2nd 2007.

Degsy was a car park (and other public property) salesman.

Newsham ParkAugust 2nd 2007.

"Murph says.." Pity our so-called Council Leader Warren Bradley is more interested in where Everton Football Club play their football than in how the City is being run. Another chance for outsiders to have a laugh at us!! ""- Hear hear! His job is to run the city for its citizens, not to be skiving and faffing about in work time about where some millionaires are going to play with their balls.

JazzmanAugust 2nd 2007.

Who at the Culture Company/Council (same thing!) took the initiative to contact Capita Symonds

Simon O'BrienAugust 2nd 2007.

I think its a fu@"1n disgrace, fu@c8m Culture Company. ps have you got any vacancies? I'm at a bit of a loose end at the moment?

Australian Pink FloydAugust 2nd 2007.

Step forward Chas Cole!!

PeteAugust 2nd 2007.

I've created a petition that you can sign online to show your support for the festival.www.petitiononline.com/mattfest/petition.html…

Lee FordeAugust 2nd 2007.

Mwahahahahaha! Another four beers and a large kebab please

Angie the EdAugust 2nd 2007.

Anthony H and anyone else who might be wondering. Manchester Confidential and Liverpool Confidential do share many things, such as a man with a flashbulb at the top of the page, and, now and again, something like a Simpsons review, but not editorial policies. We never confer on our stories or their treatment, and our scripts and our "hymn sheets" for want of a better phrase, are quite different. We are proud that Liverpool Confidential's writers are born and bred here and live here, and we certainly enjoy little, if any, day-to-day interference from the publisher. Liverpool Confidential learned last night that Mathew Street was about to be cancelled and we decided to run a straight news story on it this morning. Not a comment piece, because a) it was a fairly dramatic development in its own right and b) commenting is our readers' job. They and you, Anthony H, do it much better than us. That Manchester completely autonomously ran its own interpretation on the tale was more appropriate for them, and I cannot comment any further on that. I would however, like to point out that, in my experience, most people in both cities, and certainly the staff on both sites, desperately want Liverpool to succeed in 2007 and 2008, the Scouse-Manc sniping (away from football) seems to becoming ever more a myth. But then most of you know that anyway.

Park LaneAugust 2nd 2007.

Well, he *is* only a fireman.

VimAugust 2nd 2007.

Harpik, where are you??

NostradamusAugust 2nd 2007.

I knew this would happen

Capita SymondsAugust 2nd 2007.

That's what you wanted us to say, isn't it?

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

According to tonight's Echo Liverpool's peerless collection of public statues, (in particular equestrian statues) is being allowed to rot away because the present council would rather spend the European Culture money on lunches and junkets.'Capital of Culture' indeed!

RodrigoAugust 2nd 2007.

It's a never-ending catalogue of incompetance. Smug, oily, self-satisfied, corporate wannabee shysters, who know about arts and culture what I know about nuclear fusion (that's **** all, by the way readers) personified by the neauseating Jason Wheelbarrow have descended upon us like a plague of locusts for a 100 grand plus a year, to polish up their cv's in readiness for the London Olympics, and you can be sure, they'll all be out of this town as soon as they've burped and farted their way through the last of the vintage Krug and smoked salmon vol au vonts on December 31st 2008. Their arrogance, and sense of self congratulation, is so extreme that they seem to think they are immune and untouchable. Perhaps they are untouchable, but only in the sense that they belong, one and all, in a leper colony. These shameless, hapless, and self-deluded opportunists have endlessly damaged this city beyond belief. It's incomprehensible to most right-thinking (not in the political sense dear) people, how they came to acquire such positions in the first place. One can only wonder at the nature of the critical questions fired at them by stern-looking interviewers such as Question "You're having an extended lunch, (on the expense account of course) and the restaurant is out of Krug and Bolly, what do you say." Answer (accompanied by a look of resignation - resignation, in any other sense being an alien concept to them) "I'll have to do with the Montrachet then then." Interviewer "Perfect, the jobs yours, when can you start." Nothing short of a sweeping clearout will rid us of what has become a complete and utter embarrassment to this great city of ours. Can you imagine New Orleans cancelling Mardi Gras? Or Rio De Janeiro cancelling Carnival on the grounds that we'll attract an awful lot of people, is it safe? Incomprehensible, who decided to employ these gob****es and at what cost? Bet your boots, these unimaginative self-serving wankers will try to use "collective responsibility" as a response to the question, "so who's head will roll." All's that means folks is, we'll ride out this storm and when it's over, carry on as usual in our index-linked, nirvana, they'll all soon forget, and for us, it's back to business as usual. "Canape anyone."

Manesty S. LaneAugust 2nd 2007.

Tony Parrish said “HEADS MUST ROLL!”.A year ago Mick ‘horror’ Storey’s head did indeed roll for his misconduct, but once the dust had settled a few months later he was given another job and all was forgiven! What DO we have to do? Resort to actual decapitation to stop the abuse of power by these self-serving oafs? And why DID David Henshaw get a knighthood? For services to the humiliation and embarrassment of Council Tax payers? It beats me!

anne fieldAugust 2nd 2007.

This is a good thing the festival is just an excuse for getting drunk and creating havoc, in previous years there have been countless amounts oof trouble and also the mess the streets are left in is a disgrace, it would be good to see the people of liverpool putting the same amount of effort in to getting a job rather than cribbing about a day of getting in to a drunken stupor

John Lennon AirportAugust 2nd 2007.

Maybe the leader of the council has been hypnotised by Tim Mysterio!

Tori BlareAugust 2nd 2007.

If the Mathew Street festival was to go ahead as we all expected, Bradley and his wet nelly party would be taking the glory and claiming it was all due to the Liberal democrats and no-one else.However when things go wrong, Bradley and the wet nellies always blame someone else or claim ignorance.Utter Bollocks, they messed up and should take the shame and either do the right thing and resign before they are sacked.People like Tony Parrish and myself have been screaming about the corruption of the Liverpool City Council and the waste of public money for Jaunts to Cannes and luxury yatchs, now at the last minute they cancell one of the only things left for the people of Liverpool to enjoy and actually benefit from, instead they have made me and the rest of Liverpool look like divvies.Can we have a bi-election for the whole of the Liberal demnocrat controlled areas?I have no confidence in these so called councillors from the wet nelly party.Sack everyone that has been involved in this fiasco, they are accountable to the Liverpool City Council Tax payers. What have the people of Liverpool gained from this?I feel ashamed.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Andy M - Weird how the image and design layout of the two articles are exactly the same for two independent publications. Hmmm...

MurphAugust 2nd 2007.

Pity our so-called Council Leader Warren Bradley is more interested in where Everton Football Club play their football than in how the City is being run.Another chance for outsiders to have a laugh at us!!

AndyAugust 2nd 2007.

What a big disappointments. It’s very sad. This should have been decided months ago, but as usual it’s all last minute. It’s very embarrassing for Liverpool especially when we are capital of culture in 2008. WHAT A JOKE

Pyromaniac's mumAugust 2nd 2007.

Do you think they'll be trusted with a box of fireworks? What will Capita Symonds say to that. Or will we only find out the day before?

Pr. Luminitsa NeagraAugust 2nd 2007.

I agree with 'Sefton Park'. Crown Prince Harpikü for Leader!With my lawyer's head on, I hope all the Japanese, US and German tourists who have booked their extortionate high season air fares and hotel rooms take out a class action law suit against the loblollies and mimsy hens who are supposedly running this farrago of a Culture Company and sue them into London 2012 (where they've already applied for overpaid jobs). As we say in the Dark Lands: get thee hence, thou feeble minded, yellow-streaked, moonstruck traffic wardens!

JobsworthAugust 2nd 2007.

Leaning out of windows is against health and safety regulations

rancidcityAugust 2nd 2007.

oh no not again...liverpool really is a place to look for how not to do things. How come it has only just been realised that the pier head is a mess, the plans have been in place for about 4 years.but what about using st george's that has been used in the pastanyway i hope everyone looks forward to the council tax rising while the corrupt people who have destroyed liverpool for over 50 years line thier pockets with 2008 loot No wonder everyone laughs at scousers you are useless at eveything you touch due to local corruption bickering football obsessed councillors

Calder StonesAugust 2nd 2007.

Hang on a minute....the article above states that "...Just yesterday a tender document went out for pa and lighting companies to pitch for the festival..."This is MORE than odd. Yesterday??? I suspect a smoke screen. A cover up. Health and saftey? Whose? Once again, back pockets, brown paper envelopes, reciprocal back-scratching...There is a loop here. And it needs to be broken.Action. Action. Action. Come on fellow Scousers...this is what we're REALLY good at. But who will organise this action? And when? Perhaps before 2008?

Clayton SquareAugust 2nd 2007.

Jazzman says.." Who at the Culture Company/Council (same thing!) took the initiative to contact Capita Symonds ? Why this particular company?"Would Capita Symonds be another arm of the notorious Crapita empire that cocked up the passport office, the CRB et al? They are the leading experts in taking large amounts of public money in exchange for a rubbish service.It seems highly appropriate that the Liverpool Cockup Company should have engaged their services.

PyromaniacAugust 2nd 2007.

I hope they put on a firework display instead. We've not had one for days.

Paul PaulsAugust 2nd 2007.

I doubt Mr Bernstein will be too bothered. Think Manchester's too busy trying to be the London of the north to worry about our little storm in a teacup. Good to see that Warren's said MSF is going to happen, and he's sacked the culture co from orgainising it. Doesn't bode well for the second-hand car salesman on Monday morning, does it? Oh well, I'm off to see Aswad!

WappingAugust 2nd 2007.

What's worst thing of all about the manchesterconfidential article is that it's mostly true. *toes grip floor*

Calder StonesAugust 2nd 2007.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. (W.H. Murray)

annieAugust 2nd 2007.

why do they have to do this, it was a great family day out, and somewhere to go on a bank holiday before the kids go back to school. I bet they want to keep the money for themselves, cos they could have put something else on instead, in another part of liverpool, tight ar...

johno 529August 2nd 2007.

was,nt degsy a fireman and as far as having too many peeps in the city centre , if they did,nt allow the funfair there would be plenty of room , i for 1 don,t go to watch fairground rides i go to watch bands which is what i thought it was al about

Pete PriceAugust 2nd 2007.

No change there then

Liam Fogarty, A Mayor For LiverpoolAugust 2nd 2007.

Magnificent stuff, everyone. This fiasco is the City Council's equivalent of the Tories' "Black Wednesday" in 1992. It is The Beginning Of The End. It is a shattering embarrassment which lays bare Liverpool's fundamental problem: a lack of proper leadership.Ask "Who's in charge round here?" and you'll never get a straight answer. So what to do? Simple. We follow the example of HUNDREDS of successful cities worldwide by having an Elected Mayor. WE choose a person to lead Liverpool. They answer directly to US at the ballot box. We give them a mandate and the clout to get things done. And if they screw up we get rid of 'em. It's called "democracy." We should try it sometime.So what next? Check out http://www.amayorforliverpool.org to find out more about our campaign for REAL CHOICE and REAL LEADERSHIP in Liverpool. Sign the petition for a "People's Poll" on the issue and get everyone you know to do the same. Rant over. It's time to get cracking...

David HenshawAugust 2nd 2007.

...and me

Judy FinneganAugust 2nd 2007.

"Anthony H", it's great that you finally, finally, regard yoursef as a scouser with your "us" remark. The drugs DO WORK!!!!!

JazzmanAugust 2nd 2007.

Quite right! Action speaks louder than words. But the words (above)...."Culture, my arse"...come across loud and clear!

andy mAugust 2nd 2007.

sorry Anthony, technical problem. All comments welcome..

Tori BlareAugust 2nd 2007.

Bradley has made a statement saying he didn't know anything about Health and Safety concerns, he is the leader of Liverpool City Council, isn't it his job to know everything and more to the point, who IS making the decisions on behalf of the Liverpool people?Civil servants or the elected councillors?

rancid cityAugust 2nd 2007.

What a shame Jess, but im sure that if they really are friends they will enjoy staying with you... If not poison their food

childersAugust 2nd 2007.

How pathetic. How Politicaly correct.How typicaly near sighted. What an own goal !!Ministry of idiotic decisions says "Liverpool too popular now,must stop this party." That'll teach them to run with a project and succed.Make more resources available, make this party safe, make people take ownership of their own actions to preserve safety for themselves. Take this nanny state and shove the cotton ball attitude of these safety gurus where the sun doesn't shine.

john lennon airportAugust 2nd 2007.

Did they not see this coming ages ago? The city is a complete building site and the Pier Head event was never seriously a go-er so why wait until the coaches are all booked to cancel. It's 2008 in just a few months too. Hello-o!

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Why am I not surprised? I mean why would we want to preserve one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated events in Liverpool when we could plant trees on Edge Lane or dig up more pavements in Church Street? Why celebrate one of the most compelling thing about Liverpool, the thriving musical culture. Here you go have a card which allows you to get the S1/S2 buses free.....but to where exactly? Let's sell one of the few remaining Victorian parks in Liverpool to a football club, even though the land was granted in perpetuality to the people of Liverpool. Ohh don't forget the fireworks and most importantly of the civic parade proudly displaying the individuals who are responsible for this farcical, I mean fantastic events for the 08 celebrations. Capital of Culture my........!

fanaticalrebelAugust 2nd 2007.

Well that ain't no surprise. cancel it in case someone slips up on the councils complete inability to organise something they have swanned in and taken over for their own means. Bradley, up against the wall you pirate you. Lets march. lets fight, lets all go to Manchester next year!

Paul PaulsAugust 2nd 2007.

Hear hear.

WappingAugust 2nd 2007.

Some of these Culture vultures cut their teeth on the Garden Festival (what an asset that turned out to be!) and Albert Dock. They're expert at multimillion pound flannelling now. It'll take more than Harpic to get rid of them now.

Liam Fogarty, A Mayor For LiverpoolAugust 2nd 2007.

Dear Sefton Park: Having a Mayor puts YOU and every other Liverpool voter back in the driving seat. Sure, the position may attract headbangers and attention seekers. But just ignore them and they'll go away. In a mayoral contest we get to hear what candidates have to say, weigh up their record, their character and their vision for L'pool ( if they have one)and make our choice on polling day. It's a big job for a big person, and I'm sure voters will rise to the challenge, too. Liverpool produces fine artists, entreprenuers, academics and community leaders. I refuse to believe we can't produce at least a couple of competent & imaginative people to take on this role. There HAS to be an alternative to our utterly discredited City Council. Given the stink emanating from the Great Mathew Street Festival Fiasco, maybe Crown Prince Harpik has all the right credentials right now...PS: Today the leader of the Council is describing the GMSFF as a "blip." I rest my case.

sweetieAugust 2nd 2007.

Yes I agree what a farce, was looking forward to all my family going, we all enjoy the day it was great and now they've taken it away from us :-(

The OAugust 2nd 2007.

As an LCC employee I'm embarrassed. How many people globally have this booked. Not something that you kinda book on a whim from abroad is it.

Ian Hamilton FazeyAugust 2nd 2007.

Why all this fuss about Manchester Confidential's treatment of the story?"Liverpool F***S It Up Again" is entirely accurate.It's as though the last 30 years or so of struggle were all for nought. And where did this Jason Hoborrow fellow come from? Could Angie the Ed get cracking organising a ranters' fund to buy him a one-way ticket to wherever it was?

fat gitAugust 2nd 2007.

Who hasn't fallen over and injured themselves after a few to many shandies in the Harrington on Mathew Street Festival day? No pain, no gain.

Lao HugongAugust 2nd 2007.

Me flabber is well and truly ghasted.......Has anyone been sacked yet? For 20+ years Bill Heckle, Dave Jones and a disparate group of buddies staged the event along with the annual Beatles Convention shindig, organising it from a ramshackle office in North John Street and attracting 250,000 people every year.... at least. Now that the so proclaimed 'professionals' are wheeled in - its cancelled!! As was the River Festival - another 20 year long tradition - and the Shanty Festival, after ten years. And who knows what else? All the city will be left with is a bit of tacky bunting flying in the wind with kids half heartedly waving balloons...If it wasn't so bleeding tragic I'd be cheering and weeping at the same time.....

Russell GrantAugust 2nd 2007.

heads will roll, you mark my words

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

To quote your story: "The advice relates specifically to the unique conditions surrounding the staging of the Mathew Street Festival this year, and does not affect the city’s ability to stage other large-scale events.” Well we'll just have to wait and see. I think they've run out of their nine lives now

Charlie ParkerAugust 2nd 2007.

..don't forget me!

Clever TrevorAugust 2nd 2007.

Warren. Get the bandstand in sefton park fixed. you've got three weeks. It will be a brilliant event. Don't **** it up

Calder StonesAugust 2nd 2007.

The French take to the streets at times like this. Revolution. Why don't we demand the resignation of the whole Council - and most certainly the whole of the Culture Company? Why not. There are more of us than them.

martAugust 2nd 2007.

Advised by cockneys, run by cockneys, no local involvement from backstage to butty vans, even the local band stage is small and under advertised, disgusting, the people should get together and make it happen, how about seffie park, princes park, or the old docks come on sort it out

Lord StreetAugust 2nd 2007.

Dear Mr. Wilson,The Manchester Confidential article is quite correct. I am a lifelong Liverpudlian, not some incomer riding on a tide of property speculation, and it’s about time a list of the cultural crimes of the Liverpool City Council was posted.Liverpool Confidential and Manchester Confidential take the trouble at least to differentiate between the Council , the city, the people, the football club and the tired, insulting, clichéd, stereotype of Liverpudlians, something with which the national media have great difficulty.Are you the same ‘Anthony H. Wilson’ who publicly slagged off Liverpool and Liverpudlians ALL his broadcasting life until a couple of years ago?I couldn't believe my ears when in a Radio 4 interview, an ‘Anthony H. Wilson’ actually praised Liverpool and the "great people" in charge who were going to "turn it around". Unfortunately these great people were those bickering clowns "Sir" David Henshaw and Mike 'Horror' Storey who brought embarrassment and disgrace on the place.Still twisting the knife then, Tony old lad?

GarryGAugust 2nd 2007.

Larks in the Park used to take 6 months to organise and was done on £5000 which was raised solely from donations. For the first few years the City Council didn't even know it was happening. The bands played free or for "bfh". In this age of over-regulation, health and safety, security, and ideologically orientated grant funding an "authentic" Larks in the Park would be impossible.Nice idea though. Keen amateurs seem to beat overpaid professionals easily in things like this.

Andy MAugust 2nd 2007.

Manchester Confidential and Liverpool Confidential are entirely separate and independent publications and can say and do as they please. This is not a state run Monopoly.

Saucy JackAugust 2nd 2007.

Never mind. You can all lean out of your office windows on Aug 28 and watch the sports day in old hall street. Who will win the sacking race: Jason Harbarow?

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

"Chuck Bradley and Storey into the Albert Dock. Get a new broom.". Hear hear! Appoint Crown Prince Harpik! He was one of the founders of the original Mathew Street Festival in the late 1970s when the Council refused to recognise that the Beatles had ever existed.

Tony ParrishAugust 2nd 2007.

This almost makes me want to start the blog up again, so that I could tear these incompetent bastards apart. Heads SHOULD roll - The Harbarrowboy, Colin Cover Up, Warren 'Im only a fireman' Bradley and Storey. The point is that this has been cancelled because of the money they have wasted on fools and fakes from outside. They have hired the outside consultants in at the last minute to give the impression of independence, but they have stitched this decision up because they haven't got the dosh to run Mathew St. The BIG DIg is not something new, nor is the Pier Head work = so they must therefore be monumentally incompetent for not realising months ago what the problems were. Which of course some people did - the Events team Lee Forde and Eddy Grant knew all this and have been saying all this for months, but no ****er listened to them, because the Culture Company is run by arrogant planks who think they know best - although they know ****all about Liverpool. It is an utter disgrace - people should go and picket the Executive Board at 8.30 tomorrow morning and make them feel a bit of heat. They have thrown away the opportunity to make 2008 a defining moment in Liverpool's history and a genuine life-changing experience for Liverpool people. Tossers. they deserve all the aggro they will now undoubtedly get. The only comfort is that, as most of the comments on here so aptly demonstrate, people are getting wise to the charlatans at last and know exactly what is going on. Start a blog. Create a campaign. Organise and agitate. The city really deserves better than these shysters. HEADS MUST ROLL....

Tori BlareAugust 2nd 2007.

This is an absolute discrace, Liverpool City Council Tax Payers, should demand their council tax back, business's and basically anyone affected by this sham should let this council know what they think, bombard the culprits with your complaints!Did anyone ever consult the real Health and Safety people?The Health and Safety Executive?Scratch the surface and it will reveal the real reason for this mess is the Council are in debt.Jason Harrowboy or whatever he calls himself, is an arrogant tw*t, I recal the Tax payer funded his thousands of pounds trip to Harvard to learn how to be a culture chief, looks like it didn't work!People of Liverpool should demand the resignation of Storey and Bradley and Jason, an absolute disgrace!

ANTHONY H WILSONAugust 2nd 2007.

M last comment was deleted criticising the Manchester confidential's version of the events. I've reposted it but it probably will be again.READ THE "MANCHESTER CONFIDENTIAL" VERSION OF THIS STORY!!

Gary Mc - AustraliaAugust 2nd 2007.

Cant believe it. As an exiled scouser I am planning to come back to Pool this year and this was to be a highlight. Also, what about the timing ?????

Robyn ArcherAugust 2nd 2007.

...and me, cobber

JessAugust 2nd 2007.

Hello me again i work in the town centre and i am sick of people saying" call this the capital of culture"how can i reply after this fiasco think of next year when people do not arrive because of this i am proud of my city

Byrom StreetAugust 2nd 2007.

Cynic, I don’t think your conspiracy theory holds water. Several local arts and culture events have been cancelled or destroyed by the big-headed pea-brains at the so-called Culture Company, the River Festival, the Shanty Festival and the tiny annual grant that keeps the Liverpool Academy of Arts ticking over has been cut off to name but three.People who have organised and run successful arts and culture events in Liverpool in the past have been deliberately excluded and alienated by the Cockup Company, presumably because these people aren’t considered good enough to drink champagne with the ‘metropolitan élite’ as the deadbeats at the Culture Company presumably see themselves.It astounds me that it has taken so long for these con-men and fakes to have been exposed. They’ve been suspiciously stinking of fish for a couple of years to my scant knowledge.

Jimmy CorkhillAugust 2nd 2007.

I am disappointed. I was looking forward to turning up. Mind you, I'll turn up at anything me. Any invites??

Albert DockAugust 2nd 2007.

"Advised by cockneys, run by cockneys"! Exactly! The people responsible for these cock-ups have no sense of embarrassment or shame. Who cam blame them? By the time the latest disaster in investigated, the culprits are miles away in even better-paid jobs, or out of political office or with a suitcase full of public money.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Who gives a ****????

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