The Halton Castle, West Derby Village from 1.30pm till late. Sat 25th Aug
In Victorian times West Derby was changed from a rustic backwater to a bustling township housing some of Liverpool’s wealthiest merchants. In the 1850s, Lord Sefton remodelled West Derby Village to make a suitable gateway for Croxteth Hall. New buildings were put up around the newly-created Village square. This investment was matched by the merchants who built about 60 mansions in the district. In the 1930s West Derby was transformed as many mansions were torn down and their grounds covered by private semi-detached houses.
In the 1960s, the Beatles were associated with West Derby when they regularly played at the Casbah Club. Both Liverpool and Everton have training grounds nearby.
Anyway enough of the history stuff.....there's bands to blog, not the least of which is A Band Named King. I first noticed them a few weeks back on Twitter (THE place to find new music) and this is the ideal time to check them out. The double-front-man combination of David and Joe have busked their way to prominence, picking their way from Jersey, through Brighton and London, before finding their musical home in the North-West. The additions of Pierso on Vocals and keyboards with Tobias Gibaud on drums have helped to enforce the Merseyness of their sound, with catchy melodies and earnest lyrics telling the first chapter of their story, which has only just begun....personally I can't understand why we're not hearing more about A Band Named King with tunes like 'Little Cretin' and 'Not a Soul in Sight' with it's pleasingly punchy guitar work. They recently played a gig at the legendary Cavern Club and recently did a spot with Ralph's friends at BBC Introducing.
Next on the line up is The Polyveldts and they're another band that seem to be bubbling under. They're 5 local lads hailing from where else but West Derby. After forming in the summer of 2009 they played their first gig on 18/11/09 in The Zanzi Bar, Liverpool. Since then the band have played a number of gigs around the city. and recently released the EP 'Waiting for George'.
The Polyveldts are, Tom Barnes - Rhythm Guitar and Vocal, Dan Cummings - Bass, David Deegan - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, Jacob Naylor - Drums and James Unsworth - Lead Guitar and Vocals and play an almost Sixties stylee, psychadelic guitar based bran of music. Have a listen to 'Stone Rosie', 'Waiting for George' or 'Shoot Me Down' and you'll see what I mean. Time they were reaching a wider audience with their solid, honest, guitar based psychadelic rock sounds.....proper tunes!
A mention for The White Windows next ......they're
Unfortunately there's not much I can say about Mistakes in the Media other than they played an O2 Academy gig earlier this month. They even play it close to their chest on Facebook and with no Soundcloud tracks I can't even let you hear them play. A few lessons in marketing themselves required for these aptly named bright young things. A look at the bands above should give them a hint on how to build a presence, with a Twitter and Soundcloud account the first priotity!
Thomas Barnes of The Polyveldts will be doing a solo set for your delectation so if you're a fan of The Corals you're in for a treat!
So there you have it, probably one of the best little festivals on this weekend, so if you aren't at Leeds Reading or Liverpool's Mathew Street Festival this weekend The Halton Castle West Derby village is the place to be!
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