Mathew Street Festival: Free live music in Liverpool

Liverpool is famous for music. To celebrate this fact, musicians and music fans from across the world descend on the city every August Bank Holiday Weekend for the Mathew Street Festival…

Mathew Street is of course where the Beatles humbly began their illustrious career, performing in the Cavern Club in the early sixties.

But this mega event does not just take place here. On August 28th and 29th, there were six stages located at various points across the city centre, including one near the Mersey Tunnel.

The music comes mainly from cover bands, playing everything from Elvis and Rory Gallagher to Lady Gaga and Madonna.

The massive crowds are equally as diverse, featuring pram-pushing families and gangs of young girls that look like they were heading to Glastonbury, old rockers and indie kids with long flowing hair and cool clothes.

Beatles cover bands also flock the Liverpool from far and wide for the event.

I remember working in a pizza shop when I was 16, during the festival weekend, and serving a Beatles cover band from Brazil. They had the suits, the hair and everything…apart from the scouse accent of course!

Here are some snapshots from the 2011 festival:

Some of the huge crowds walking along Lord Street.

The famous four depicted on the window of a pub in Mathew Street.

The Cavern Club in Mathew Street, where the Beatles famously began their career.

Sinnerboy, a Rory Gallagher cover band, wowed the crowds.

The Mathew Street sign with a John Lennon Statue above it.

The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street.