Thursday, September 06, 2007

Liverpool's top music venue backs The Mural Project

Philip Hayes founded the music venue The Picket in the 1980's. The Picket established itself as one of the best places for emerging talent in the city featuring early performances by Cast, The La's, The Farm, Happy Mondays, & Space. Many famous musicians donated equipment to support the Picket including Yoko Ono, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Oasis, Travis and Joe Strummer of the Clash & Pete Townshend of The Who. The Venue closed at its premises in Liverpool’s Hardman Street in 2004.
After a public campaign to rescue the venue -see -it re-opened in the Independent cultural sector of Liverpool in Jordan Street. The opening event saw the legendary Liverpool Art School band Deaf School reform and appear to a sell out audience on 27th May 2006.
Since opening the Venue has presented a diverse programme including Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, John Peel Memorial Concert, Carnival Samba performances, Dry Bar gigs for Liverpool's young musicians and bands, and Dance music nights from Circus and Chibuku.

"Liverpool and Belfast share so many similar experiences and have so many connections. It would be great to see a series of murals in Liverpool painted by Danny Devenny and Mark Ervine, it would represent a lasting legacy of both the Irish peace process, and the deep bond between the two cities. I think there'd be a real positive response from people in Liverpool to see them going up on walls across the city."

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