Beyond The Beaten Track announces industry panels and day programme
Beyond the Beaten Track
Saturday 28th January, 2017
The Bluecoat, Liverpool
FREE Entry – 2pm til 10pm
On Saturday January 28th, The Bluecoat will host BEYOND THE BEATEN TRACK– a one-off closing party event, to celebrate Liverpool’s Above the Beaten Track festivals. The celebration will feature a daytime programme of panels, workshops, talks, roundtable discussions and informal networking, aimed at people looking to work in the music and creative industries. A free evening gig will close the day’s activity, featuring a selection of acts from previous festivals.
Organisers have now announced details of what to expect during the daytime programme and you can find detailed information below. More is set to be revealed very soon…
2.30pm – Panel #1 : “Getting Into Work”
The panel will look at how to get involved, establish one’s self and progress in the music and creative industries. Featuring a range of guests, including previous AtBT placement alumni.
Kaya Herstad-Carney (Threshold Festival / ACM) – Host Yaw Owusu (LIMF / Nothin’ But The Music) David Lally (AtBT alumni, Liverpool Biennial, The Barbican) Abbey Andersen (ATBT alumni, Africa Oye)
Kaya Herstad-Carney (Threshold Festival / ACM) – Host Peter Shilton (Merseyside Arts Foundation) Kevin MacArthur & Andy Scott (Smithdown Road Festival) Yaw Owusu (LIMF / Nothin’ But The Music) Graham Holland (Liverpool Acoustic) Chris Herstad-Carney (Threshold Festival)
4.30pm Panel #2 : “Ask the Promoter”
Whether it be securing gigs, putting on shows yourself, or just looking to get involved, this panel will consider current issues in the live gig and festival environment, and provide an opportunity to meet and “ask the promoter”.
Chris Herstad-Carney (Threshold Festival) Graham Holland (Liverpool Acoustic) Yaw Owusu (LIMF / Nothin’ But The Music) Kevin MacArthur (Smithdown Road Festival)
Established in 2008, Above the Beaten Track (AtBT) celebrated Liverpool’s and Merseyside’s creative grass roots scene, and was set up to redress the imbalance of the under-representation of emerging and under-the-radar live music and young creativity in the area. After four annual events, organisers took a break to review and develop AtBT, delivering two larger and well received events in 2014 and 2015, with Arts Council support.
The event grew and diversified from a small music festival into a large multi-arts event – a respected and well attended fixture on the festival calendar, with increased attendance, partners, arts, crafts, talks and more, as well as a rich musical programme at its core. ATBT’s educational programme also grew as young people from Merseyside were given opportunities to lean how to produce a live music event through work placements in areas such as marketing, event management and technical support.
The Yellow Belly Stragglers
The founders of AtBT have decided that now is the right time to give the festival the Liverpool send-off it deserves. In a statement, they said:
“Given the changing nature of Liverpool’s festival calendar, notably with the arrival of Liverpool International Music Festival, from a programming standpoint the AtBT event is not needed in the way it was so crucially back in 2008. With the rising prominence of Threshold Festival, LIMF, and the LIMF Academy, we have effectively achieved what we set out to in respect of the festival.
As such, we feel it would be fitting to celebrate with a final event, as well as offering one last opportunity for those previously involved to reconnect.”
The daytime event on 28th January will be followed by a free entry gig featuring Above The Beaten Track alumni, with live music and DJs. In the same vein as AtBT, it will also be an opportunity for a group of young people to experience producing a live event through the specially tailored work placements.
“ATBT is unquestionably one of the city’s most enjoyable, and reassuring displays of the sort of inventive, thrilling creativity you only get from the ground up” – Seven Streets
Notes to Editors
About Above the Beaten Track
Established in Liverpool in 2008, at the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street, Above the Beaten Track was an annual celebration of Liverpool and Merseyside’s creative grass roots scene, bringing emerging and under-the-radar live music to the fore. From a small music event, in response to the Mathew Street Festival, AtBT grew to become a large multi-arts event attracting thousands to the Bluecoat each year.
Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, supporting and presenting visual art, music, dance, live art and literature, as well as practices that fall in between these categories.
In the past few years its gallery programme has shown some of the best UK and international artists, with significant solo shows by William Kentridge, Niamh O’Malley and Keith Piper, collaborations on large touring shows with artist/curators Mark Leckey and Common Culture, and exhibitions presenting emerging artists such as *Bloomberg New Contemporaries* and solo projects with, amongst others, Melissa Gordon and Adham Faramawy.
At the same time Bluecoat engages with audiences from the most vulnerable communities, from those with dementia to families facing disadvantage, through its participation programme. With artists central to these, the results are presented in occasional exhibitions alongside our gallery programme.
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