Following the catastrophic damage caused to the live music scene this year, two of the North’s greatest cities will come together to host The North Will Rise Again (30 & 31 January 21), a live-streamed micro festival including The Charlatans, Lightning Seeds and Red Rum Club, Ist Ist, Zuzu and LIINES.
The event is the brainchild of John Robb of Louder Than War and Karl Connolly, founding director of Liverpool Music House, a community interest company that recycles profits back into music infrastructure – independent venues, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and other creative facilities – while supporting musicians, writers, performers and lighting & sound engineers.
Said Karl: “The North Will Rise Again is the start of a series of digitally streamed concerts that will distribute music to fans all over the world and will allow audiences to enjoy live music and discussion in their own surroundings. It is not a replacement of the live gig but allows us, until it’s safe to do so, to enjoy quality bands in a safe environment.”
Taking place at the iconic Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool and recently-saved Gorilla in Manchester, The North Will Rise Again is hosted by author, journalist, Louder Than War and Membranes frontman John Robb who will also conduct backstage interviews and Q&As with the bands that will be interspersed between the live performances.
Said John: “As the wonderful Hunter S Thompson once said, ‘when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro…’ With The North Will Rise Again we fulfil his prophetic words with a series of live cast gigs that embrace the cultural, social and political aspects of the north of England and inspire, empower and entertain people across the world.”
Mark Davyd of the Music Venues Trust added: “Music Venues Trust is delighted to be supported by The North Will Rise Again. It’s been an incredibly challenging year but throughout the whole sector has shown our passion, dedication and commitment to getting high quality live music experiences in front of people however and whenever we can.”
Tickets are priced at £7.50/10.00 for each stream and are available globally from Universe.com, Ticketmaster.co.uk and Livefrom.Events.
Presale 9am Wednesday 9 December and general sale with merch bundles 9am Friday 11 December.