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Live Sounds with Martin Hovden 29/05/14

Martin returns with the latest music action from Sefton and West Lancashire

Pop punkers to play Manor Farm

Malokai are playing the Manor Farm Music Festival

THE line-up for this summer's Manor Farm Music Festival in Hesketh Bank is looking really good, with the news this week that top pop punk band Malokai have been booked to play.

They tour all over the country and have built up an excellent reputation with their “high energy, crazy pop punk, emo-type stuff”.

I've just watched their music video Young And Dumb on Youtube and they definitely have a McFly/Busted feel and sound.

Other acts who'll be playing at the July 12 event include Stillia, Jess Barlow and River Versus. And young resort band One Mark Off (who are competing in the third quarter-final of Band Royale tomorrow night) will also be playing during the day.

The music runs non-stop from 12 noon until midnight, with lots of activities and events for all the family.

I'm very much looking forward to compering the festival, along with my Mighty FM Live Sounds show co-host Cameron Maerevoet (a member of One Mark Off).

The annual event started in 2008, with all proceeds going to Marie Curie Caner Care ad The Brain Tumour Trust.

The festival is organised in tribute to Keith Dickinson, a huge live music fan, who died of a brain tumour aged just 53.

His daughter Suzanne is one of the organisers and she explained: “Dad was a humble man, he had a heart for people and hosted countless charity garden open days for our community, which I helped with.

“I have fond memories of helping run the tea and cake stall with mum’s homemade cakes and helping to promote the events as my dad chatted with the 100’s of visitors that came to enjoy our garden and woodland area.

“In July 2008, to keep my dad memory alive, friends and family all united to help organise the first music festival at Manor Farm in Hesketh Bank and it's gone from strength to strength.”

For more information and to book tickets, check out the festival's Facebook page.

 

Band's recipe for success

Southport band All Jokes Aside
 

SEFTON alternative rock band All Jokes Aside are looking forward to playing at the Southport Food and Drink Festival in the resort's Victoria Park this Saturday.

“It's a great event for all the family with lots to do, so there should be a great turnout from all ages,” said drummer Alex Cain.

“It will be good to have an audience of different ages and tastes in music and be able to make people happy and enjoy our music - or at least we hope we can.”

The band, who are based in Crosby, played at the Southport Fireworks Championships and really enjoyed the experience.

“We're on about 12 noon this Saturday so hopefully we'll get some sunny weather,” said Alex.

He added: “We've been practising a lot more since we moved out of my bedroom and into our own practice room and we feel we're going from strength to strength.

“We're playing more live gigs and becoming more comfortable performing, so Saturday will be a big test for us but we're certainly looking forward to it.”

The lads aim to record their first EP in the future which will include their own songs and one of their favourite covers.

And beyond that? “We hope to get to a stage where we're playing our own headline gigs and able to support Liverpool acts that we look up to.

“One of my main hopes for the band is to be able to play a gig outside the Merseyside area and see what other city's music life is like - for example Leeds, Sheffield or Manchester.

“We just want to make people happy and to enjoy the music we play. I guess young people just need to keep hold of their dreams as much as they can and that's what All Jokes Aside are going to do.”

 

Band news

 

IT'S the third quarter-final of Band Royale at the Fox and Goose in Southport tomorrow night.

The line-up is One Mark Off, Labores Solis, The Castros, Tripcode and Animus.

The battle of the bands contest, organised by Doug Wood and Rob Kirby, has been running every Friday since early April.

It starts at 8.30pm and admission is £3 (or £2 if you win a game of rock, papers scissors at the door).

The contest, which has attracted 36 bands from all over the North West, continues right through until the grand final in July.

Meanwhile, the open mic nights organised by Dave Aston and Jim Rigby, have returned to Leo's Bar in Nevill Street every Thursday from 8pm.

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