Returning Mathew Street Festival will help feed the city's hungry

Liverpool Celebrates will take place on the Pier Head
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The legendary Mathew Street Festival is returning in August, and festival goers will be able to help the city's hungry while enjoying themselves at the Pier Head.

The festival, officially known as Liverpool Celebrates, will take place at the Pier Head across the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday, August 23 to Monday, August 26. The first Mathew Street Festival was held in 1993 and became an annual fixture in the city until its cancellation a decade ago. This successor event will involve the Pier Head being transformed into a concert venue, as opposed to being spread all over the city centre as was previously the case.

Each day of the festival will consist of a different theme, which the organisers say will celebrate all eras and genres of music, from Liverpool legends and local talent, international stars and tribute acts. The event will culminate with a specially-curated Cavern Club Takeover, described as a "celebration of artists who have performed at the original festival over the decades."

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Liverpool Celebrates has pledged its commitment to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, with several donation stations placed around the festival to help feed hundreds of hungry people in our region.

Ian Byrne, parliamentary candidate for West Derby, co-founded Fans Supporting Foodbanks alongside Dave Kelly in 2015 as a collective effort between Everton and Liverpool supporters to tackle poverty in the city.

The initiative has since spread country-wide, with fans of clubs across the country joining the fight against poverty. Fans Supporting Foodbanks fed more than 100,000 people last year.

Mr Byrne said: "In Liverpool, one in three suffer food insecurities. A city of 500,000 in the sixth richest country in the world, it is absolutely appalling and totally avoidable.

"We need political decisions made. Hunger is a political choice, and while the need is out there FSF will continue to do what they do.

"Every donation that is made at any of our dropouts or the festival during August will go directly to our six pantries across the city."

Organisers expect the festival to attract thousands of visitors and and shine a light on the world-famous musical heritage of the city.

Holly Johnson, lead singer of 80s supergroup Frankie Goes To Hollywood, will headline the opening night of live music at the festival, celebrating Liverpool and its music heritage. Holly will be joined by The Lightning Seeds, Space, China Crisis, Tea Street Band and The Sway in opening the festival.

On Saturday, The Jacksons will perform tracks such as Blame It On The Boogie, I Want You Back, ABC and Can You Feel It accompanied by a 10 piece live band. Boyzlife, the Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy supergroup, will perform Boyzone and Westlife songs.

Jonny Bongo, of the popular worldwide Bongo’s Bingo event, will bring his festival experience to the dock with N-Trance set to take the stage, while world-class tribute acts will perform The Beatles, Queen, Prince, Oasis and Elton John tributes across the Sunday and Monday.

The final day of the festival will be hosted in partnership with Alder Hey Hospital's Ronald McDonald House to aid a complete refurbishment of the facility. Local artists Motel Sundown and Georgie Weston will perform on the main Pier Head stage during the festival after beating off stiff competition in a recent 'Battle of the Artists' contest.

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