In its brief history, Astral Coast has quickly established itself as one of the premiere new music festivals on Merseyside.
Bringing together the region’s most exciting emerging artists with established Merseyside headliners, Astral Coast offers a unique day of live music in the Wirral’s foremost live music venue, New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion.
In the previous two years headline acts have included Domino Records and Deltasonic recording artists.
As well as MOBO award winners and NME favourites, the event has also showcased some of Merseyside’s most exciting up and coming acts.
New Brighton itself has a rich history of bringing the best live music each generation has to offer.
From The Rolling Stones iconic performance at New Brighton tower in 1964 to The Coral’s more recent ‘Mid Summer Nights Scream’, which also included performances from the likes of The Libertines and The Zutons, New Brighton has long punched above its weight when it comes to championing new music and providing a fantastic party.
Astral Coast takes place at The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton on July 19.
This year’s headliner comes in the shape of one Merseyside’s greatest living composers; Bill Ryder Jones.
The former Coral man and recent Arctic Monkeys guitarist needs little introduction.
With a wealth of critical acclaim heaped on his two solo albums (both released via Domino records) and production credits with the likes of The Wytches, Bird and Wirral’s own By the Sea, it is safe to say he is in a man in demand.
With songwriting credits on Arctic Monkeys critically lauded A.M, Bill is firmly at the heart of contemporary music.
With their debut album ready to drop at any second, The Tea Street Band look set to take 2014 by storm.
Their status as Merseyside’s ultimate good time band has long been established and with recent shows throughout the United States and support slots with Manchester legends The Charlatans and Inspiral Carpets they will be certain to provide the perfect soundtrack to close the festival.
Last year’s headliners By the Sea return to the Astral Coast stage as they ready the release of their second album, following a triumphant year.
Through a series of sell out headline shows across Merseyside as well as support slots with the likes of Wild Nothing, Cloud Control and headliner Bill Ryder Jones, By the Sea have established themselves as the founders of Merseyside’s dream pop renaissance.
Their debut album received wide spread critical acclaim from the likes of NME, Q and Uncut as well as regular airplay on BBC 6 music.
One of the most exciting bands Manchester has produced in the 21st century thus far, Temple Songs are very much at the forefront of Britain’s love affair with all things psychedelia.
They embarked on extensive touring with the likes of Smith Westerns, The Wytches and Night Beats in support of their sell out 7” single on Too Pure records.
Also so far confirmed to appear are The Sundowners, VEYU, The Wild Eyes, Wet Pelican, Sankofa, Oxygen Thieves, Death Masks, Filter Distortion, Jimmy & the Revolvers, Viola Beach & Dominic Dunn Band, plus more to be announced soon.
The festival represents the coming together of Wallasey based mental health support hub The Open Door Centre, Bido Lito! - the highly influential Liverpool music magazine and the Floral Pavilion Theatre.
Lee Pennington, director of The Open Door Centre, said: “What a show we have planned for this year!
“The past two years have established us on the local festival circuit but, this year’s event looks certain to provide the Wirral with an event the likes of which it has never seen.
“We are extremely proud to have curated what we feel is the best line-up of new music in the region.
“As our flagship musical event Astral Coast presents us with the opportunity to take the discussion of mental health issues out of the GP’s waiting rooms and into the lives of young people across Merseyside. It looks certain to be the pinnacle of Merseyside’s musical calendar.”
Tom Forth, the Floral Pavilion’s events manager, said: “The Floral Pavilion is delighted to welcome back Astral Coast Festival to the Blue Lounge this summer.
“The festival continues to bring top emerging and established acts from a wealth of talent currently enjoying a vibrant Liverpool music scene.
“Astral Coast is strongly cementing its place in the festival calendar, and this year is one not to be missed.”