2014: Sunday 30th March Line-Up

Sunday 30th March

The Baltic Social 

Dream Mother’s Day

The Koala Collective 
The Night and Days
ME and Deboe
Matthew Breen
James Sills
Dawn Hignett
Ben Stafford
Creative Community Choir
Indigo Vibe

District pt. 1

Merseyside Youth Stage with MYA & MAF

The Haze
Room for Rent
No Vacancy
Daisy Gill
Mark Hughes
Eleanor Nelly
MYA Choir

District pt. 2


Run Tiger Run
Daddy Science
Ego Lupus DJ
Zilov Gaps
Doodah Farm
hosted by Thom Morecroft

Festival Closing Set by Dj Rasp

Unit 52 pt. 1

Farm Feast @ Threshold with Mellowtone

John McGrath
The Southbound Attic Band
One Arm Bandits
James Munro
with Beaten Tracks DJs

Unit 51 pt. 2

Farm Feast @ Threshold with Dovedale Social

The Wretched Pearls
The 69watts
Ed Poole
Marc Kenny
Paul Straws

Unit 51 pt. 3

Threshold presents Robert Vincent & Friends

Joe Symes & The Loving Kind
The Ragamuffins
Dominic Dunn Band
Anna Corcoran
Niamh Jones

Threshold Creatives with Science Grrl

Flying Solo
One Half Theatre
RARE Showcase
Sofie Jude
Tiple Threat

City of `Liverpool College

Science Grrl Science Fair

Baltic Bakehouse pt. 1

Home Grown Bananas presents #fruiturism 

Rufus Hok
Jo Bywater
Jim Pearson
Creaky Bones
The Owls
hosted by John Gorman

Baltic Bakehouse pt. 2

Greg Wilson in conversation with Bernie Connor.

Arena Studios & Gallery

Addistock Sessions

Joe McCorriston
Elijah James
Liam McClair
Seven Years Behind


Acoustic Sunday @ Threshold

Robert J Hunter
Barney Soanes
Katie McLoughlin
The Big I Am
Sam Cooper
Hedge Gods
Karl McCann
Dougie Crosbie
Just By Chance

2014: Saturday 29th March Line-Up

Saturday 29th March

The Baltic Social pt. 1
Liverpool Acoustic

Kevin Critchley
Alex Hulme
Nora Konstanse
Tiz McNamara
Chris Callander
Carlos and the Jackal
Three Minute Hero
Caroline England

The Baltic Social pt. 2 

Threshold presents: Etches

Urban Empire
The Mono Lps
Clockwork Radio
Indigo Sky
Hyper Magic Mountain

District pt.1

Threshold & Soul Inspired Presents

The Soul Rays
POAM (Pieces Of A Man)
Kristyna Myles
Redeyed Jedi
Christina Malley
Charlotte Ashdown
Catherine Murphy

District pt. 2

Threshold presents Dub Mafia

The Fire Beneath The Sea
The Mixnots
We The Undersigned
Broken Men
Down Radio
Mutant Vinyl

24 Kitchen Street pt. 1

Joel Bird

24 Kitchen Street pt. 2

A Culture Less Ordinary

The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo Drama After School Club (Saturn, Lancashire)
The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band
With Cosmic Girl (VJ)
Mr. Resistor (DJ)
& Jacques (DJ)

Unit 51

Soul Inspired Events

Judith Ude
Lauren Housley
Jay Alexzander
Little Grace
Tyler Mensah
with DJ 2KIND

Lantern Liverpool pt. 1

Threshold Creative

The Scape Physical Theatre
Rumour Theatre Co in association with Lady Parts
New Leaf Theatre Ensemble (Adult Acting Workshop)
The Black-E Youth Theatre
Impropriety Workshop

Lantern Liverpool pt. 2

The Lemon Collective host Threshold Cabaret

Lemon Collective Madness
Billy Kelly 
Frankii Phoenix 
Wild Writers & Red Herring 
Plinky Plonky
Bring The Fire Project 
Dennis Outten 
Suitcase Ensemble
Abi Wade
Fourth Wall
plus loads more…

Baltic Bakehouse


Detuned Radio
The Long Rays
Kid Kin
Invisible Alliance
Lo Five
Mick Flaherty

Arena Studios & Gallery

Addistock Sessions

Twisted Trees
ME and Deboe
Iain and Steph
Carlos and the Jackal


Threshold presents Triphazard

The Borgias
Mervin Gers
Rangoon Sons
Edge of Eden
Arkham Karvers
Duncan Ewart
Michael Bennett

Baltic Creative Campus

Industry Talks & Panels

Beneath The Beat Screening with Q&A
David Pattie: Kraftwerk
Audio Voyeur talks to Graham Massey & Paddy Steer
Science Grrl & Threshold presents: Science vs Art the Debate
Get Booked: Antipop & Liverpool Bands

The Nordic Church

Mish Mass

Operation Lightfoot
Be Your Own Banana Theatre Company (BYOB)
The Mezzotint
Threshold House Band: Vanessa Murray, Oxtoby,Mersey Wylie, Kate Hazeldine, Donna Lea, Alx Green, Alexandra Jayne
Silent Cities

90 Squared

John Bruun


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Team Threshy

2014: Friday 28th March Line-Up

Friday 28th March

The Baltic Social pt. 1

Threshold Presents: Natalie McCool

Ste Hedley
Gary Edward Jones
Sophia Ben-Yousef
Avital Raz

The Baltic Social pt. 2

The Walrus Said…

Speed Pets
Lucas Castro

District pt. 1

Antipop Records

China Shop Bull
Smiling Ivy
The Indecision
Dj Arnivore

District pt. 2

Out of the Kitchen

The Destroyers

24 Kitchen Street

Threshold presents: Johnny Panic & The Fever

Mimi Amore
Science of the Lamps
Kirsty McGee
Spoony Bard
Skanky Panky Djs

Unit 51

Threshold presents: The Wild Eyes

Fidel Afro
Hey Bulldog
The Jackobins
Henry Pulp

Baltic Bakehouse

Threshold presents: Gideon Conn

Emilio Pinchi
Chris Moore
Ronan Boyle
The Mersey Belles


Threshold presents: Beans on Toast

She Drew The Gun
Paul Tarpey
Tom Kwei
The Gaffney Collective
Richard Francis
Mr. Wolf Collective
Hosted by Jamie Broad

The Nordic Church

Rock Formations

Alpha Male Tea Party
Waking Aida
Singapore Strategy

Blade Factory

BRAT Management

Two Weeks Running
Book Thieves
Arc Light

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An Age Old Debate On Which We Wish To Clarify Our Position.

Every Year since we began in 2011, we have received the same messages from people (mostly people who are not involved with the festival) on Social Media, asking if we are going to pay our artists. 

We’ve always tried to be forthcoming with this, but also tried to keep it off public sites where the wrong comment could jeopardise an event which a massive amount of time and effort goes into creating each year. 

We follow the same policies as any established music and arts festival, some headline acts have pre-arranged fees, some acts have agreed expenses (for visual arts we cover material costs), other acts play for the opportunity and to contribute to the festival which we believe to be a valid boost to the creative scene of the city. We NEVER operate a Pay To Play policy.

We are not just a grass roots festival, we are a grass roots business. Many of the festival team and the organisers are artists themselves and have performed at and created work for countless, well established festivals for little or no money. We are not saying that this is ideal, but every artist that takes part in an opportunity to reach a wider audience (which is what a festival should always be viewed as) usually will take this in and can in some cases see a growth in their career as a result of that commitment. 

All artists are provided with complimentary refreshments, full festival access and press and networking opportunities, plus a follow up service from the organisers in helping to widen their networks and gain gigs and commissions throughout the year.

Like many of our artists, none of the directors or organising team have received salaries, fees or any payment for their work, we have however paid out to service providers without whom the festival can not and will not go ahead. These are the costs that the majority of people don’t quite understand. Yes we do think that hiring a stage or paying to print wristbands is just as valued as the work of an artist, but in terms of financial payout, it just isn’t like that.

For information, the festival does not make a profit and is not run with that intention. It is our belief however that the event needs to begin to make a profit at some stage in order to make our business a sustainable one, but this profit will be invested solely into the event and this will ultimately lead to better payments for artists too, but for any artist starting out to be paid well for early work is frankly unrealistic. 

Threshold Festival annually showcases the work of well over 500 individuals and relies on a monumental amount of good will, support and a respect and belief that our intentions are honourable. We are passionate about what we do to lengths that the vast majority will never comprehend.

We’re here to showcase great art, not to fight for justice for it, that’s someone else’s fight. We support them all the way.

We Hope You Enjoy Threshold 2014

Chris, Kaya & Andy. 

Threshold Festival Visual Arts Programme Preview: FUTURE | VISIONS

With 6 weeks to go until Threshold Festival 2014, an exciting visual arts programme has been revealed with the return of some of their favourite names as well as some innovative new comers to the field. The exhibition, entitled ‘FUTURE | VISIONS’ which takes place on 28th,29th and 30th March will spread across the 11 festival venues in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

Returning to the festival for the fourth year is award winning artist Robyn Woolston. Robyn is an artist who works across installation, photography, moving image and print.

In 2012 she won the Liverpool Art Prize and was awarded a solo show in 2013 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, during which she exhibited 3.6 tonnes of post-consumer waste prior to recycling. She has shown across the UK, Europe and Australia.
"Robyn’s large scale installations have featured at every Threshold Festival, she’s a genuine success story of grass roots arts in Liverpool and we’re very excited that she is returning."
Chris Herstad Carney, Festival Producer.”

Field of Dreams by Robyn Woolston at Threshold Festival 2011 - Photo by Robyn Woolston 'Loci (Double Bind)' by Robyn Woolston at Threshold Festival 2013 - Photo by Robyn Woolston Smart Price by Robyn Woolston at Threshold Festival 2012 - Photo by Robyn Woolston

FUTURE | VISIONS will present a range of work from artists across the UK, responding to the festival theme of retro-futurism; visions of the future imagined in the 1950s and 60s.

Baltic Triangle residents and award winning creative Motion Graphics and CGI studio Sparkle* VFX will be teaming up with Adam Irwin from Splinter to produce photo real prints of Liverpool landmarks exclusively for the festival, with a “Jet Punk” twist.

Johanna Wilson, aka That Girl is an illustrator and designer working in Liverpool. She has recently created artwork for Dan Croll and the SevenStreets Almanac. Johanna will be screen printing live during Threshold and festival goers can create their own screen prints to take away as a souvenir!

Right: Johanna Wilson is the face behind That Girl
  Left: Creatures Of The Deep by Johanna Wilson aka That Girl

The exhibition will span across the Baltic Triangle, with work presented in venues including Unit 51, 24 Kitchen Street, Baltic Bakehouse, The Baltic Social, District along with new venues Mat Hatter Brewery and 90 Squared.

FUTURE | VISIONS will also feature a companion exhibition at Arena Gallery and a collection of work displayed in The Hatch at Hopskotch Liverpool.

Joining the live art line up is yet another award winning artist Tommy Graham, who specialises in darkly humourous, comic paintings often juxtaposing robots and surveillance technology. Tommy will create new work throughout the weekend at District.

Painter and Installation artist Leon Jakeman will produce a site specific installation interpreting the flipside to future modernism from the 50’s & 60’s with a piece visually stripped bare of any technology; an exploration of the notion that retro-futurism is not universally optimistic.

Pack of Wolves, an artistic collective from across the UK, will present a series of utopian/ dystopian works inspired by jet punk. Works will incorporate altered found paintings, dolls/ puppets and surreal paper collage.

Sarah Nicholson, a sculptor and graduate of Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, will create a biomorphic organic work for the festival which introduces whimsy and fantasy to create a “vehicle” for contemplation. The work will explore the concepts of remembering and forgetting at once, triggering an unease – a threat of stealthy slender fingers reaching into your mind to find your inner-most secrets.

Adam Collier is a student at Leeds College of Art and will be returning to Threshold after exhibiting with us in 2013. A favourite of the team, Adam will create paintings for the festival to reflect our retro-futurism theme.
Left: One of Adam’s hugely popular works from his 2013 Threshold exhibition.

Photographer Wesley Storey will display a set of photographs that explore and question the ways in which visions of a futuristic world have been historically expressed through Modernist and Brutalist architecture.

In partnership with Arena Gallery will be a companion exhibition “Hello and Goodnight” - an selection of photographs from the early 1980’s Liverpool music scene by Graham Smillie. Driven by a love for music, Graham immersed himself in the scene and captured images featuring some of the greatest musicians in Liverpool at that time; including Pete Wylie, Echo & the Bunnymen and the Pale Fountains. A must see for retro music fans!


With more to come on the visual arts programme next month including commissioned venue dressing from Mr. Wolf Collective, METAL residents The Lemon Collective and exciting street art from Tristan BradyJacobs & Pamela Sullivan, Threshold Festival is shaping up to be a huge celebration of a great cultural era for Liverpool.

The full line-up for Threshold Festival of Music & Arts 2014 will be revealed soon.  Here’s the confirmed venues for March: District, The Baltic Social, 24 Kitchen Street, Lantern Liverpool, Arena Gallery, Unit 51, Baltic Creative, Baltic BakehouseSiren & The Mad Hatter’s Brewery.

Advance Weekend Tickets

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2014 3rd Wave of Acts Announced

The fourth annual Threshold Festival of Music & Arts is just around the corner and a huge third wave of acts has been announced for the event which takes place on March 28th-30th in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. "There was a record number of submissions for the event and it’s been a pleasure putting the programme together in some of the city’s best and exciting new venues. Full line-up coming soon, but for now, we hope you enjoy the 3rd wave." Kaya Herstad Carney, Festival Director   Without Further Ado….Alpha Male Tea Party Sheepy John McGrath Abi Wade Silent Cities We The Undersigned Dj Rasp Robert Vincent Book Thieves Forthaven Dominic Dunn Clockwork Radio Ed Poole Henry Pulp Speed Pets Kalandra Waking Aida Adronite Tyler Mensah Indigo Sky Arc Light Jamie Broad Stems Science of The Lamps Alex Hulme She Drew The Gun Paul Straws Triphazard Joe Symes & the Loving Kind China Shop Bull Kusanagi Fidel Afro Bolshy Detuned Radio BeLoey The full line-up for Threshold Festival of Music & Arts 2014 will be revealed soon. Here’s the confirmed venues for March: District, The Baltic Social, 24 Kitchen Street, Lantern Liverpool, Arena Gallery, Unit 51, Baltic Creative, Baltic Bakehouse & Siren. Already announced: The Destroyers, Dub Mafia, Gideon Conn, Broken Men, the Fire Beneath The Sea, Etches, Natalie McCool, The Wild Eyes, The Mono Lps

Advance Weekend Tickets

Tickets for Threshold Festival 2014 are on sale through Skiddle & at Made-Here & 3Beat Records priced at just £25/£20nus with Day Tickets Also Available Buy Tickets For Threshold 2014 Independent Liverpool From Friday 7th January, there will be a limited half price festival ticket for Independent Liverpool Card holders. To claim yours or if you don’t already have a card, go visit their website by clicking the image to your right: “In years to come, those who attended can look back, misty eyed, and say, yeah, I was there at the very first one.” Seven Streets 2011

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