Independents Day – 4th July

With the incredible resurgence of Music and Magic in the Pool of Life, what the NME have labelled SRR ('Scouse Rock Revolution') and the rest of the press are fond to shout as 'Liver-cool', the music industry in Merseyside is once more (deservedly) at the cutting edge of the UK music scene (not that we've ever been away of course, kids are born up here with a song not a scream, Reds and Blues alike).

With the recent success of Merseyside labels such as DeltaSonic (The Coral) and Invicta Hi-fi (Ladytron), the area's vibrant and dignified artists are in a position to get their music across on a wider scale than perhaps ever before. And it's actually looking pretty rosy from an Independent perspective as artists and labels alike team up to renew their acquaintance with creating and releasing quality music and being able to develop the plethora of talented acts without selling their soul for a Cadillac.

So amidst this melee of musical magnificence, the Inaugural Independents Day on 4th July 2003 brings together the diverse scenesters, labels, poets and wastrels that make the Mersey air sing with lust and lustrous freedom in sound. Via a series of afternoon events including free advice panels and seminars including topics titled 'Radio Killed The Radio Star' and 'The Creative Shoestring' along with evening showcases and a host of quality live acts, Independents Day aims to help and promote the local scene. Speakers will include major industry players and many of the movers, shakers, drinkers and razordanger thinkers that make Merseyside the most exciting place on this earth.

The live concerts in the evening of 4th July will have a run-around feel, using all three floors in top multi-room live music venue The Masque, Seel Street. It will give the chance for chosen Independent labels to show off one of their artists, renew acquaintance with old friends within the Industry, and of course, meet new mates and maybe share a White Russian or two and put the musical world to rights under the inviolate midnight moon.

Independents day will be heavily promoted to the Music Industry and national press in order to create coverage and recognition for the labels that number amongst them some of the most original and exciting idea-packed talent ever brought together. There will be an application process for Record Labels to go through to be picked for the main showcase and promotion. However, other labels can still benefit from fringe events that will take place at the same venue, with details to be announced later this month.

The event is being organised by local label Black Sheep and MusicBias, part of the Merseyside Music Partnership Programme that is aiming to increase the contribution of music enterprise in the region. As well as being supported by AIM (Association of Independent Music), the event is totally FREE. Now that, as they say up here, is boss, la. Is right.

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