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Threshold Festival – bigger, better and baltic bound

by Leanne Durr. Published Sat 04 Feb 2012 20:30
Threshold Festival 2012
Threshold Festival 2012

Under the Influence is back with Threshold Festival 2012, and this time it's bringing more bands, bigger art installations and less pigeonhole-able performances.

Having managed to bounce off every wall and ceiling in the labyrinthine CUC last year, the irrepressible, untamable upstart that is Threshold has been unleashed to run amok all over the Liverpool Baltic Triangle this February.

No longer a festival under one roof, Threshold 2012 will take place under several roofs, from Friday 10th - Sunday 12th February. One thing that won’t be changing though is the festival’s dedication to championing grassroots.

Over the three days (and nights), an almost uncountable number of up-and-coming and/or off-kilter acts will be making appearances in Camp and Furnace, the Blade Factory, the New Picket, Elevator, the Nordic Church, the Lantern Theatre and the Brewery Tap.

And if that’s not enough venues for you, there will also be a free fringe festival on the Sunday, just a stone’s throw away, at a
little place called the Albert Dock.

Right from the start, Threshold’s ethos has been to engage with arts, music and performance promoters, and provide them with a platform to create and explore.

In addition to Liverpool promoters announced as being on board – including Mellowtone, Rebel Soul, Newpath, HeadSpace, Antipop, and CALM, – Liverpool Sound City has now confirmed it will be programming a stage on the Saturday afternoon.

From further afield come Glastonbury, Bestival and Secret Garden Party
favourites, Chai Wallahs, who will be taking the reins (or cutting them loose) on the Sunday.

Also from beyond the Beatle-City boundaries, Threshold welcomes Scottish blues label Guardian Angels Records, Salford-based innovators Un-convention and alt-folk wunderkinds Imploding Inevitable Festival.

Threshold’s Co-Director Chris Carney is particularly excited to have one of this year’s Liverpool Art Prize nominees exhibiting, he says:

“In 2010, Culturepool introduced us to the absolutely lovely, neurotic, superb creator, Robyn Woolston.

"What followed at Threshold Festival 2011 was ‘Field of Dreams’, a beautiful piece, painstakingly crafted and one of the most ambitious and poignant installations Liverpool has seen.

"Robyn is the essence of our festival, she gets what we’re about and vice versa.

"Having just helped her carry 330 boxes of …(contents to be announced)… up to the site of her new piece for Threshold 2012, I know ‘Smart Price’ (working title) is going to be a very special work of imagination.”

Uncategorisable craft comes from Strangecase Collective and Craft Creative, and this year’s festival will also tie-in some Yarn Bombing and Guerilla Knitting.

Another kind of craft that should prove popular will be Liverpool Craft Beer’s specially brewed limited edition Threshold Festival Beer which will be available in all the venues (except the Brewery Tap).

Chris Carney explains that with last year's festival : “We were under no illusions about Threshold Festival 2011, it was new territory & it was a monumental (with the emphasis on the latter two syllables of that word) undertaking.

"We did it and people loved it, from punters to artists, to volunteers to CUC staff, and now we’re back to do it all again in 2012. Get ready for some amazing antics."

Kaya Herstad Carney, Threshold’s Co-Director, continues: "I don’t know how many festivals are lucky enough to have such amazing venues like the ones we have in the Baltic Triangle, and still be able to oversee a fringe festival in a world heritage site.

"We’re maintaining some of that Georgian charm we love so much at Threshold."

Tickets: Friday £10 / Saturday £10 / Sunday £10 / Weekend £25

All tickets are available from Skiddle.com

Or you can go through the Threshold Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/undertheinfluencenight

Volunteer: To offer your services as a Threshold volunteer, please email info@thresholdfestival.com

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