Acad Fest - Liverpool
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Acad Fest – Liverpool

Glasswerk are proud to announce the inaugural ‘Acad Fest’ at O2 Academy, Liverpool on the 15th August.

The festival is spread over the immaculate O2 Academy using rooms 1 and 2 plus introducing a room3 for chill out, refreshment and general meandering, the best Liverpool bands will be performing from 3pm -11pm.

On a rare free weekend from any other major festivals, there is no excuse for having a day of music in Liverpool.

Headlining the main room at Acad Fest are the much talked about (and for good reason) Sound Of Guns. Having played several times at Glastonbury with memorable aplomb, SOG headlines their biggest stage yet. Main room at the O2 academy, headlining the first Acad Fest.

Headlining the second room are a band we at Glasswerk think are destined for great thing – Dire Wolf, bringing you chaotic rhythms and pop sensibilities.

Full Lineup

Room 1
Sound Of Guns
Fly With Vampires
Mission Babies
Kill Joys
Crafty Freddie
Taken By Storm
Crazed Eternal
The Peaks
IV Reich

Room 2
Dire Wolf
Bo Weevils
Lee Broderick
Kevin Critchley Outfit
The LP
Branco Heist
Bad Precedent
Lost City Radio

Doors 3pm, £6adv

Dire Wolf
Born in Liverpool in late 2008 when Daniel Croll, Tarek Musa, Joe Wills and John
Stark came together with the same intentions and ideas.
As their name suggests, they like to deviate from pack…

Wild dissonant guitar playing, snaking bass lines, thundering
rhythms and mesmerizing vocal hooks align together in a
symbiosis certain to thrive off the competition from rivals.

The result is some of the loudest yet smoothest, most melodic
Moments from the band.

“Dire wolfe are my new addiction; I absoloutely love them!
They’re songs are catchy as fuck; Imaginative, creative and well
put together.”

Throughout the course of 2008, Mike Rogers, Dennis Outten and Christopher Carr got together and eventually formed Anodes. Their mutual passion for art and music brought them closer together, making them ever more serious about the band and their evolving artistic expression. The start of 2009 was also the start of significant changes within Anodes, as Krystian Hudson became the fourth member of the group, bringing his own style to the fold, in turn changing the band and its sound once again. Finally, Tim Hawkins brought to the group a more melodic, yet driving energy, with his expressive playing.

As gig opportunities arose, Anodes performed numerous times in venues such as The Barfly in Liverpool. They have recieved a positive reception from all crowds, gaining a strong reputation, and a healthy influx of bookings for performances.
Anodes are a passionate and energetic alternative rock outfit, fusing grooves with melody driven progressive styles.

Branco Heist
The Branco Heist are on a mission to make sound affect – a three-piece who have rapidly made an impression on the live circuits of London and Liverpool with their distinctive heavy soul sound and a reputation for high octane live performances. After only a handful of gigs they had been nominated for an Indy Award (Best Indie Act), featured on a MusicWeek covermount of Liverpool's hottest new talent, and signed a development deal with Close Call Music, an independent music publisher.
2008 proved to be a year spent writing new material and crafting a live act worthy of any stage and this approach to live shows has developed a loyal following, and their recent shows (including the IndigO2 Arena and Kentish Town Forum in London, and Zanzibar and Bumper in Liverpool) have been packed and sweaty affairs, with the beginnings of A&R interest.
Currently based in London, throughout 2009 The Branco Heist have been building their solid fanbases on the Thames and the Mersey and expanding their profile nationally through touring, airplay, and press activity, having just finished a UK tour and performing at The Longest Day festival in Brighton.

Kevin Critchley Outfit
KCO's blend of vocal and lyrical talent, fiery strings and expansive band set up give them a uniquely vibrant sound. Combining multi-talented musicians with a passion for making fresh new music, the Outfit have come a long way since singer-songwriter Kevin Critchley and cellist/composer Luke Moore met at a party in 2006.

After almost a year performing as a duo, violinist Josie Pearce joined and in 2008, they recorded their debut studio album, 'Scars' at Sandhills Studios in Liverpool. After it's release in Spring 2009, their self-financed, professionally produced and mastered album has been well received by critcis and fans alike. KCO's full line up now includes brothers Alex (drums, percussion ) and Mike Williams (bass) and a horn section for bigger live shows.

With a growing fan base, international radio play, bigger shows and other exciting things in the pipeline, KCO's commitment to making fresh music is as strong as ever.

Lost City Radio
Formed in 2007, Lost City Radio are a Liverpool-based 3 piece bringing together their love of rocking guitars and big choruses with electronic beats, bleeps & synths to create an anthemic unique sound. Recent gigs have gone from strength to strength and the band are currently in the studio working on their first EP.

The LP
the LP like so many bands, began in a garage, but even from this well trodden beginning, the LP possessed a different chemistry. Matt Adams and his younger brother Calum sparked together to form lo-fi compositions with maverick punk inspired bassist Boyd, Guitarist Paul Mckay and Keys / Synth player Clare Elizabeth. Capturing the attention of their home town through energetic live shows with energetic guitar riffs and counterpoint keyboard melodies.

But the path was not easy. the LP was plunged into a period of darkness. But from desire, late nights and care free poverty, sharing countless squalid bed-sits, found solace in their ever complex and personal writing process.

The band under guidance from mentor Martin Ellis have recorded their debut album entitled 'We Are, But Now'. Igniting media enthusiasm and gaining support from local, national and international parties. We are the LP. We Are, But Now.

Bad Precedent
Bad Precedent are a classic rock quartet from Liverpool in the mould of Foo Fighters, Black Stone Cherry and Led Zeppelin who boast hair raising riffs and powerful harmonies that will make you take notice. Comprised of Front Man and Guitarist James Suffield, Bassist Lee Jones, Lead Guitarist Ian Johnson and Drummer Dale Ellis, Bad Precedent have found acclaim as far reaching as Hollywood with recognition in SugarBuzz magazine amongst other publications. With the successful Launch of their EP 'Hold Out' firmly under their belts an exciting year awaits the band.

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