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What were your highlights of 2013?

Our Youth Special in March featuring Dominic Dunn, George Lawless, Sophia Ben-Yousef and Milly Pye was a fantastic showcase of talented performers all under 18. Bringing Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph to Liverpool in June for the first time in over 9 years was a real privilege as was hosting the return of the insanely talented Jon Gomm in September. Also it was great taking part in the first Liverpool International Music Festival in the sun-drenched Bluecoat garden. My personal highlight of 2013 (and of the last five years!) was the return of double Folk Award nominee Luke Jackson who played our first ever event in 2009 as a 14 year old and returned in June to give a truly spellbinding performance for those who were lucky enough to be there.


What are your plans for 2014? 

In addition to our regular monthly events at the View Two Gallery we’re taking part in Threshold at the end of March, LIMF over the August Bank Holiday and the returning Above the Beaten Track on the last weekend of August.


If you could have any artist in the world to play for you who would it be? why?

It’s nice to dream about having someone like Newton Faulkner or Loudon Wainwright III playing an intimate gig for us at the View Two Gallery but to be honest I’d much rather have Stephen Langstaff back!


What is your favourite Venue in Liverpool? Why? 

I’ve got to say the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street. This is where we’ve held our monthly gigs for the past five years and there isn’t another place quite like it. The acoustics in the performance space are spot on, and the atmosphere is enhanced by the ever changing art on the walls. And there aren’t too many independent venues with a grand piano!


How did it feel to win Live Music Night of the Year?

Winning it the first year was fantastic, but winning it again in 2013 was even better. We don’t book big names and we’re not high profile, so the fact that the judges put us through to the voting stage is a real testament to the small team of people who make our events happen (Stuart, Roger, Ken and Jamie) and the loyal supporters who come along for the fantastic music on offer.


Is there any Liverpool band or artists that have caught your eye recently?

We’re constantly coming across new bands and artists via our weekly open mic at Sound Food and Drink every Monday, on Dave Monks’ BBC Introducing Merseyside show, and by recommendation from audience members and other musicians. She Drew The Gun is definitely one to watch this year, and young Paddy Clegg is worth tracking down too.


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Big thank you to Hotel Indigo who sponsored Live Music Night of The Year 2013: