Festival Preview: Smithdown Road Festival 2018

Smithdown Road Festival

Various Venues, Smithdown Road, Liverpool May 5th-6th 2018

Words: Elena Katrina

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Smithdown Road Festival is a growing festival which is attracting lots of interest far and wide, not just because it’s free but also because it’s a busy festival raising money for a charity which very much needs support; The Whitechapel Centre, for the Homeless. It’s also a festival which is pulling together some of the city’s best music promoters from across a wide span of genres and we just love this. We’re thrilled to be a part of this festival with our own stages.

The festival, so aptly named, takes part on Liverpool’s long stretch of Smithdown Road. An area known for being the hub of the student-ville, though perhaps less so now, as a more diverse range of people move in to enjoy the plethora of new independent eateries and bars that have opened up over the last few years. It’s a (good) stone’s throw from city centre, as well as edging out of South Liverpool’s Allerton Road area – the extension of Smithdown Road itself. Easily accessible by bus and by taxi and is bound to be bouncing come next weekend.



Well we have two entire stages to our selves but it’s not in our nature not to share the love so none of these are on our stages. Those you can find here in a handy playlist 😉  oh and our facebook event here.

POLO – Saturday –

I first saw and met Polo at Live At Leeds 2 years ago and have gingerly been keeping one eye and one ear on them ever since. They’ve played Liverpool for ICYMI before so it’s great that they play for their Smithdown Road take over stage this year. You can expect light bubbling brushes of electronica with impressive vocals.

Find Polo on Facebook

Listen to Louder Than Words here:
Mary Miller

There’s something so captivating about Mary Miller’s vocal and the way she combines it with freckles of electronica and her electric guitar. She cuts a fine tune, holds a beautiful and beguiling melody and is becoming a firm favourite on the Liverpool live scene.

Find Mary Miller on Facebook

Listen to Angling  here:
Bribes – Sunday 

This is so cool – BRIBES – for free. Free Bribes! At Smithdown Road – loud loud loud, fun fun fun. If you like your guitars rif heavy and your drums chunky and thumpy and your bass strutting and scuzzy then you’re going to want to see Bribes.

Find Bribes on Facebook

Listen to  She Sings Blues here:

Colour – Monday 

Those of you who have followed us for a while will know that we’re big fans of Wirral based band Colour. And of course for good reason! They mix the guitars and bleeps something akin to the likes of Metronomy and Everything Everything and this always makes me happy.

Find Colour on Facebook

Listen to Chains here:


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