Threshold Festival Llne -up announced
Under the Influence is back with Threshold Festival 2012, and this time its 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. 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 (and waves) 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
More exhaustive line-ups for Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th can be found below, but here
are some highlights to help you calculate a route along the Baltic Triangle’s hypotenuse of venues…
• Liverpool Sound City at the Blade Factory features Tiro Lark, Cheap Thrills, The Vigilantes,
The Dead Velvets, Einstein’s, and Filthy Licks.