Liverpool Voted England's Most Musical City!
Liverpool - home of Dolphin Music - has been voted England's most musical city in a national campaign set up by the Arts Council. Well Done!
The home of bands such as The Beatles, The La's, The Coral, The Zutons - and current European Capital of Culture - took 49% of the vote in an online poll set up by the funding body.
Sheffield - which brought the world the Arctic Monkeys and Pulp - came second, while Manchester came third. Liverpool Culture Company music manager Gordon Ross said: "The city today has a phenomenal pool of talent."
"It has the venues, the studios, the promoters and the festivals to nurture new ideas and faces to carry on the city's best musical traditions," he added.
The voting took place via the Arts Council "Take It Away" scheme website. "Take It Away" allows individuals to apply for a loan of up to £2,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument, and pay it back in nine monthly instalments, completely interest free. The Dolphin Music retail stores (Liverpool, Huddersfield and Gateshead) are all part of this scheme.
As part of the campaign, unsigned Liverpool band The Affection won the chance to perform at this year's End of the Road Festival in Dorset after submitting an online audition.
A panel of music industry experts chose them as Liverpool's best unsigned act. Congratulations, lads!
Recently, Gibson guitars also featured an article on their website, highlighting the new music scene in Liverpool - read it here.