Liverpool's Threshold Festival is back!

Threshold Festival is back for 2012, bringing three heady days of music and art to Liverpool's Baltic Triangle.

Jayne Robinson

Date published: 25th Jan 2012

Liverpool's Threshold Festival is back for 2012, and this time its bringing more bands, bigger art installations and less pigeonhole-able performances. 

The weekend of February 10th - 12th 2012 will see this irrepressible young festival run amok all over the Liverpool Baltic Triangle (a change from last year's venue of the CUC), taking in several of the city's best loved venues. 

The venue may be changing, but one thing that won’t be 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 Festival.

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…


Venue: Liverpool Sound City at the Blade Factory

Events: Tiro Lark, Cheap Thrills, The Vigilantes, The Dead Velvets, Einstein’s, and Filthy Licks.

Venue: Camp and Furnace

Events: Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, Chelcee Grimes, Man Get Out, HeadSpace’s Twinned exhibition, Liverpool Art Prize short-lister Robyn Woolston, Stealing Sheep and Picture Book, as well as Chai Wallah’s Closing Party which hosts Yes Sir Boss, CODA, and twice UK DMC champion, JFB.

Venue: The New Picket

Events: Sandi Thom, The Hummingbirds and Un-Convention (in conversation with a special guest to be announced).

Venue: The Nordic Church

Events: Impropriety Threshold Soap Opera, Dismembered Empire, Jolly Boat, Random Acts of Wildness, Super Effective Retro Gaming, Dogstar Rose acoustic with Thom Morecroft, Jo Bywater.

Venue: The Lantern Theatre

Events: Performing Shakespeare, a workshop by Max Rubin (Lodestar, Liverpool Shakespeare Festival), Script in Hand Theatre and Undercover BlonDDe.

Venue: Elevator

Events: Venus Di Milo, Birdie Jackson & The Arbour and Police Squad.

Venue: The Brewery Tap

Events: Philosophy in Pubs, discussing Culture of Capital.


Friday 10th February

David Harbottle & The Friendly Cats / Rumjig / Silent Cities / Dave Jackson & The Cathedral Mountaineers / Shona Foster / Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam 6 / Ready Mades / The Science Of the Lamps / Carousel / Lou Lu & The Boy / Dan Ross / Robert Vincent / Crash Ambers Party / Matt Kerr / Danny Dunne / Lyra Jay / Joe Symes / Cities That Sleep / Sally Pepper / The Vermin Suicides / The Jackpot Golden Boys / In Evil Hour / Elmo & The Styx / Antipop DJs / Fonetiks / Red Night Cities / Muto Leo / MINIONTV / The Elementals / DJ Rasp / Mak of All Trades / Benny Maths / / RASTA4EYES / B & The T’s / False Alibi / The Last Gambados / Dan Thorpe / Picture Book / Speed Pets / The Brothers King / DJ Ben Power / DJ Gray Torino & Chesters.

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Saturday 11th February 

Chelcee Grimes / Soul4Soul / Christina Malley / Some Say Nothing / Manukah / Ste Hedley Band / Jazz Hands / The Mono LPs / Always The Quiet Ones / The Thespians / Coffee & Cakes for Funerals / Ogo / Carpe / The Reveres / Bring the Soul / Jeremiah Ferrari / At Any Time / Man Get Out / Paddy Steer / The Left Hand / The Ratty Little Fingers / Liverpool Samba School / DJ Audio Voyeur / DJ Monkey / Steve Khan / Terry Gray / Mary McCombs / Olly Squires / Miles Carrington / Callum McMorran / Goegehan Jackson / Tibi & Her Cello / TJ & Murphy / Laura J Martin / All We Are / Stealing Sheep / PILLBOX Vintage Retro Fair / Rob Rivieres / The Big I Am / Rob Vincent (Night Parade) / Oxtoby Music / Leon Pearce / James Munro / Robert Mulder / Dean Elliot / Alan O'Hare / Hedda Aronssen / Rik Warren / Pearse McLoughlin / T.E. Yates / Birdie Jackson & The Arbour / Felix Hagan / Age of Glass / Liverpool Lighthouse Choir / Indigo Vibe / PRIME CUTS / SUPER EFFECTIVE / Venus Di Milo / Dismembered Empire / Impropriety / Francis Tucker / Clitingham Avenue / Random Acts of Wildness / Legion of Doom / Tom George / Dogstar Rose / Jo Bywater / Thom Morecroft / Sophie Ballamy / Rufus Hok / Rob Clarke & The Wooltones / Absense (Waxxx) / Mr. Paul / CWMSMDM / Global Goon / Jacques vs isocore / Captain Johnson / Tiro Lark / Cheap Thrills / The Vigilantes / The Dead Velvets / Einstein’s / Filthy Licks.

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Sunday 12th February 

We The Undersigned / The John Fairhurst Band / CODA / Yes Sir Boss / Lazy Habits / Joe Driscoll / TIN ROOTS / DJ JFB (UK DMC Champion) / DJ Moneyshot / DJ Buddah / UNCONVENTION PANEL DISCUSSIONS / Rob Gough / Ronan Boyle / Natalie McCool / The Fifth Movement / The Hummingbirds / Mr. James / Sandi Thom / ‘MADE HERE’ / HANDMADE ARTS AND CRAFT FAIR / Special Performance from Esco Williams / Greta Core / Stillpoint / Inglorious / Mitford Rebel / Skive / Fidel Afro / Brazen Goods / Philosophy in Pubs / 10p Mixes / The Gastric Band / Stereo Electric Mistress / The Tin Foil Hat Brigade / Masters of The Radio / Statement Haircut / Organ Freeman / Triphazard / Visual art from Josephine Scales and Michael Stevenson / The Grande / Bear Beats Band / The Romleys / The Southbound Attic Band / The Long Lost Band / Jessica’s Ghost / SheerWater / The Stand / The Way / Police Squad / The Temps.

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Weekend tickets cost just £25, or you can buy individual day tickets for £10. All tickets are available below.

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