September the 5th will see Liverpool grassroots festival Above the Beaten Track return to the Bluecoat for its eighth year. The live acts have already been announced and the DJs joining them can now be revealed. The day is a celebration of the best in live grassroots music, DJs, traders, makers and audio-visual extravaganzas. This year some of the finest DJs Liverpool has to offer will be taking over both the bar and the garden. Playing from the festival’s start till finish, these selectors will provide the perfect soundtrack for the eclectic festivities. This time around the ATBT will be welcoming back some old favourites as well as introducing some fresh faces such as The Chicken Brothers and Danny Fitzgerald. The DJs will be taking festival-goers on a journey through American music history, with each set showcasing a snapshot of different styles. From Blues, Jazz, Funk, Gospel, Roots, Country, Swing, RnB and everything in between. The festival re-located to the Bluecoat from View Two Gallery in 2010 to cope with growing demand. Originally conceived to celebrate the diverse array of songwriters in the city, it has since expanded to reflect the wider range of musicians, DJs, artists and makers of Liverpool to provide a fully immersive cultural experience. For the day the Bluecoat’s historic building plays host to many varied aspects of the underground cultural scene, including two stages of live music, poetry, participatory events and live art.
DJ Line Up
Monkey has been DJing in Liverpool for over a decade, taking his eclectic mix of tunes to numerous venues, nights and parties. Influenced by the likes of the Scratch Perverts, 2manyDJs and Don Letts, Monkey likes to explore the ‘culture clash music’. Mixing the likes of soul with punk, blues with hip hop, and reggae with drum and bass. You will never see the same set twice…
A local favourite, Stuart Borthwick has been on the scene for 25 years, starting his DJing career at festivals and clubs in Liverpool the early 1990s before branching out and DJing all over the country. Expect to hear an Afrocentric roots journey with a few surprises thrown in.
A Liverpool-based DJ whose long-standing fascination with Caribbean folk music led to the release of his fantastic compilation, Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69″ on Soul Jazz Records in 2014. Fitzgerald has heated up stages for the likes of Norman Jay MBE and Gilles Peterson with deep selections built around scratchy 45s and LP cuts from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and beyond. Bryan Biggs
The Bluecoat’s Artistic Director, will be hotfooting it from playing an all women set at the Unitarian Church on Ullet Road. Biggs keeps the faith with an eclectic mix of vinyl goodies – from The Andrews Sisters to the Louvin Brothers, Nervous Norvus to La Lupe – selected to entertain and delight.
Artist, songwriter and DJ, the multi-talented Mike plays his delicious brand of dusty hard hitting Rockabilly rarities along side Some deep South Juke-joint Blues.
Carl Combover has been spinning records in the clubs and bars of Liverpool since the early 90’s. He has Dj-ed at nights all over the country and at festivals including Glastonbury, Liverpool Psych Fest, Hipsville and Born Bad in Paris. Carl also runs the 60’s Garage, Surf and Rock n Roll club The Go-Go Cage! which has monthly residence at The Shipping Forecast and will be soon celebrating its 10th birthday.
Beaten Tracks are a Liverpool-based collective of DJs who champion the rare, the dusty and the forgotten. For this year’s Above The Beaten Track, expect a set packed full of early blues from the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Charlie Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Gig-sketcher and co-founder of Draw the Line turns his hand to DJing. Playing an eclectic all vinyl set from carefully selected records spanning funk, hip-hop and electronica. X-Ray Katt
X-Ray Katt is a Liverpool based DJ and 1 sixth of renowned collective Mixnots. Having unlearned everything he understood DJing to be under the wings of his Mixnot comrades playing at festivals internationally such as Glastonbury, Lake of Stars (Malawi), Isle of Wight, Creamfields & Standon Calling amongst others. X-Ray has developed his own solo style, which picks the finest bits of nearly all genres and celebrates music in the non-pretentious ethos of Mixnots. Expect good music, mixed questionably, but always selected with integrity.
The Chicken Brothers
The Chicken Brothers are resident roosters and co-programmers of the Speakeasy nights at the Kazimier. Fittingly they will play a Jazz origins set for Above the Beaten Track on Saturday afternoon. Come down and ride the vibes as the old greats come alive.
Dave has been an integral part of the Liverpool underground scene for many years having been involved in Earthbeat festival up to the 90’s and also resident of the legendary Magnet. Bugsy
Returning to above the beaten track for the sixth time, expect the choicest cuts of funk, soul, afrobeat, hip hop , reggae, ska and just about anything else with a stone groove.