Liverpool & Manchester unite for digital music festival

LIVERPOOL and Manchester will come together to host a a live-streamed micro festival.

Featuring The Charlatans, Lightning Seeds, Red Rum Club, Ist Ist, Zuzu and LIINES, the festival named The North Will Rise Again will take place on March 27 and 28.

The proceeds from The North Will Rise Again will go to charities Liverpool Music House and The Music Venue’s Trust #saveourvenues campaign whilst also providing work for independent venues, production staff and film crews that have been hit hard during the pandemic.

The event is the brainchild of John Robb and Karl Connolly founding director of Liverpool Music House, a community interest company that recycles profits back into music infrastructure – independent venues, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and other creative facilities – while supporting musicians, writers, performers and lighting & sound engineers.

Karl said: “The North Will Rise Again is the start of a series of digitally streamed concerts  that will distribute music to fans all over the world and will allow audiences during difficult times to enjoy live music and discussion in the comfort of their own surroundings.  It is not a replacement of the live gig but allows us, until it’s safe to do so, enjoy quality bands in a safe environment.”

Taking place at the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool and Gorilla in Manchester, the event will be hosted by author, journalist, Lounder Than War founder and Membranes frontman John Robb who will also conduct backstage interviews and Q&As with the bands that will be interspersed between the live performances.

John said: “As the wonderful Hunter S Thompson once said, ‘when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro…’ With the North Will Rise Again we fulfil his prophetic words with a series of live cast gigs that embrace the cultural, social and political aspects of the north of England and inspire, empower and entertain people across the world.

“Battered by Covid-19 and lockdowns the north needs hope, ideas and music – it’s what we do up here. The gigs will be a series that will stream live acts and end up physical. We will bring life back to the local music communities and will draw the powerhouse cities of Liverpool and Manchester together and celebrate what we have in common to the world and then pave the way for the post pandemic culture renaissance as the north will truly rise again!” 

Tickets are priced at £7.50/10.00 for each stream and are available globally from

Universe.com, Ticketmaster.co.uk and Livefrom.Events.

General sale – https://shops.ticketmasterpartners.com/the-north-will-rise-again

The North Will Rise Again will stream live at LiveFrom.events