Various – 30/10-23/11

The sprawling programme for the inaugural On Record: Untold & Retold festival begins with a streamed launch event from the Philharmonic Hall. Liverpool legends THE CHRISTIANS and THE REAL THING will perform sets along with contemporaries MIC LOWRY and JENNIFER JOHN and the SENSE OF SOUND SINGERS before a panel discussion on restoring the contribution of black music to our heritage. The event sets the tone for a varied programme which aims to explore Liverpool’s black music history and shine a light on overlooked aspects to bring key artists, movements and places to the fore.

Anthony Wilde’s Champion One! Champion All! exhibition runs at the Museum Of Liverpool from 9th to 23rd November. The portraits show pays tribute to 31 key figures in Liverpool’s black music scene. The exhibition will be launched with screenings of four documentaries commissioned especially for On Record. Untold Stories is a series of four shorts that looks at the story of Kirklands, successful songs from black artists from Merseyside, carnival and the next generation of artists.

Contemporary artists TEE, IAMKYAMI, REMÉE, ELIZA MAI, DAYZY and TY LEWIS perform at the On Record x Culture Deck Live Sessions which reflect Liverpool’s vibrant and diverse black music scene today. The music continues with Toxteth Community Radio DJs providing mixes of 80s, 90s, 00s and current day tunes.

Beats Of Heart is the project of poet CURTIS WATT who will be performing spoken word that reflects the ethos and narrative of the project. Revisiting the Next Stop New York project exploring Liverpool transatlantic ties, Beneath The Merseybeat is a podcast series featuring prominent voices reflecting on Liverpool music from the 1950s to 1980s. And bringing it back to the present day, a run of visual podcasts will see various topics relating to the city’s contemporary music discussed with key figures who have a stake in the scene. On Record is made possible funding by Culture Liverpool, with partnerships with LCR Music Board, LIMF, National Museums Liverpool and University of Liverpool.

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