LIVERPOOL (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The BBC is talking about broadcasting the Mathew Street Festival live in 2008 when Liverpool celebrates its year as one of the European Union's Capitals of Culture.
The Liverpool street festival, a popular happening in the northern British city which drew over 400,000 is the largest annual free music event in Europe. The festival started with a few Beatles tribute bands but has grown in the past fifteen years to a sprawling five day event, covering a variety of musical styles including performances by bands such as Tony Christie, The Stranglers, The Christians, Shack, The Proclaimers and The Buzzcocks.
Liverpool has been chosen in as a European Capital of Culture in 2008. A city so designated is given a chance to showcase its cultural and arts life to the larger European Union. A number of cities have used this opportunity to transform their arts community.
The organization behind the festival, the Liverpool Culture Company has reportedly entered into negotiations with the BBC to secure extensive media coverage during 2008. A video supplied to the BBC was dominated by scenes from the Mathew Street Festival.
Culture Company chief executive Jason Harborow told the Daily Post "We have had a positive response from the BBC. It is important that as much as possible is given coverage by the BBC, and hopefully they are on board with that now."
The Culture Company has refused to end speculation that there might even be a reunion of the remaining Beatles in the offing for the 2008 festival. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers.