Liverpool - as Beatle City and the Capital of Pop Music - holds a unique position in the music world, but the powers-that-be have not been the only ones to question whether the Mathew Street Festival
was the best way to celebrate such a status.
According to a council study the Mathew Street festival
generated an additional pounds 20m for city businesses in 2010.
Mathew Street festival
will feature six outdoor themed stages playing more than 80 hours of live music.
Crowds of people flocked to last year's Mathew Street Festival
Last night, council leader Warren Bradley said the authority had been working with the directors of Mathew Street Festival
Ltd in consultation with Merseyside Police and Merseytravel to make sure this year's event went without a hitch.
The event, organised by the council in conjunction with Mathew Street Festival
directors, has five outdoor stages across the two days.
Phil Redmond, creative head and deputy chairman of the Culture Company, said: "The opportunity to create something really special over the Mathew Street festival
weekend will be one of the real surprises we have promised for 2008."
WHO cares whether it was a whitewash - the Mathew Street festival
is just a chance for lots of people to get drunk and behave abominably in public spaces we all should be able to use.
Mathew Street Festival
will be held on the bank holiday weekend of August 26 and 27.
They had cut the budget to the point where to have put on the Mathew Street Festival
would have endangered public safety.
UNDER-FIRE security firm G4S will provide safety and crowd control for next month's Mathew Street festival
I MUST say how underwhelmed I am by the new-look Mathew Street Festival