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Acoustic Picnic on the Flyover this Sunday

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This weekend, Liverpool’s Churchill Flyover will close in the first of a series of summer takeovers. On Sunday 3rd July, coinciding with the Liverpool to Chester Bike Ride, it’s an afternoon of food, music and entertainment with an acoustic picnic, with a morning of cycling and stop offs.

Over five Sundays from June until September, a summer festival on the Flyover welcomes artists, musicians, dancers, walkers, rider and food makers for a festival of culture and community on the urban flyover. This Sunday’s event has music programmed by Threshold Festival, food producers, The Cake Ladies, who’ll roam amongst the crowd, along with an encouragement to bring your own for lunch and dinner, the afternoon will be an acoustic picnic with plenty of entertainment.

Kate Stewart from We Make Places says, “A picnic is always an opportunity for people to come together to eat, drink, chat and be merry. From the Cake Ladies to Radio Exotica who’ve just come back from performing at Glastonbury, we have an afternoon of entertainment and community spirit planned. We see the future of the Flyover as an inclusive urban space, bringing people together; this weekend’s acoustic picnic is a step towards that”.

In the morning it’s the Flyover takeover’s first Ride & Stride. Come and see the views by bike or by foot, learn about bike repairs with the Peloton Bike Boys for cyclists heading into the Queensway Tunnel, along with coffee and water for stop offs and breaks.

With a quick changeover for lunchtime, as cyclists return from Wirral there’s an afternoon of music and play. Programmed by Threshold festival, the acoustic picnic will feature acts including Mersey Wylie, Thom Morecroft, Radio Exotica (straight from Glastonbury) and more on two stages on the Flyover.

Celebrating the Flyover as a public space for community and cultural activities, Flyover takeover is asking a simple question; what do you want the Flyover to be? Four artist Provocateurs, including international artist Luke Jerram, will work with people who live and work in the neighbourhoods surrounding The Flyover, understanding how they feel about the space, its history and role in the city and its future. By September, the artists will be ready to propose activities and installations for next year’s cultural programme.

Organised by We Make Places and Friends of the Flyover with funding from Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Granada Foundation, Sustrans and others, the programme is the next stage in the exploration of The Flyover, which held its last festival two summers ago.

The full music lineup on Sunday includes (from 12.30pm);

Liverpool Calling - Yeah Buddy Stage
Billy Kelly
Michael Bennett
Karl McCann

Threshold Stage
Creaky Bones
Thom Morecroft
Mersey Wylie
Radio Exotica

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