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The City of Liverpool will show its support today following the homophobic attack in Orlando over the weekend. The iconic St George’s Hall in the heart of Liverpool city centre will host a special Vigil on the Plateau from 7-8pm tonight with speakers from Liverpool Pride, Trans Liverpool and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.  Organisers are encouraging all to come along show support. 

St George’s Hall will also be lit up by Liverpool City Council in LGBT rainbow colours this evening to show the city’s love and support to the victims and all affected by the terrible events at the USA Gay nightclub.

Liverpool Town Hall is also flying the LGBT flag at half-mast today to remember the victims and Liverpool’s LGBT+ venues will show their support by partaking in a minute’s silence at 7pm.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded when a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday morning.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “The tragedy in Orlando is truly heart-breaking, innocent lives lost or changed forever due to one individual’s hate. The City of Liverpool stands with the people of Orlando and LGBT people everywhere in love, support and solidarity”.

Zoran Blackie, A Trustee of Liverpool Pride said: “Our hearts go out to all the community across Orlando, especially for all those friends and family and shattered lives. We remain proud to stand up against hate in all its forms, and such tragedies remind us of the need to bring communities together and unite against prejudice.”

Andi Herring, Chair, Director – Stanley Street Quarter CIC added “As a city and as the Stanley Street Quarter, it’s important we stand with the people of Orlando and show we will not allow attacks like this to set back the progress our community has made for equality. As the official LGBT Quarter for the city, safety is always our main priority, and horrific events like this go against everything we stand for.”

The city’s own Liverpool Pride Festival will take place next month with a two-day event on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July. The free event will take place in a new, more prominent position in the St George’s Quarter and features the well-established Liverpool Pride March on the Saturday.

The festival coincides with the anniversary of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008. The Liverpool Pride festival was specifically created in his memory as a way to celebrate his life and to empower the LGBT communities.

Liverpool Pride Festival is now a key highlight in the city’s Summer events programme, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to attend, the organisers are encouraging all to take part and support the annual LGBT festival that celebrates LGBT+ people’s lives but also acknowledges there is still more to do to achieve equality for LGBT+ communities.

A new initiative for 2016, Come Out Of The Shadows, is a campaign to see the city’s iconic venues lit in the Pride rainbow colours in a bid to make Liverpool the most visibly LGBT friendly city in the UK, this is supported by the Police Commissioner’s Fund as a Hate Crime initiative. The campaign challenges prejudice and in particular homophobia and transphobia.  The events in Orlando reinforce the need for positive action, awareness raising and uniting communities to help overcome ignorance and support freedom for all people.

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City will mark Hillsborough verdicts on Wednesday 27 April at St George’s Hall

SGH Hillsborough Truth and Justice banner

FOLLOWING today’s Hillsborough inquest verdicts, a commemoration event to mark the outcome will take place at 5.45pm tomorrow (Wednesday 27 April) on Liverpool’s St George’s Hall plateau.

Members of the public are invited to gather on the plateau and Lime Street for a special event, led by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson who will be joined by family members of the 96. It will be a mixture of tributes, music, speeches and moments of reflection looking back at the last 27 years.

To mark today’s verdicts, 96 lanterns are already on display on the steps of St George’s Hall along with a banner which names those who lost their lives on the 15 April 1989 and displays the words ‘Truth’ and ‘Justice’.  Flags will be flown at half-mast on all civic buildings, and today bells at Liverpool Town Hall and Municipal Building will be rung 96 times at 3.06pm – the exact time at which the match was stopped. From 4pm this afternoon the M62 digital screens will show the words ‘Never Forgotten’ in a visual tribute to the 96.

And tonight, iconic buildings across the city will be bathed in red light in a show of solidarity for the 96 and their families, including the Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Cunard Building, Municipal Building and the Royal Court.

During tomorrow’s ceremony, the names and ages of those who died in the tragedy will be read out and displayed on large screens at the event. There will also be speeches by civic leaders, and BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips will compere the event.

The proceedings will conclude with Sense of Sound choir performing You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Anyone who would like to leave a tribute, for example flowers or scarves, can do so on the lower steps of St George’s Hall.

Mayor Anderson said: “Tomorrow’s commemorative event at St George’s Hall is an opportunity for the city to come together with the families and campaigners and show the world the overwhelming spirit of comradeship and solidarity that exists in this city towards them.

“So many people have been touched by their struggle over nearly three decades. They are an example to everyone who seeks out truth and justice and tomorrow’s event is a chance for the city to say ‘thank you’ to them and to remember the lives of their loved ones.”

The commemoration event has been organised by the city council and supported by representatives of the Hillsborough family groups, Liverpool FC and Everton FC and is expected to finish around 7.30pm.

Motorists are being advised that Lime Street and St John’s Lane will be closed from around 5pm until 8pm. Diversions will be in place but delays are likely.  Travel information will be available from or Traveline on 0151 236 7676.

Sound City+ Conference Second Announcement


The organisers of Sound City are delighted to add to their intensive conference programme with international speakers, TED-Style talks, debates, workshops and the acclaimed Sound City+ marketplace, that will feature the cream of the UK’s and international independent record labels.

Sponsored by Skiddle, Sound City+ returns 27 May 2016 at the Titanic Hotel and will bring together industry experts, artists, students and business professionals from around the globe.

Kicking off Sound City+, will be a full programme of sync opportunities featuring some of the industry’s leading experts. These are the people who source music for some of the worlds leading channels including BBC, HBO, Fox, BT Sport, BSkyB and many more.


Sound City+ Marketplace will also feature the Indie Label Market which will showcase some of the finest independent record labels from around the world including Bella Union, 4AD, Domino, Modern Sky and more. Plus, there will be many opportunities to meet leading figures within the industry and entertainment business with a series of sessions aimed at emerging artists.

You want to learn from the best in the business, so we are delighted to host over 100 industry experts, including Simon Raymonde (CEO, Bella Union), Li Hui Shen (CEO Modern Sky Entertainment), Wally Van Middendorp (Senior Vice President, International, Roadrunner Records), Sammy Andrews (Sabotage New Media).

Throughout the day a series of incisive and insightful TED-Style talks will engage delegates on key topics affecting today’s industry. These include Matt Parsons, founder of Ditto Music, looking at how artists can start a label and distribute their own music without the backing of a major label and legendary Creation Records founder Alan McGee, discussing his incredible career and his new nationwide campaign – Musicians Against Homelessness.

Alan McGee said: “Sound City have a great history of championing emerging artists and I’m delighted to be there this year at the time I’m launching Musicians Against Homelessness, a campaign which we hope will raise a lot of money for Crisis and at the same time, give lots of new artists the chance to play and to shine.”

Simon Parkes, who famously bought Brixton Academy for £1, will provide a fascinating insight on why it’s now more than important than ever to support independent venues. Believe Digital’s head of UK Marketing James Farrelly and Head of Video Gideon Mountford will discuss how, with streaming fast becoming the future of music consumption, artists can make the most of the changing market.

Hosted by the MU and the AIF, who in 2015 teamed up to create the ‘Fair Play for Festivals’ agreement for emerging artists, the how to ‘get on’ at Festivals presentation will allow delegates to hear first-hand about current opportunities, application procedures and the benefits of using festivals to grow a fanbase.

Sound City+ official conference ticketing partner Skiddle will host ‘Ticket To Ride’ – the key issues and opportunities of 21st century ticket marketing – a topic which is more consistently debated than ever before, with serious ramifications for the music industry.

UK Music will present “Music is more valuable than coal or steel (Apparently)” – How data and research has given music a powerful collective voice to directly influence Government, and why you should be a part of it.” while the Music Publishers Association will host an in-depth look at the role of the modern music publisher.

Throughout the day, delegates will be able to take part in a host of one-to-one sessions with Festivals including Coachella, Outlook and Dimensions, Kendal Calling, music supervisors from BBC, Lime Pictures, BT Sport, JWT, Big Sync Music and promoters including Sound Control, Harvest Sun, Islington Mill and Leadmill.

Tammy Tinawi, music supervisor at global music services agency, Big Sync Music, said:  “This is a really dynamic approach to music industry networking. Ten minutes is just enough for a proper chat but fast enough to add some urgency and energy into the mix.  It will definitely be intense but isn’t that when some of the most promising conversations happen?  I hope that while I’m offering insights into the world of sync, and discussing how Big Sync works with some of the biggest brands worldwide from Unilever to Samsung, I’ll also be inspired and learn something new.  I’m very intrigued to know who I’ll be meeting!”


To round off the day, the organisers are hosting the Delegate Party, sponsored by Mailchimp, at Constellations, Greenland St, Liverpool with a drinks reception and live programme featuring Clean Cut Kid, Samm Henshaw, Mahalia and Blick Bassy.

Delegate passes for the conference are available from Skiddle for just £50 deposit with the Sound City+ payment plan and grant access to all conference content and Sound City Music Festival on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May:

*Deadline for payment of deposits is Monday 11 April. Passes will be available at the full price of £150 after that date*

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