To celebrate five years of Merseyrail Sound Station we invited four artists who have reached the Sound Station prize final to perform at Queens Park in Hoylake as part of Wirral Festival Of Firsts. Previous winners Blue Saint and Katy Alex performed barnstorming sets as did last years finalist Gazelle and The Shipbuilders who played the festival at Moorfields Station in 2015.
Since 2012 Merseyrail Sound Station has championed local music through a live stages at festivals around region, a monthly podcast and live session videos.
Wirral Festival of Firsts takes place during the month of July each year. The event at Queens Park on 15th July saw the culmination of the Hoylake Parade with hundreds of people attending the community-led event.
This year alone, over 100 artists have already interacted with the Sound Station platform, be that through sharing their music on the Sound Station Facebook page, playing our pop-up stage at Sound City, Africa Oyé, LIMF plus other events, or recording an upload at our Live Tracks event.
Photographs by Keith Ainsworth