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Kicked off yesterday, and continues until Monday. Basically a range of diverse bands playing one after another in the Cavern Quarter. I saw a number of impressive acts yesterday in the Cavern Pub, including Karen Nash and DreamCatcher.

Here's the website complete with the schedule for Liverpool (and Chicago and Milwaukee if you really care ;)): http://www.internationalpopoverthrow.com/

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Pop fun at ‘other’ Mathew St festival
May 22 2008 by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo

A RECORD number of bands are converging on Liverpool this week for a culture year International Pop Overthrow.

Mathew Street is hosting the event which aims to give every band keen to play their music in a festival atmosphere the chance to do so.

It also highlights independent pop music. And best of all, admission to the shows is free.

Cavern City Tours’ Bill Heckle said: “The festival started on Tuesday and it’s just mad busy.

“And the fact we’ve got so many bands this year is another great addition to what is going on musically in the city for Capital of Culture.”

Some 70 bands are playing on stages at the Cavern Club, Cavern Pub and Lennon’s between now and Monday.

Merseyside musicians taking part in the 2008 event, the sixth annual International Pop Overthrow in the city, include Duncan Ross, The Good Intentions, the Alun Parry Band, Graystar, Junebug, Tony Kehoe and The Stitches.

Today Liverpool bands Focal Point, Pristeen, Alexis Blue, Buzz Radio and Red Threads are all performing.

Alongside them are bands and solo artists from 15 countries including Australia, the USA, Latvia, Israel and Spain.

International Pop Overthrow is the largest music festival of its kind with yearly appearances in 13 cities worldwide.

David Bush, of the IPO organisation, said: “This year is extra special as Liverpool was bestowed with the honour of having been selected as European Capital of Culture.

“We’re also proud to say that of all the festivals we hold, Liverpool holds truest to the vision we had when the festival first started – to bring forth and galvanise a worldwide pop scene under one umbrella.”

For details on bands and gigs visit www.internationalpopoverthrow.com

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