Festival of Firsts 6-14 July


The festival runs 6-14th July and takes place on the Wirral or to be more specific, Hoylake, West Kirby and New Brighton in various venues.

To quote the festivals organisers-

“Wirral Festival of Firsts was established in Hoylake in 2011 to deliver an innovative, community based arts festival to encourage participation, the showcasing of local talent as well as the opportunity for the community to access and enjoy some examples of the best art, music and poetry in the country.
The Festival is run by volunteers consisting of an elected executive committee supported by steering groups and managers responsible for different aspects of the Festival.”

Sounds good to us.

The festival is directed and chaired by John Gorman, vocalist, comedian, actor…. You may know him from here

We digress, as well as the poetry andmusic on offer the festival will run workshops on a variety of arts from writing to would you believe it shamanism! There are also talks on various subjects as well as the host of acts for your delectation.

For a festival it’s a long runner and we think there’s something for everyone. We’re up for a bit of the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra and the various bands playing the festival. More importantly though this kind of festival needs your support so get yourselves there and tell them the ‘Eye sent you…

Festival website

The Eyelet


Tomorrow sees the debut of our new feature…

We get many emails etc from musicians, just signed, unsigned or just starting out asking for a shout, so we created The Eyelet.

If you know any musicians that you would like to see featured, or you’d like to get your own music out there get in touch via our Facebook page. We welcome music beyond Liverpool as well!! Keep ’em coming!


Until Such Time – the ‘Eye

The Eyelet


We receive a lot of mail from unsigned bands, solo artists etc wanting a mention, So……As of next week we will be posting links that the more unknown/unsigned folks have sent us.  We say unknown maybe you’ll know them maybe you wont….(all the more reason to tune in!)

The Eyelet #1 will be posted next week. If you know of  any bands you think should be under the spotlight, or you think YOUR band should be ….get in touch.

Until Such Time -The ‘Eye

Eye to Eye


With Liverpool’s Sound City a mere 2 days away what better way to launch our new series of band interviews, Eye to Eye. Over the coming months we will be talking to our favorite up and coming and established bands. To begin with we have the Tea Street Band, Dirty Rivers, Bird and Jagwar Ma to name but a few. Stay tuned for more details.

Circles of Care


grey eyeHow far does your Circle of Care extend? For some it doesn’t go beyond themselves, for others its their kids, partner, family. Clicktivism has some people extending their CoC to worldwide concerns from the comfort of their armchairs, while other will get down and dirty with true activism. Fighting the fight on the front lines. With what’s going on in the world at the moment its hard not to give a shit about world affairs. More often than not though your left thinking ‘What can I do about that?’ then you go about your daily business.

While your Circle of Care is ultimately about self preservation I think when faced with natural disasters, wars, economic downturns, etc it sees people retreating and caring less? Because the weight of the problems leaves you feeling powerless and demotivated. When what the world really needs is more people to question what’s going on and extend their CoC further.

I’ll use Facebook as my case in point. You browse around clicking like on peoples posts and pages and before you know it you have all sorts in your feed about Worldwide causes needing your attention.

I suddenly had about five sites which report on misinformation spread by the American government and the host of stuff they get away with, on a daily basis and have done for years. I mean we all know about JFK, right?

Collective-evolution.com, True Activist,Gathering of the minds, Truththeory.com, the Max Kaiser report. all of these sites suddenly dominating my feed. You are provided with a mass of facts that are hard to deny ( and i think most will agree corruption runs deep in politics around the world) But, WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS INFORMATION. Take to the streets armed with facts? I want to see change in the world and stop the capitalist rot that is destroying everything in its path. But the question remains. HOW?


We have been divided, distracted and dis-informed for too long. The majority of folks live in a lovely warm ignorant bubble. The truth is once its been popped, there’s no going back.


-Until Such Time.


Blowing Smoke and Patchwork Quilts


While its very easy to point out other peoples success. it can come across like blowing smoke up their arse. Which is precisely what the device above was intended for.

As for Patchwork quilts the roads of Liverpool resemble a poorly made one. Driving has become a game of dodge the hole as you weave about the road as if driving a clowns car..Honk Honk.

-Until such time.

When all Hell Breaks Loose…

Yesterdays bombing at Boston; I haven’t watched footage, I find it all a bit voyeuristic and I get no satisfaction from watching such footage, cerebral or otherwise. The conspiracy theorists are in overdrive and you cant escape the fact that these kind of events are carried out by seriously twisted individuals.

The main thing is though; with all the shit that the media present us with on a daily basis, its hard to forget that the world is still an amazing place to live. This was posted by the comedian Patton Oswalt on FB today… just thought Id share..

Boston. Fucking horrible.I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”


For now we leave you with the words from one of our most famous sons…
We were talking-about the space between us all
And the people-who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth-then it’s far too late-when they pass away.
We were talking-about the love we all could share-when we find it
To try our best to hold it there-with our love
With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.
Try to realize it’s all within yourself
No-one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small,
And life flows ON within you and without you.
We were talking-about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul-
They don’t know-they can’t see-are you one of them?
When you’ve seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,
Is waiting there-
And the time will come when you see
we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.
Until such time  -The Liverpool Eye