A week is a long time in Liverpool - city to host Liverpool Music Week festival 2010

When someone says "see you in a week", you would normally expect them to pop up again in 7 days or so. However, Liverpool must be in a different time-zone to the rest of Britain because their upcoming Music Week Festival 2010 lasts for a month. Never doubt that Liverpudlian sense of fun, that's what I say.

Beardyman
 

Beardyman

This star-studded autumn/winter festival gets the thumbs up since most of it is held indoors at several venues, with some gigs free of charge. Liverpool Music Week officially begins on 29th October when mutli-skilled human beat-box Beardyman takes to the stage at the Stanley Theatre (£10). The popular vocal-mimic has charmed many festival audiences over the years, including Glasto and has an enviable repertoire of sounds.

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
 

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

Other confirmed performers early-doors include hefty-metallers Hadouken! on the 30th (£12.50), jolly hip-hoppers Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip on 3rd November (£14.50) and art-rockers Efterklang on the 7th (£10), as well as Mr World Cup Anthem himself, K'naan on 13th.

Chase and Status
 

Chase and Status

As well as young new acts, established but-not-quite-there-yet artists and guaranteed fliers, the annual bash attracts big names too, not least grimey-popsters Chase and Status on 13th November at the O2 Academy (£14) and Leftfield on the 25th at the Mountford Hall (£24). The latter has hit a resurgence recently, albeit as sole member Neil Barnes.

These are the first acts announced and, as per last year, we will keep you informed of the next wave of newly-announced acts. It already looks a good 'un - check below for the full itinerary and ticket details.

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