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Date:- 14 May 2007

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THOUSENDS of musicians and fans from around the United Kingdom and the world will converge on
Liverpool this May as International Pop Overthrow heads to the grand city and the world famous Cavern Club for the fifth consecutive year, from 22 May 2007 to 28 May 2007! This year’s IPO Liverpool will be the largest yet – more bands than ever before from more parts of the globe than ever before, as well as many local Liverpool artists - all performing some of the best pop and rock music available on the planet today on 4 stages at the world famous Cavern Club, the Cavern Pub, and Lennon’s, with admission to all of the shows Free of Charge!

Now being touted as the largest music festival of its kind, IPO celebrates the music made famous by such pop heroes as The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Badfinger while also focusing on the vast amount of music being made today by those artists who rely on melodic songcraft to express their musical tastes. From The Beatles to Echo and the Bunnymen and The Coral, the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival celebrates the evolution of pop music.

International Pop Overthrow has had nine successful years in Los Angeles, and over the past several years has also had regular yearly appearances in New York, Chicago, Boston, Nashville and San Francisco, and over the past year has added appearances in Seattle, Vancouver, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. Our debut in Liverpool in 2003 was our biggest to date and was the first to make the festival international; our return to Liverpool and The Cavern each year is truly a highlight for everyone both playing and attending the festival! The format used for the past two years, built on the success of the Mathew Street Festival has been so well received, we are repeating it this year, and are thrilled that Lennon’s is once again embracing the festival!

International Pop Overthrow has been covered in several newspapers and magazines, including Thhe Southport Reporter, The Liverpool Echo, The Daily Post, Live Magazine, LOGO, The Los Angeles Times, Billboard, CMJ, The Chicago Reader, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Tennessean, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Goldmine, SPIN!, Amplifier, and Bucketful Of Brains. The festival has also been covered by BBC Liverpool.

As in past years, IPO will feature a mixture of local artists from Liverpool, favorites and rising stars from elswhere in Britain and around the world, record label showcases, and opportunities for special appearances by pop luminaries from the past! With over 150 bands, including 26 from Liverpool, and representation from Argentina, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States, and all over the UK, this is definitely an event you will not want to miss!

For up to the minute event information for 2007, sponsorship opportunities, or information regarding
advertisement in the festival programme, please refer to the International Pop Overthrow website  and our  myspace page .

Letters to Editor:- “Traffic Madness”

"SOUTHPORT on May Bank Holiday was horrendous… Cars dodged pedestrians and other cars on Nevill Street, as they tried to get around town.

The closing of roads and the work carried out on Nevill Street, plus the bus lane has made driving in the town bad enough, but now we have had the first big bank holiday, it is proving to be an accident waiting to happen.  

Not only that, but the lights are put on a very strange time setting that only lets a few cars out of Nevill Street at a time. This silly planning has now led, over Bank Holiday, to the traffic chaos, which we have witnessed...

When will this silly system be put correct? No wonder we have more congestion on our roads! It is more down to bad planning than anything. Also do not start me on about the parking in town! It’s no wonder that the small shops are losing so much trade!” John Cohen.

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