AN iconic Liverpool music festival could be set for a reprise in Sefton Park.
DJ and band promoter Steven Nicholls is working on a plan to organise another Larks in the Park Festival, a revival of the early 80s family event.
Mr Nicholls said: “There have been many calls over the years to revive it. We are early in the process with the council but the dates are set for Sept 21 and 22 and the plan is to put the event in a big top sited near the Palm House with a capacity of 5,0000.”
In the early 80s the annual event attracted impressive names such as Echo And The Bunnymen, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The La's, the Stone Roses and many others. An extended version of the Sefton Park bandstand was used as the bands' stage, while the audience made the grass their seating area.
The Larks In The Park series started in 1980 when it cost £2,000 to stage the three-day festival – money which was raised by the Larks' committee from their own fund-raising events.
In 1985, Alan Peters, one of the Larks organising committee, said: "August Bank Holiday without Larks ... well it would be unthinkable, wouldn't it?" But after five years of successful concerts, the organisers decided to call time on the series.
Now Mr Nicholls and his team would like to restart it – but Liverpool City Council said it is still early days.
A council spokesman said: “We are receptive to expressions of interest from organisations seeking to organise events in the park, provided we are confident they are going to be safe and well managed.
“We have been in ongoing discussions with an interested party who wants to hold an event in Sefton Park on the weekend of September 21 and 22. The application is still in the very early stages and we are awaiting further detail before we are able to properly assess its viability. Once we have all the information we need we can than discuss the application with safety advisory partners and consider whether or not it can be approved.”
Nevertheless, acts are already being booked to play.
Mr Nicholls said: “Currently we have approximately 30 acts involved including Ian McNabb and the Christians.
“There will be many artists from the day, such as Supercharge and Blues Shouter but a large thrust is towards young bands to generate future support among the younger people of Liverpool with a view to someone younger taking up the reigns for a successful future.”
For now Mr Nicholls and his team are hoping for corporate sponsors to help fund the event.
He added: “We are looking for sponsors. The big top will cost nearly £13,000 plus VAT and we could do with someone sponsoring naming rights to this, along with as many sponsors, large and small for other aspects.”