Phrased & Confused at Liverpool Acoustic Festival

Friday 18th March
The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic


with special guests ASMA ELBADAWI & ISAIAH HULL

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Liverpool Acoustic Festival (18-19 March) returns for a 3rd year – and it’s bigger and better than ever! Programmed across both Unity Theatre and Liverpool Philharmonic, the festival features two days of acoustic bliss with top performers from the UK and the around the world.

We’re delighted to be programming a whole evening for the Festival at Liverpool Philharmonic’s new Music Room on Friday 18th March. As you’d expect from a Phrased & Confused gig, we’ve put together a line-up of the very best in lyrical spoken word and poetic music, including performances by torch-singer Ana Silvera, wordsmiths Luke Wright, Hollie McNish, Mark Grist and folk singer Lizzie Nunnery, plus a poetry writing robot called Knut(!) and BBC Words First finalists Asma Elbadawi and Isaiah Hull.

All this plus fortune teller poems, a Love Heart poetry competion (ever written a poem using words from a tube of Lovehearts? Now’s your chance!), a grafitti wall and poetry bar tenders. You get the gist…!

We’ve managed to snaffle some special £10 tickets for Friday night (usual price £20). To claim your ticket, simply head over to the festival booking page on the Phil site, and enter ‘Phrased’ into the promo code box.

Liverpool Acoustic Festival is a wristband festival, so your ticket will also enable you to pop across to Unity Theatre for performances by Scott Matthews, Ben Hughes, Mark Pountney, Ellie Smith, Charlie McKeon and more.

Other Saturday and weekend festival passes are also on sale at the Philharmonic’s box office.

Make sure you book now to avoid missing out!




Ana Silvera

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Since the release of her debut album ‘The Aviary’ in 2012, singer-songwriter Ana Silvera has garnered acclaim from audiences and critics alike for her  intimate torch songs,  described as ‘haunting grown-up fairy tales’ (Metro) containing ‘magical storytelling’ (The Guardian). Known for her mesmerising voice and mythic songs, Ana has collaborated with Imogen Heap and worked with the Royal Ballet.  You won’t want to miss this solo set in the intimate setting of Liverpool’s new Music Room.


Lizzie Nunnery

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Liverpool-based writer, singer and songwriter Lizzie Nunnery will be presenting new music, spoken word and film material inspired by Mersey Sound poet Adrian Henri and exploring the changes to the urban landscape of Liverpool in the 50 years since the publication of the groundbreaking poetry collection Mersey Sound as well as playing with her band.


Luke Wright

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Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of yummy mummies, debauched Tory grandees, maudlin commuters and leering tabloid paps.  His theatre show What I Learned from Johnny Bevan was a massive smash at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival, winning a Fringe First Award for new writing.  DO NOT MISS!

Hollie McNish

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Hollie’s star has been in the ascendent since she won the UK Slam poetry champion in 2009. Her latest creative venture – Nobody Told Me – is a new collection of poems and stories about parenthood and performing. For a taste of Hollie’s work, try her most popular youtube videos Mathematics and Embarrassed, which have garnered over 3 million views.

Mark Grist


Mark has a long relationship with Phrased & Confused going back to 2008 when we commissioned Dead Poets, his duo with MC  Mixy. Dubbed as ‘an internet sensation’ (Sun) and ‘unlikely heart-throb’ (The Guardian), Mark Grist went from being an English teacher to defeating a grime artist in a ‘student vs teacher’ rap battle that attracted over 4 million hits on YouTube. Expect laugh-out-loud lyrical wizardry!


Special Guests: Asma Elbedawi and Isiah Hull (BBC Words First)

IMG_1606We’re delighted to welcome two northern finalists of the BBC 1xtra/Roundhouse Words First project: Bradford-based British-Sudanese visual artist and poet Asma Elbadawi, and Isiah Hull, only 18 years old but already an established name on the Manchester spoken word scene.  The future of spoken word is here!