Following the success and building on the legacy of seven consecutive years of their Festival of Music & Arts, Threshold are returning to the Baltic Triangle on April 13th & 14th to bring you a special, scaled down mini-festival and industry event, and now the first acts have been announced.

Over 2 days with long-term partner venues District, Unit 51 and Baltic Creative,Across the Threshold will showcase a snapshot of some of the North West’s and UK’s best grass roots music, visual arts and innovative performance.

The first acts confirmed for Across the Threshold are:

Tabitha Jade

Tabitha Jade – Tabitha Jade is an award winning, Songwriter, Singer, Musician from Merseyside, currently studying at Paul McCartney’s LIPA.

In 2017 she was selected as one of the coveted LIMF Academy Top 20 (Liverpool International Music Festival), was voted Best Urban Pop Female 2017 (Major Online Radio) & 2017 One to Watch, and nominated for Best Of British Unsigned Female 2017.

2018 has already seen her recognised as a LIMF Academy One To Watch, and she’s been nominated for Best Live Act 2018 by the Liverpool Lifestyle Awards.

Emergency Tiara – Emergency Tiara is not just an artist, Emergency Tiara is an entire kingdom, where all people can come to feel inspired and special at a moments notice.

Whether through music, fashion, traveling, relaxing, or even the gym; ET will provide you with an experience that will make you feel like royalty.  When you to take a break from your daily stresses place your tiara on your head and listen to the sounds of Emergency Tiara.

Tortusa / Breistein – Norwegian duo project with electronic musician John Derek Bishop (Tortusa) from Stavanger and saxophonist Inge W. Breistein from Bergen.

The music has an electronically experimental expression in which soundtracks, rhythmic repetition, harmonious textures and strong melodies are in focus. It can be described as improvisational music with composed frameworks and refers to genres such as electronics, Nordic jazz, ambience and minimalism.

Science of the Lamps

Science of the Lamps

Science of the Lamps – Quite appropriately ‘Science of the Lamps’ was dreamt up by Norwegian Liverpool musician Kaya in an off the beaten track restaurant in the fairytale darkness of the city of Prague in December 2010, although it took another year to realise the project.

A band perfect for festivals and encompassing all that is music, storytelling, art, creative flair, melancholy and silliness – framed in catchy songs, lyrical gems and outstanding musicianship from the quirky band. Their inspiration comes from vaudeville, visual art, early Hollywood movie scores, Nordicana, wine, flamenco, trip-hop, music boxes, Paris and whiskey bars.

Mersey Wylie – Effortlessly weaving elements of soul, jazz and funk, Mersey Wylie writes songs filled with passion and sincerity. Whether backed by her incredible nine-piece band or performing in a more intimate setting, she always delivers a powerful, honest and exciting performance.

Peter J Smyth – As front man of leading psych kraut rock heavyweights MUGSTAR Peter J Smyth knows a thing or two of how to riff out and play long passages of fuzz covered repetition, pummelling audiences into submission. ‘Black Smoke’ however sees a warmer, more introspective Smyth, offering observations of his mental state and, at times, an examination of his soul.

Mixnots – With a one-on-one-off rotation policy and an endearingly haphazard approach to the DJ mix you never know what’s coming next when The Mixnots hit the decks. Famed for their wide-ranging musical tastes, boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm, this eclectic collective have brought good music and positive vibes to every crowd and venue they’ve partied with.

Emilio Pinchi

Emilio Pinchi

Emilio Pinchi – is a 23 year old human being living in Liverpool. His music is ‘direct, hard hitting, witty, sarcastic, and full of self-deprecation’ (DervSwerve).

Influenced by Elliott Smith and Pavement, his debut release ‘the Trying Man EP’ was recorded in a kitchen, aired repeatedly on BBC 6 Music, featured in Emmerdale, and was described by Tom Robinson (Fresh On The Net) as ‘a beautiful, authentic performance that never sounds like it’s trying too hard, yet carries absolute conviction’.

Hollows – At the turn of 2017 “Hollows” were gearing up to play their first show at Rebellion in Manchester. By October with successful shows in Liverpool, Chester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester and London the band were growing in confidence and took to the stage at some U.K festivals including MAH Festival, Tramlines, Indie Week, Not So Secret Garden Party and Chester Live.

Ray Wills

Ray Wills

Ray Wills – An exciting young talent fresh out of sixth form, Ray Wills is beginning to chase his ambitions of becoming a successful artist Following in the musical footsteps of his mother who was a Jazz singer and bassist, Wills has incorporated a number of different styles into his own writing, such as expressive Indie and alt soul.

MARDHYS – is a Surrey based musical collaboration formed by Dutch singer-songwriter Melatti Braam and Swiss drummer Cherry T.

Together with a bunch of musicians from all over Europe, they create a deep & energetic sound that can be intimate like the subtle guitar play of José González, but they also provide powerful grooves that may remind you of ‘Fleetwood Mac’ and ‘Jefferson Airplane’.

Groove Familia – are a Salsa band based from Oslo Norway. Having played under the name “Banakao” during 2016 and 2017 has reached popularity performing in the following important scenes: Cosmopolite, Det Norske Teatret, Jakob Kirke, Sagene Samfunnshus.

Daisy Gill – is a singer/songwriter and Alternative Model from Liverpool. She began her musical journey aged just 12 years old, performing at local festivals and any open mic that would have her.

Mica Jane – Mica Jane is an Indie Folk singer songwriter. Her culturally mixed background has inspired her to write music that infuses these different walks of life.

Though her core is Folk there are hints of Reggae in the charismatic bass lines played fantastically by Adrian Foulkes and some African and Indie Rock inspired beats and grooves from the exceptional drummer Reiss Hemming.

Operation Lightfoot – Operation Lightfoot is a collaboration project that features a range of guest singer-songwriters, musicians, co-producers, photographer and film makers.

Across The Threshold 2018: 13th & 14th April

Early Bird Tickets for ‘Across the Threshold’ are on sale now from Skiddle and are very limited.