Liverpool has a rich and contradictory history, everybody here has a story. You can’t walk the streets of Liverpool without somebody telling you theirs!
The City Speaks was a podcast produced by sound artist Chas de Swiet for DaDaFest International 2014. Using MP3 players from the starting point at the Bluecoat or their own mobile devices, listeners took a tour of Liverpool whilst listening to a whole host of fascinating stories.
“Julie McNamara is your guide, bringing you on an extraordinary tour of the musical-cultural-political history of Liverpool and its people. You’ll hear a wealth of stories lifting the lid on the history of Liverpool as you walk through this vibrant city, accompanied by poets, musicians and recorded sound. The iconic sites include the International Slavery Museum, Pier Head, Lime Street Station and Derby Square.
There are parallels between the histories of Liverpool and Julie’s own story and the intention is to give listeners an insight into this rich source of musical, cultural, political history.”
Some of the featured voices included Nikki Blaze, Mike Morris, Steve Binns MBE, Levi Tafari and Madeline Heneghan.
The project was funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.
Download the podcast and take the tour for yourself!
Download: The City Speaks Info Handout
This pdf includes detailed route directions which are particularly useful for those not familiar with Liverpool.
Map of Podcast Locations:
(Click on a marker to find location)
Download the Podcast
Stream/ download the files to your own MP3 player or smartphone using the links or players below.
Download the individual podcast tracks below:
(PC/ Mac Users: Right click and select ‘Save Link As’. Mobile Users: Tap and Hold and select ‘Save Link’.)
- 01 Intro
- 02 Bluecoat
- 03 Bluecoat to Museum
- 04 Slavery Museum
- 05 Museum to Pier Head
- 06 Pier Head
- 07 Pier Head to Queen Vic
- 08 Queen Victoria
- 09 Queen Vic to W Square
- 10 Williamson Square
- 11 W Square to St G
- 12 St George’s Hall
- 13 St G to Lime Street
- 14 Lime Street Station
- 15 Lime Street to Bluecoat
Click here to stream the podcast from SoundCloud.
Or, listen to the podcast using the embedded players below.