Dawsons Music Liverpool
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcement: The safety of our customers and team members is of the utmost importance to the Dawsons Music family, and considering recent events, we have taken the decision to close our retail stores.
We want to play our part in doing everything possible to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus for everyone, and we hope that our customers will understand our decision.
You can still shop with us online at www.dawsons.co.uk, and we look forward to seeing you all again when we re-open.
Keep checking our social channels for fresh content, helpful advice, and announcements about future events, product releases, and more!
But for now, stay safe, look after each other, and use this time to practise!
Liverpool Music Shop
There are few cities with Liverpool’s musical heritage. In 2001 it was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, which declared it the ‘City of Pop’ on account of the huge number of No.1 singles produced by artists from Liverpool. Aside from its most famous exports, The Beatles, the city has produced innumerable musical stars, such as Billy Fury, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Echo & the Bunnymen, the La’s, the Zutons and many more.
Dawson’s Liverpool outgrew its original store on Ranelagh Street, and could no longer pack enough stock onto its shelves to serve the local musical community, after well over a decade in its original location. As a result, it moved to huge new premises, to enable the store to serve the needs of Merseyside’s musicians even better. As a result, it is the largest music store in the North-West. Spread over two floors, the Liverpool store stocks a vast range of recording equipment and musical instruments for all musicians. The ground floor is home to to guitars, amps, drums, music technology, and DJ Equipment. The basement has an outstanding range of digital pianos, acoustic pianos, stage pianos, synthesisers, recording equipment, orchestral instruments and sheet music.
Guitar Shop Liverpool
The Liverpool Guitar Shop is simply the guitar store to visit in Liverpool and the whole of the Merseyside region. The store is one of the UK’s leading Gibson dealers, and regularly has premium, special edition and uber-rare Custom Shop guitars alongside a vast range of more traditional models. Plus, there’s a comprehensive range of electric guitars from Epiphone, Fender, Ibanez, Yamaha, and Gretsch, too.
When the store moved to its new location, we expanded our range of guitars with a number of new brands. The store is one of only a handful of Martin Heritage centres in the UK, stocking a full range of Martin acoustic guitars - right in the heart of Liverpool city centre. These sit alongside a full range of Taylor acoustic guitars, and Gibson’s too - Dawson’s Liverpool is a 5-star Gibson acoustic dealer. In addition, the shop also offers other guitar brands, including Musicman, Rickenbacker, Hofner and others. And to top it all off, we are Europe's number one Epiphone dealer.
Piano & Keyboard Liverpool Showroom
In the basement, there is an extensive piano showroom, which we believe to be the largest in the UK. As to be expected with such a magnificent piano display, the store boasts a Yamaha Homeworld, with a full range of Clavinova and Arius pianos and keyboards, plus stage pianos and other Yamaha pianos - digital and acoustic. These are complimented by a full range of Roland, Kawai and Korg pianos.
Recording & DJ Equipment
A full range of hi-tech, pro-audio products are stocked, with audio interfaces, microphones, headphones, software, MIDI controllers, digital recorders and synthesisers from brands such as Focusrite, Sontronics, SE, Shure, Nord, Steinberg, Roland and more.
Dawsons Liverpool now features a comprehensive DJ equipment area. Here, you will find cutting-edge controllers, mixers, decks and other DJ equipment by Pioneer, Numark, Native Instruments and Novation on display and available to try.
Dawsons Liverpool has far more to offer than can be listed here. A range of orchestral instruments is also stocked, along with PA, drums and a comprehensive selection of accessories. Dawsons Liverpool has everything for all musicians, and with ‘Liverpool City Central BID Mystery Shop Commendation’ award, you can be sure that you’ll receive the highest standards of service.
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Being a Musician in Liverpool
The City of Liverpool needs no introduction to music fans. Generations of musicians, artists and music lovers have grown up with the sounds of this cultural hotspot playing in their ears, and the influence and inspiration can still be felt to this day.
As a musician in Liverpool, you can expect to have access to one of the finest selections of live music venues in the country; resources and opportunities to grow your own musical career in the city's many varied gig venues and recording studios, and also the chance to be part of one of the most welcoming, creative and vibrant communities of musicians anywhere in the world.
From the bright lights of the modern Liverpool Echo Arena on the waterfront, through to smaller, more niche venues offering live music from pretty much any genre you can think of, music fans in Liverpool are truly spoiled for choice.
For up and coming musicians, the sheer number of venues you could realistically play is amazing. Studio 2, on Parr Street, for example, is an excellent sounding venue which is able to host quiet, intimate gigs at one end of the scale, and raucous party gigs at the other. It has a great vibe, a decent sized stage and is well placed in the city to draw a good crowd and attract passing gig-goers.
Constellations, which is used as the 'main stage' at a lot of multi-venue festivals which take place in the city, is run by a team who know how to put on effective and exciting events. The space is perfect to customise to your needs, and the staff have a real passion for live music. It hosts gigs there almost every night of the week, making use of the large stage and excellent sound system.
Magnet, on Hardman Street, has got everything you need from a good venue. Great stage, quality sound system and, most importantly, a great vibe. We have it on good authority that it's also home to one of the best sound engineers to work with in the city. As a musician, a good sound engineer at a venue can be the different between a good show and a great one. Liverpool is full of amazing engineers at almost every venue, as well as freelancers who do big events around the city. Bands here are pretty lucky to have that resource on tap!
A new venue on the Liverpool scene is the Invisible Wind Factory, which is the brainchild from the guys behind the much missed Kazimier, which was a firm favourite on every local band's gig schedule.
Finally, the O2 Academy deserves a mention due to the amazing big-name acts it attracts to play regularly, and the excellent facilities for bands who perform there.
As well as venues to perform and watch live music, Liverpool has a number of highly-regarded recording studios and rehearsal spaces. Whitewood Studio, on Parliament Street, is a great space while Parr Street Studios is world-renowned, having welcomed acts as diverse as Coldplay, Napalm Death and Dusty Springfield over the years.
Everyone knows about Liverpool's musical past but with everything that's on offer there, you might be a part of this amazing city's musical future.