Liverpool has been voted the UK's "most musical city". The poll was organised by the UK's Arts Council, and after six weeks of voting Liverpool romped home with 49 per cent of the public vote.
Sheffield, which had been leading online voting into the first week of June, came second. Another northern city, Manchester, finished third.
Gordon Ross, Music Co-ordinator for the Liverpool Culture Company which endorsed Liverpool's bid said: "Liverpool's music scene is renowned the world over – this award is great news for the city and should serve to encourage those seeking to build on that legacy. The city today has a phenomenal pool of talent and its exciting that now, more than ever, it has the venues, the studios, the promoters and the festivals to nurture new ideas and faces to carry on the city's best musical traditions."