Recently moved to Liverpool. After a horrific year I figured a new start was the best idea, chose Liverpool because it seemed like there was energy there, I'm an artist , musician, I felt like there was quite a bit happening creative wise. I got a nice flat next to Crosby beach with Anthony Gormley's statues. So far, so good. Except that I'm not doing anything. I have met a singer and talked vaguely about projects but that's about all. Its related to the horrific year I mentioned. I didn't realise how much toll it had taken but I'm seeing it now. Self confidence is a slippery customer at the best of times but right now I can't find any. And you need to have that. I underestimated the difficulty of establishing connections in a big city starting from scratch, not knowing anyone. I was just thinking about finding a place to live but that's the easy bit compared to getting out there and meeting people, doing stuff. A couple of questions I have done a couple of open mics so that's a start. It was OK but are there any where its more than just playing acoustic guitars, Where a wider range of performances happen ,Like electronic stuff for instance. Anyone know of somewhere like that at all ? Beyond open mics I have a full set I'd love to be able to perform, even as a support. Its made up of music, with spoken word , video in various forms and the pieces flow into one another without gaps. I leave space for impro and spontaneity so it is never the same twice, I try to tread a line between experimentalism that doesn't descend into dull repetition and wannabe elitism I can provide all the gear except maybe PA so I guess I would like to find a promoter/venue on the arty side. Interested in new ideas. Again, any tips gratefully received, OK, I know I have to do this for myself but shyness has always been a problem of mine and now more so than ever. I would be interested in joining a spoken word group., sort of thing where people can bring their stuff, read and talk about it in an informal setting. That would be just the thing in many ways Baltic Triangle seems to be hub , the creative centre so I must get down there. Just not sure where to start, is it co-ordinated from an HQ of some kind.I'm sure that people will be nicer than in my greatest crises of self doubt, where I envisage myself being a total flop, a Southern ponce given the cold shoulder of an established clique. cliques may well exist but not control everything. I hope. This is all rather feeble I know but at a time when I'm in a less than ideal mental place, I'd very much appreciate any tips to get some momentum going. Then its up to me of course but I hope I can find a way to get involved . I'm sure I couldn't have chosen a better location, so full of energy. But at this moment I feel pretty isolated and maybe in need of a bit of a shove. There's more to life than watching Pointless on your own, there'd bloody well better be at any rate.