Liverpool is a city which is known, amongst other things, for its music (The Beatles, anyone?). And, this summer, Liverpool will deliver plenty of music related events across the city, in what I’m calling ‘A Summer of Music in Liverpool’.
The first event worth a mention is Liverpool Sound City 2017, which will take place on Friday 26th – Sunday 28th May. The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and boasts a great line-up (The Kooks, The Human League amongst others) which you can view here (http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/lineup) . Not only is it a celebration of various music styles and genres, the event has a festival vibe without (hopefully) the mud, sweat and tears most of us probably associate with Glasto. The event not only promises three nights of great music but, as it takes place at Clarence Dock, it also showcases Liverpool’s beautiful waterfront. So, if you fancy a night (or maybe three nights) of great music, why not give this festival a go?
Want to know something even better? LJMU students can get 10% off their tickets by going to this link (http://liverpoolsoundcity.seetickets.com/event/liverpool-sound-city-2017-ljmu/liverpool-waters-clarence-dock/1062461/)
Another festival which is back in 2017 is Liverpool International Music Festival, which is celebrating its fifth birthday this year! This year the festival’s theme is “Remember the Times” which will celebrate pivotal music moments throughout the decades. From Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd July is the LIMF Presents events, which will take place in the Palm House in Sefton Park. These five events include “Good Times” with Norman Jay, “Circus” with Yousef, Claude Vonstroke, Lewis Boardman and special guest Josh Wink, “Reminisce” with Trevor Nelson, and “No Sleep” which features DJ Stretch Armstrong, DJ Kool Red Alert amongst others. LIMF Summer Jam promises to be another unmissable music event of the summer, boasting a spectacular series of performances from acts such as Gorgon City, Fleur East, Corrine Bailey Rae and many more. The event also takes place in Sefton Park, beginning Friday 21st July and finishing Sunday 23rd July. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re after watching different music acts in one of Liverpool’s beautiful park venues, then why not buy a ticket. Tickets, and more information are available here: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/limf/Online/.
(Photo www. Limfestival.com)
As well as these festivals, there are lots of gigs coming up in venues such as the O2 Academy, the Echo Arena and Arts Club. Located on Hotham Street, Liverpool’s O2 Academy hosts live comedy and music throughout the year- and this year there are plenty of gigs to see such as The Night Café on Friday May 5th, Festival of The Dead on Friday 13th October amongst others. The Echo Arena is a popular music venue in Liverpool and boasts that there is “Something for Everyone” on their website. There are gigs “for everyone”, with acts such as The Vamps, Al Stewart, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blink 182 set to take the stage on selected dates.
(Photo taken from http://insanewrestling.co.uk/venue.php?id=8)
Seel Street’s Art Club venue is another popular music venue and there is plenty on there, too. For example, there is Sh*t Indie Disco Thursdays from Thursday 4th May, Oasis on Thursday 4th May amongst others.
(Photo from skiddle.com)
If you’re a budding musician, there are also several open mic nights in venues throughout Liverpool. Every Thursday and Sunday, The Hannah’s Bar Open Mic is the perfect opportunity to play your music to a guaranteed crowd. Leaf on Bold Street is also another venue to try out your material, with an Open Mic night hosted by Johnny Sands every Tuesday. Another venue, The Magnet, offers the chance for upcoming musicians to perform their own material (and there’s a free drink for performers).
So, across the summer period, there is something for everyone in terms of the Liverpool music scene. Whether you’re an avid Glasto goer (without the budget), or a wannabe Beyoncé, I’m sure there is something going on that everyone will like.
*Disclaimer, I can’t promise you won’t need your wellies for any of these events*
Written by LJMU English Student, Jennifer Rose