Author: Mark Boyle
Date: Friday 25th January 2019
Are you planning to attend a festival this year? Liverpool is a city bursting with energetic and multi-cultural activities welcoming to people of all walks of life. Festivals and other events take place in the city all year round, covering a wide range of interests from music and food to celebrations of international culture.
If you’re looking for inspiration and ideas on which vibrant Liverpool festival to attend in 2019, here is our list of some of the top picks…
1) Discover Breakthrough New Artists at Sound City
After its inauguration in 2008 as part of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture celebrations, Sound City has since become an annual event and one of the city’s favourite music festivals. The festival largely focuses on providing a platform for new artists to showcase their talents and 2019 promises to offer the most diverse lineup yet. This year’s acts will include Mabel, The Tea Street Band, Loyle Carner, Our Girl and 100s more!
Sound City will be returning to the Baltic Triangle this May where a range of venues will play host, including iconic warehouses, outdoor stages and intimate spaces. As well as live music, guests can also expect to experience locally brewed real ale, exquisite street food and workshops, including the Sound City+ conference which will offer exclusive insight into the industry and provide networking opportunities. The festival takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend (3-5th May) and tickets can be purchased from £25.
2) Global Household Names Will Be Performing at LIMF
If you’re after a star-studded lineup featuring acts from across the world, then the Liverpool International Music Festival should be a priority on your list. LIMF will feature show-stopping live performances from artists all over the globe as well as emerging acts. While the 2019 lineup is still to be announced, previous years have featured the likes of Example, Wiley, Jax Jones and Sigma.
Expect to see major performances, DJs and activities to entertain the whole family. There’s also the LIMF Academy program which aims to find the next best talent. LIMF will be at Sefton Park on July 20 & 21 with tickets now available for purchase from £6. Get an advanced VIP ticket and you will have access to a luxury VIP area with a private bar!
3) Travel over the Water to the Future Yard
If you fancy travelling over the water, you may wish to consider the Future Yard festival. Future Yard will take place across four venues in Birkenhead on the bank holiday weekend – August 23 & 24. Weekend tickets are now available to purchase at £40. Alternatively, you can buy a Friday day ticket for £20 and a Saturday day ticket for £25.
Highlights will include Bill Ryder-Jones, Pixx, Anna Calvi and Szun Waves. The festival will be hosted at the Grade-II listed Birkenhead Town Hall, the Birkenhead Priory which stands as the oldest building on Merseyside, and the Bloom Building.
4) Celebrate African Music and Culture at Africa Oye
Africa Oye is the place to be to celebrate the music and culture of Africa. This festival will feature live music, DJs and dance, workshops, food stalls and a range of traders. The lineup is still forthcoming with the first main stage artists set to be revealed in February. Last year’s headliners included Rocky Dawuni, Inner Circle and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo.
Africa Oye is another festival that will be taking place in Liverpool’s iconic Sefton Park on June 22 & 23. Best of all, despite rising infrastructure and growing demand, the festival will continue to be open for the public at no cost!
5) Experience the City’s Biggest March at Liverpool Pride
Liverpool is a proud and welcoming city that doesn’t accept discrimination. Pride Weekend is the perfect time for the LGBTQ community to march together and celebrate diversity and equality for all. The march is the largest annual event of its kind in the city and lands on the anniversary of Michael Causer’s death who was tragically killed in a hate crime 11 years ago.
Details of 2019’s event are still under wraps, but organisers have teased that big changes will be coming. Pride Weekend is a free event that usually lands on the last weekend in July. The march takes place throughout the city centre and is followed by live performances from big names within the music and entertainment industry. 2018’s event moved to Tithebarn Street where Sophie Ellis Baxtor and Courtney Act headlined.
6) Get a Taste of Samba at the Brazilica Carnival
Get your Samba on at the Brazilica Carnival in July! Brazilica is the largest celebration of Brazilian culture in the UK having commenced in 2008. This Latin American festival sees the streets of Liverpool fill up with performers, samba sounds and vibrant colours. Even the iconic Formby Beach statues got dressed up for the occasion in 2018!
Details on 2019’s festival will be revealed in the coming weeks but it has been announced that the main carnival will take place on Saturday, 13th July. Last year’s Main Music Stage took place on the Pier Head where live performers, DJs and samba drumming kept guests entertained. The Carnival Parade started at Abercromby Square and finished at Williamson Square.
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