Liverpool’s Stanley Park will be the venue for 7 hours of FREE live music on Sunday (8 September) – with legendary Liverpool band The Farm headlining.
As part of the Stanley Park Festival, from midday until 7pm Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) will host a stage which will see some of the hottest local talent and acclaimed national artists perform to an expected crowd of thousands.
The line-up for the stage in Anfield is:
Wara – a Latin music ensemble
Veyu – winners of the Merseyrail Sound Station competition
Natalie McCool – Liverpool Music Awards Female Artist of the Year
The UD Vocal Collective featuring Terri Walker – the group from East London will perform with Mercury Award nominee Terri
Ian Prowse – respected local singer-songwriter
Natty – a reggae singer-songwriter
Tea Street Band – an acclaimed band who are making waves in the music industry
The Farm – with eight top forty singles under their belts they are one of the most respected bands to come out of Liverpool and twenty years on, still pull in the crowds when on tour
LIMF Music Curator, Yaw Owusu, said: “We’ve already seen some amazing live performances in the city centre and in south Liverpool at Sefton Park, and now its North Liverpool’s turn to get in on the music action!
“This festival has been all about bringing different genres of music to as wide an audience as possible, and Stanley Park is no exception.
“I’m really proud of the line-up that will showcase some of our homegrown talent alongside national artists, and to have The Farm – one of the seminal bands to come out of this city – headline is the perfect way to round off the event.”
The LIMF stage has been organised in partnership with Everton Freeschool, and pupils from the school have been involved in programming the stage.
Sam Robinson, 16, said: “I’m so happy to be given the opportunity to learn what it takes to put a festival together. This year I have been to quite a few big festivals but being involved in the event management of this one is going to be the highlight of the summer for me.”
Ros Harrison, 15, said: “I have been working with Yaw for a few weeks now on the programming of the event and it has been great to be involved in such a high profile festival – I’m very excited for Sunday!”
In addition to the live music, the festival will also include family friendly activities ensuring this a fun day out for everyone. There will be a fun fair and a Family Zone with free activities including, a petting zoo and an assault course, food stalls and a community area offering advice and support for the local community.
Please note, there is extremely limited car parking available at the park, so public transportation is recommended.
The Farm had eight top forty hit singles in the UK including Groovy Train and All Together Now, will be returning to the stage with their original line–up.
More recently they performed on the Justice Collective song, He Ain’t Heavy, in aid of the Hillsborough campaign.
Lead singer Peter Hooton said: “‘It’s a real honour to be invited to play in Stanley Park by the Liverpool International Music Festival.
“The whole group are really excited to be playing there on what looks like a great day out.
“We have played quite a few festivals this summer and we can’t think of a better way to end the festival season.”
The Farm toured the world between 1990 and 1994 but went their separate ways in 1995 but continued to enjoy popular appeal and their records have become all time classics.
In December 2010 the original line-up returned to play their home city and it was such a success that they decided they should play live again.
LIMF celebrates greatness, discovers the new and inspires the next. One city, 35 days, more than 250 performances.
The live music kicked off during bank holiday weekend from 23 to 26 August, with nearly 200,000 people making the most of the amazing live music on offer.
Acts took to a new stage in Sefton Park including internationally acclaimed Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor Vasily Petrenko, Soul II Soul, Rebecca Ferguson, Ghetto Youths International Crew (featuring Damian Marley) and The Christians as well as some of the leading stars from the world of reggae, jazz, folk and African.
On Saturday 24 August, the Pier Head played host to the Turn Up the Radio event with headliners JLS being joined by acts including Little Mix, Union J, Stooshe, The Vamps and Eliza Doolittle.
On Sunday 25 August Party at the Pier saw the Juice FM stage play host to well-known artists including The Saturdays, Texas and Nina Nesbitt. They performed alongside local stars including KOF, Esco Williams, The Hummingbirds and Chelcee Grimes. The Mathew Street Festival Stage with Real Radio (programmed by Bill Heckle and Dave Jones from Cavern City Tours) saw acts paying homage to artists such as Queen, Adele, Robbie Williams and The Rolling Stones.
The festival ends on Sunday 22 September with the Virgin Trains LIMF Academy hosted by BBC Radio1 DJ Dev (who wowed the crowds on Bank Holiday Monday in Sefton Park) and will see the likes of Grammy award winning music producer Steve Levine involved.
The Academy is open to 9-25 year olds who want to learn more about the industry, develop their skills and look at ways in which to kick-start their career. Tickets are free and can be booked by visiting www.limfestival.com/academy. Please note, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.