Local musicians are being encouraged to showcase their talent and be part of Liverpool’s newest music festival.
The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) will host three bandstand stages – in Sefton Park, Stanley Park and Williamson Square. Bands, soloists and choirs of all ages and genres are being asked to put themselves forward and wow audiences with their talent.
The LIMF Bandstand Festival will start on the weekend of 13/14 July, to coincide with ‘Our Big Gig’ which is a UK-wide celebration of community music. From that date, performances will take place every weekend from 25 July until 8 September.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “This is a really integral element of the overall LIMF event as we want to make sure we provide a platform for local talent.
“Previous bandstand events in the city centre have proved to be hugely popular with both musicians and local businesses all benefiting from this activity.
“It will be wonderful to see two of our park bandstands being made the most of throughout the summer – green spaces and live music is a great combination, and, fingers crossed, if we can add some sunshine to that it will be the perfect day out!”
Headline performers across the three bandstands on the weekend of the 13/14 July are KOF, Natalie McCool and MiC Lowry.
And it’s not just musicians who are being asked to get involved. Artists and art organisations are invited to use the bandstands to highlight their work and raise their profile in the city.
There will also be various workshops taking place ranging from dance to drumming to singing lessons which will be a fun way of interacting with the audience, giving them a chance to try out a new skill – and maybe discover some future stars!
The Take Part workshop performances on the opening weekend will be led by Sense of Sound, BrazUKa and Jamie Broad.
Sense of Sound will invite the audience to join an exciting singing experience, creating an uplifting and harmonious sound. BrazUKa will bring a spectacular cultural clash, encouraging people to pick up a drum or get up and dance to the beat. Jamie Broad will bring his great talent and years of experience in creating hip hop lyrics and challenge the audience to make their own.
Williamson Square has previously played host to a bandstand, commissioned by City Central BID, which represents 630 businesses in the retail heart of the city centre. It generated a 34 per cent increase in footfall to the square.
Tracey Crosbie, Events Manager for City Central BID, said: “The Big Gig is a great way to kick off the Liverpool International Music Festival as it puts the spotlight on local talent.
“We’re delighted the Liverpool Bandstand in Williamson Square is going to help showcase the current music scene and we will be looking to develop that further throughout August.”
Other great performances can be expected from the likes of Bolshy, Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra, Dominic Dunn, Neil Campbell and Hot Club of Knotty Ash with many more exciting and diverse to enjoy.
Yaw Owusu, LIMF’s Music Curator, said: “The bandstand festival brings a real balance to LIMF which is so important. At one end of the spectrum we have a huge celebration of pop music with the latest chart toppers performing and then at the other, the audience can experience a much more intimate gig as music is stripped back to its acoustic roots.
“The ethos of LIMF is to celebrate the new, and the bandstand element achieves this – it’s going to be exciting to see local talented musicians being part of this inaugural event and showcasing their skills to a new audience.”
The LIMF Bandstand Festival is commissioned by Liverpool City Council and co-ordinated by Open Culture who aim to engage members of the public with art and culture. The LIMF Bandstand is part of Joe Anderson’s, Mayor of Liverpool, strategy to animate parks.
The Our Big Gig weekend of music has been programmed by Liverpool City Council, Open Culture in association with Futurejack (F.A.M.E.) and ME (Anita Welsh), ME will be hosting the Sefton and Stanley Park Bandstands over the weekend of 13th & 14th July.
LIMF celebrates greatness, discovers the new and inspires the next.
One city, 35 days, 250 performances.
It will see some of the biggest names in music descend from 18 August to 22 September.
It kicks off on 18 August as Neil Young & Crazy Horse perform at the Echo Arena.
During bank holiday weekend from 23 to 26 August, acts will take to a new stage in Sefton Park including internationally acclaimed Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor Vasily Petrenko, Soul II Soul and The Christians as well as some of the leading stars from the world of reggae, jazz, folk and African. Throughout the weekend there will be food stalls, a children’s fairground and other family activities
On Saturday 24 August, the Pier Head will play 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 two stages – the Mathew Street Festival Stage and the Juice FM stage – will be in use with a Party at the Pier themed day with well-known artists organised by Juice FM performing alongside the likes of KOF, Esco Williams, The Hummingbirds and Chelcee Grimes. And acts paying homage to artists such as Queen, Adele, Robbie Williams and The Rolling Stones will also perform.
The Sefton Park events are free, but tickets for Turn Up the Radio cost £20 per person, plus booking fee. Tickets for Party at the Pier will cost £5 per person.
Also part of LIMF will be:
• International Beatle Week from 21 – 27 August organised by Cavern City Tours, with bands from over 20 countries and fans from over 40 countries including live gigs, exhibitions, memorabilia sales, guest speakers, video shows, sightseeing tours and a convention. Festival venues include the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub in Mathew Street, the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool Cathedral and the Philharmonic Hall.
• A fringe festival which will see more than 100 events taking place in pubs and clubs across the city.
• The first ever Summercamp festival hosted by Camp and Furnace which combines top acts such as Ghostpoet and Martha Wainwright, with world-class art and mouth-watering food. It takes place on 24 and 25 August.
• The second ever Liverpool Music Awards which feature 16 awards and live performances and is a massive celebration of musical talent from, and inspired by, the city.
• Three events by internationally acclaimed opera and concert singer Bryn Terfel. The first is a night of songs from musicals on 9 September, the second and third will take place on 20 and 22 September with a beautiful performance of Puccini’s Tosca, with Vasily Petrenko as conductor. All these events take place in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
• The LIMF Academy which will work with and inspire young people who are interested in getting into the music business.