City’s Festival Fringe Begins

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Liverpool International Music Festival with Liverpool Gin (LIMF) 2019 is just over a week away, but some city venues will start the party a week early as part of the official LIMF Fringe.

The Fringe kicks off tonight (Friday) and will see a number of pubs and clubs programme live music, with a focus on supporting local talent, thanks to some additional LIMF funding.

They include The Handyman Pub on Smithdown Road which will start the Fringe proceedings this evening from 8pm, Sound Food and Drink on Duke Street, the Craft Taproom and Kelly’s Dispensary and Frank’s Bar all on Smithdown Road, Brick Street in the Baltic and The Zanzibar Club on Seel Street.

And it’s not all about the evening.

On Sunday 21 July, Otterspool Adventure is hosting ‘Otterspool Rocks’, using the LIMF funding for local bands to treat families to a fantastic live music session.

For full details of the Fringe line-up, head to www.limfestival.com/fringe. LIMF takes place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July at Sefton Park. Headliners across the weekend include Nile Rodgers & Chic, De La Soul, Sigma as part of 3Beat @30, Ella Eyre, MIC Lowry ad Disco Classical with special guest Sister Sledge ft Kathy Sledge.

Yaw Owusu, LIMF Curator, said: “This is an element of LIMF which we’re looking to grow in the future and it’s great that a number of venues, particularly those near to Sefton Park, have come forward to be part of this inaugural Fringe year.

“The ambition is to build on this year on year, and get to the point where we have a large number of bars, pubs and clubs across the city dedicated to playing live music in the run up to, and during LIMF, to really showcase Liverpool’s incredible music offer.”

Kevin McManus, Head of UNESCO City of Music, said: “Over the past seven years LIMF has grown to become one of the most popular music events in the city’s calendar and it’s great that we can start to extend its reach past the Sefton Park boundary.

“As part of my UNESCO role I want to develop the sector and make a tangible difference, and working with venues across the city, encouraging them to stage live music is a positive step forward.”