Essential guide to new music festival

Here are some of the essential must-knows, from rules and road closures through to running orders for the inaugural Liverpool International Music Festival.

Liverpool City council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Festival rules are in place to make sure everyone can enjoy all the live music in a safe environment.

“We’re expecting tens of thousands of people to descend on the city during the Bank Holiday Weekend, so as a council, we need to do everything we can to make sure that those who come to the music festival for a great, family day out get exactly that.

“It’s going to be a brilliant weekend, and one in which the city will shine, as it always does, when it stages large scale outdoor events.”

Festival Rules – Pier Head site

  •  All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult of over 21 years. There must be one adult to four children.
  • No alcohol can be brought into the Pier Head site and bag searches will be in operation.
  • Alcohol will be available for purchase from official stalls and all stalls will be operating a strict Challenge 21 policy, so if you are lucky enough to look 21 or younger, please make sure that you bring an acceptable form of identification.
  • No readmission to the site.
  • Bottles of water are allowed as long as the cap is sealed.
  • People can bring along their own food.
  • Cash only food and drink concessions will be available on site.
  • People cannot bring their own seating into the Pier Head site.

Festival Rules – Sefton Park site

  • Seating isn’t provided so bring your own rug, cushions or light-weight chairs.
  • No glass is permitted on site, please ensure any food and drink brought to the Park is in plastic containers.
  • No open vessels of alcohol can be taken off the event site.
  • Don’t be a litterbug – use the bins onsite or take everything home to dispose of it.
  • To make sure everyone has a great view of the fantastic acts on stage, large umbrellas and gazebos are not permitted in the stage area.
  • No barbecues, garden flares or fireworks allowed.
  • No animals allowed other than assistance dogs.

Travel information

There’s no doubt about it, it’s going to be busy in the city this Bank Holiday weekend. There is no parking in the surrounding area of the park so public transport is recommended.

Traveline Merseyside can help you with all your queries on how to get to the Pier Head and Sefton Park by bus, train or ferry so you can arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy the events. Timetables are available on the Merseytravel website, but if you’re not sure which bus or train you need there is a handy journey planner online too. Log onto

From Saturday to Monday, there will be a special shuttle bus service available from the city centre, departing every 10 minutes from the bus stop on St John’s Lane (St John’s Garden’s side). A return service after the event will also operate, dropping off at Elliott St. The bus costs £2 for adults and £1 for children.

The nearest bus stops to Sefton Park are Aigburth Road, Aigburth Vale, Ullet Road and Smithdown Road.

The nearest bus stops to the Pier Head are The Strand, James Street, Castle Street and Liverpool ONE Bus Station

The nearest train stations to the Pier Head are James Street, Moorfields and Lime Street.

The nearest train station to Sefton Park is St Michaels.

Road Closures – Sefton Park

23rd to 25th August 2013 – 4pm to 12midnight – Road Closures – Aigburth Drive (Ullet Road to Croxteth Drive – except buses and taxis), Croxteth Drive (Aigburth Drive to Croxteth Gate – except buses and taxis), Mossley Hill Drive (Greenbank Lane to Ibbotsons Lane), Livingstone Drive North (at Aigburth Drive), Greenbank Lane (at Mossley Hill Drive).

Road Closures – Pier Head

Canada Boulevard (Water Street to St Nicholas Place) – 7am 19th August until 12midnight 30th August 2013, Brunswick Street (Canada Boulevard to Georges Dockway) and Water Street (Canada Boulevard to Goree) – 9pm until 6am each day from 19th to 22nd August 2013, Mann Island (Canada Boulevard to Georges Dockway) -12midnight until 6am each day from 19th to 23rd August 2013, Brunswick Street, Canada Bouelvard, Georges Dockway, Mann Island and Water Street (Canada Boulevard to Goree) -7pm 23rd to 6am 26th August.


Running order

Friday 23 August

Sefton Park

18:30 – Sense of Sound

19:30 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Vasily Petrenko taking the helm.


Saturday 24 August

Sefton Park


STAGE           THE BEATLE YEARS  TIME12.0012.35







BAND NAMERinger, doing ’62-’63Tripper, doing ’64

Revolver, doing ’65

Them Beatles, doing ’66

The Mersey Beatles, doing’67

Clube Big Beatles, doing ’68

Morsa, doing ’69

The Newbees, doing ’70


 STAGE ITSLIVERPOOL TIME12:00-12:2012:40-13:00






BAND NAMEClang Boom SteamSugarmen

Coffee and Cakes For Funerals


The Dirty Rivers


Tea Street Band


Pier Head


TURN UP THE RADIO TIME13:00 – 13:2013:35 – 13:55

14:15 – 14:35

14:50 – 15:20

15:40 – 16.10

16:25 – 16:45

17:00 – 17:40

18:00 – 18:40

19:00 – 19:50

20:10 – 21:05


The Vamps










Sunday 25 August

Sefton Park


MAIN STAGE TIME12:00–12:1512:15–12:45









BAND NAME24 Festival DrumsStoney Browder Junior


Roberto Pla Latin Ensemble

Panjabi Hit Squad & Navin Kundra

The Padraig Rynee Quartet

Les Freres Guisse (contracted via Paul Duhaney)

Portico Quartet

Jus Now

Robbo Ranx ft Ghetto Youth International


ITSLIVERPOOL STAGE TIME12:00–12:2513:00–13:25







BAND NAMEThe Wild EyesMerki

Bonnacons of Doom

The Loud


Ady Suleiman

All We Are

Dogshow (last)

Pier Head


PARTY AT THE PIER TIME13:00–13:2013:35–13:55








BAND NAMEHumming BirdsChelcee Grimes

Lucy Spraggan

Esco Williams

Baby Blue

The Saturdays

Nina Nesbitt


Dios Salve a la Reina (Queen Tribute)









BAND NAMEMy Sweet Georgia (George Harrison Tribute)Coldplace (Coldplay Tribute)

Larcena (Adele Tribute)

Rocks Off (Rolling Stones Tribute)

Bootleg Boss (Bruce Springsteen Tribute)

Jean Genie (Bowie Tribute)

Robbie Williams Banned (Robbie Williams Tribute)

Monday 26 August

Sefton Park


SUMMER SESSIONS with Smooth Radio TIME12.00 – 12.3013.00 – 13.20

13.40 – 14.00

14.20 – 14.40

15.00 – 15.40

16.10 – 16.45

16:45 – 7:15

17.15 – 18.00

BAND NAMEWaylayersThe Vocal Orchestra

Loveable Rogues

Picture Book – The New Merseybeat Live

The Christians

Rebecca Ferguson


Soul II Soul



13.00 – 13.25

13.50 – 14.20

14.40 – 15.10

15.30 – 16.30

 BAND NAMEThe Merseybeats Legends

John O’Connell

Malik & The OG’s

Connie Lush

Deaf School



LIMF celebrates greatness, discovers the new and inspires the next. One city, 35 days, more than 250 performances.

It will see some of the biggest names in music descend from 18 August to 22 September.

It kicks off 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, Rebecca Ferguson, Ghetto Youths International Crew (featuring Damian, Stephen and Julian Marley) 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 Party at the Pier will see the Juice FM stage playing host to well-known artists including The Saturdays, Texas and Nina Nesbitt. They will perform alongside local stars including  KOF, Esco Williams, The Hummingbirds and Chelcee Grimes.   There will also be a Mathew Street Festival Stage with Real Radio (programmed by Bill Heckle and Dave Jones from Cavern City Tours) with acts paying homage to artists such as Queen, Adele, Robbie Williams and The Rolling Stones.

The festival also includes International Beatle Week from 21 – 27 August with bands from over 20 countries, a fringe festival which will see more than 100 events taking place in pubs and clubs across the city from 23 – 26 August and the second Stanley Park Festival on Sunday 8 September.

And it doesn’t end after the Bank Holiday as legendary band The Farm perform a special free gig at Stanley Park on Sunday 8 September.

The Sefton Park events are free, but tickets for Turn Up the Radio cost from £22.50 per person including booking fee. Tickets for Party at the Pier will cost £5 per person.

Tickets for all events can be bought online at or at Ticket Quarter Queen Square Box Office or at one of the city’s three Tourist Information Centres based at the Albert Dock, St George’s Hall and in John Lennon Airport.


Alternatively Turn Up the Radio tickets can be bought by calling 08448 24 48 24 or Party at the Pier by calling 0844 8094620.

Party at the Pier tickets can be bought by calling 0844 8094620.

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.
  • Virgin Trains LIMF Academy on 22 September will work with and inspire young people who are interested in getting into the music business. Free tickets for academy are available from



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