Homegrown star to shine at festival

Rebecca Ferguson is the latest top name to be added to the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) line-up.

The Liverpool-born star will perform in the beautiful surroundings of Sefton Park on Monday 26 August.

Loveable RoguesThe free performance will take place on the Summer Sessions stage, and Rebecca will join Britain’s Got Talent finalists 2012 Loveable Rogues and East London trio Waylayers who are also the latest acts to sign up to perform.

Rebecca said: “I’m always proud to perform in my home town. Looking forward to seeing you all there!”

Monday’s Summer Sessions stage will also see Soul II Soul, The Christians, The Vocal Orchestra and Picture Book wow the crowds.

LIMF’s Music Curator, Yaw Owusu, said: “We’re delighted Rebecca is part of the festival – she is a great ambassador for Liverpool’s musical talent, and hearing her rich vocals in the lush surroundings of Sefton Park is bound to be a festival highlight for many.

“It’s amazing to think we’ve only been planning this event for a matter of months – I’m really proud of the diverse nature of the line-up, and think we can safely say there is something for everyone.

“From the a fantastic weekend of pop and tribute acts at the Pier Head at an incredibly low ticket price, right through to a classical evening courtesy of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a stage dedicated to the very best of world music – the eclectic mix will appeal to a broad range of music lovers.

“And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve still got a surprise or two up our festival sleeves…”

Rebecca Ferguson was the runner up in 2010’s X Factor and released her debut album, Heaven, to commercial and critical success in 2011 and it went on to be certified double-platinum. She has been nominated for two MOBO awards and an MTV Europe award and is currently working on her second album.

The Summer Sessions stage has been programmed in partnership with Smooth Radio.

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 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, Rebecca Ferguson 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 Sefton Park events are free, but early bird tickets for Turn Up the Radio cost from £20 per person, plus booking fee. Early bird tickets for Party at the Pier will cost from £5 per person.

Tickets for both events can be bought online at www.limfestival.com.

Alternatively Turn Up the Radio tickets can be bought by calling 08448 24 48 24 or visiting www.axs.com.

Party at the Pier tickets can be bought in person at Ticket Quarter Box Office in Queens Square or 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.
• The LIMF Academy which will work with and inspire young people who are interested in getting into the music business.

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