Katie Melua takes to the stage for Music On the Waterfront

Katie Melua in free Pier Head concert

One of Britain’s best selling female artists will take to the stage as part of Liverpool’s popular outdoor festival – Music on the Waterfront.

Global success, Katie Melua will mark the 10th anniversary of her recording career by performing crowd-pleasing favourites such as The Closest Thing to Crazy and Nine Million Bicycles at the FREE Pier Head event on Saturday 8 June from 6pm-10.30pm.

The line-up also features:

The Christians – the Liverpool band will take to the stage for this homecoming gig.
Nell Bryden – the American singer-songwriter has supported both Gary Barlow and Jools Holland on tour and will be playing beautiful acoustic tracks from her critically acclaimed albums.
Tunde Baiyewu – The Lighthouse Family frontman, who sold more than 20 million albums, has recently released a new album Diamond in a Rock – his first new material in more than eight years.
Jack Savoretti – performing tracks from his new album Before the Storm.
Heather Peace – known for her role on BBC hit Waterloo Road as well as her amazing vocals.
Thea Gilmore – this year saw Thea release her 14th studio album, and in her own words is “still trying to change the world one minor chord at a time”.
Josephine – the Mancunian will be showcasing songs from her latest album.
Leddra Chapman – in 2012 Leddra sold out venues across the UK on her headline tour.

The Saturday evening is hosted by Smooth Radio.

However the music action starts on Friday 7 June from 6.30pm to 10pm as some homegrown talent take to the stage. Acts include Mercury Music Prize winner Terri Walker, big band artist Neville Skelly, Jon Casey Blues Band – Merseycats, pianist Victoria Sharpe and jazz group Tipitina.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Music on the Waterfront will see two nights of amazing live music, catering for a diverse range of musical tastes.

“It’s great that on the Friday night we will be able to see local artists perform, and then on Saturday night household names will wow the audience.

“The event is now in its fifth year, and each year the line-up gets stronger with thousands of music lovers enjoying live music in the unbeatable surroundings of a World Heritage site.”

Smooth Radio’s Group Programme Director John Simons said, “Last year’s event was such an overwhelming success, we just had to return to Liverpool to do it again.

“At Smooth Radio we pride ourselves on the calibre of artists we can bring to our listeners in our regular Love Live Music events.

“This however, is set to be our biggest yet and will give thousands of people the chance to see some of Smooth Radio’s favourite artists performing live and for free.”

Last year’s Music On the Waterfront event attracted 24,000 people, and generated around £2.3million for the local economy.

The 2013 event will take place on the same weekend as the Mersey River Festival which will see a whole host of activities planned for all the family from street animation, visiting vessels, arts and crafts, make and do and water sports.

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