Local music talent take a stand!

Liverpool’s Bandstand Festival is back for 2015 and the full line-up has been revealed.

More than 50 acts will take to the Sefton and Stanley Park bandstands for a month-long celebration of some of Liverpool’s best musical talent which is supported by the Liverpool International Music Festival, this year presented by Red Square Vodka.

The free music fun all kicks off this Saturday (8 August) and runs until Sunday 6 September and audiences can expect a whole host of eclectic performances from opera and rock n roll to drumming groups, choirs and a ukulele orchestra.

Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “LIMF and the bandstand programme are both in their third year, with each year proving more popular than the last.

“Providing a platform for local talent is a key priority for LIMF and this element of the festival makes sure a spotlight can be shone on homegrown acts.

“It will be wonderful to see two of our Victorian 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!”

The Bandstand Festival is commissioned by Liverpool City Council and co-ordinated by Open Culture which aims to engage members of the public with art and culture. The Bandstand programme is part of Mayor Joe Anderson’s strategy to animate parks.

Chris Carney, Open Culture, “We’re really proud to be approaching our third year of the free summer Bandstand Festival. Since we began, we’ve seen some fantastic community artists as well as rising stars performing at Sefton Park and Stanley Park with this year being our best offering yet.

“There’s something for all ages, so come out and enjoy the performances and fun workshops.”

The line-up is as follows:

Saturday 8 August, Sefton Park:
1pm – 1.25pm: Charlotte Lynch

1.40p,-2.05pm: Scarlet
2.15pm – 2.40pm: David Barnicle
2.55pm – 3.20pm: SheBeat
3.35pm – 4pm: Joe Kelly

4.15pm – 4.40pm: Emilio Pinchi
Plus special guests from Merseyrail Sound Station and Stylus DJs with acts playing until 5.20pm.

Sunday 9 August, Stanley Park:
12.15pm – 1pm: Katumba Drumming Workshop
1pm – 1.25pm: The Frogs
1.35pm – 2pm: Niall Kavanagh
2.10pm – 2.35pm: Jazz it Up School of Dance
2.45pm – 3.15pm: Katumba
3.30pm – 3.55pm: HillHouse
4.10pm – 4.35pm: John O’Connell
4.50pm – 5.15pm: Mervin Gersh

Saturday 15 August, Sefton Park in association with North West Cancer Research
1pm – 1pm: Creaky Bones
1pm – 2.05pm The Salvation Army Liverpool Walton Band
2.15pm – 2.40pm: Mersey Wylie
2.55pm – 3.20pm: Choir with no Name
3.30pm – 3.55pm: Blowback Horns
4.10pm – 4.35pm: Bagga
4.55pm – 5.20pm: Danielle Louise Thomas

Mixnots DJs will also feature throughout the day

Sunday 16 August, Stanley Park:
1pm – 1.25pm: Grateful Fred
1.40pm – 2.05pm James Edgar
2.15pm – 2.40pm: Fazzmatazz
2.55pm – 3.20pm: Mersey Swing (free dance workshop)
3.35pm – 4pm: Bad Kitty and the Black Kats
4.20pm – 4.45pm: Joe Symes and the Loving Kind

Saturday 22 August, LIMF Academy showcase, Sefton Park:
1pm – 1.25pm: Eleanor Nelly
1.40pm – 2.05pm: Dominic Dunn
2.20pm – 2.45pm: Sophia Ben-Yousef
3pm – 3.25pm: Shamona
3.40pm – 4.05pm: Katy Alex
Plus Adam French DJ set

Sunday 23 August, Stanley Park:
10.00 – 18.00: KidsFest, in support of the James Bulger Foundation. Features a performance stage, food stalls, educational events, cookery workshops, sporting activities, dance classes and more.

Sunday 30 August, Sefton Park – Bandstand at LIMF Summer Jam in association with Mellowtone:
Xam Volo
Sunstack Jones
Little Sparrow
Ivan Campo
Paul Wilkes
Beaten Track DJs
Simon Herron
Katie Mac

Monday 31 August, Sefton Park – Bandstand at LIMF Summer Jam in association with Mellowtone:
The Midnight Ramble
Roxanne L Jones
Me and Deboe
Paul Straws
Grace Hartrey
TJ and Murphy

Saturday 5 September, Sefton Park:
1pm – 1.25pm: Daniel Saleh
1.40pm – 2.05pm: The Shipbuilders
2.20pm – 2.45pm: Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra
3pm – 3.45pm: Simply Dylan
3.55pm – 4.20pm: Alex Gavaghan
4.35pm – 5pm: Mamatung
5.20pm – 6pm: Clinic

Sunday 6 September, Stanley Park:
programmed by Soul Fest, plus wellbeing workshops

For full details about Red Square Vodka presents LIMF, visit www.limfestival.com or follow @LIMFestival on Twitter or Liverpool International Music Festival on Facebook.

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