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Music festival hits the right note

The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) returns in August with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

More than 200 acts representing 20 countries will wow audiences with around 150 hours of live music throughout the event, which runs from Friday 15 until Saturday 31 August.

Shaggy is expected to wow the crowds

Across the seventeen days, there will be performances from Boy George, Shaggy, Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Goldie, The Hoosiers, Kid Creole, Lemar, The Farm, John Power (Cast and La’s) and multi-Grammy nominee Marsha Ambrosius.

The August bank holiday weekend will see Sefton Park play host to LIMF Summer Jam.  It kicks off with Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert hosted by Classic FM which takes place on Friday 22 August.

From Saturday to Monday, the Central Stage will have different themes: Saturday – British Invasion; Sunday – World Music; Monday – Summer Sessions with Juice FM.

As well as Central Stage there are four other music areas:

  • The it’s liverpool Stage with BBC Radio Merseyside will showcase the next musical trailblazers to come from Liverpool, as well as celebrate the legends of the city’s music scene. 
  • The International Emerging Sounds Stage will host artists from around the globe who are making names for themselves with their creative and individual approach to music which is earning them deserved world-wide recognition. 
  • The LIMF Bandstand will give a platform to local unsigned talent ranging from bands and soloists, covering a variety of musical genres. 
  • The LIMF Academy will showcase fifteen of the region’s hottest up and coming young acts.

One of the key aims of this year is to create never before seen or heard music performances via a series of LIMF Commissions. LIMF has engaged a number of celebrated artistic directors to work with various artists from different musical backgrounds and genres to create music magic under the theme of World Firsts By Collaboration. This will see four very special commissions by LIMF, all of which will be ticketed events: 

  • Steve Levine’s Assembly Point Sessions – Taking place on 21 August at St George’s Hall, the award winning producer will direct a number of solo artists along with an all-star band in a unique collaboration. To date, collaborators include Tim Burgess, Pete Wylie and Bernard Butler. The evening will also see a full headline set from Boy George.
  • Migration Music – The Everyman will play host to Liverpool’s Sense of Sound choir which will collaborate with internationally renowned beatboxer Shlomo, in a voice only performance which invites the audience to travel through significant moments in music history.  This will take place on 28 and 29 August.
  • You Are Here – Symbolically representing the countries that made up the Triple Entente (the United Kingdom, France and Russia), You Are Here will consist of musicians exploring what home means to them. Created by the force behind SevenStreets, David Lloyd, the piece will premiere at LIMF on 23 August in Sefton Park’s Palm House.
  • Minor Characters – Music manager Chris Bye and The Quietus, one of the most respected music and culture websites in the world, will bring together six artists to create an original body of work which will be released digitally through The Quietus label. Participants include GIT Award 2014 winner Forest Sword, as well as the likes of East India Youth and Luke Abbott. It will take place at The Kazimier on Friday 29 August.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response to the inaugural LIMF last year, and today, people still tell me that the Sefton Park gigs were the highlight of their summer.

“There’s more of a focus on the park this year, and without a doubt, it will be the place to be during the August bank holiday for all the family.

“The diverse music on offer ranges from internationally renowned artists through to home grown talent and some of the best bands paying tribute to iconic acts.

“There aren’t many other cities in the UK which put on hours and hours of high quality live music – the majority of which is completely free.

“As we saw in 2013, LIMF is a fresh approach to music festivals and I’m positive this year will be just as impressive and shine a spotlight on Liverpool’s music credentials.”

LIMF’s Music Curator, Yaw Owusu, said: “This year is all about progression. LIMF Summer Jam’s line up is really strong and with the addition of the International Emerging Stage and the Academy area, I know we are raising the bar – and we haven’t even finished the line-ups yet.

“The LIMF Commissions are all about us creating and showcasing original music works and performances that have never been seen anywhere in the world before. I’m really excited about this element and overwhelmed with the calibre of musicians and artistic directors involved so far.”

Musician Ian Broudie said: “I’m delighted to be playing at Liverpool International Music Festival this year. The combination of the band and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Sefton Park on a sunny August evening should make for a magical event.”

To launch LIMF 2014, local artist Marc Lewis, has created a special mural which will be displayed on giant LIMF letters. The finishing touches will be made at 10am on Thursday 15 May, revealing some of the line-up.  

Marc said: “I am incredibly excited to be involved with the launch of LIMF.

“There has always been such a strong connection between music and art particularly here in Liverpool and my hope is that this project will engage the public whilst at the same time inspiring the next generation of artists and musicians from this great city.”

Highlights of this year’s festival:

Thursday 21 August

Grammy winning producer Steve Levine will artistically direct the project that will see a number of top British music artists use traditional and new technology to collaborate together for an exclusive performance at the historic St George’s Hall. Featured performers include Boy George,Tim Burgess and Pete Wylie. This is a ticketed event.

LIMF Summer Jam, Friday 22 August, 7.30-9.30pm

Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds will join the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a stunning joint performance in the beautiful surroundings of Sefton Park. Free event.

LIMF Summer Jam, Saturday 23 August, midday-6pm

Central Stage is all about the British Invasion with acts playing tribute to bands that broke America including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who. The International Emerging Sounds Stage features Jamaica’s Stylo G, Japan’s WordySoulSpeak and Iceland’s Samaris. Free event.

Kid Creole
Kid Creole will perform

Shaggy, Kid Creole and Goldie are just some of the acts to take to the Central Stage while the it’s liverpool stage will play host to Wirral based indie rock band By The Sea along with the winners of the 2013 LIMF Academy One to Watch award Tyler Mensah and Sophia Ben-Yousef. Free event.

LIMF Summer Jam, Monday 25 August, midday-7pm

Juice FM will programme several artists yet to be announced, but across the park stages there will be performances from Lemar, The Hoosiers, Marsha Ambrosius, The Farm, John Power and Rustie, with a back to back DJ set with Kanye West producer Evian Christ. Free event

LIMF Summer Jam, Saturday 23-Monday 25 August, midday-5pm

The LIMF Academy returns for a second time which aims to inspire the next generation of musicians and performers.  Aimed at 13-21 year olds there will be workshops, performance opportunities and master classes by some of the industry’s leading music experts. Free event


Other events that make up the programme include International Beatle Week, Summer Camp, Above The Beaten Track and BOILER ROOM: CIRCUS x Liverpool International Music Festival.

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