Party time for music festival

A chart-topping act, a six time Platinum album selling band and a singer/songwriter who is tipped for the top are taking part in the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF).

The line-up for Party at the Pier has been announced for Sunday 25 August at the Pier Head. It features:

Lucy Spraggen to perform
Dios Salve a la Reina on stage at MSMF - 3
Queen? No it’s Dios Salve a la Reina

• Pop princesses The Saturdays performing hit after hit.
• Having sold more than 20 million albums, Texas return with their crowd-pleasing pop-rock tunes.
• Nina Nesbitt – relatively new to the music scene but already receiving critical acclaim for her catchy hits.
• Liverpool’s own Esco Williams – regarded as one of the most exciting talents in the UK and his fusion of classic soul vocals and contemporary urban rhythms have earned him his one to watch status.
• Wowing the X-Factor judges was just the beginning for Lucy Spraggen and she is now impressing audiences with her mix of acoustic, folk and hip-hop.
• Chelcee Grimes will perform in front of a home crowd performing her self-written, urban pop tracks.
• With an unmistakeable Liverpool twang, the retro sounds of The Hummingbirds are guaranteed to impress audiences.
• Renowned for his outstanding live performances, singer songwriter KOF will show just why, despite being an unsigned act, he has a global fan base.
• The most authentic Queen act around Dios Salve a la Reina.

Tickets for Party at the Pier cost just £5 and can be bought online at, in person at Ticket Quarter Box Office in Queens Square or by calling 0844 809 4620.

The tickets will also give access to the Mathew Street Music Festival Stage which will see performances from some of the very best tribute acts around including My Sweet George (George Harrison), Jean Genie (David Bowie) and Rocks Off (Rolling Stones).

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “When we first announced LIMF we thought it would be a high-quality, but relatively small event, with it being the inaugural year – I think we can safely say it has exceeded all expectations!

“This latest line-up is a fantastic mix of household names playing alongside some outstanding Liverpool talent. And add to this the tribute stage, which is a real legacy of Mathew Street Music Festival, there is no doubt that there will be a party at the pier on Bank Holiday Sunday!

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to keep costs low. With Turn Up the Radio on Saturday and Party at the Pier – it’s a whole weekend of live music for just £25 in the beautiful surroundings of the Pier Head.”

Party at the Pier features two stages – Juice FM stage and the Mathew Street Festival Stage with Real Radio. The latter stage has been programmed by Bill Heckle and Dave Jones from Cavern City Tours.

More about LIMF:

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 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 of 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 tickets for Turn Up the Radio cost £20 per person, plus booking fee. Tickets for Party at the Pier will cost £5 per person.

Tickets for both events can be bought online at

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

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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