Festivals

Liverpool’s festivals including music, art, food and drink festivals

  • Sound City Festival Pay It Forward

    Sound City Announces ‘Pay It Forward’ Scheme As Tickets Go On Sale For Sound City Conference 2023

    Sound City Festival has announced details of its brand new ‘Pay It Forward’ initiative, as tickets for the Sound City Conference go on sale. Proudly the UK’s independent conference for new music, Sound City welcomes the global music industry and budding next generation of young creatives to the North of England. Now, Sound City is calling on industry leaders and businesses to do their bit to create opportunity and open doors for the next generation at the click of a button. This…

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    Six-Week DaDaFest International 2022 Reaches Half-Way Point To Mark Key Milestone Disability Dates

    The highly anticipated DaDaFest International Festival 2022 is half-way through already – with just three weeks of its inspiring programme now remaining.  The festival also coincides with two key milestone dates to celebrate the lives of people with disability, both nationally and internationally.  DaDaFest International Festival 2022 celebrates the talents of disabled, Deaf, and neurodivergent artists and performers.  The six-week festival was officially launched at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre in late October and will run through to…

  • Homotopia Festival 2022 - Tabby Lamb

    Homotopia Festival 2022 Is Now Live And Celebrating Queer Joy 

    Homotopia Festival, the UK’s longest running annual LGBTQIA+ arts and culture festival in Liverpool, launched on 1 November, celebrating and providing a platform for artists in theatre, music, spoken word, film, performance and more. With a theme of Queer Joy Is A Protest, this year’s festival shares stories of trans visibility and allyship, queer history, punk identity and gender fluidity. Taking place in venues across Liverpool city centre, Homotopia showcases work by LGBT+ artists from…

  • Sound City 2023 First Wave Poster

    Sound City Festival Announces First Wave of Unmissable Artists For 2023

    Sound City Festival has revealed its first huge headline act for 2023, along with a host of other incredible breakthrough artists heading to Liverpool next April. Homegrown pop superstar and songwriting sensation Maisie Peters will headline Sound City  – the must-attend celebration of music discovery, and undisputedly the UK’s independent festival for new music. Kicking off festival season with a plethora of the most exciting emerging acts spanning a multitude of genres, Sound City delivers the ultimate festival to discover…

  • DaDaFest 2022 Artist Rhiannon May

    DaDaFest Returns With A Fantastic Festival Programme For 2022

    DaDaFest International Festival returns this autumn with a fantastic and fascinating programme showcasing the talents of disabled, Deaf and neurodivergent artists and performers. This year’s festival, with the theme and title Hybrid, runs over six weeks from 26 October to 3 December at venues across the city and beyond including the Unity Theatre, Bluecoat, Museum of Liverpool and St Helens Library as well as online. The 2022 event features the work of three DaDa Fellows who have received creative bursaries from DaDa…

  • Liverpool Digital Music Festival 2022

    Liverpool Digital Music Festival Returns To Support The Florrie

    Now in its fifth iteration, Liverpool Digital Music Festival returns as an acoustic live streamed online and attend in-person event.  The hybrid digital music festival takes place at Phase One, 40 Seel Street on 28th, 29th & 30th October 2022.  The festival is in aid of The Florrie Food Support Programme which helps people & families across Liverpool who may be struggling with food poverty. The Florrie Community Shop provides people access to affordable groceries,…

  • Attic Theory playing to a capacity crowd - Extreme Fields 2021

    ‘Extreme Fields’ Rock Music & Wrestling Festival Returns To Liverpool For Second Year

    A unique music festival returns to Liverpool on 29 October as Extreme Fields makes its return to the Electrik Warehouse. Created by TNT Extreme Wrestling, Extreme Fields combines live rock music with a full complement of professional wrestling from a host of promotions up and down the country, with TNT’s own unique brand of over-18s entertainment taking centre stage. Extreme Fields is set to be an eight-hour extravaganza in the heart of the city, offering…

  • La Feria Festival - Cusan Theatre

    Colourful And Magical Festival of Latin American Arts & Culture, La Feria, Coming To Liverpool

    An exciting, colourful and magical festival of Latin American Arts & Culture is coming to Liverpool, with innovative and diverse events, performances and activities that will give all audiences the chance to experience the power of Latin American Arts & Culture in different settings. La Feria, which runs from 16 to 18 September 2022, is a festival run by Liverpool’s own LUMA Creations, funded through Granada Foundation, Arts Council England (Artists’ Commissions), LCCG, Community fund and the organisation’s…

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    bluedot Festival 2022: Review

    Following a two-year hiatus, bluedot festival was back with a bang this weekend. The award-winning music, science and culture festival is hosted at Jodrell Bank Observatory, the home of the awe-inspiring Lovell Telescope – one of the biggest telescopes in the world and an icon of global astronomy. 20,000 festival goers descending to UNESCO World Heritage Site for an incredible four days of music and cosmic culture. Crowds enjoyed headline performances from Björk and The Halle Orchestra, Mogwai,…

  • Free Festival Celebrating Mandela Family featuring BCUC pictured at Africa Oyé (Photo: Claire Armitage)

    Free Festival In Princes Park Will Celebrate Mandela Family’s Visit To Liverpool

    A free festival will take place in Liverpool later this month to celebrate the visit of Nelson Mandela’s family to the city as a new memorial to the revolutionary leader in Princes Park nears completion. The event is part of a week-long celebration being organised by Toxteth-based charity Mandela8 which commissioned the official memorial. The afternoon festival – taking place on Saturday 23 July from 12:30pm until 5:30pm – has been curated by Africa Oyé who recently celebrated their 30th anniversary…

  • Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2022 Full Programme

    Liverpool Arab Arts Festival Celebrates 20 Years In The City With Packed Programme

    A ten-day festival of Arab music and culture will take place across venues in Liverpool starting this Thursday evening at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room. Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) has put together a diverse programme of events for their 2022 edition, curated around the theme ‘A Point of Connection’ – Nuqtat Wasl in Arabic – and marking 20 years since the first festival was held in the city. Earlier this year, festival fans welcomed the news that the hugely…

  • Africa Oyé Needs Your Help To Keep The Festival Free

    Africa Oyé 2022: What To Expect From This Year’s Local Talent

    Much awaited after its two-year hiatus, Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park on 18 and 19 June. This year sees the festival celebrate its 30th anniversary, obtaining status as one of Liverpool’s most beloved annual events. Its international lineup of artists is also complemented by a whole host of local talent, with its ‘Introduces’ initiative and community programme. Read all about this year’s Africa Oyé festival, from the headliners to the Active Zone and much…

  • Baltic Weekender 2022

    Baltic Weekender 2022: Review

    A highlight of the four-day bank holiday weekend, it’s safe to say that Baltic Weekender has been reinstated as one of the ‘go-to’ multi-genre festivals in Liverpool. The once industrialised area of the Baltic Triangle is now a hub for the alternative. With its venues being the former warehouses that surround Jamaica Street, it the perfect setting for this weekend’s occasion. The Baltic Weekender team put on another weekend of varied acts across the venues…

  • World Premiere of 'Garage Classical' Live With A 40 Piece Orchestra At LIMF 2017

    LIMF Is Back For 2022 With A New Format

    Renowned for showcasing the best international and national household names alongside emerging talent at an accessible, low ticket price, Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) takes place from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July in a brand new home. In a change to previous years, this year’s LIMF will see a city-centre takeover of around 25 venues and outdoor locations.  The move has been prompted in a bid to re-energise and support the city’s music sector…

  • Sound City 2022 Yard Act (Photo Credit Sam McMahon)

    Sound City 2022: Review

    Sound City celebrated its 15th anniversary in style earlier this month, with some truly exciting up-and-coming artists taking to the multiple stages across city centre venues. First up on Friday, Sound City+, the festival’s industry conference took place, with some fascinating panel discussions, talks and interviews happening in various venues. We’ve always found Sound City+ to be a great learning and networking experience for those involved in the music industry. Then, on Saturday the music…

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    Brazilica Festival’s Legendary Carnival Returns In August

    Liverpool will host Britain’s biggest Brazilian-style carnival this summer as the much-loved Brazilica Festival returns with a spectacular street parade on Saturday 6 August. Brazilica is the UK’s largest celebration of Brazilian culture. The event is a dazzling array of music, colour and dance which first began in 2008 when Liverpool was awarded European Capital of Culture. A Rio-style carnival parade was organised to honour the title and it was such a success that it…

  • 10 Amazing Liverpool Festivals You Can't Miss This Year 3

    10 Amazing Liverpool Festivals You Can’t Miss This Year

    As festival season approaches we’ll take you through 10 amazing Liverpool Festivals that you’re going to want to be a part of. Whether you’re looking to dance the days and nights away or if you’re looking to indulge in some culture and learn more about the world and appreciate your part in it, we’ve got you covered. Liverpool Against Racism Liverpool Against Racism is a brand-new festival coming to Liverpool, jam-packed with music and cultural…

  • Rebecca Ferguson To Be Awarded The Keychange Inspiration Award At Sound City+ 2022

    Rebecca Ferguson To Be Awarded The Keychange Inspiration Award At Sound City+ 2022

    With less than two weeks to go until Sound City returns to its famed Spring weekend home, even more details have been announced as part of the Sound City+ Conference – including a landmark award announcement and programming from the pioneering Keychange initiative as part of their partnership with Sound City as their lead UK festival partner.  Receiving its special Keychange Inspiration Award is singer, songwriter, campaigner, Ivors Academy Director and Liverpool’s own Rebecca Ferguson.…

  • Sound City 2022 Preview - Top 10 One's To Watch At This Year's Festival 5

    Sound City 2022 Preview – Top 10 One’s To Watch At This Year’s Festival

    Sound City returns for its 15th anniversary on 30 April – 1 May, with the music festival taking over Liverpool’s independent music venues once again. A multitude of acts will be heading to hotspot venues such as LEAF, Phase One and The Jacaranda Club. As excitement grows for music lovers, Sound City get to welcome back some familiar faces and introduce some up and coming acts.  Here are some artists that should definitely be on…

  • Sound City+ Conference Announces Full 2022 Programme Co-Curated By AIM 2

    Sound City+ Conference Announces Full 2022 Programme Co-Curated By AIM

    Established as the definitive new music discovery weekend that points the way to the future of the music industry we know today, Sound City continues to build anticipation ahead of its 15th Anniversary celebrations with full details of its Sound City+ Conference – taking place from Friday 29 April and kickstarting the festival weekend with a full programme of insights, discussions and panels pointing towards the future of the music industry.  Taking place in 2022…