Tickle the Ivories Piano Festival, which Liverpool ONE has become famous for, has returned for the 10th year!

It will be a scaled back, COVID-secure event but still promises to wow visitors and bring smiles to faces as music once again fills the shopping and leisure environment.

Launching the event was youngster Harrison Crane.

Harrison, from Ormskirk, wowed visitors when he appeared at Liverpool ONE last year with his outstanding skills performing classic 90s dance anthems. Following his Liverpool ONE appearance, he was later asked to perform on national TV.

And even during lock-down he performed as part of Liverpool ONE’s Tickle at Home event, generating more than 26-million views across his videos.

This year’s event sees two pianos, both with social distancing signage, hand sanitisers and wipes, located at the retail destination.

One will be positioned at Sugar House Steps, opposite John Lewis and the second in College Lane, outside Waterstones.

Donna Howitt, Marketing Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “We are delighted to have been able to bring back Tickle this year.

“It will obviously be an adapted festival to ensure we are Covid-secure but most importantly music will once again be filling our retail and leisure environment for everyone to enjoy.

“Clear signage will be in place ensuring people do not gather around the pianos and maintain safe social distancing at all times and we would encourage everyone to follow this guidance to ensure a successful and enjoyable festival for all.”

Liverpool ONE is once again working in conjunction with Open Culture this year which is programming a series of performances throughout the festival, which runs until 30 September.

Anyone who would like to apply to be a part of the Tickle The Ivories piano festival should contact:


Pianists can also book a general slot by emailing: [email protected].

During these slots people can either busk or collect for a charity.

Feature Image Photo Credit: Charlotte Graham