Summer in the City: Music Festivals of Liverpool

This year’s summer lineup is bigger than ever.

Since the rise of the Beatles in the 1960s, Liverpool has been inextricably linked with music and this tradition is celebrated every year with a slew of music festivals that bring together some of the world’s biggest acts, as well as the local performers who are still looking to make their break.

Organising these events is no mean feat and takes a huge amount of effort on behalf of management, marketing teams to get the right acts in and people through the gates. Digital marketing companies in Liverpool vie for the task of promoting these major events, but often the task falls on the teams organising the event. Thankfully, the people of Liverpool are notorious party-lovers and are more than happy to flock to any festival that has a combination of drink and music.

These festivals will be taking the city by storm this summer, take look and see if one takes your fancy:

Liverpool Sound City

3rd-5th May 2019

Having first launched back in 2008, Liverpool Sound City has now become an integral part of the annual music calendar with dozens of international acts gracing the stage. The festival was held at various venues across the city, before being relocated out to Bromley-Moore Dock. This year the festival makes a return to the city centre, this time in the Baltic Triangle. Expect to see some of the hottest rising stars at this year’s festival including Shame, Loyle Carner, Mabel and The Magic Gang.

Fusion Festival + FUSION Presents

30th August-1st September 2019

For the first time this year, the ever popular Fusion festival will be held in Sefton Park. Moving from the smaller Otterspool Promenade site, the festival is hosting some of the biggest acts in its history with Southern-tinged rockers Kings of Leon headlining the first FUSION Presents, a one-day gig dedicated to rock music on the 30th August. The following days see a pop lineup of Rudimental, Dizzee Rascal, Little Mix and Clean Bandit take the stage at what should be Fusion’s biggest event yet.

Africa Oye

22nd-23rd June 2019

One of the biggest World music festivals of its kind continues its run of form this year. Returning to Sefton Park once more for a sunny day of family-friendly festivities, Africa Oye continues to be a mainstay for Liverpool’s Summer music calendar and one of the key cultural moments of the year. In addition to a lineup that includes The Garifuna Collective, Horace Andy and Sofiane Saidi & Mazdala, visitors will also be able to buy plenty of exciting food and browse a wide array of boutiques. Best of all, this festival is absolutely free!


20th-21st July 2019

Offering a truly eclectic lineup at just the fraction of the price of a normal festival (just £6 this year), the Liverpool International Music Festival plays host to Sister Sledge, De La Soul, Sigma and Eyesore & The Jinx to name but a few. Although this once free festival used to have a similar vibe to Africa Oye, the small increase in price has allowed the management to pull in a diverse set of acts that should keep people dancing throughout the hot summer weekend.

Smithdown Road Festival

1st-27th May 2019

Taking place across 4 weeks and 2 bank holidays this year, Liverpool’s much loved community-run festival is set to be the biggest yet with venues up and down Smithdown Road throwing their doors open for live acts, community events and family activities.

Entrance for all concerts is free and includes some of Liverpool’s best local bands including Silent K, Peaness, Samurai Kip and Edgar Jones.