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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.



The Ongoing Transformation of Our City

Upcoming developments promising to transform Liverpool

Liverpool is a city known for it’s classic Georgian architecture and towering cathedrals, however it’s far from being a city that is stuck in the past.

As the prospects of this once destitute city continue to improve, a number of exciting building developments have been announced that promise to transform disused parts of the city into vibrant places to live and work in. Whilst some of these plans have proven too grand to complete so far, many of them have acted as a starting point for regeneration in the areas, turning them into something entirely unforeseen.

The following developments are all in various stages of development – projections for completion are based on outside sources and are purely speculative:
New Chinatown

Perhaps one of the most controversial development plans to have got the go-ahead in the city, the New Chinatown development currently sits in a quagmire of delays and legal disputes. One look at the stretch of land near the Anglican Cathedral is enough to tell you that building will not be completed anytime soon on this project, this is largely due to ongoing disputes between developers North Point Global and Liverpool City Council. With the land and property up for grabs, only time will tell if this grand vision is ever completed.

Liverpool Waters

The vacant, industrial space alongside Liverpool’s iconic dockyards has long been considered a dead-zone by scousers and tourists alike, however that’s all about to change soon with the Liverpool Waters development. Whilst the docks might not receive the same kind of traffic that it once did, planners are eager to make the most of its proximity to the city centre by constructing several large buildings that will be home to businesses, young professionals and families, including the modern Hive City which will house 278 apartments as well as a rooftop restaurant.

Wolstenhome Square

Once the home of iconic nightclub Nation and the world-famous Cream nights, this central nightlife hub is now a construction site, pending the completion of four new buildings and a renovation of a pre-existing warehouse which should provide space for 447 new apartments. The ground floors of these buildings will be reserved for new commercial ventures, as well as a large basement club which should go some way to soothing those who miss the all night-raves at Nation.

Cains Brewery Village

Finally, Cains Brewery Village is an ongoing development which has passed through many hands but, arguably, has the best chance at being both completed and profitable for it’s investors. The initial plans promised to completely revamp the disused Cains Brewery building and transform it into a thriving retail and leisure hub, however progress has been halted due to a lack of funding. The Dansaj brothers, who have ownership of the 170,000 sq ft building are still determined to see their vision through to fruition. For now, temporary establishments like the Baltic Market and Ghetto Golf course are attracting hundreds of people to the area.


Cosmetic Surgery On The Rise In UK

The National Cosmetic surgery statistics are in from last year and…


…it has now been confirmed that the number of people entering voluntarily into Cosmetic Surgery has once again increased.

This number has seen year-on-year increases for the past decade with many modern day conventions and cultures being blamed as a reason for a heightened sense of self-consciousness.

In the past year, over 51,000 surgical procedures were undertaken – a 13% increase over the previous year. Leading the top of these procedures were breast augmentations of which there were 9,652 undertaken in 2015 alone, this is a massive 12% increase over 2014. Other invasive procedures such as eyelid surgery, face lifts and breast reductions have seen significant rises in popularity as more and more men and women chose to go under the knife and take the risk of undergoing potentially life-threatening operations.

surgery-1049534_1920What motivates so many people each year to hand over large sums of cash for the sake of looking better?

The increased used in Social Media and the need to present oneself attractively through photographs has proven to be one of the leading reasons that surgeons are given when they ask their patients as to why they are getting their surgery in the first place. After a poll taken by over 750 certified plastic surgeons from the United States, these professionals have seen a 31% rise in surgery enquiries in relation to people needing to look better over social media accounts.

Whether you’re hoping to increase certain assets to impress your followers on Instagram or simply want to appear younger when you’re being tracked down by old school friends on Facebook – if you choose to pay for plastic surgery, you’ll be contributing to what is now a multi-billion pound industry in the UK.

Although there are thousands of trained medical professionals who specialise in the performance of advanced cosmetic surgeries there are also a countless amount of unregistered individuals who offer less invasive forms of cosmetic surgery at a cut-price, offering those without large sums of cash a quick fix to celebrity style beauty treatments.

surgery-1049588_1920For the more serious forms of cosmetic surgery, British would be-patients will find that they can still get some operations paid for on the NHS. For example, someone who struggles to breathe through their nose will be able to visit a hospital for rhinoplasty surgery – this is deemed to be a serious, delicate operation that should not be undertaken lightly.

However, less intrusive operations such as lip filler and botox treatments can be purchased from hair-dressers and even undertaken in the comfort of the patient’s own home. The people that perform these operations are often untrained in surgical methods and are uninsured – putting the patient at great personal risk.

Although there have been investigations made by the government into the proliferation of unlicensed amateur plastic surgeons – the problem of untrained practitioners practising in homes around Great Britain is one that has not been solved yet. The Health Education England advisory board, in the mean time, has developed a qualification for those wishing to train in injecting dermal fillers.

This graduate level certificate, however, is by no means compulsory.

Is the Employment tide turning for Merseyside?

The Merseyside is area is one that has been blighted with high Unemployment levels for the past three decades.


Constantly left behind the curve when it comes to urban redevelopment and sorely lacking in the financial support that the area so deserves, the city and surrounding county may finally be seeing a shift in the balance of things.

As recently as November, the National Housing Federation issued a statement based on their ‘Home Truths’ Report – a document detailing the true cost of home ownership within the United Kingdom and it’s various regions. Within this report were also statistics pertaining to the numbers of those living unemployed in the Merseyside area and the affect that this has on those looking to buy a home in the future.

Although the national unemployment rate (when considering those of working age) is around 6.2%, this number is much higher when considering Merseyside alone. As of November, Merseyside’s unemployment rate is considerably higher than the national average at 10% (in Liverpool itself, this number was an even higher 12%). This is something that might well be set to change as it’s emerged this year that Liverpool is now one of the top cities in the UK to find a job.

liverpool-1422647_1920Increased investment from established companies, as well as a growing number of new start-ups and a burgeoning restaurant scene, has led to Liverpool being named the number one city in the UK to find a job in.

The amount of vacancies that can be found in the city has reported to have risen by as much as 23% over the New Year with jobs in industries such as Healthcare, Hospitality in addition to 140 new roles as Constables for the Merseyside Police.

This sharp rise in business opportunities in Merseyside area has put it head and shoulders above other major cities in the UK. In London, vacancies rose by 19% and in Southampton and 18% rise was seen in job opportunities.

Of course, an increase in job vacancies will always lead to an increase in applications, as graduates and those entering the job market for the first time rush to get their feet in the door. Applications have risen in line with vacancies by 24% compared to this time last year.

What does this mean for the South Sefton area then?

An increase in job vacancies in the Merseyside area can only be seen as a good thing. Although we might not be able to see a dramatic increase in our day-to-day lives immediately, it’s certainly good to hear some positive news about increasing prosperity in our area. The more people that invest in our local economy, the more we’ll be able to see unemployment levels drop.

With the increase of vacancies across the Merseyside area a rising interest in apprenticeship schemes has also been seen, as would-be students aim to avoid sky-rocketing tuition fees in favour of learning a vocation that allows them to earn money straight off the bat.

Although it might be hard to discern initially, the tides of prosperity are shifting in Merseyside.

In a few years, perhaps, we can start to properly compete with the rest of the country as we can hope to see our local unemployment rate drop in line with the rest of the country.