Category: Recreation

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.