Let’s start making plans for the next year ahead, because before you know it, you’ll be reading this again, only that time we’ll be approaching 2018.
They say travelling is the best medicine.
If you find yourself with the blues, or fancy nipping them in the bud before they even start, take a look at 17 exciting things that will happen in Liverpool in 2017 and come and see us. You’ve literally no excuse, we’ve got our very own Airport; Liverpool John Lennon Airport and another one just an hour away in Manchester.
We’re easily accessible by car and rail, taking just 2 hours and 7 minutes from London and basically, we’re just really easy to get to.
Every year we host a world-class events calendar, amongst that we welcome world-class talent, art, music, maritime, culture and MORE. 2017 sees some of Liverpool’s most treasured events and exhibitions return and some newbies taking to the stage.
Here is what you don’t want to miss in 2017.
The British Style Collective Presented by The Clothes Show in Association with Alcatel. You may have heard it referred to as ‘The Clothes Show’ and it previously took place in Birmingham at the NEC, but no more! One of the most iconic brands in British Fashion is moving to the city of style. London. Paris. Barcelona. Yeah, they’re good, but Liverpool’s got style and attitude and bags of it. The British Style Collective Presented by The Clothes Show in Association with Alcatel.
The show will become ‘an immersive three-day festival’ spread across the city’s fantastic venues including the ACC Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral, St George’s Hall, The Albert Dock and quirky warehouse Camp and Furnace.
What to expect: Glamorous catwalk shoes, over 250 fashion and beauty brands to explore, performances, demos and of course, style.
Wanna know why Liverpool got the show? Check out our Style Scouts over at Its Liverpool.
Alright, so we’re not mixing up the seasonal climate there’s still going to be one summer. However, its 50 years since one phenomenal summer in Liverpool, 1967. It was one of the defining moments in modern culture and creativity. It was the year that The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and All You Need is Love were released and the Mersey Sound poetry anthology was published.
In an act of celebration, landmark organisations across Liverpool such as Bluecoat, Everyman. Homotopia, Hope Street, Liverpool Met Cathedral, Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sound City and Unity Theatre will be hosting special events throughout the year, so keep an eye out.
It’ll be the 10th anniversary of the festival that celebrates upcoming and emerging artists. Last year, the festival had its very own (amazingly unique) site on Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool’s historic docklands. Will this be the case for 2017? You’ll find out soon with pre-sale tickets available for the May festival on sale shortly.
The festival has previously hosted artists such as Ed Sheeran in his early days, Florence and The Machine, The xx, Hot Chip and loads more.
4. The brand new RIBA North Architecture Centre
For a city with such rich architecture, it’s about time we had a centre dedicated to it. The Royal Institute of British Architects is bringing RIBA North to Liverpool’s waterfront. The centre will host exhibitions that will showcase items from the world-renowned RIBA Collections, as well as an ongoing series of events.
Keep an eye out for their first exhibition ‘LIVERPOOL: MOVER, SHAKER, ARCHITECTURAL RISK-TAKER.’
2017 marks the 300th birthday of Liverpool’s oldest city centre building and 300 days of celebrations. The Bluecoat Centre has served a number of different purposes in its’ 300 years. Since 1959, it has been a centre for creativity and contemporary art.
Yoko Ono had her first paid performance here in 1967 and now her work is returning as part of a larger exhibition, that sees artworks that have previously been displayed at the centre, come back for ‘Public View’ – Featuring works from John Akomfrah, Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller, John Latham, Mark Leckey, Elizabeth Magill, Yoko Ono and Yinka Shonibare.
The 300 days will open with Public View and Art at the Heart of Bluecoat and will be followed with a number of world-class exhibitions.
Come one, come all, the best festivals in life are free. It gets better every year and so does the price, it’s FREE. It’s the biggest festival of its’ kind in Europe. It takes place in Liverpool’s stunning Sefton Park and it doesn’t matter how young or old you are, you’re gonna love it.
FromLiverpool’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to Sigma taking to the main stage to House Nation in the historic Palm House.
If you’re a fan of movies, comics, video games, sci-fi, anime or cosplay then MCM Comic Con at Exhibition Centre Liverpool should 100% be on your 2017 to do list.
There’s going to be eSports competitions, a massive Comic Village packed out with artists and writers and some INSANE costumes at the Cosplay Masquerade.
Opens March 9
We couldn’t think of a better location than the home of the biggest band in music history. BME is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of popular British music and will open at Cunard Building on Liverpool’s waterfront on February 11th. There’ll be iconic memorabilia including Bowie’s outfits, state of the art effects and even a studio area to make your own music.
Interactive audio guides allow a deeper insight at each musical era all the way from 1945 up to present day.
9. Disney Magic Cruise Ship Returns
In 2016, Disney Magic made its first ever call to Liverpool and the city went mental. The iconic liner will be back in July, so watch this space for Disney celebrations on the waterfront.
The most valuable jump race in Europe, held Annually at Aintree Racecourse. It’s the one horse race that is popular amongst brits regardless of their betting habits. It’s watched in over 140 countries by some 600 million people. But why watch it on television, when you can be there in the flesh drinking in the fantastic, exciting atmosphere?
It happens every year, but it’s a once in a lifetime experience for Beatlemaniacs… (or once a year experience for hardcore fans!)
Celebrating the music of the most famous pop group the world has ever known, The Beatles. There’s live music at the Cavern Club all day every day, and across the city’s venues such as Royal Court Theatre, Alma De Cuba and even St George’s Hall. There’s also a Beatles convention for quizzes, videos, marketplace and obviously more live music!
On May 26th, John Cale and some very special guests will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the album ‘Velvet Underground & Nico’ where Cale will perform the album in its entirety
Livepool is the only European Show. The city was personally selected by John Cale for its rich, diverse and cutting edge musical history.
Tickets on sale now.
13. Open Golf Championship
Royal Birkdale in Southport will host the Open Golf Championship for the 10th time, the last time being in 2008. It’s one of the sport’s most renowned, challenging… and pretty spectacularly beautiful venues!
Whether you want to watch the whole 8 days of action or just the twilight action, tickets are priced from £25 to £225.
14. The #MerseyMonday – Merseyside Derby
Anfield – 1 April
Goodison Park – 19 December
If there’s an important question in Liverpool, it’s whether you’re a red or a blue. Two teams, one city and one massive rivalry. The only thing standing between the homes of these two premier league clubs is a 110 acre park.
Twice a year the two teams meet and you’ll have to be ready and waiting if you want tickets, they sell out pretty quick. However, the atmosphere all over the city is electric, so never fear, watching from the comfort of a city pub is almost just as enjoyable.
The Southport Flower Show is located within the beautiful Victoria Park and every year attracts over 50,000 people. In 2017, the theme for the show is ‘The Curious Garden.’ It’s taken a strange turn it seems, as the show is inspired by a ‘sense of mystery, wonder and curiosity.’ Indeed, this is not just a flower show.
Expect aquaponics, celebrity guests, chef demos, an interactive zone and even a ladies’ day.
A ‘pan-continental celebration of audio-futurists.’
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia takes place in the city’s former industrial heart in the Baltic Triangle as it’s known in the industrial jewel that is Camp and Furnace warehouse.
The Fly said “A Weekend of glorious mind-melting psychedelia”
The city’s Christmas and New Year offering is always a calendar of events, spilling out festive cheer. From Snowflakes and Ice Festivals to giant trees, over 500 stores to explore, the iconic Albert Dock dressed for the occasion and St George’s Hall playing star of the show.
Plans for 2017 are all under wraps for now, but be assured it gets bigger and better every year. Keep up to date at onemagicalcity.com
This is JUST 17 events from Liverpool’s world-class programme... (because we liked the catchy title, not because we couldn’t think of anymore events)
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