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Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)

Various locations
around Liverpool

Tel: 0843 504 4673

Liverpool International Music Festival


The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) returns in August with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

More than 200 acts representing 20 countries will entertain audiences with around 150 hours of live music throughout the event, which runs from Wednesday 13 until Saturday 31 August.

Across the nineteen days there will be performances from Boy George, Shaggy, Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Goldie, The Hoosiers, Ella Eyre, Kid Creole, Lemar, Jess Glynne, The Farm, Becky Hill, John Power (Cast and La’s) and multi-Grammy nominee Marsha Ambrosius.

The August bank holiday weekend will see Sefton Park play host to LIMF Summer Jam. It kicks off with Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert hosted by Classic FM on Friday 22 August.

From Saturday to Monday the Central Stage will have different themes: Saturday – British Invasion; Sunday – World Music; Monday – Summer Sessions with Juice FM.

As well as Central Stage there are four other music areas:

• The It’s Liverpool Stage with BBC Radio Merseyside will showcase the next musical trailblazers to come from Liverpool, as well as celebrate the legends of the city’s music scene.

• The International Emerging Sounds Stage will host artists from around the globe who are making names for themselves with their creative and individual approach to music.

• The LIMF Bandstand will give a platform to local unsigned talent ranging from bands and soloists, covering a variety of musical genres.

• The LIMF Academy will showcase fifteen of the region’s hottest up and coming young acts.

One of the key aims of this year is to create never before seen or heard music performances via a series of LIMF Commissions. LIMF has engaged a number of celebrated artistic directors to work with various artists from different musical backgrounds and genres to create music magic under the theme of World Firsts By Collaboration. This will see four very special commissions by LIMF, all of which will be ticketed events:

• Steve Levine’s Assembly Point Sessions – Taking place on 21 August at St George’s Hall, the award winning producer will direct a number of solo artists along with an all-star band in a unique collaboration. To date, collaborators include Tim Burgess, Pete Wylie, Mark King, Mary Epworth, Natalie McCool and Bernard Butler. The evening will also see a full headline set from Boy George.

• Migration Music – The Everyman will play host to Liverpool’s Sense of Sound choir which will collaborate with internationally renowned beatboxer Shlomo, in a voice only performance which invites the audience to travel through significant moments in music history.  This will take place on 28 and 29 August.

 You Are Here – Symbolically representing the countries that made up the Triple Entente (the United Kingdom, France and Russia), You Are Here will consist of musicians exploring what home means to them. Created by the force behind SevenStreets, David Lloyd, the piece will premiere at LIMF on 23 August in Sefton Park’s Palm House.

• Minor Characters – Music manager Chris Bye and The Quietus, one of the most respected music and culture websites in the world, will bring together six artists to create an original body of work which will be released digitally through The Quietus label. Participants include GIT Award 2014 winner Forest Sword, as well as the likes of East India Youth and Luke Abbott. It will take place at The Kazimier on Friday 29 August.


Highlights of this year’s festival:

MTV Brand New presented by LIMF, Wednesday 13 August, from 7.30pm

The exclusive show will launch this year’s festival on Wednesday 13 August and features some of the UK’s hottest new talent including MTV Brand New 2014 nominee and Brit Award winner Ella Eyre, chart-topping singer-songwriter Jess Glynne and Becky Hill whose last single ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ with Oliver Heldens went to number one in June ‘14. This is a ticketed event.

Steve Levine’s Assembly Point Sessions, Thursday 21 August, from 8pm

Grammy winning producer Steve Levine will artistically direct the project that will see a number of top British music artists use traditional and new technology to collaborate together for an exclusive performance at the historic St George’s Hall. Featured performers include Boy George, Tim Burgess, Bernard Butler, Hollie Cook and Pete Wylie. This is a ticketed event.

LIMF Summer Jam, Friday 22 August, 7.30-9.30pm

Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds will join the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a stunning joint performance in the beautiful surroundings of Sefton Park. Free event.

LIMF Summer Jam, Saturday 23 August, midday-6pm

Central Stage is all about the British Invasion with acts playing tribute to bands that broke America including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who. The International Emerging Sounds Stage features Jamaica’s Stylo G, Japan’s WordySoulSpeak and Iceland’s Samaris. Free event.

LIMF Summer Jam, Sunday 24 August, midday-6pm

Shaggy, Kid Creole and Goldie are just some of the acts to take to the Central Stage while the it’s liverpool stage will play host to Wirral based indie rock band By The Sea along with the winners of the 2013 LIMF Academy One to Watch award Tyler Mensah and Sophia Ben-Yousef. Free event.

LIMF Summer Jam, Monday 25 August, midday-7pm

Juice FM will programme several artists yet to be announced, but across the park stages there will be performances from Lemar, The Hoosiers, Marsha Ambrosius, The Farm, John Power and Rustie, with a back to back DJ set with Kanye West producer Evian Christ. Free event

LIMF Summer Jam, Saturday 23-Monday 25 August, midday-5pm

The LIMF Academy returns for a second time which aims to inspire the next generation of musicians and performers.  Aimed at 13-21 year olds there will be workshops, performance opportunities and master classes by some of the industry’s leading music experts. Free event

Other events that make up the programme include International Beatle Week, Summer Camp, Above The Beaten Track and BOILER ROOM: CIRCUS x Liverpool International Music Festival.

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2014 (15/08/2014 - 30/08/2014)

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