As you probably know, Liverpool is famous for its music. A certain Fab Four put our city on the map, and we’ve been producing incredible artists ever since from legends The Coral to indie-pop band The Wombats, pop-trio Atomic Kitten in the early 2000’s to scouse newcomer Louis Berry. 

There’s loads of places where you can enjoy some musically-inspired family fun, from learning something new at the British Music Experience to having a dance off at one of Liverpool’s many summer festivals, here are our top 5...

1.    British Music Experience


There’s nowhere better to educate your little ones on the story of British Music than at the British Music Experience at the Pier Head. Find out how music has evolved since 1945 through costumes, interactive games, videos, instruments, performance and memorabilia and discover how it’s influenced fashion, politics and art.

There’s a genre here for everyone, see outfits worn by artists from Freddie Mercury and Dusty Springfield, to the Spice Girls, Adam Ant and X Factor finalists and musical instruments played by some of the world’s most renowned artists from Noel Gallagher to the Sex Pistols. There's even hand-written song lyrics from Adele, the original statues from the Brits and the Apple Corp front door from Saville Row.

Unleash your inner rock star and step into the Interactive Studio to learn a musical instrument with top music equipment from drum kits to keyboards, all kitted out with video tutorials! Sing your heart out like a true recording star in the vocal booth, and dance through the decades in the routines studio!

The British Music Experience offers an exclusive range of gifts, clothing, books and memorabilia in the Merch Store, and you can rest those dancing feet with a selection of delicious snacks and meals in the Star Café.



2.  Africa Oye

Africa Oye is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music, food and culture and takes place every year in Liverpool! (lucky us!!)

This year, Africa Oye will be celebrating its big 25th Anniversary ahead of the festival on 16-17 June in Sefton Park. The festival is renown great fun for all ages, and captures the spirit of one of the most vibrant continents in the world. Have a dance to music from around the world… from Salsa, Soca and Reggae.


3.    Liverpool International Music Festival

Liverpool International Music Festival is back for its biggest year yet for a weekend of unforgettable music from a showcase of diverse global artists alongside an abundance of emerging new talent.

LIMF is a family-friendly festival, you can expect 18 hours of live music across three stages… perfect for those of you that can dance for hours! 

This year’s lineup boasts big household names such as Example, Wiley and Basement Jaxx as well as up and coming urban stars such as Stefflon Don, Not3s and Mahalia. Synth-pop fans can enjoy music from Young Fathers and Rae Morris, and you can have a dance to your favourite old-school 80’s and dance classics with Trevor Nelson, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Hacienda Classical.

Any children under 13 do need to be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.



4.    Cavern Club

#LiveMusic all day at theCavern from 12pm! #cavern60

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The Cavern Club is world famous for kicking off the careers of some of Liverpool’s biggest pop stars from The Beatles to Cilla Black. Families can enjoy live music every day from 11am to 8pm, plus there’s a dance floor big enough for the kids to bash out some incredible air-guitar dance moves (…and embarrassing dads! 😉)



5.    Fusion Festival

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Fusion Festival is bringing some of the world’s biggest pop stars to Liverpool in September! Headliners include David Guetta, Shawn Mendez, Jess Glynne and Zara Larsson. Families of all ages can enjoy over two days of non-stop pop music, fairground rides, food and drink down at Otterspool Promenade. Plus, great news for parents as children under 5 go FREE!


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This blog has been written by Caitlin Cunningham, Digital Marketing Executive at Marketing Liverpool. You’ll see her posting everything Liverpool on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts and on our blogs. Caitlin is 24 years old and loves music, dogs and a good gin and tonic.

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