We can’t quite contain our excitement over the fact that LIMF is THIS weekend - ahhh! Again, we’ve got our very own Its Liverpool Next Gen stage, hosted by Dave Monks from BBC Introducing.

The Its Liverpool Next Gen stage will showcase the best in local, emerging talent across an eclectic mix of genres. Artists lined up to play include Sub Blue, ZuZu, Queen Zee and many more!

We’ve spoken to our host for this year and asked him a few questions on why he thinks the place to be for the whole weekend will be our Its Liverpool Next Gen stage. Read on…

How excited are you to host the Its Liverpool Next Gen stage and why?

I am looking forward to hosting the Its Liverpool Next Gen stage this weekend, as it is the most important stage within the whole of the festival in my opinion. 
That is the main place that you will be able to see performances from some of Merseyside’s newest emerging artists and that should be the emphasis for a festival like LIMF. 
The majority of the bands and artists playing on Saturday and Sunday have all been supported by us on BBC Introducing Merseyside and are at the start point of their musical journey, what they all have is good songs which is most important.

How would you describe the talent playing the Its Liverpool Next Gen stage in ONE word?


What piece of advice would you give people looking to get into music?

A couple of basic things I always say to bands and artists when they at the beginning stage of producing music are things like:
Do not upload and release your tracks to the outside sphere until you are totally happy with your own recordings. Get advice from family, friends and most importantly strangers who may give you feedback that is more honest.
When you are ready to put your first releases together, think about duration especially for radio, which is best around 3 minutes or less. In today’s DIY music world, you are the artist, the manager, the plugger, the brand. It is down to you to get it right.
The song is key; make sure you are writing as much material as you can so you have plenty of ideas to work with going forward. It has to be good quality in terms of the recording and the songs themselves. Something original and exciting will always get people talking.

Are there any artists we should keep an eye out for over the weekend?

Make sure you catch these Headliners:

The Vryll Society (always put on a good show, a band who know the importance of a good song, the tracks from their Debut album out on Deltasonic Records are stunning. (19:55) Saturday

Queen Zee were a stand out for me at Liverpool Sound City this year with their energetic stage show these should be good on the Sunday. (17:35) Sunday

Jalen N’ Gonda was brilliant last time I seen him at District – he has some voice and splendid songs that would not look out of place on the Motown Label – make sure you see Jalen and the band. (19:05) Sunday

Another two tips from me to see are Red Rum Club at 15:30pm on Saturday and Spinn on at 18:20pm on Sunday. 

So there we have it. All the inside info you need to make sure you see the best of the Its Liverpool Next Gen stage. We’ll see you at the weekend!



This blog has been written by Stefan Price, Digital Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool. Stefan looks after digital activity across Marketing Liverpool/ Visit Liverpool and runs the its Liverpool social channels!
Stefan is 19 years old and is from Liverpool. He loves all things to do with cruises, shopping and the odd Gin and Elderflower!


*CANCELLED* Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)
LIMF 2019

We’re sorry to announce that the Liverpool International Music Festival will not take place this year.