We all love a music festival; live music, hot weather (most of the time), a few drinks and a good old dance, we couldn't ask for anything much better really. Luckily in Liverpool we have plenty of festivals to keep us entertained all year round; from free festivals championing the local music scene to huge events that take over parks and whole corners of the city. It's time to grab the sun cream (or a pair of wellies) and get the glitter face paint out for a brilliant weekend of music in Liverpool. There’s something for everyone!

To help you pick out which festivals you would like to attend we have put together a list of everything going on this year to make it easier!

Liverpool International Jazz Festival - 21st - 24th February 

The seventh Liverpool International Jazz festival is taking place at The Capstone Theatre at the end of February with a brilliant line up once again! The festival champions contemporary instrumental jazz and takes audiences on a journey through Funk/Acid Jazz, IndoJazz and Jazz Rock with live performances, masterclasses and a range of workshops.  

6 Music Festival - 29th- 31st March

BBC Radio 6 are bringing their hotly anticipated 6 Music Festival to Liverpool on 29th to 31st March for a weekend of huge musical talent. The festival will be hitting some of Liverpool’s best music venues with a killer line-up including The Coral, She Drew The Gun, Craig Charles and loads more. 6 Music Festival is always a hit so make sure you grab your ticket quick when they go on sale!

Threshold Festival - 29th - 30th March

Threshold Festival is back this year and is taking over multiple venues in the Baltic Triangle for the last weekend in March. With a mix of live music, comedy, visual arts, theatre productions and dance performances, their burgeoning programme is set to be one not to miss this year.  

Smithdown Road Festival - 1st - 6th May 

Smithdown Road Festival is back for another weekend of local music on the first bank holiday in May! The grassroots community festival is always alive with people soaking up the sun whilst watching a brilliant line up of acts from around the North West. Access to the stages are free but the festival also helps to raise money for The Whitechapel Centre; music and a good cause!

Sound City Festival - 3rd - 5th May

Liverpool Sound City is the largest international music, digital, film festival and conference in the UK and it is back in the Baltic Triangle in 2019! The festival famously brings the most exciting breakthrough artists to the city from around the UK and also showcases a lot of local acts so it’s worth heading down to for some new music inspiration. This year will see Mabel and Loyle Carner headline with loads more amazing bands also tipped to join the bill, if the weather is anything like last year then you’re in for a brilliant weekend.   

Liverpool Disco Festival - 5th May

Liverpool Disco Festival is returning to the city this year with a huge line-up celebrating all things disco at Camp and Furnace. Heading the bill are two of the biggest original disco divas, Melba Moore and Rochelle Fleming - voices of some of the biggest disco tracks ever! There will be plenty more action too in the form of spectacular DJ sets, artist panels and after parties - definitely one for the diary! 

Neighbourhood Weekender Festival - 25th - 26th May

During the last weekend in May, Victoria Park in Warrington plays host to Neighbourhood Weekender Festival with a brilliant line up you won't want to miss! This year, acts such as George Ezra, Richard Ashcroft, The Vaccines, Slaves and Primal Scream will be taking to the stage alongside plenty of local up and coming artists. At around a 30 minute train ride from Liverpool Lime Street Station it couldn't be easier to get to from our city centre and will make for a weekend of brilliant indie music.


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Baltic Weekender Festival - 31st May - 2nd June

The Baltic Triangle will play host to another festival this year, The Baltic Weekender! Head down to the trendy district for a weekend of house, techno, grime and everything in between. The line up is yet to be announced but we are sure it’s going to be amazing!

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Africa Oyé Festival - 22nd - 23rd June

The 27th annual Africa Oyé is returning to Sefton Park in 2019 for another round of world class performances not to miss. As the UK’s largest celebration of African & Caribbean music and culture there will be plenty to look forward to for this weekend of Summer fun. Expect a line-up of international stars alongside local up and coming acts, free workshops, DJ sessions, children’s entertainment, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village. Entrance to this festival is free so make sure you don’t miss it!

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival - 5th July - 14th July

Each year, Liverpool Arab Arts festival brings a thrilling celebration of Arab culture to the city. Venues across Liverpool showcase the richness of Arab culture through a packed our program of visual art, music, dance, film, theatre and special events. 

Brazilica Festival - 12th - 14th July

Brazilica is back in Liverpool in 2019 celebrating all things Brazilian arts and culture from the UK, Europe and Brazil. Throughout the day there will be loads of live music from a city centre stage and a Brazilian marketplace for all your festival snacks. There is also the Brazilica fringe festival that showcases films, exhibitions and workshops and a spectacular night time carnival with glittering costumes, floats and the irresistible sounds of samba! We’ll see you there dancing in the streets!

Cream Classical in the Park - 19th July

20,000 people, 20 DJs, 2 Stages and 1 Orchestra can only mean one thing, Cream Classical in the Park! After the huge success of their sell out Cream Classical shows at Liverpool Cathedral, Cream are now taking it to the next level for their biggest show to date at Sefton Park. This is definitely a day of music you do not want to miss this summer!

LIMF - 20th - 21st July

Liverpool International Music Festival is returning to Sefton Park on 20th and 21st of July for another round of show stopping live music from global household names and local emerging talent. Last year the stage welcomed the likes of Example, Wiley and Haçienda Classical so we have no doubt 2019 is going to be just as big. To top it off, ticket prices start at only £6 a ticket so it’s well worth it!

Liverpool Pride - 27th - 28th July

2018 saw the biggest Pride event Liverpool has ever hosted with over 10,000 people in attendance and we are sure 2019 will manage to top that! Every year Liverpool Pride takes over the city’s greatest spaces so celebrate the city’s LGBTQ+ community with a two day event full of live music, performances and a city-wide march. It’s a brilliant event full of colour, dancing, live music and lots of partying; definitely one for the diary!

When the beat drops! | πŸ“Έ Bryan Fowler

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Let’s Rock Liverpool - 27th July

Head down to Croxteth Hall for a throwback to the 80s and dance along to all the retro classics. With a lineup of artists including The Human League, Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, Go West, T’Pau and Liverpool’s own Sonia; the huge family friendly event is the perfect occasion to dig out the leg warmers and relive the 80s on a Summer’s day in Liverpool. 

BBC Summer Social - 3rd - 4th August 

The BBC Summer Social is returning to Liverpool this Summer and it’s going to be even bigger and better than before! Croxteth Hall will be playing host to the family friendly event which will see pop-punk trio, Busted and Mr Tumble headline! They will be joined by Nina Nesbitt, Freya Ridings, John Newman and loads more!

Creamfields - 22nd - 25th August

After months of speculation Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia have all been confirmed as headliners for this years Creamfields festival on August Bank Holiday weekend and we couldn't be more excited! Creamfields is a Liverpool institution and one of the biggest dance festivals in the world so it’s expected to be a big weekend not to miss this year. With huge names in the electronic dance scene already topping the bill and plenty of underground ones to be announced grab your tickets quick!

Future Yard - 23rd -24th August

The team behind Liverpool’s biggest music magazine, Bido Lito!, are about to put Birkenhead on the musical map with their new festival, Future Yard. At just a 10 minute train ride out of the city centre and nestled on The Wirral, Birkenhead has produced some of the regions most exciting acts over the years from The Coral and Hooton Tennis Club to Zuzu and the legendary, John Peel. With a line-up of bands dropping soon, this is definitely going to be a festival to catch for celebrating our local music culture on August Bank Holiday weekend.

International Beatleweek - 23rd - 27th August

International Beatleweek is coming back in 2019 to celebrate the music from the most famous band in the world, The Beatles of course! With over 70 bands tipped to line the bill in various venues across the city it is the perfect time to “come together” to celebrate The Beatles’ amazing career in the town where they were born. Various ticket packages are already on sale so be quick and ‘grab your ticket’ now!

Fusion Presents - 30th August 

For a one off day of music brought to us by the people behind Fusion Festival, Fusion Presents will be taking over Sefton Park for a day of show stopping music from some pretty big international artists. With a headline slot from American alt-rock band, Kings Of Leon and support from a killer line up including Franz Ferdinand, Echo & the Bunnymen and BRIT award winner Sam Fender, it’s set to be a day Liverpool won’t forget in a hurry. 

Fusion Festival - 31st August - 1st September 

Fusion festival is one of Liverpool’s biggest musical weekends, laying down a line up of some of pop music’s biggest international stars! This year they will be welcoming Rudimental and Little Mix as their headliners alongside John Newman, Anne Marie, Jonas Blue, Clean Bandit and loads more. Taking place in Liverpool’s Sefton Park this is going to be a festival you definitely want to be heading to Liverpool for. 

With all these festivals going on in Liverpool this year there will definitely be something for everyone to enjoy regardless of your music taste and whatever the weather decides to do! Let us know what festivals you’re going to over on our twitter @VisitLiverpool.

To make travel to and from your favourite festivals easier don't forget you can use the Merseyrail Loop line to get you where you need to be!


This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC. 


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