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.  

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.   

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!

@hddldn #hipstersdontdance

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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!

Feis Liverpool - 6th July

Feis Liverpool, the Irish music festival from the founder of the world famous Fleadh, is back in Liverpool this summer for another year celebrating our Irish culture. Featuring some of the biggest names in Irish music, the festival is set to take over Liverpool’s famous pier head waterfront with a line up that will have you dancing for hours!

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!

Folk On The dock - 12th - 14th July

Folk on the Dock festival is returning to the Royal Albert Dock for another weekend of live music after last year’s great success. The festival is known for showcasing Liverpool’s emerging talent so it is always a great one attend to discover some new music in a beautiful world heritage setting. 

#folkonthedock #royalalbertdockliv #chrisdifford 2018

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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 - Date TBC

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. 

Creamfields - 22nd - 25th August

After months of speculation Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5 have both been confirmed as headliners for this years Creamfields festival on August Bank Holiday weekend and we cant 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 tipping the bill and plenty of underground ones to be announced grab your tickets quick!

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 Festival - Date TBC

Fusion festival is one of Liverpool’s biggest musical weekends, laying down a line up of some of pop music’s biggest international stars! Last year they welcomed David Guetta, Shawn Mendes, Jess Glynne, Years & Years and The Vamps to the stage that takes over Otterspool Park and Promenade for a wild weekend in September. As one of the biggest festivals of its kind, Fusion is definitely not one to miss on the festival calendar this year. 

Take us back!! #TBT #FUSION2018 #davidguetta

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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.


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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