Over the last couple of months, music venues across the city have had to close their doors to live events and performances. Music and culture is the backbone to Liverpool and these venues have worked tirelessly over the years so people can come from all over the world to experience our unique scene. 

To make sure we can all still experience these venues to some degree, they have worked hard over recent weeks to adapt to new social-distancing guidelines. This means they can now allow guests to visit for drinks and food until events are allowed again. 

Below, we have highlighted a range of different music venues that have adapted to allow guests, as well as some of Liverpool’s music organisations that you can help to support over the coming months. 

Make sure you are following them all on social media so you can keep up to date with each venue’s social-distancing measures and further updates on their practices and events. 


The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will be reopening its doors to a series of socially-distanced performances from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra! 14 one-hour concerts will take place between 1 October to 4 November which includes two world premieres and one UK premiere performance. There will also be a range of on-demand tickets, to watch from the comfort of your own home. Tickets for these performances will be very limited due to social-distancing and they go on general sale on 10th September. 

Welcome back to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall… . We’re excited to announce that we will be opening up our doors and returning to live music making with a series of exciting one-hour concerts by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and associated ensembles! . Enjoy a varied programme of orchestral favourites, including Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending (conducted by Chief Conductor Designate Domingo Hindoyan) and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 (conducted by Vasily Petrenko with pianist Boris Giltburg). . We’ll also present ensembles from the Orchestra, including Ensemble 10/10 with mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston, a Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and Liverpool Wind Collective. . Tickets go on sale to subscribers on Wednesday 2 September, then on general sale from Thursday 10 September. Link in bio for more info! . #welcomeback #livemusic #atlast #live #music #arts #organisation #classical #classicalmusic #theatre #opera #ensemble #liverpool #liverpoolphilharmonic #philharmonic #orchestra

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Phase ONE, sister venue to the well loved pub, The Jacaranda, has given its courtyard a summer makeover and opened its gates to a beautiful beer garden for you to enjoy. There’s plenty of socially-distanced seating, a fully-stocked bar, tacos from Taco Or Don’t and a great atmosphere to enjoy the good weather. It’s also dog friendly which is always an added bonus! 


24 Kitchen Street is back and bringing a bit of summer to the much loved space. With new outdoor seating, beautiful cocktails, food from RayRayz Caribbean, DJs behind the decks and special sets from Sonic Yootha, Modu:lar and Liquid it’s ideal for an afternoon of socially-distanced drinks in the sun.


The Cavern Club has reopened so you can experience a bit of Beatles magic once again. Open Friday to Sunday you'll be able to enjoy an entertainment hybrid of live music performances and pre-recorded video sets. If you’re dining at Festival Food & Drink or visiting the Cavern Pub you will also be asked if you would like to go on a free tour of The Cavern Club! It’s an opportunity not to miss. Visit their website for more information on their reopening and their social distancing measures. 


Kazimier Garden is a hidden gem tucked away down Seel Street. The outdoor bar has reopened serving up their well loved drink selection under the sparkly lights of the canopy. They have lots of socially-distanced tables, introduced table service only via an app ordering system and have hand sanitister to use upon entry. They also have outdoor heaters for when the sun goes down so it's a perfect spot to visit for some great music and a drink. 


The M&S Bank Arena on our stunning waterfront is currently closed, however, there are so many gigs and performances scheduled for next year that you can book tickets for now. 

There are performances by the likes of Dua Lipa, The Who, 5 Seconds of Summer, Stormzy, James Blunt and McFly to look forward to!


District in the Baltic Triangle have turned their warehouse space that usually caters for live music gigs into a fully seated bar with inside and outdoor areas. Filled with beautiful air purifying plants, District is ready to welcome you back to their amazing venue for a socially-distanced drink this summer. 


The Jacaranda on Slater Street is a popular music venue in Liverpool with the locals and was frequently visited by the Fab Four themselves! They have now reopened their doors with socially-distanced seating only but with all the same great drinks and welcoming atmosphere. 


Find Jimmy’s on the corner of Bold Street opposite the Bombed Out Church and enter into a neon heaven. You’ll usually find the basement of Jimmy’s filled with live music but for the time being you can enjoy a socially-distanced drink in their bar or head upstairs for something to eat. They have just brought back their beautiful Sunday Roasts and are launching a bottomless brunch too!


Future Yard is Birkenhead's newest music venue on 75 Argyle Street. The community venue is set to bring some exciting musical talent to the Wirral and they are running a series of socially-distanced, limited capacity shows in October to celebrate their opening. For more information on the venue please visit their website here

Birkenhead looking 👌 #thefutureisbirkenhead

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On a beautiful day one of the best places to head to is Birdies in The Baltic Triangle. Reserve a table in advance to enjoy amazing cocktails in a tropical themed garden. You can also experience the wonderful music from Sam Wise in the garden every Thursday night from 7pm!


Over the last few months a beautiful array of handmade furniture, platforms and stages have been appearing at The Baltic Green - at the corner of Jamaica Street and Kitchen Street. It’s now being used to showcase outdoor socially-distanced music and art performances. Have a look next time you walk past to see what’s going on. 


Liverpool Arts Bar on Hope Street have reopened their venue for socially distanced drinks in their music and art themed bar. They have put lots of social distancing measures in place so you can safely enjoy a drink. 


Content has been brought to the Baltic Triangle from the team behind Bongo’s Bingo! If you’ve not already seen it, a huge tent has been installed outside their venue perfect for an outdoor drink away from the elements. With a table service bar, great music and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s a must visit. 


Meraki on Dickson Street have reopened the doors to their garden with lots of social-distancing measures in place. The fully table serviced bar is continuing to provide their well loved atmosphere, DJ sets from Melodic Distraction, Positive Vibrations and loads more but at a social distance. Head down to show them some support!



If you’ve been missing your fix of Liverpool’s music and culture scene then make sure you pick up a copy of Bido Lito! on your next trip into the city from venues like art galleries, coffee shops and independent stores. The pink pages of their monthly magazine are full of everything from interviews with local artists, thought pieces, reviews of exhibitions, playlists and lots of information about what is going on within the music scene in the city. 

They also run a membership scheme so you can have every issue delivered straight to your door. For £7 a month you’ll receive the magazine, limited edition goodies, The Bido Lito! Journal every December, exclusive monthly recommendations and content and free entry to Bido Lito! Events when they are back up and running. 


Melodic Distraction is an independent internet radio station, online magazine and events programmer in the heart of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. Broadcasting six days a week, their community of DJs, musicians, producers, festivals, record stores, artists and loads more, showcase all of the North West’s recent musical happenings. Tune into their station to find out more

We back! That’s right, we are back in the mothership from today, following 4 months of total studio lockdown! With the recent events at the core of our plans, we’ve developed a comprehensive health and safety strategy to ensure we’re putting the safety of our hosts and producers at the forefront of everything we do. We’ve also made this public on our website (follow our link tree) for those who may be interested in finding out a little bit more about the processes we’ve gone through and measures we’ve put in place to protect our tiny box from those nasty germs out there! Radio returns to the studio from today, coming at you every day of the week 9am-10pm! Don’t drift!

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Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture that is held annually at Liverpool’s Sefton Park. Unfortunately the festival was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic but happily it’s been rescheduled to next year with dates to be announced.

The team have been keeping busy over the summer supporting their artists and have collaborated with Bido Lito! and Melodic Distraction for special Oye Vibe DJ sessions and lots more. To show support for the great work the festival does across the city you can donate on their website here.

DJ SESSIONS - THE OYE VIBE The FINAL edition of the Oyé Vibe DJ Sessions, in association with Bido Lito! & Melodic Distraction There’s nothing that says summer in Liverpool like an Oyé-soundtracked afternoon in the park. We hope that these mixes have helped you traverse a difficult period, even if that is in some small way. It seems fitting that we round off this series with @nofakinthefunk, taken from their Sunday afternoon set on the Freetown stage last year. Through hip hop, funk, soul, disco, reggae and more, No Fakin’ DJs flip the classic and obscure into a mix that’s guaranteed to get the party started right. The No Fakin’ crew know their way around the decks, so it’s no surprise that this set is as smooth as the summer breeze, taking in jazzy detours and Braziliana tangents. Listen now: https://www.bidolito.co.uk/mix-oye-vibe-20 #OyeVibe #DJsessions #BidoLito #MelodicDistraction #listentoafrica #liverpool #seftonpark #africanmusic #africa #caribbean #africaoye

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Sound City is the UK’s leading independent festival and conference for new music that takes over its new home of The Baltic Triangle each year. Unfortunately, Sound City was cancelled this year but it will be back for another whirlwind weekend next year! In the meantime you can keep up to date with everything Sound City on their website and explore lots of new music on their Guest House live streaming service too. 


Positive Vibration - Festival of Reggae has established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting and electric reggae festivals hosting internationally renowned bands and some of the brightest new talent! Sadly, this festival had to be postponed this year but it will be back in 2021 for you to enjoy! In the meantime you can keep up to date with everything they have going on online on their website.


If you’re looking for some new music to listen to then head along to Dig Vinyl on Bold Street. Find them at Resurrection and delve through their impressive record collection for some vinyl to take home with you! 


If you want to support another local music organisation then head over to Probe Records at Bluecoat to dig through their record collection for a new release or a classic album. Opening its doors in 1971, the store has been a staple destination for music fans across the city. 

Due to venues having different guidelines, booking systems and opening hours we would always recommend checking ahead with each one before your visit. For more information on how to safely visit Liverpool as lockdown measures ease have a look at our dedicated blog

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