HAPPY LIMF month!
As if it is July already, but July means Liverpool International Music Festival. The biggest free music festival in Europe and it happens right here in our city, taking over Sefton Park for three days of incredible live music.
I am buzzing this year as we are not only covering the festival in a major way on The Guide Liverpool with LIMF TV but I will be hosting the main Central Stage for the full three days. So it will be my ginger mug bringing on the likes of Gorgon City, Cast, Naughty Boy, Corrine Bailey Rae & Becky Hill.
We will have our own Guide Liverpool LIMF TV set and bringing you all of the backstage action and coverage from across the festival.
But what can you get up to when you are actually there? Check out these 5 LIMF Must Dos
Garage Classical (Friday 21st July 5-9.30pm) Garage and classical music? Sounds weird right, this is a world first and is brought you by garage music pioneer DJ Spoony (it also helps that he’s a massive Liverpool fan). A 40-piece orchestra will bring your favourite garage tunes to life together with some of the UK’s biggest artists including Kele Le Roc, the Master of Ceremonies, Lonyo, Nay Nay and Sweet Female Attitude. As well as that, Artful Dodger and So Solid Crew will be on stage.
The It’s Liverpool Stage This has become a LIMF favourite over the years, one huge stage in Sefton Park and one line up of incredible local music’s. This year The Farm will headline on the Friday, alongside neo soul’s finest Xma Volo and – the band music fans are talking about – The Vryll Society. On the Saturday you will see one to watch Eleanor Nelly, The Hummingbirds, The Sugarmen and Liverpool favourite’s The Christians. Then on the Sunday Tea Street Band play as do She Drew the Gun, Hooton Tennis Club and more. Grab a beer, grab a spec and enjoy Liverpool’s finest.
Fun for all the Family There is a huge focus around family at LIMF and there really is fun for all ages, this year you keep the teens happy with the new DJ Tent or the silent disco next to the LIMF Academy Stage. There is also the brilliant Family Zone – face painting, a kids’ rave at the Club House, craft workshops, story telling and the things the little ones love the most – the beach is back. Bucket and spades at the ready.
The Headliners This year’s line-up is surely one of the best to date. On Saturday you will see one of the biggest UK Dance acts of the moment take to the central Stage for one giant party in the park. Gorgon City have a huge list of massive floor fillers including ‘Real for your Love’ and ‘Go All Night’, glow sticks and rave faces on. As well as Gorgon City on Saturday you will also see Jax Jones, Naughty Boy, Fleur East, Fuse ODG and more on the main stage. On Sunday, Liverpool fave’s Cast will headline the Central Stage with the likes of ‘Sandstorm’ ‘Alright’ and ‘Walaway’ all performed live. Warming up for the Scouse legends you have got the likes of Becky Hill, Kate Nash, Corrine Bailey Rae and, Liverpool’s biggest one to watch at the moment, Louis Berry.
The other events LIMF isn’t all about the Summer Jam in Sefton Park. The LIMF Presents events literally get better every year.
On the Thursday Norman Jay will be bringing his Good Times party to the Palm House from 7pm, if you love your 70s and 80s funk and soul this is for you.
On Friday legendary DJ Yousef will take you back to Circus Year One.
And on Saturday Trevor Nelson will take you back to the 90s for Reminisce with the likes of Shola Ama and Damage.
Then on Sunday if you love your hip hop then you need to sort your ticket for * LIMF Presents… No Sleep, with DJ Stretch Armstrong. The New York hip hop pioneer has a huge show planned and this really is a one off chance to see him and his mates live in Liverpool.
So just a few ideas on what you can get up to during LIMF 2017. The dates for your diary are Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd July, with the Summer Jam in Sefton Park starting Friday at 5pm. We will be bringing you tonnes of coverage on LIMF TV presented by The Guide Liverpool and you will see my big lanky ginger mug on the main stage across the weekend. Feel free to heckle. There’s lots more build up on line at www.theguideliverpool.com.