Seven Liverpool events you can’t miss this summer

Kiss of light - events such as LightNight and Sound City bring billions into the region's economy - long may they continue. Picture: Andy Hughes
WITH the sun now starting to make an appearance, a frenzy has struck the city as we gather in unity to bring on the summer revelries. Liverpool’s eclectic mix of music and cultural festivals not only raise the bar when it comes to delivering quality events – they continue to attract an international following, which is why we need to give ourselves a pat on the back and shout about how amazing our buzzing entertainment scene is. As there’s so much going on over the spring and summer, it’s easy to lose track of what’s taking place and where. With than in mind, we have handpicked some of our favourite events to create a handy go-to-guide so that you don’t miss out on a slice of the action.   Smithdown Road Festival 29 April – 1 May Nothing quite says bank holiday than a weekend filled with music, dance, art and food, which is why the annual Smithtown Road Festival is a must. Having grown hugely in popularity, the free event will present a varied programme and will even house an outdoor area on Wavertree Playground – aka The Mystery, which will comprise two circus big tops, a huge art, craft and food market together with a dedicated children’s space. For full event listings visit www.smithdownfestival.com   Steam on the Dock, Albert Dock, 6 – 7 May As an iconic landmark that is the epitome of Liverpool heritage, the Albert Dock stands as a firm favourite amongst tourists and us locals. Prior to the Folk, Heritage, Pirate and Vintage festivals that will take place throughout the summer, the UK’s only inner-city steam rally, Steam on the Dock, will grace the maritime complex this May. Set to showcase more than 30 steam engines and boats, the two-day event will be a real ‘toot’ for both families and steam enthusiasts alike. For more information visit www.albertdock.com/events/event/steam-dock-2017   Sound City 2017, Liverpool Waters, 25 – 28 May Marking its tenth-year university, Sound City takes on a brand-new location this year on Clarence Dock. To celebrate its impressive milestone in signature style, the three-day music marvel promises to be bigger and better than ever before with a number of acclaimed acts including Human League, The Kooks, Metronomy and White Lies. As a premiere stage for new music, Sound City guarantees an atmospheric audio assemble like no other. For tickets and line-up listings visit www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk   Sgt Pepper at 50, locations vary 25 May – 16 June It’s true when they say long-live Beatlemania. Who can believe that it’s been a whopping 50 years since the release of the iconic eighth studio album that was of course Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? As an album so ahead of its time, making it current even in today’s music scene, it most certainly deserves a city-wide celebration, which is why there will be 13 unique events taking place across Liverpool to mark each track. With locations across Stanley Dock, the Royal Court, Sefton Park Palm House and Aintree Race Course, global visitors and locals will ‘come together from here, there and everywhere’ to celebrate Liverpool’s lasting Beatles legacy. For more information visit www.sgtpepperat50.com LIMF 2017, Sefton Park, 20 – 23 July Returning for its fifth-year, Liverpool International Music Festival aka LIMF, will wow the city once again with its impressive line-up of acts from diverse music genres and best of it’s free! Taking to the stage in the Sefton Park will be party-starters Gorgon City, new kid on the block Jax Jones and the one and only Naughty Boy to name a few. Come rain or shine, dancing and laughter are guaranteed. For and more information visit www.limfestival.com   Gin Festival Liverpool line-up listings Summer 2017, Lutyen’s Crypt @ Metropolitan Cathedral, 27 – 30 July As a city of gin lovers, praise the lord for a summer social event dedicated gin, gin and you guessed it even more gin. Taking place in the stunning backdrop that is Lutyen’s Crypt, the UK’s biggest and oldest Gin Festival, which was described in Timeout as one of the ‘top ten things to do in 2016’, will return once again. Showcasing more than 100 gin variations, the event will comprise a gin cocktail bar, live masterclasses, distiller meet and greets, together live music and great food. For tickets and more information visit www.ginfestival.com/events/gin-festival-liverpool-summer-2017   Creamfields, Daresbury, 24 – 27 August Crowned as being the UK’s ‘Best Major Festival’ Creamfields is certainly the creme de la crème of dance music events. The three-day festival continues to welcome DJ royalty from across the globe making it the number one place for revellers to unite for the ultimate rave. This year’s headline acts include Axwell & Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Tiësto, Hardwell and Martin Garrix. For tickets and full line-up listings visit www.creamfields.com