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Calling all musicians! ‘Tickle The Ivories’ returns

THE North West’s biggest piano festival, Tickle The Ivories, returns to Liverpool ONE this summer and this year, they are on the lookout for exciting new talent.

The event, now in its eighth year, has a history of discovering Liverpool’s untapped musical talents, entertaining customers as they shop and eat.

Since it launched in 2010, musicians taking part in Tickle The Ivories have racked up millions of views on social media.

Last year, 10 year old Harrison Crane from Ormskirk drew a crowd with his rendition of I Giorni by Ludovico Einaudi; with over half of million people tuning in on Facebook too.

Two workmen also went viral as they surprised shoppers on Peter’s Lane with an impromptu performance of dance hit classics.

And the celebrities are joining in too! Grammy award-winning artist, Diana Krall, was spotted playing to a lucky audience when she pulled up a stool whilst visiting the city last summer.

Taking part in Tickle The Ivories is free and all performers are licensed to busk, meaning all money they earn while they are playing, they keep. Community groups, charities and choirs are welcome too.

Book a slot on one of the six pianos available at Tickle The Ivories, visit

Marketing Director at Liverpool ONE, Donna Howitt, said: “Tickle The Ivories showcases Liverpool’s natural ability to perform. Over the ten-week festival, visitors to Liverpool ONE will be entertained by a multitude of incredible pianists, singers, choirs and musicians, all of different ages and genres.

“The Tickle pianos signal summer has arrived in the city and are a firm favourite with customers, whether they choose to join in or simply stop and listen.”

Tickle The Ivories will last all summer and will arrive on July 20 and stay until Sept 30.

Visit for more information or follow @Liverpool_ONE on twitter for all the latest news and updates.


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