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NELSON Mandela’s daughter is calling on the people of Liverpool to mark next month’s Mandela Day by spending 67 minutes improving the lives of others.

Supported by Liverpool City Council, the My67 campaign has been established by charity Mandela8 in partnership with Dr Makaziwe ‘Maki’. It aims to mark the 67 years Nelson Mandela fought for social justice by encouraging people to give up 67 minutes of their time to help others.

Mandela Day takes place on Thursday 18 July – Nelson Mandela’s birthday – and anyone wishing to be part of the uplifting initiative is being asked to carry out their good deed either on the day itself, or anytime that week.

Dr Maki said: “I am very happy to learn that Mandela8 will be celebrating by doing acts of kindness and goodness with the Liverpool community – it is very exciting. My father said what matters in life is not that you have lived your life, but that you have made a difference in the lives of other people. This is about showing love and compassion to your neighbours.”

The call-out has the backing member of the Jacksons, Jermaine Jackson, who has already pledged to give up 67 minutes of his time and said: “I want you all to be part of the Mandela8, My67 minutes, and do something good for someone else who needs your help – a neighbour, a stranger or even your community.”

My67 was piloted in 2018 and was initially aimed at youngsters across the city. As part of the scheme, 170 schools received Nelson Mandela’s autobiography The Long Walk to Freedom and school pupils took part in litter picks, art projects, gardening and raised money for local charities with football fundraisers and bake sales.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool’s connection with Nelson Mandela runs deep, and we were honoured to make him Freeman of the City in 1994.

“He campaigned to make this world a better place for 67 years and we are delighted to work in partnership with Mandela8 to ensure his legacy is never forgotten in this city.

“Marking his birthday by doing a selfless deed is a great tribute to a great man. Liverpool is a city renowned for its kindness – taking this small amount of time out of our busy lives could massively benefit the lives of others, and I hope as many people as possible become part of the My67 movement.”

There are more than 60 suggested ideas for how to get involved on the official website – www.mandela8.org.uk/my-67. Organisers are encouraging everyone who takes part to promote their acts of kindness on social media using #mandela8my67minutes or #my67minutes.

Sonia Bassey, Chair and one of the founding members of Mandela8, said: “It is so important to us that people show kindness to each other and learn to get along, there is already so much hate in the world, it doesn’t need any more. 

“We want people of all ages to get involved.  Children, parents, schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals give 67 minutes of your time on Mandela Day to help your friend, neighbour or a stranger.  Make Mandela Day a special day across Liverpool, the North West and beyond.” 

Other organisations supporting My67 are the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Liverpool Learning Partnership, Africa Oyé, Unison North West, MSB, Granby Toxteth Development Trust, Prima Group, Steve Biko Housing Association and Weaver Vale Housing Trust.

NOMINATIONS are now open for the seventh annual Merseyside Independent Business Awards, including a new category for Employee of the Year.

Businesses can be nominated across a total of 13 categories, such as retail, health and wellbeing, trades and manufacturing and creative business, while there are also awards recognising community impact and best employer.

The winners of each award category – as well as the overall Merseyside Independent Business of the Year – will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Liverpool’s Rum Warehouse on Thursday 10 October.

The Merseyside Independent Business Awards were created by Morecrofts Solicitors to showcase the economic impact of the region’s independent business owners and leading entrepreneurs.

Alison Lobb, managing partner at Morecrofts Solicitors, said: “Since we launched the MIB Awards in 2013, the number of nominations has increased every year and I’ve no doubt that that trend will continue this year.

“The awards are famed for giving independent businesses of all shapes and sizes a unique platform on which to shine. We have received incredible feedback from award winners about the impact the victory has had both on their business development and their employees.

“Nominations can be made by businesses themselves or by their advisors, suppliers or other peers, so we would all independent to businesses make this a real celebration of our independent business community.”

The awards are headline sponsored by Liverpool BID Company. Its chief executive Bill Addy, said: “We have been headline sponsors of the MIB Awards for six years and are very pleased to continue in 2019. The event doesn’t just showcase the exceptional business in the city region, it gives a great opportunity for networking, showcasing and supporting each other – something Merseyside excels at.

“Each year, the calibre of businesses who enter the awards excels itself, and I look forward to seeing the 2019 cohort of finalists.”

To enter the Merseyside Independent Business Awards or for information please visit www.mibawards.co.uk or call event manager Rebecca Keegan on 0151 236 8871.

LCR Pride Foundation has teamed up with Liverpool Sound City to produce the line-up for this year’s Barclays Stage at Pride in Liverpool  on Saturday 27 July.

The first acts to be announced are electropop singer-songwriter and DJ, Little Boots, and Finnish-born X-Factor Dance Like Nobody’s Watching singer, Saara Aalto. They will share the stage with a host of local talent including Katy Alex, House of Suarez and Daisy Gill.

Little Boots said: “I’m so excited to perform at Pride in Liverpool! As a fellow northerner it’s always wonderful to be back in the north, and my LGBT+ fans are so special to me. Their support has been everything, so I will be sure to put on a show for them!”

Saara Aalto is excited to be performing in the city, saying: “‘I am ready to have a fabulous time in Liverpool with everybody! Let’s have a summer of love together. Liverpool has such a rich musical and LGBTQI+ history and I can’t wait to be back in the city.

“As a Lesbian artist it means so much to me to perform and be an advocate for my community. Pride is such an important event, let’s raise the rainbow flag together for everybody to see on July 27th.”

LCR Pride Foundation has also announced that Barclays bank will be returning to Pride in Liverpool for 2019 as headline sponsor, after pledging to support the new LCR Pride Foundation and Pride in Liverpool for another two years.

John Bird, co-chair of the LCR Pride Foundation said: “We are so excited to reveal the first acts for the first ever Pride in Liverpool delivered by LCR Pride Foundation.

“Our new partnership with Liverpool Sound City will allow us to not only attract the best national and international performers to our annual Pride festival, it will also enable us to provide a platform for emerging local and regional talent.

“Saara Aalto is such an exciting performer and very active member of the LGBT+ community, while Little Boots is renowned for her unique and experimental sound, as much as her breakthrough hits. We can’t wait to see what they both have in store for Pride in Liverpool. We’re also delighted reveal that Barclays has returned as our headline sponsor for this year’s event.”

The free festival will return to the Tithebarn Street site in the city centre on Saturday 27 July, with multiple stages of live entertainment, a dedicated youth zone and whole host of inclusive activities, stalls and food and drink vendors. More acts will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Dave Pichilingi, CEO of Sound City, said: “We are delighted to be working with Pride in Liverpool and helping to programme what we believe will be an exciting line up. Pride in Liverpool is one of the most wonderful events in the annual diary and we are proud to be part of the team.”

Festival goers will also be invited to March with Pride along the traditional route from St George’s Hall, finishing at Moorfields. Those wishing to march can sign up to the LCR Pride Foundation mailing list to be notified when registration opens. The fun will continue with Pride Sundae on Sunday 28 July, with more activities taking place at a soon-to-be revealed city centre location.

For more information visit www.lcrpride.co.uk

 

HEALTH professionals who care for some of the most seriously injured patients in Cheshire and Merseyside are celebrating the seventh anniversary of their specialist life-saving service this week (13th June 2019).

Since its creation in 2012, the Cheshire and Merseyside Major Trauma Centre Collaborative has been called upon more than 7,800 times to treat severely injured patients from across the region.

The collaborative is a partnership between Liverpool’s Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, neurological specialists at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and clinical staff at other hospitals across the region working in both specialist trusts and Trauma Units.

To mark the anniversary, staff gathered to reflect on the achievements of the last seven years, including saving numerous lives.

Plans were also announced for a new partnership with trauma support service, Day One. In the coming months, the charity will provide enhanced support, including access to counselling, peer support, funding and extensive advice and guidance, to complement the existing support given.

Mrs Sharon Scott, Divisional Medical Director for Surgery & Anaesthesia at Aintree, who led on the development of the major trauma centre collaborative, said: “It’s incredible to see how much the service has evolved over the last few years, in particular with the investments we’ve seen in connecting us to The Walton Centre with a link bridge to rapidly transfer patients and improving access for air ambulances with the construction of a helipad. Time is of the essence for any patient requiring major trauma care, so ensuring they can access our specialist teams as quickly as possible is critically important.

“I’m so proud of the teams who have worked so hard to make this service possible and whose skills and expertise ensure our patients are receiving some of the best outcomes in the country for trauma care. The additional support our patients will soon be receiving from Day One will be invaluable and will really improve their experience and transition once they are discharged from hospital.” 

Professor Peter Giannoudis, orthopaedic surgeon who founded Day One at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are delighted to be working with Aintree to progress the establishment of Day One at Aintree’s Major Trauma Centre. We have learnt an incredible amount in the four years of Day One at Leeds and look forward to working with patients and their families to limit the impact of major trauma and provide support at what can be a hugely challenging time.”

Over the last seven years there have been significant investments to improve the service, including the construction in 2012 of a £2m link-bridge between the Aintree and Walton hospitals, allowing seamless transfer of patients requiring neurological care.

This was followed in 2017 with the completion of a £1m helipad in front Aintree’s A&E department, supported by the County Air Ambulance Appeal, allowing much quicker transfer for patients arriving by air ambulance, which previously had to land at playing fields off Lower Lane, a short ambulance ride away from the hospital.

The same year saw the £35m Urgent Care and Trauma Centre at Aintree, which houses its major trauma services, officially opened by the Duke of Cambridge, who met clinicians from Aintree, The Walton Centre plus crews from the North West Ambulance Service and the North West Air Ambulance.

 

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ROBBIE Williams has joined forces with LMA to become a co-owner of the College & University Centre.

The announcement was made at a press conference in London, hosted by Scott Mills. LMA is an education centre that lives and breathes music, creative media and the performing arts – providing accessible degree and BTEC courses for young people to discover and hone their creative skills.

Robbie, who chose the LMA Choir as one of his final four acts for the live shows of The X Factor last year, found an instant connection with the LMA team. Of the new found partnership Robbie said:“I am delighted to now be an official member of the LMA Family. As soon as I met them all I was so inspired by their passion and drive and wanted to get involved – I hope I can help motivate the next generation of pop stars, performers  and creatives.”

Robbie’s role is to drive forward UK and international expansion for LMA, which will start with the launch of a new London campus that will open in 2020.

This summer will see Robbie headline British Summer Time at London’s iconic Hyde Park on July 14. As part of his much-anticipated performance, Robbie has hinted that the LMA Choir may be making a special appearance with him at this sold-out event. 

Photo credit: Ian West PA

In his new role at LMA, Robbie will join LMA founders, Richard Wallace and Simon Wallace, along with former Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy and investment expert Bill Currie, who have also recently joined the LMA team.

LMA offers Degree courses in Musical Theatre; Acting; Music performance; Games & Animation and Film and TV Production, all validated by Staffordshire University.

Richard said: “The last 12 months have been incredible for LMA, some of the highlights have included our choir starring on The X Factor and our students performing alongside the original cast of Fame, through to our actors and filmmakers having amazing opportunities being cast and crew on multiple TV dramas and feature films, alongside greats such as Sean Bean and Gerard Butler.

“Fantastic experiences have also happened for our music students, from bands and solo artists touring the world, session work in top studios, to providing original material for Film & TV.”

Simon said: “Bringing Robbie on board is a real dream come true for us all, as we know how passionate he is about developing young talent and sharing his knowledge, experience, creativity and connections.

“We’re now looking forward to our next chapter as we plan to expand LMA across the country and overseas – and we cannot thank our team of exceptionally talented tutors and, of course, our fantastic students for making all of this possible.”

KNOWLSEY charity, Knowsley CVS has unveiled a new name as part of an extensive strategic initiative. The charity is now known as One Knowsley.

The rebrand and new website, OneKnowsley.org, represents a significant step in the charity’s evolution. Enabling higher levels of engagement and sharing of knowledge across the Social Sector, it will increase opportunities for collaboration across sectors and communities.

One Knowsley have created a range of new services and initiatives to drive change and positively shape Knowsley’s approach to working with, and supporting the voluntary, community, faith and social businesses across the borough.

The new brand and website was revealed at Prescot Cables FC.  Around 100 key stakeholders from the public, private and Social Sector came together to support One Knowsley and the important work that they do.

One Knowsley would like to thank their event sponsors (Morecrofts, Fusion 21, Butterworth Spengler Insurance Brokers and First Ark Social Investment), who supported them and helped to make the launch event possible.

One Knowsley has been able to grow, thrive and succeed with the investment support they have received from First Ark Social Investment.

David Parr, Chair of One Knowsley said “First Ark Social Investment demonstrates the level of confidence in One Knowsley and the positive changes we are now securing for the Social Sector in Knowsley”.

Chief Operating Officer, Racheal Jones, said “The strength of our relationship with the Knowsley Social Sector and our commitment to working collaboratively have resulted in One Knowsley becoming a single point of contact for all sectors, working alongside our partners in Knowsley Better Together creates new opportunities and ways of working as well as a strong collective voice for the social economy”.

For more information on One Knowsley please visit OneKnowsley.org.

Campaign launched to encourage employers to engage with young people

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new campaign to encourage businesses to make a difference to the futures of young people in Liverpool City Region.

The Give an Hour campaign calls for employers and employees to offer an hour of their time to help young people prepare for the fast-changing world of work.

The initiative- run jointly by Liverpool City Region LEP and The Careers & Enterprise Company – highlights that in as little as one hour, organisations can help to transform a young person’s future by bringing to life different career opportunities and providing insight about the skills young people need to be work-ready and successful in the workplace.

Sally Beevers, Careers Hub Lead at the Liverpool City Region LEP said: “This is a great opportunity for local business to help support our young people to establish their career path, prepare them for the world of work and raise their aspirations. Having local businesses directly involved in careers education lessons brings local job opportunities to life and exposes career options they may have not otherwise considered.”

The Give an Hour campaign emphasises the importance of tapping into the career opportunities, skills and knowledge of businesses. Activities can include interview practice, mentoring or working with a teacher to bring a lesson to life.

Evidence shows that regular and meaningful engagement with employers while at school can significantly increase young people’s employment prospects and future earnings.*

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We know that hardworking small business really want to support young people in their local community but finding the time can be difficult.

“There are many ways to make a difference to a young person’s future – and with as little as one hour these dynamic small firms can help a young person discover more about the world of work and open up career paths they didn’t even know existed.”

Employers of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to visit www.giveanhour.co.uk to find out more and register to support a school or college in their area.

FATHER’S Day is the best time to show the father figure in your life exactly how much they mean to you. So if your dad is a beer chugger, art lover, or wants to show off his dad dancing, we have got you sorted with our ultimate guide to Father’s Day in Liverpool.

Bon Jovi at Anfield
Now or never – give your dad the ultimate treat and surprise him with tickets to Bon Jovi at Anfield on June 19.
The This House is not For Sale Tour has received rave reviews.
This spectacular show can be enjoyed with exclusive hospitality tickets including lounge access and after party with DJ Lee Butler and special guests.
Tickets range from £199 and can be booked at https://www.liverpoolfc.com/lfcevents/concerts/bonjovi or by calling 0151 264 2222

By order of the Peaky Blinders
If your dad is a Peaky Blinders (or alcohol) fan, take him to the Blinders themed bar in Cains Brewery this Father’s Day. The bar is hugely inspired by the 1920s era with its decor, and to add to the authenticity it is based in a Grade II building.
There is a wide selection of drinks at the bar to suit anyone’s taste, such as unique cocktails (1920s inspired) and hugely popular ‘Pilsner Urquell’ lager on draft.
From 6pm, your dad will get the chance to flaunt his best moves with a live band playing in the bar. If that isn’t enough to convince you, entry to the bar is completely free and you will not need to book in advance.
Address: Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope St, Liverpool L8 5XJ

For the foodies
Lunya
This Father’s day put on your best clothes and let your dad eat to his heart’s delight, take him to Lunya on Father’s Day.
Lunya is offering a Spanish ‘Meat Feast’ platter to all dining with them on the special day, it includes traditional Spanish meats, such as chorizo, Ibérico ribs, and a mix of other grilled meats. Lunya also provide a range of vegan and vegetarian options. If free drinks for dad’s pouring all day, endless supply of food, and glad rags on sounds perfect for you dad, book in advance today with the link below.
The cost per person with a tapas starter is £32.95 and £24.95 without one. A deposit of £10 is needed in advance, and you can book online now at: https://lunya.co.uk/fathers-day-meat-feast-2019/

The Florist
Enjoy the daddy of all breakfasts with bottomless drinks from the brunch menu, for £25 per person.
The offer is running on Sunday from 10am-12pm.
The Florist is famous in the city for it’s beautiful surroundings and excellent service. This is the perfect way to treat dad without breaking the bank.
To book visit: theflorist.uk.com

Ropewalks Bar and Kitchen
Ropewalks Bar and Kitchen have organised a Father’s Day treat: their first gentlemen’s afternoon tea. It may seem out of the norm to take your dad for afternoon tea, but Ropewalk’s have added a male streak to the day, with a pint of beer replacing the classic prosecco.
With your ticket, you will get plenty of treats like mini burgers, sandwiches, cakes, and much more, and you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon sipping on your pints. The event runs from 1pm-5pm, tickets are £40 for two people and +£25 to add an additional person. Book now on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fathers-day-gentlemens-afternoon-tea-tickets-58360052488

Gusto
Gusto are all geared up to treat your Dad this Father’s Day.  Whether he is a Burger man, a connoisseur of Steaks or prefers a traditional Roast with all the trimmings – GUSTO is ready to pay culinary  homage to your hero on his special day!
This Sunday the special man in your life  can sink his teeth into a fully loaded Calabrian burger, served with truffle fries and doused in ’Nduja infused mayonnaise.   Or you can treat him to a show-stopping platter of seared & sliced, juicy sirloin steak, served with duck-fat wedges and drizzled in our own 12-year aged balsamic.
Gusto Roasts are served up to 6pm and you can enjoy 2 courses for £20, and add an extra course in for £5.
Kids Roasts are £7.00 and includes and ice cream dessert.
Book a table at www.gustorestaurants.uk.com/fathers-day

Adrenaline pumping fun
To get the adrenaline pumping this Father’s Day take him paint balling in Liverpool’s indoor arena. To top it off: you will be equipped with Nerf Guns.
The Nerf Gun Arena is the only indoor paint balling experience in Liverpool situated in the city centre, you will be supplied with all the equipment you need, with various packages available. The prices range from £20 (200 paintballs) to £40 (for 700 paintballs, and for parties over 14 you will be given an extra 100 paintballs for free!  
Some healthy competition to get the adrenaline pumping will make an unforgettable Father’s Day! Book now on: http://www.paintballingliverpool.co.uk/book.html

The ‘competitive’ gene
Junkyard Golf
A quirky option for the special day is the new Junkyard Golf Club in Liverpool One. With UV lights, random pieces of junk, and a bar filled with treats, where would be better to play some crazy golf?
You can choose from three courses: Bozo, Pablo, and Gary, all equally as crazy and unique as each other.
Break dad out of his comfort zone by putting one of Junkyard Golf’s funky cocktails (all topped with tasty treats) in one hand, and a club in the other.
Tickets are £8 per person, and you can book online for time slots every 10 minutes:  https://junkyardliverpool.ticketco.events/uk/en/e/junkyard-golf-club-liverpool-2019-06-16

Rufford Old Hall
With the historical backdrop of Rufford Old Hall, you can challenge your dad to a game of archery for just £1 (on top of admission) with no booking required.
After a game of archery, you can take a stroll through the historical grounds. The antique hall was built in the Tudor era and is listed as a Grade I building, including gardens, stables, and a coach house. Legend has it the building is haunted by a grey lady..
Address: 200 Liverpool Rd, Rufford, Ormskirk L40 1SG
Telephone:
01704 821254

For the artistic dads…
Leaf
An artsy alternative this Father’s Day is a calligraphy workshop for all of the artistic dads out there. The Creative Nib is hosting this workshop in Leaf (Bold Street) for people of all abilities.
This year you and your dad can delve into the creative zone and for three hours at the cost of £45. Included in the cost is a gift of a free kit of all the things you need to develop your skills of the art.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/modern-calligraphy-workshop-at-leaf-on-bold-street-tickets-60548319654?aff=ebopdstevensi

Zap Graffiti
Zap Graffiti is a company that promote graffiti as art across the UK, and on Father’s Day weekend they are putting on a class to learn the basics of the art form. Taught by an expert, you will be provided with all the equipment and safety gear, and your dad can show off his creative flare.
For £25 per person, your dad can enjoy an urban art class and bring back his own masterpiece on a canvas. Embrace you creativity and book on: http://zapgraffiti.co.uk/classes-in-liverpool/4586985250

Alcohol Adventures
Liverpool Gin Distillery

This year you can show your dad how much he means to you by taking him on a tipsy trip to Liverpool’s Gin Distillery. All visitors are provided with a guided tour around the distillery for a brief boozy history of gin in Liverpool and the magic behind the iconic distillery. To impress you slightly tipsy dad more, after the tour is finished you can sample all the gin you want. Another package available in the Distillery is their gin lab, so your dad can concoct the gin of his dreams.
A gin tasting session is £38.50 per person, and for the gin lab session, £70 per person. Included in the cost is a free £5 voucher to use in the distillery. Book now on: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/liverpoolgindistillery/online/default.asp

Love Lane Brewery
If your dad is more of a beer lover then perhaps you should take him on Liverpool’s finest Brewery Tour of Love Lane. Although Love Lane is a modern company, they are staying true to Liverpool’s brewery history by producing some of the best beer in the UK but with a modern twist with added flavours like caramel, mango, and lemon.
Included in the tour your dad can have a lesson on the magic of brewing his favourite drink from an expert brewer, and a chance to try some of their finest selections, and a good old free pint to top of the day.
Due to popular demand, the 2pm tour sold out! Another time slot has been added for 4 pm, at the cost of just £15 you can book on their site now: https://www.lovelanebrewing.com/event/fathers-day-brewery-tours/

We hope this guide has helped you pick something to do with your favourite man this Father’s Day, and whatever way you celebrate – have a great time!

By Meg Bolland
@meg_bolland

RENOWNED vegan specialist Chef, Sean Paul Redding, is bringing his culinary skills to Liverpool.

His new residency, dubbed ‘Green Fork’ will be at The Bistro, 52 Rose Lane in Mossley Hill three nights a week form June 14.

Texan-born Redding, who has cooked for the likes of Paul McCartney, Kate Moss and Liv Tyler is known for his modern, refreshing twist on traditional vegan cooking.

He said: “Having moved to England from America and working in London for more than 25 years, it’s fantastic to begin this new residency in Liverpool.

“The food culture of this city is outstanding, with taste for quality vegan dishes ever increasing. When I was approached about the opportunity, I didn’t think twice. I am excited get started.”

Green Fork menus will be influenced by the countries Sean Paul has visited and his own cajun background, infusing aromatic taste and flavour.

The menu will also boast speciality and vegan wines, cocktails and desserts.

Something Sean Paul is keen to shine a light on, is that you don’t have the be vegetarian or vegan to enjoy his food; “Many people overlook vegan offerings when eating out, but I often challenge them to give it a go – they’re usually surprised by what they taste!”

Sean’s chef portfolio boats some of the best known restaurants globally, including The Ivy, Daphne’s and J Sheekey’s. His vegan skills were well recognised at London’s Mana restaurant; which has been recognised by The Vegetarian Society and won TimeOut Magazine’s Best Vegetarian Meal.

Andrea Edwards, owner of 52 Rose Lane  Said “I am excited to welcome Chef Sean Paul and we know he will be welcomed into the neighbourhood with his delicious food”

“South Liverpool, is shouting out for more places to dine in the evening, We believe collaboration really makes a difference to being successful in the restaurant industry.”

Green Fork will run at The Bistro at 52 Rose Lane every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from June 14.

Booking is highly recommended, by emailing fiftytworoselane@gmail.com or calling 0151 352 8785 

MERSEYSIDE-based Halewood Wines & Spirits, owner of Liverpool Gin, will be the title partner for this year’s Liverpool International Music Festival.

The festival takes place on 20 and 21 July in Sefton Park and the event has been renamed Liverpool International Music Festival with Liverpool Gin.

The super-premium, organic gin will bring a Liverpool Gin Bus on site, as well as a Liverpool Gin Garden to offer an oasis of calm. The headline sponsors will also be providing lucky festival-goers with floor mats to take the weight off their dancing feet as well as comfy seating areas.

Those with VIP tickets will benefit from Liverpool Gin tipis and bespoke trailer bars offering a wide range of food and drink.

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We’re delighted that such a well-recognised and respected brand as Liverpool Gin has come on board to support LIMF 2019.

“Halewood Wines & Spirits is a major player in the independent drinks industry and it’s fantastic that such a prominent business in the region is working with the city council to help stage what has become one of the most popular festivals in our events calendar.

“It not only brings an economic boost to the city, but LIMF stands out from the competition as an accessible, inclusive and musically diverse event which showcases some of the very best local, national and international acts, alongside up and coming, home grown talent.

“We look forward to working with the team at Halewood to make LIMF 2019 the best yet.”

Leanne Ware, Head of White Spirits, Halewood Wines & Spirits said: “We’re really excited about Liverpool Gin being the headline sponsor of one of our home city’s most high profile music events. We’re proud to be supporting LIMF.”

The festival will see nine hours of live music on offer each day. Saturday’s headliners are Sigma as part of 3Beat @30, with other acts including Ella Eyre, Yxng Bane, Maverick Sabre and MIC Lowry.

Sunday’s line-up includes Grace Carter, De La Soul with a special headline set from Disco Classical with special guest Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge.

Tickets start from £11 per person, per day.

To see the full line up or buy tickets, visit www.limfestival.com.

 

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