15 things you can expect from 2020 in Liverpool
3 years ago
A new year, a new decade, a host of new events for Liverpool!
2020 is looking like another huge year for Liverpool with our annual events looking bigger than ever. Plus we welcome new festivals, new venues and more gigs to our ever-growing city.
Before we tell you all about what’s on store take a look at our highlights from 2019.
In 2020 the likes of LIMF, Fusion, River of Light and Mersey River Festival are expected to return and Southport will celebrate it’s Borough of Culture Year in style with tonnes of events expected to be announced.
There will be new exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, new stores expected to be opened in Liverpool ONE and new restaurants and hotels will pop up across the city.
Here’s what we know so far about 2020 in Liverpool…
Chinese New Year
Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe so of course we celebrate Chinese New Year in style. This year is the year of the rat and events will take place across the weekend of Saturday 25 January.
Restaurants like Lu Ban in Cains Brewery Village and Chamber 36 are expected to get in on the action, and you can follow Culture Liverpool for all of the announcements as they happen.
LightNight literally lights up Liverpool with a host of free cultural events for all of the family. Take yourself on a cultural crawl of Liverpool City Centre and experience more than 100 dazzling displays, talks, live music shows, art installations, dance routines, workshops and more.
This years events take place on Friday 15 May and the theme is ‘Home’.
Keep up to date on the LightNight website with Open Culture here.
PINS Social Club
There will be a brand new way to party in Liverpool in 2020 as PINS Social Club opens on Duke Street. This place is huge and full of high quality, high energy social experiences.
A hub of bowling, classic table games and live entertainment, all built around a first-class hospitality experience, PINS takes socialising back to the good old days, when a night out wasn’t just a few drinks at the bar, but a real event.
PINS is expected to open in January and you can follow the team on Facebook here.
Liverpool Comic Con
Liverpool Comic Con 2020 will be the biggest comic convention the city, and the North West has ever seen. A-listers you can expect to meet include Hollywood superstars Elijah Wood and Mickey Rourke, Saved By The Bell’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Sabrina the Teenage Witch star, Mellisa Joan Hart and American Pie’s Tara Reid.
Expect more movie memorabilia, gaming hubs and cosplay than ever before too.
You can book your tickets now through Ticketquarter here.
Grand National 2020
The Randox Health Grand National 2020 will take place on Saturday 4 April with the festival kicking off at Aintree Racecourse on Thursday 2nd and of course, Ladies Day on Friday 3rd.
Get set for three thrilling days of racing right here in our city as over 600 million people watch at home around the world.
Book your tickets for the Grand National Festival 2020 here.
Let's Rock Liverpool
It has a new home and an even bigger retro lineup in 2020. Let’s Rock Liverpool will take place on Saturday 25 July at Wavertree Playing Fields (the Mystery).
The lineup is incredible and will transport you straight back to the 80’s with the likes of Wet Wet Wet, Adam Ant, ABC, Kim Wilde, Bellinda Carlisle, Peter Hook, Sister Sledge, Kim Wilde, Pete Wylie and more.
Exhibitions a' plenty
From exploring the private photography collection of Linda McCartney at the Walker to taking yourself back into Liverpool’s rich transport history at the Museum of Liverpool, there really is something for everyone at our museums in 2020.
The fascinating world of artificial intelligence comes to World Museum in a new AI exhibition from July and Merseyside Maritime Museum will open a stunning new gallery in spring which explores the moving and fascinating stories of Liverpool’s seafarers and passengers, the Life on board.
Get all the info on what’s on at National Museums Liverpool in 2020 here.
Our Royal Albert Dock Liverpool is becoming a real foodie destination and in 2020 the bar will be raised even higher as the Barrie Brothers bring us Lerpwl.
Recognising the personal links the brothers share between Liverpool and North Wales, having grown up in Liverpool and launched their renowned restaurant the Marram Grass in Anglesey, Lerpwl fittingly translates as the Welsh name for the city.
The restaurant will accommodate 45-seated downstairs with an impressive bar for those who fancy a pre-dinner cocktail or a glass of wine.
Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash-hit musical is coming to the Liverpool Empire Theatre next year from Tuesday 14 July 2020.
The smash-hit show follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s a long way from their home in Salt Lake City.
Everything you need to know and ticket details here.
After a year-long hiatus, the UK’s award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican culture returns to the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool on 12/ 13 June 2020.
Since its inception in 2016, Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae has established itself as one of the country’s most exciting and eclectic reggae festivals, playing host to internationally renowned bands, legendary sound systems and selectors and some of the brightest new talent.
This festival just keeps on getting BIGGER. The UK’s largest old-skool dance event will take place at Sherdley Park in St Helens on 12 September 2020 with six big top dance arenas and over 15o DJ’s and dance acts.
Already the likes of Snap, D:Ream, Sybil, 2 Unlimited and Vengaboys have played. We can’t wait to see who is on the 2020 lineup!
Book your tickets now on Ticketquarter.
Sound City 2020
Liverpool’s iconic Sound City, the UK’s leading independent festival and industry conference for emerging music, arts and discovery, returns to the Baltic Triangle for its 13th year from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 May 2020.
Already on the lineup are Pale Waves, The Blinders, Tim Burgess, Stealing Sheep, The Lottery Winners and Liverpool’s Jamie Webster.
Book your tickets here before it’s a sell out.
It will be a sad weekend in April as we bid a final farewell to Liverpool’s grassroots festival of music and art, Threshold. One thing is for sure though the Baltic Triangle mini-festival will go out with a bang!
For eight successive years, the event has brought together a diverse wealth of artists, musicians, promoters, academics and enthusiasts to The Baltic Triangle and 2020 will be no different. Threshold takes place on 3/4 April.
Just up the road in Cheshire you can join the biggest dance festival in the UK for another epic four day party. The biggest drum and bass band on the planet, Pendulum have already been announced as a headliner, and joining them will be Liverpool lads, Camelphat who are expected to play a breathtaking home coming set.
Creamfields returns to Daresbury in Cheshire on 27th – 30th August 2020, full line up to be announced.
Book your tickets for Creamfields here.
Stars and Legends at M&S Bank Arena
The M&S Bank Arena Liverpool is gearing up for a huge 2020 with the likes of The Script, McFly, Disney On Ice, Rick Astley, The Who, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abott, 5SOS and more taking to the stage.
And a pair of legends are thrown in to the mix too with Diana Ross playing the venue on Wednesday 1 July and Sir Elton John saying farewell on 13/14th November.
Book your tickets for all of the above now on Ticketquarter.
So buckle up and hold on tight as 2020 is set to be a big one for Liverpool, and of course keep it with us as we bring you all of the action as it happens!