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21 things for your May Day Bank Holiday Weekend in Liverpool


The start of May means there’s another Bank Holiday to look forward to, just as we were still on a bit of a high from the Easter four-dayer.

If you’ve got the Monday off and you’re planning to make the most of the weekend, here are 21 things to do in and around Liverpool …

The Smithdown Weekender

Smithdown Weekender

If you want a weekend packed with live music, you need to head to Smithdown Road because the Smithdown Weekender is taking over four venues over four days plus there’s a pop-up beer garden on the Mystery too on Saturday and Sunday. The Handyman and Black Cat will have the main stages, Frank’s and The Beeswing will have smaller stages and Defend Vinyl is doing an in-store acoustic session on Saturday from 2pm. 

Get more info here. 

Sound City

The Lathums

Sound City is back and celebrating its 15th anniversary with a massive line-up of artists on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing some incredible music talent. The main stage is now at Arts Club on Seel Street, and you can also catch Sound City gigs at Zanzibar, The Jacaranda, EBGBS, Jimmy’s, Arts Club Loft, Shipping Forecast and Kazimier stockroom. 

Get more info here. 

Dua Lipa plays M&S Bank Arena

After two previous dates had to be postponed, pop sensation Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia tour finally makes it to Liverpool this Friday. Expect a fantastic show at the Arena and all the hits off her debut and follow-up albums including New Rules, One Kiss, Don’t Start Now and Cold Heart.

Get more info here. 

Liverpool Disco Festival

Photo credit Hannah Metcalfe

LDF9 comes to Camp and Furnace this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, with a stunning line-up including the legendary Incognito performing a 90-minute set, Dimitri from Paris, Kings of Tomorrow featuring Julie McKnight, the LDF orchestra performing disco and soulful house classics, and loads more amazing artists and DJs.

Get more info here.

The Bus Yard launch party at Cains Brewery Village


The Bus Yard open-topped double decker is coming back to the Baltic from this Friday and it’s planning a party from 7pm at Cains to celebrate with entertainment and live music, cocktails, and street food from its new resident trader, SMF, fulfilling all your fried chicken needs and more.

Get more info here.

Get your game on at Roxy Ball Room

A big Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to get out and challenge your mates to a few games, with drinks on the side. Roxy Ball Room’s got crazy pool, beer pong, shuffleboard, ping pong and if the weather’s decent you can get up on the rooftop at Hanover Street with cocktails and a slice and fries.

Get more info here.

Waterloo Beer Festival

Waterloo Beer Festival

Craft drinks lovers can celebrate the return of Waterloo Beer Festival with three days at Old Christ Church in Waterloo. On from Friday to Sunday, there’ll be around 100 different types of ale and cider from UK microbreweries, plus boutique gins, spirits, wine and prosecco, live music and Peninsular Pies.

Get more info here.

Spring Break Weekender at PINS


Why should Americans have all the Spring Break fun? Get over to PINS on Duke Street from Friday to Monday for a Spring Break Weekender done Liverpool style with live bands on the roof, DJs, a BBQ menu and beer pong. And tequila, definitely lots of tequila.

Get more info here.

The Good Market at GPO in the Metquarter

The Good Market, which showcases lots of fabulous local creatives and makers, is back at GPO in the Metquarter on Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. Support our indies, get some great buys, food and drink, there’ll be a DJ on all afternoon and it’s free admission.

Get more info here.

The Untold Orchestra celebrate Radiohead at Camp and Furnace on Friday

Camp and Furnace - Untold Orchestra

Fans of Radiohead are in for an absolute treat on Friday because the amazing Untold Orchestra have got another one of their regular dates at Camp and Furnace, and this time it’s Radiohead classics getting an orchestral reworking with special guest singers.

Get more info here.

80s Live at M&S Bank Arena

Double denim and Ray-Bans out because it’s the ultimate 80s night at the Arena on Friday, with all the hits of all the icons like Wham, Culture Club, Madonna, The Human League and Duran Duran. Live band Electric Dreams will be playing dozens of back-to-back classics in what’s going to be a huge 80s party night.

Get more info here.

DJ Sarah Story of Radio One plays The Merchant on Sunday

The Merchant’s always a brilliant place to be when the sun’s out, and especially this weekend because on Sunday Radio One’s Future Dance presenter Sarah Story, who did a massive set at Creamfields, will be there DJing from 10pm.

Get more info here.

Tres Gatsby Drag Show

For an unforgettable night of 1920s glitz and glamour, get to Tres on Temple Court this Saturday for the Gatsby Drag Show and Party. It’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up for cocktails, and entertainment including acrobats and Charleston dancers.

Get more info here.

ParrJazz returns to Ma Boyle’s

If you fancy some live jazz with your Bank Holiday then Ma Boyle’s has got it – sit out on the gorgeous terrace while the sun’s out then head inside for drinks and some of Ma’s famous homemade food while you listen to jazz on from 8.30pm.

Get more info here.

Anton Powers plays Liberté’s Bank Holiday rooftop party

Summer’s coming which means it’s outdoors drinks season and time to get up on the roof again – Spectrum’s all-day rooftop party is happening at Liberté on Brunswick Street this Sunday from 3pm til 10pm with a big line-up of DJs including Anton, Kieran Gilfoyle, Andy Mac and Danny Black.

Get more info here.

Experience one of the best pubs in the city, The Railway

For a proper traditional pub experience, which includes a warm welcome and great grub, head to The Railway on Tithebarn Street. As well as real ales and a decent range of gins, they do a really tasty three-course roast on Sundays from 12pm, proper scouse and handmade Pieminister pies.

Get more info here.

For food:

Tapas at the new So Salsa on Castle Street

If you’ve already discovered the fabulous tapas at So Salsa in Crosby then the very good news is they’re now on Castle Street too, at the old Maluco site. It’s a family-run restaurant specialising in tapas dishes from around the world, not just Spain, and as well as the small plates the desserts, like the stuffed churros and Biscoff cheesecake, are incredible.

Get more info here.

Tasty food including Sunday roast at River North

This Weekend In Liverpool

For cocktails and a beautiful roast this Sunday, give River North on Berry Street a try. Take your pick from salt-aged roast beef sirloin, lamb or a nut roast, all served with Yorkshire puds, roasties and seasonal veg, then maybe go for a couple of their signature spritzes on the side.

Get more info here.

Try the new Hollywood inspired menu at Six By Nico

Hooray for Hollywood, because that’s the latest menu theme from the team at Six By Nico on North John Street. Ditch the popcorn and go for a six-course tasting menu inspired by some big screen classics and icons, like The Godfather and Pulp Fiction. On from April 27 until June 5.

Get more info here.

Dockside dining at Maray

When the weather’s nice there aren’t too many better places to sit out and eat in Liverpool than at Maray at the Albert Dock. See if you can bag yourself one of the dockside booths over the weekend and let the disco cauli make your Bank Holiday perfection.

Get more info here.

New Korean Love Kimchi launches at GPO in Metquarter

Treat yourself to some delicious Korean dishes from GPO’s latest food trader – Love Kimchi. They’ve already got loads of fans from Smithdown, now you can get your fluffy bao bun fix in town too, and don’t forget GPO is really family and dog friendly.

Get more info here.

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