Festivals, gigs, comedy – we’ve lined up 25 of the best events heading your way between. Scroll down, take a look and get planning your best summer in Liverpool yet.
Back for its 27th annual celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture, Africa Oye always brings the heat to Sefton Park. The two-day festival takes place on 22nd-23rd June and is free to attend. Live music, amazing food, bars and workshops to check out. Info here.
Laces Out Trainer Festival continues to be a hugely popular event in the city. Taking place at Invisible Wind Factory on Saturday 22nd June, you can check out shed loads of rare, discontinued, revamped and iconic trainies, leisure wear and guest speakers from the industry all under one roof. Tickets here.
Right listen, we know Bongo’s Bingo is moving to its brand new home, Content, Stanhope St and opening the second week of August. We also know all 8, Friday and Saturday dates throughout the month are already sold out. However, if you can somehow get a ticket for any of these dates, you’ll have won the summer. Simple as that. Join every waiting list possible and pray to Slutty Suzie! More on the move here.
Can’t afford a ticket for SUNcéBeat Festival Croatia this summer? Fear not, Constellations Garden is hosting the Liverpool Disco Festival Summer Garden Party on Saturday 6th July 2019 to give you all the summer vibes without having to ring home for your passport. Tickets start at £14 and the likes of John Morales, James Morgan and Fish Go Deep take to the decks. More info here.
We love a good freebie in Liverpool and this annual event is the perfect excuse to wear that horrendous Hawaiian shift from freshers again. Brazilica Carnival Parade sweeps the city on Saturday 13th July so why not head out early, pick a pub or bar along the route (Hannah’s Bar, McKenzie’s, anywhere on Bold Street) and get into the carnival spirit? More info here.
Sefton Park will again play host to some of the biggest names in dance music on Friday 19th July 2019. Cream Classical in the Park brings the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Faithless, Roger Sanchez, Tall Paul, Seb Fontaine, Sonique and more for an all dayer of epic proportions. Tickets are just £22 plus booking fee and are available here.
Pretty simple concept this one. Slater Street bar and garden, The Merchant celebrates International Drake Day on 29th June 2019. It’s basically Drake all day and all night and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Get to Nightcrawler Pizza next door for lush slices too. Info here.
This is it! The city’s biggest, loudest two-day festival returns to Sefton Park on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019 and the line up is off the scale. For just £11 (per day) you can see the likes of SIGMA, Ella Eyre, Maverick Sabre, MK-22, Anton Powers, De La Soul, Disco Classical with special guest Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, SG Lewis, NAO and more than 50 others perform live in park. Get your tickets here.
P!NK brings her highly anticipated Beautiful Trauma World Tour to Anfield Stadium on Tuesday 25th June, the first time she’s performed live in the UK since she headlined V Festival back in 2017. After Take That rocked Anfield earlier in June, we’re expecting big things from the ‘Get The Party Started’ hit maker. Some tickets still available here.
You’re invited to Come As You Are as LCR Pride celebrates and promotes the regions LGBTQ+ community. With a whole host of events taking place throughout the year, its all eyes on Liverpool city centre on Saturday 27th July when March With Pride kicks off from St George’s Hall. All the event details are here.
Jacaranda Phase ONE, Seel Street hosts the No-Wave Music Quiz: 00’s Indie Special on Monday 1st July and it’s going to be a banger. Get your skinny jeans and converse on to be in with a chance of winning cash prizes for best dressed and top indie nerd. It’s only £2 entry. Details here.
Green Day’s explosive rock musical, American Idiot returns to mark its 10th anniversary on stage. Liverpool Playhouse will welcome X Factor’s Luke Friend, Tom Milner and Sam Lavery as Whatsername as three mates who search for meaning of the world post 9/11, with the lyrics of Billie Joe Armstrong. Tickets here.
The inaugural Soul in R-District Summer Soul All Dayer 2019 takes place on 14th July 2019 and brings all the mini summer festival vibes you need. The event kicks off at 2pm and goes through until 7pm outside in Yard and then moves over into District and goes through til 1am. Get your weetabix down you ahead of 11 hours of classic and modern soul, soulful house, disco, jazz funk and more. Tickets here.
Whatever your plans for August bank holiday weekend, cancel them and get to Creamfields. Returning to Daresbury from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August 2019, Creamfields has announced a seriously heavyweight line up including the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Tiësto, Adam Beyer, Cirez D, The Chemical Brothers, Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, and Above & Beyond to name just a few of the 300+ artists spread across 30 arenas. If you do one thing during your summer in Liverpool, make it this. Tickets here.
There’s free entry to the biggest Hippy Trippy Summer Spectacle at Hangar 34 on Saturday 27th July. Expect a carnival of kaleidoscopic adventures with secret headline DJ’s, confetti blasts, glitter showers and hippy props plus dance, house and tech all night long. The summer of love is on. Info here.
If techno is your thing, this is the gig of the summer for you. Get down to 24 Kitchen Street at the Baltic for Dense & Pika Summer Block Party on Saturday 10th August. Two hours in the yard followed by 2 more in the warehouse, dance yourself stupid. Info here.
Bring the sassy to Camp & Furnace on Saturday 24th August for the ultimate mash up of feel good, female power anthems kicks off. Beyoncé V Sasha Fierce brings naughty girls, baby boys, independent women and single ladies to the Baltic for another sell-out versus party. Hair flipping, thigh-high wearing dance routines guaranteed. Tickets here.
Revered Manchester House and Tech DJ Jimmy Switch returns to North Shore Troudabour, Carton Street. This time he’s part of a 12 hour party with a special one-off disco set on the terrace. Early bird day and night tickets are still just £11.25 inc booking fee. Get yours here.
Liverpool’s luxury rooftop bar, Liberté is hosting an epic evening of all things Love Island for the final on Monday 29th July. Alongside a screening of the live final there’s also a Love Island quiz, canapes and cocktails and special guests. More info and tickets here.
Fancy a bit of a giggle this summer? Course you do. Head to the M&S Bank Arena on 30th June to hear James Acaster explain the weird and wonderful reason his current UK tour is called Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999. Tickets and more info here.
The self proclaimed clown in a gown and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio brings her UK tour to Liverpool Empire on 1st September 2019. Expect hilarious tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life on the most ambitious solo drag show tour in history. It’s Jester Joke. Tickets here.
Everyone knows that the 2018 Queen biopic, has to be seen on the big screen and if you missed your chance at the cinema, we’ve got you covered. Head to Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 3rd August 2019 from 7pm to see Bohemian Rhapsody on a huge, outdoor screen under the stars. Food and drink stalls will also be available. Grab a blanket and get ready to rock! Tickets here.
Fusion Festival returns to the city on 31st August and 1st September but now in its new home, Sefton Park. The line-up is first class as usual and features Rudimental, Dizzie Rascal, Little Mix, John Newman, Anne-Marie, Sigala, Clean Bandit and more. Check out Fusion Presents featuring Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand and more here too.
Summer and gin go hand in hand don’t they, so why not raise a glass to the city at the Bombed Out Church? Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August are all about the G&T as the third annual Gin Party returns to this iconic venue. Grab your free glass on entry and sample up to 25 different boutique gins with live music and tasty snacks on offer too. Tickets here.
The Shankly Hotel rooftop brings the Balearic heat to Liverpool on 31st August for an all dayer of big beats. Join DJ’s from Ocean Beach, Ibiza Rocks, Cream, Manumission & Garlands plus live sax on the terrace from 3pm til late. Lee Butler leads the line up for the Liverpool Classics main room from 5pm, alongside DJ’s from 051, Buzz Club, State, Sunrise, Aquarium & Society. Over 21’s only, tickets here.
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