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Liverpool is set to get loud with these 10 LightNight live music performances

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By The Guide Liverpool

Liverpool is set to get loud with these 10 LightNight live music performances

The city streets will come alive with a unique soundtrack combining voices and instruments from around the world.

Drums, violins, saxophones, guitars, pianos and voices will make up the soundtrack to LightNight on Friday 17th May 2019. There’s more than 100 different events to check out with the majority involving music or song in some way. Bring your dancing shoes and prepare to open you eyes, ears and mind to the possibilities of music.

With lots of family friendly events, get the kinds involved with getting to grips with instruments – even the little ones can bust some moves. Who can resist when the Batala Drummers get into full swing?

Here’s ten musical events happening at LightNight 2019…

1 – Organ Recital: Liverpool Cathedral


Have you ever heard the organ playing at Liverpool Cathedral? It’s an experience you can feel in your bones. Hear Professor Ian Tracey play the UK’s largest pipe organ on LightNight from 6:15. More info here. 

2 – Ancestral Voices: LJMU John Foster Chapel

The LJMU John Foster Chapel is hosting a musical experience like no other. Visitors are invited to lie down, listen and feel pioneering harmonic scales which represent the nine planets in our solar system. Super cool this one. More here.

3 – Wicker Woman: Blackburne House


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Split into three parts, The Wicker Woman ritual takes place at Blackburne House and from 7pm until 8:30pm is family friendly. Performers from Bring The Fire and the famous Brazilica drummers bring this sensational show to life. Find out more here. 

4 – The Great British Baraat: Church Street

the Bombay Baja Brass Band bring Indian wedding vibes to Church Street on LightNight at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Expect to hear rousing performances of jazz, Bhangra and classical music – and you’re invited to go with the groove and dance along. More info here. 

More: Kids will love these hands-on activites at LightNight 2019

5 – Southport Strings: Liverpool Central Library


Liverpool Central Library is usually a place of quiet contemplation, but this LightNight it will come alive with the sounds of Southport Springs who will perform folk music from around Europe. Performances at 6:30pm and 8pm. More here. 

6 – The Invisible Choir: Liverpool Cathedral

The Lady Chapel at Liverpool Cathedral hosts AD Infinitum: The Invisible Choir on LightNight. Performing tracks from David Bowie, The Beach Boys, gospel hymns and more, this is an atmospheric concert not to be missed. Info here. 

7 – Permutations: RIBA North


RIBA North, Mann Island invites you to walk through different chambers to experience an 18 minute long composition of violins. Each chamber provides a different combination of 6 pieces and explore a new work of music each time. More here. 

8 -Rhythms of the Candomble Orixas: Museum of Liverpool

The newly opened steps of the Museum of Liverpool is the stage for a spectacular dusk drumming performance from Batala Mersey. Get there before 9pm to watch a spiritual performance of more than 30 drummers bringing Afro-Brazilian beats to the waterfront. More here. 

More: These 11 iconic Liverpool buildings open their doors for LightNight

9 – Liverpool Samba School: Church Street


The shops may be closed but the atmosphere will be jumping on Church street between 9am and 10pm as Liverpool Samba school channel the festival vibes of Rio, Mardi Gras and Carnival in their energetic, contagious live performance. Bring your dancing shoes. More here. 

10 – Opera Viva: Blackburne House

Merseyside’s leading operative company, Opera Viva will be performing beautiful renditions of classic opera in English at Blackburne House from 5pm on LightNight. With big, bright costumes and lighting, this is one for all the family to enjoy. More here. 

To plan your LightNight 2019 experience and see which Liverpool buildings are opening their doors after dark, head to for all the listing information.

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