The first acts have been announced for the 5th Liverpool International Music Festival which takes place between Thursday 20th and Sunday 23rd July 2017 at multiple venues across the city, with three strands to the Festival - the 'LIMF Summer Jam' at Sefton Park, a series of ticketed events 'LIMF Presents' and the award-winning 'LIMF Academy'.
Summer Jam on Sunday will headlined by Cast, performing a set of old and new, plus acclaimed singer song writer Corinne Bailey Rae, singer JP Cooper, Kate Nash, rising star Louis Berry, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, So Solid Crew, MJ Cole, Fuse ODG, Tieks, Logan Sama, as well as locals including Hooton Tennis Club, The Tea Street Band, and Xamvolo.
Also for the Summer Jam are The Christians, Shola Ama, Donae'o, Sinead Hartnett, The Sugarmen, Youngr, Taya, Jane Weaver, Veyu, Dusky Grey, Artful Dodger, Sticky, DJ Target, Manny Norte, Seani B, Ras Kwame, WideAwake, Diztortion, DJ Edu, Siobhan Bell, James Hype, Elijah & Skilliam, Andy Mac, DJ Zeke, DJ 2kind, No Fakin, Spykatcha, and DJ Muvelo.
Yaw Owusu, LIMF Music Curator, said: "LIMF has been on an awesome journey since 2013; from being a new kid on the block to being an exciting, established and unique festival proposition for any music lover from across the UK and beyond. This year, our fifth, we have attempted to give you our most cohesive, yet characteristically diverse programme yet, which reflects our continued ambition, passion and desire to always step up. In 2017 we are celebrating a milestone - not just for us, but also for Liverpool generally as it celebrates 50 summers of great music and culture. LIMF is also celebrating amazing periods of extraordinary music, from across various genres, all of which have had a positive impact on our city's culture and its creatives. With one eye looking back and one eye looking forward, we celebrate and Remember The Times!"
The LIMF Presents programme is inspired by the city's Summer of Love theme and represented with five themed events and performances. These are 'Good Times with Norman Jay MBE', 'Garage Classical, presented by DJ Spoony', 'Circus Year One' with Liverpool born founder Yousef, 'Reminisce: 90s R&B with Trevor Nelson' and 'No Sleep with DJ Stretch Armstrong'. The LIMF Presents programme will take place Sefton Park Palm House between 20th-23rd July with tickets starting at £13.20, with 'Garage Classical' free to attend as part of LIMF Summer Jam's Friday evening offer.
The award winning LIMF Academy will once again offer unsigned and emerging Merseyside music talent the opportunity to be showcased at LIMF Summer Jam and join a year round programme of exclusive masterclasses and workshops. The most exceptional three of the twenty-five artists and bands chosen will be offered a place on the Elite Talent Development Programme which has seen its previous artists get picked up by major label and leading management companies, as well as achieve national and international radio support. Applications open on 6th April.
Tickets are on sale. Please see the ticket page for event details and prices.
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