Festivals

A round-up of the best festivals in Liverpool

Liverpool is a thriving and cosmopolitan city and its culture is stepped in music, arts and heritage. So much so, it won European City of Culture 2008 – that’s quite an accomplishment!

We won’t bore you with a history lesson on it though, we’ll get to the point: all this culture means a hell of a lot of festivals and events that would be criminal to miss if you’re in the city. In fact, many of our stag and hen parties in Liverpool plan their weekends to tie in with the best festivals and events.

So here’s our line-up of the best festivals and events you’ll want to get to.

15 to 25 October 2015 – Liverpool Irish Festival

If you’ve ever been to Liverpool, you’ll know that there’s a large Irish population.  So if you’d like to get a taste for Irish traditional and modern culture, there’s modern and classic Irish music and performances to take in, as well as arts, food and drink.

www.liverpoolirishfestival.com

liverpool irish festival

image source: Liverpool Echo

7 to 9 April 2016 – Crabbies Grand National

Need we say anymore? As soon as the tickets go on sale we are inundated with enquiries from stag and hen parties looking to enjoy a day out at one of the most anticipated racing events just outside Liverpool.

www.thecrabbiesgrandnational.co.uk

grand national

image courtesy of: grandnational.org.uk

Word of warning: If you try to book city centre accommodation directly with hotels after the events have been announced then you are generally looking in the region of £200pp for a 2 night stay over this weekend (that’s if there is any accommodation left). We do try to book accommodation in Liverpool city centre prior to the dates being released and so it is worthwhile getting in touch ASAP after as we can usually offer more competitive prices.

27 to 29 May 2016 – Sound City

If you love your music and discovering breakthrough acts then you need to get yourself down to Sound City. In the past, you would have been lucky enough to see the likes of Bastille, The 1975, Royal Blood and Clean Bandit before they hit the big-time. Testament to how revered this festival is, it’s been nominated for the best UK metropolitan festival 5 years running.

liverpool sound city crowd

image: radiox.co.uk

www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

June 2016 (TBC), Sefton Park – Africa Oye (2015 dates – 19 to 20 June)

A free festival celebrating the best of African music, with street stalls selling food and drink, arts and crafts, clothes and accessories from Africa, the Caribbean and beyond.

african oye liverpool

image via: demotix.com

www.africaoye.com

July 2016 (TBC), City Centre  – Brazilica Festival

This is Liverpool’s answer to Notting Hill Carnival, with Brazilian with parades, music, arts, sports, dance and film celebrating Brazilian culture. We LOVE this event and it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss if you’re on your stag or hen party in Liverpool that weekend. (Personally, we’d plan a trip around the dates, it’s that much fun!)

brazilica festival liverpool

image via: carnifest.com

To find out more about what to expect, why not check out our blog on the Brazilica Festival 2014 or check out their website?

1 August 2015 – Liverpool Pride

Another event that needs no introduction. We all know the fun and festivities that come with Gay Pride and Liverpool is set to provide this once more in 2016. It usually takes place the first weekend in August, although the dates and schedule are yet to be confirmed, so keep an eye out on their website:

Liverpool Pride Crowd

image via: liverpolecho.co.uk

www.liverpoolpride.co.uk

Warning: this is another festival like The Grand National, where accommodation issues can arise. Get in touch and we can see if we can help.

24 August to 31 August 2016 – International Beatleweek 2016

As you’d expect from such a title, this festival celebrates the music of Liverpool’s most famous pop band. Yet it’s not solely focused on The Beatles, with bands performing from all over the world too.

If you’re a Beatles fan then this event is a must!

the beatles

image via: www.beatles-tours.com

www.cavernclub.org/beatleweek/

25 to 29 August 2015 – LIMF

This free music festival takes place every year, centered around the last bank holiday in August. Formerly The Mathew Street Festival, this celebration of global music takes place in venues all across the city.

It usually attracts some really big names – last year saw the likes of Labrinth and Basement Jaxx headlining  – so it’s definitely a festival to check out.

liverpool LIMF

image: liverpoolexpress.co.uk

For more info on what happened last year, head to our blog on LIMF 2014 and check out their website: www.limfestival.com

Keep an eye out on their website to check out the line-up too:

Warning: this is another festival like The Grand National, where accommodation issues can arise. Get in touch and we can see if we can help.

September 2016, Sefton Park – Liverpool Food and Drink Festival – (2015 dates – 19 and 20 September)

Food and drink lovers flock to this event, where Liverpool’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, and regional food producers showcase their food at Sefton Park. As well as delicious food to try, there are cooking demonstrations and masterclasses with top chefs.

Adding to the festival guide, there’s also live music and fringe events happening in bars and restaurants across the city.

liverpool food and drink festival

image from: larklaneguide.com

www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

If you want to tie on your stag or hen party in Liverpool to one of these events get in touch early to ensure you don’t miss out (especially for The Gran National,  Liverpool Pride and LIMF).