Published: 16 June 2017

Three music festivals taking place in Liverpool

Wesli at Africa Oye 2016 (Photo by Mark McNulty)

In a city renowned for its musical heritage, you would expect nothing less from Liverpool but an abundance of first-class festivals.

We’ve rounded up a handful of some of the city’s best music events below.

Got a favourite Liverpool festival that didn’t make our list for 2017? Tweet us your suggestion.

IMAGE: Wesli at Africa Oye 2016 (Photo by Mark McNulty)


Africa Oyé – June

This year marks Africa Oyé’s 25th birthday. To celebrate, a number of top acts will be taking to Africa Oyé’s stage, including: Mookoomba, Dobet Gnahoré, Dizzy Mandjeku and Odemba OK Allstars, Jupiter and Okwess International and Bonga.

Taking place annually in Sefton Park, Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture. The festival kicks off this weekend, running across Saturday, 17 June and Sunday, 18 June.

Liverpool International Music Festival – July

From Gorgon City to Corinne Bailey Rae, Liverpool International Music Festival – AKA LIMF – has a lot to offer across both their free LIMF Summer Jam event and their ticketed LIMF Presents event.

Remember The Times is the theme of the 2017 festival and to honour that theme the organisers plan to showcase genre-shaping moments across hip-hop, pop and house. The ticketed and free events are both taking place between Thursday, 20 July and Sunday 23, July.


Liverpool Music Week – October/November

Liverpool Music Week was awarded the Best Metropolitan Festival Award by UK Festival Awards back in 2016, having attracted big name acts, such as John Carpenter, Warpaint and Dinosaur Jr. Full details of the event have not yet been released. However, the event is set to take place between Friday, 27 October and Saturday, 4 November at venues across the city.

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