Over 60 new acts for Liverpool International Music Festival

UK: Liverpool International Music Festival has announced that its 2016 edition will comprise three different programmes: LIMF Presents, the award-winning LIMF Academy and Europe’s largest free music event, LIMF Summer Jam. Last year LIMF attracted over 160,000 music lovers, helping to cement Liverpool’s reputation as a must-visit destination.

Across these interconnected programmes, LIMF has added another 60 acts to its line-up. Joining the LIMF Summer Jam line-up will be Wretch 32, WSTRN, Clean Cut Kid, Craig Charles, Stealing Sheep, The Vyrll Society, Adele Roberts (BBC Radio 1), Greg Wilson, Ady Suleiman, the 20 acts that make up the LIMF Academy Class of 2016, and the brand new LIMFxLaces Out! stage that features a selection of hip hop DJs.

Highlighting the festival’s continued dedication to celebrating its musical pedigree and ever-evolving contemporary music culture will be the LIMF Presents series – seven artistically directed projects exploring the theme of ‘Re-Definition’, focusing on the music and movements that have redefined and are redefining popular music and culture. ‘From The Soul’, presented by Gilles Peterson, will look at the evolution of British Soul over the past 30 years and will feature performances by Incognito, Omar, Carleen Anderson, Ady Suleiman, Swindle, Thris Tian, and Peterson himself.

Liverpool based house music export Yousef musically directs ‘House Nation’, a celebration of the international sounds of house music, with a line-up that includes Dennis Ferrer (Objektivity, NYC) from New York, Reboot from Frankfurt, HECTOR – VATOS LOCOS from Mexico City and rising luminary Lewis Boardman. Celebrating past and present of Liverpool music’s counter-culture is ’76-16: From Eric’s To Evol’ which will see live performances from the Buzzcocks, Pete Wylie, CLINIC and many more. BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Seani B directs a collaborative piece that sees British Reggae artists explore the redefining sounds of UK Reggae with ‘Roots, Rock, Reggae’. Performers include Christopher Ellis, Carroll Thompson, Sweetie Irie and Kiko Bun. Whilst the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be taking over Sefton Park on Friday evening with a spectacular performance of music from the movies, and orchestral versions of some of the most defining songs that came from the city with the most enviable musical output. Expect hits taken from Cilla Black to The Beatles to Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

LIMF Summer Jam is free to enter, taking place in Sefton Park from July 22 – 24. The LIMF Presents shows will take place in iconic venues across the city between July 21 – 23.

Yaw Owusu, LIMF Music Curator, commented: “I believe every year we continue to improve on our artistic ambition and articulation. 2016’s programme showcases this better than ever. We are celebrating the fact that our city loves music – whether it’s diverse, cultural, new or well-known. With a programme full of outdoor concerts, club nights, intimate showcases and exclusive after shows, we are authentically spanning the true breadth of musical genres and cultures. This is our USP and what makes LIMF inherently different from any other festival – reflecting this city’s true and ever-changing musical DNA. At LIMF 2016, we very much plan to provide Liverpool residents and the festival’s growing national and international visitors, an experience they will never forget.”

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