5 of the Best Summer Events in Liverpool
By Danielle Williams on May 1st, 2015
For students studying in Liverpool, rarely a day goes by without an event, attraction, gig or exhibition serving to distract you from your desk and entice you outside. Luckily, with summer right around the corner and most courses drawing to a close, there’ll be plenty of time to soak up what this colourful, vibrant city has to offer.
Check out these five summer events that are bound to keep you busy over the coming months and provide a welcome break from studying.
For those who just can’t get enough of the Famous Four, the annual International Beatleweek is approaching quickly. Avid fans of the group will be able to attend gigs and exhibitions that celebrate their history and story, as well as listen to guest speakers talk about how the band play electric guitar and take a tour of the city’s most iconic Beatle-related landmarks. There’ll also be tons of exclusive merchandise to get one’s hands on.
Beatleweek runs from August 26th to September 1st. Download a full brochure or buy tickets from cavernclub.org.
On Friday May 15th from 4pm, over 100 local organisations will take part in keeping Liverpool’s city centre illuminated with a dazzling array of evening entertainment. Beginning with a procession through Liverpool’s most profound hotspots and public spaces, attendees will be led via a trail of light projections, street performances, exhibitions and interactive workshops.
Over 50 locations will keep their doors open late to accommodate the fun and games, including St George’s Hall, FACT cinema, The Bluecoat, Liverpool Central Library and the Liverpool Cathedral – just a ten minute walk from our student accommodation at The Arch.
Liverpool Sound City has come to be one of the city’s biggest music events of the year, showcasing a small number of emerging bands and artists playing their drum kits, whilst featuring huge names too. This year’s line up is a beauty, with the Vaccines, Flaming Lips, Cribs, Belle & Sebastian, and Everything Everything all topping the bill.
Sound City takes place between 22nd and 24th May. A full weekend wristband which entitles you to three days’ worth of sterling music is available from for £65 from liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk.
The NW Food Lover’s Festival is a celebration of all things food, with over 150 food and drink exhibitors and suppliers filling Stanley Park with their culinary delights. The festival features many celebrity chefs, including Channel 4’s Simon Rimmer, and there are also cooking classes, activities and plenty of demonstrations to help you soak up some foodie knowledge.
The Food Lover’s Festival takes place between 3rd and 5th July. Find more information at nwfoodloversfestival.co.uk.
The UK’s leading festival in African and Caribbean music, Africa Oye is back for 2015 with another momentous roundup of culture and talent. Expect massive African artists and bands, combined with exquisitely authentic Caribbean foods , coconut water cocktails and (hopefully) plenty of sunshine. There are also plenty of activities for the family, such as dance workshops, face painting, and arts, craft and fashion stalls that all pay homage to the continent’s exotic vibrancy.
Africa Oya takes place 20th-21st June at Sefton Park, and entry is complete free.