Liverpool International Music Festival line-up announced

March 26, 2015 10:02 AM

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) will return for a third year with Basement Jaxx, Labrinth, Echo & The Bunnymen with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Laura Mvula.

The festival, billed as a celebration of music of all cultural diversities on a worldwide scale, nods to the city's music heritage.

Taking place across Liverpool from 27 to 31 August 2015, LIMF will explore deeper topics in music based on the theme ‘Music Migrations’ through four specially produced commissions including Routes Jukebox led by Grammy winning producer Steve Levine and BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long with esteemed Liverpool video documenter Mark McNulty, exploring the cultural impact of music from the Americas; as well as The Revolution will be Live: A Tribute to Gil Scott Heron curated by Malik Al Nasir and Rich McGinnis and featuring veteran rapper Yasiin Bey a.k.a. Mos Def.

Socially significant partnerships will also take place throughout LIMF such as The Bluebird at The Bluecoat, a song-writing collaboration between Liverpool and Nashville.

Alongside the LIMF Academy, the week will culminate in a plethora of the biggest names in music to perform at LIMF Summer Jam, a three-day free outdoor bank holiday extravaganza on Sefton Park.

Headliners such as Basement Jaxx, Labrinth and local heroes Echo & the Bunnymen performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will sit alongside hot talents such as Katy B, Naughty Boy, Laura Mvula, Becky Hill and more for an unforgettable end to the summer season.

LIMF curator, Yaw Owusu said: “I’m very happy to be presenting the LIMF 2015 programme which I feel is equally parts diverse, dynamic and exciting. With sincerity, I believe this is our strongest programme so far and really is a testament to our desire to be a leader in this field whilst constantly reflecting the evolving relationship this City has with music, creativity and culture.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, added: The 2015 LIMF line-up is testament to the success of this event after just two years. The number of high calibre, diverse acts is staggering and I'm positive the Summer Jam element in Sefton Park is unrivalled anywhere else in Europe what other city stages household-name music acts and up and coming talent in the beautiful surroundings of a Grade I park and all for free?

This is a festival that feels fresh and exciting and shines a spotlight on Liverpool's music credentials. Without a doubt, Liverpool is the place to be this August bank holiday and I'm sure for many, it will be the highlight of the summer.

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