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Events and festivals

Thinking of going to Liverpool to attend an event? It’s no wonder. The city has a year-round calendar full to bursting with big sporting occasions, music festivals and shows. There’s always something going on, and it’s a great way to delve into local culture, too. And while you may need to buy tickets months in advance for events like the Grand National, some (like the Liverpool International Music festival) are free– great if you happen to be in town on a city break. 


Standing for Liverpool International Music Festival, LIMF is held in Sefton Park in the summer. It replaced the city’s annual Mathew Street festival and has grown to become Europe’s biggest free music event. Featuring some top international artists alongside up-and-coming homegrown talent, there are food stalls and bars aplenty, or you can just take a picnic if you prefer. But don’t forget the kids because there’s a dedicated family zone, too.

Liverpool Sound City

One of the UK’s largest independent music festivals, Sound City is held in Bramley Moore Dock in the heart of the Waterfront area. Hundreds of bands perform here over the course of the two-day festival, but it’s not all about the music – there’s also arts, culture and entertainment, too. The venue is two miles from the city centre but there are shuttle buses if you don’t fancy the walk. It’s good to arrive hungry though, as top restaurants have food stalls here.

Looking for a hotel in Liverpool?

Liverpool is one of England’s most cosmopolitan cities and was the 2008 European capital of culture. Whether you’re passing through, looking for heritage, pop culture and entertainment, checking out the universities, or planning a weekend break, there are plenty of reasons to book a  hotel room in Liverpool. And with quaint fishing villages and market towns on its doorstep, there's so much to see and do in the surrounding area of Merseyside