More acts have been added to the LIMF 2022 lineup


The already packed schedule of the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) has expanded with over 60 acts added to the line-up.

Taking place from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July, the festival is getting a facelift in 2022 as a multi-site city center event with the aim of boosting Liverpool’s music sector which has suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tickets are already on sale for artists such as UB40 ft Ali Campbell, De La Soul and Heather Small, with two of the concerts – The Zutons and Girls Don’t Sync – already sold out.

The organizers have now announced that there is even more to enjoy, including a Back to watch event celebrating Liverpool‘s legendary 70s soul and R&B nightclub by legendary DJ Les Spaine and American rock band We are scientists will perform at the Arts Club Liverpool.

With a focus on making music as accessible as possible, many of the new LIMF additions are completely FREE. These include:

  • A set at The Merchant with DJ Greg Wilson who is considered one of the most important figures in the British dance scene.
  • A special nod to the impact of the festival’s talent development program with The LIMF Academy Presents… which will see Academy talent showcased at the Kazimier Stockroom throughout the weekend. Expect performances from the current cohort and some alumni making special appearances including Jalen Ngonda, IAmKyami, Amber Jay, Ni Maxine and many more.
  • Always do the right thing – LIMF partners with BOLD and Liverpool John Moores University to deepen the relationship between music, art, fashion and activism using Spike Lee do the right thing as a stimulant. Creative responses will be on display and panel discussions will take place on Saturday. Sunday will see the live element of the program with performances at the District by the hip-hop duo Children of Zeus, Grammy-winning jazz duo Blue Lab Beats and emerging reggae-soul artist, Aleighcia Scott among others.
  • Dark Nights Trail – A tour around Liverpool 8 to explore and find out why most people in the African Diaspora chose to party closer to home on weekends back then, and the role these clubs had on the local community and the wider Liverpool music scene. It is led by poet, author, musician and presenter Curtis Watt.
  • DJ sets at the Bombed Out Church in the afternoon and early evening on Sundays offer a variety of musical genres for all tastes. It is hosted by Sisu which is dedicated to showcasing women and non-binary DJs and Keep it cryptic who are the masters of secret dance parties. The musical program with star DJs from both teams.

Venues include M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Bombed Out (St Luke’s) Church, Invisible Wind Factory, 24 Kitchen Street, District, Arts Club Liverpool, Camp and Furnace, The Merchant, Kazimier Stockroom, LJMU John Lennon Art & Design Building, Ettie’s and Chapters of Us.

In addition to scheduling concerts at venues, the LIMF team has also supported a number of promoters across the city to enable them to stage their own events as part of LIMF 2022, adding more to the offering for music lovers during the weekend. Some of these shows including EVOL presents… We are scientists plus support for Arts Club Liverpool, and A jazz event courtesy of The Wombat at Etties.

Liverpool Cabinet Member for Culture and the Visitor Economy, Councilor Harry Doyle, said:

“Music lovers are truly spoiled for choice with LIMF’s programming! There’s so much going on in a weekend and I’m glad to see there are so many free events.

“LIMF’s ethos has always been to make live music as accessible as possible and so ticket prices are always kept low. Although this is a venue-based event this year, we are sticking to this ethos and at the same time ensuring that we attract much-needed attendance to venues – large and small – who have been hit so hard by the pandemic.

“It’s going to be a great weekend and with two of the events already sold out, I urge people to get their tickets as soon as possible.”

LIMF Curator Yaw Owusu said:

“LIMF programming has been very rewarding this year and we have received excellent support from our venues who are excited about the economic boost they will receive from being part of the LIMF team.

“It’s also great to be supporting the city’s music promoters with a dedicated fund to help them organize events under the LIMF banner – it feels like we’re making a conscious and concerted effort to inject renewed energy into our musical ecosystem.

“As always, it’s a diverse LIMF lineup with so many musical genres highlighted over the three days, so there really is something for everyone. I’m really proud of how this year has turned out and it’s great to bring live music back to the city on such an impressive scale again.

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Ni Maxine of The Wombat, who is partnering with LIMF to host A Jazz Happening, said:

“For so long we have wanted to create a space in Liverpool for jazz artists to come together and collaborate and be fairly paid for their contributions and this would not be possible without the generous support of the Liverpool International Music Festival. We look forward to to be able to contribute to the wonderful offer of the LIMF 2022!

Ticket prices vary by venue, with prices ranging from just £5 to £35 plus booking fee. Some events will be free but tickets are still required for many of them. #LIMF2022

For details on the lineup to date and to qualify for Early Bird tickets, visit the LIMF website here.

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