LIMF organisers reveal latest set of artists including raft of rising stars and Merseyside favourites.
Liverpool International Music Festival have added more than 30 artists from all over the world to join their Sefton Park free festival on August 29-31.
Joining the bill, which will be headlined by Basement Jaxx, Labrinth and Echo & the Bunnymen with Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, are rising soul star Elli Ingram, vocalist Zak Abel, blues songwriter JP Cooper and BBC Sound Of 2015 nominee Sunset Sons.
Also on the bill are the cream of Merseyside’s new talent for the much-loved itsLiverpool stage with acid-house instrumental rock outfit Tea Street Band joined by folk-pop balladeers Silent Sleep and cosmic hip hop artist Blue Saint.
For the third year running, LIMF organisers have teamed up with Liverpool music magazine Bido Lito! and Getintothis to select the its Liverpool line up with further additions in the shape of GIT Award 2015 nominee Esa Shields, rising psychedelic band Holy Thursday, propulsive rock trio Barberos and spectral folk quintet She Drew The Gun.
In what is now Europe’s biggest free music event, the LIMF Central Stage sees Juice FM DJs Anton Powers, Ian Longo and Liam Hincks joined by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and Capital Xtra’s Ras Kwame. An aftershow on the Saturday evening sees Yousef bring Liverpool’s iconic Circus night to the fore with a host of DJs also planned.
As part of LIMF’s investment in youngsters, new for 2015 is SA to UK: Arts & Activism – a project which will see Liverpool soul-singer and GIT Award 2015 nominee Roxanne Jones and rapper Merki Waters travel to South Africa to perform and collaborate with popular singer-songwriter Tresor and jazz vocalist Ncebakazi Yeko.
Working with Liverpool producer KOF, the young artists will create and release an EP themed around activism, struggle and identity before performing the catalogue for the first time as part of LIMF 2015.
LIMF Curator, Yaw Owusu said: “I am very pleased to announce the next stage of the LIMF 2015 programme which adds depth to what I believe is our best festival programme so far.
“It has been a pleasure working alongside our various artistic friends such as Steve Levine, Bido Lito!, Getintothis, Mellowtone and Circus to further strengthen the offer. Don’t forget we still do have more to announce!“
Characteristic of LIMF’s previous years a set of unique commissions are also lined up including Liverpool photographer Mark McNulty‘s Routes Jukebox which explores links between music from the States and Liverpool. Legendary hip hop artist Mos Def pays tribute to Gil Scott Heron in The Revolution Will Be Live.
Liverpool, Next Stop New York sees Greg Wilson and Liverpool hip hop crew No Fakin team up while Global Roots Mixtape will see DJs from around the world produce a relay mix live for NTS Radio.
For the full programme and to buy tickets visit www.limfestival.com