This year’s mighty LIMF line-up has just got stronger with a host of names released for the Routes Jukebox event, as well as two huge live collaborations on the It’s Liverpool stage, Getintothis’ Patrick Clarke reveals.
With Echo and the Bunnymen, Basement Jaxx and Labrinth heading up the bill and a swathe of Liverpool’s finest including Hooton Tennis Club, Holy Thursday and Esa Shields all in line for sets this August Bank Holiday weekend, this year’s Liverpool International Music Festival line-up is already their strongest to date.
Yet spoilt for choice as we are thus far, the festival has now announced a new raft of names to play both the Epstein Theatre‘s Routes Jukebox event, and a pair of unique collaborations to take place on the It’s Liverpool stage in Sefton Park.
Routes Jukebox, part of the festival’s Music Migrations themed commissions, is to be directed by Grammy Award winning producer Steve Levine and presented by BBC Radio 2‘s Janice Long. The live show on Friday August 28 will retrace the key influencing records that came to Liverpool from the U.S. after the Second World War and their inspiration on the likes of Merseybeat, doo wop and rock n’ roll.
The night will feature Special Guests (to be announced on August 2), along with local favourites The Farm, Chris Difford of Squeeze, critically acclaimed R&B artist Terri Walker, reggae artist Christopher Ellis, as well as local up-and-comers Natalie McCool, The Hummingbirds and the LIMF Academy‘s Jalen Ngonda.
An all-star backing band for the evening will feature the likes of Steve White (The Style Council), Martyn Campbell (The Lightning Seeds, Richard Ashcroft) and Richard Naiff (The Waterboys).
Elsewhere on the It’s Liverpool Stage at the LIMF Summer Jam, two unique collaborative shows have been announced for Sunday August 30 and Monday 31 respectively.
Sunday will see a celebration of the women who have been at the centre of Liverpool’s rich music scene throughout the decades entitled Herstory, and will feature an all-female house band and the Sense of Sound Singers.
A series of featured artists will also appear, including Natalie McCool, Sense of Sound founder and Killerfernandez singer Jennifer John, Siobhan Maher Kennedy, formerly of River City People and Jayne Casey, performing a mixture of ‘carefully selected’ covers and original material.
Monday’s collaboration will be Loveless ft. Esco Williams,an exclusive joint performance from two of Liverpool’s most acclaimed new artists. Alt-poppers Loveless, who were on Getintothis’ list of Liverpool’s Ones to Watch at the beginning of the year, have since gone on to impress at every turn, while Esco Williams has spent 2015 between Los Angeles, Stockholm and London both writing and lending his lauded production work to MiC LOWRY and other international artists.
Full listings for this year’s LIMF and tickets for Routes Jukebox can be found at www.limfestival.com/