Liverpool International Music Festival
Pier Head & Sefton Park, Liverpool
added: 27 Aug 2013
// gig date: 27 Aug 2013
reviewer: Alex Butler
The Liverpool International Music Festival is a 35-day festival taking place in various locations across the city including Pier Head and Sefton Park.
Curated by the fantastic Yaw Owusu, LIMF hoped to celebrate greatness, discover the new and inspire the next; and that it certainly did. We attended LIMF event's Turn Up the Radio last Saturday and Party at the Pier and the World Music Stage at Sefton Park on Sunday. The festival was not only very well organised with the sun shining bright on the city but unbelievably, it was also completely free to attend!
Turn Up the Radio at Pier Head on Saturday was boy band heaven as The Vamps, Union J and JLS performed to a crowd of screaming girls, (would you believe?!). Many fans made their way to the front hours before the festival even began to get the best view of their favourite pop stars. Other acts on the day included RnB singer Charlie Brown, Diana Vickers, Stooshe and girl band of the moment Little Mix.
With all eyes on Perrie Edwards' left hand the girls performed their songs including 'Wings' and 'DNA' as well as a medley of songs from their favorite girl bands including TLC and Destiny's Child. It was a top performance from Little Mix and great to see their growth since their X Factor days.
Headlining Turn up the Radio was the JLS boys who had girls crying and sobbing in the crowd when they reminded us it was one of their last ever performances since announcing their split recently. They made sure they gave fans a top-notch performance of their hits including 'Beat Again' and 'Hottest Girl in the World' which no doubt placated some of their die-hard fans.
On Sunday, we headed over to Sefton Park to catch singer Kof light up the World Music Stage and for a change of scenery as the atmosphere was certainly different to the pop-infused Pier Head we'd come from yesterday! Aimed more at 'grown-ups' and families, Sefton Park was relaxed with plenty of activities on offer for everyone to enjoy. Kof was incredible as his soulful voice reached out to everyone in the park and from the look on everyone's faces, including our own, we all thoroughly enjoyed his smooth performance.
Back over to Pier Head for Party on the Pier we switched back into pop mode for The Saturdays who dressed in bright, bold colours for their performance. They gave an energetic and fun set, wrapping up a great weekend for pop lovers in the audience.
The festival perfectly combined pop music at Pier Head and classical and world music over at Sefton Park with the organisation spot on at both locations and at all events we attended. Organisers should be proud of LIMF as it really did bring international music together in an amazing city for a wide variety of people to hear and see!
Check out our interviews with the Union J boys, the lovely Stooshe girls and singer Kof below...
The festival continues until 22nd September so to find out more about LIMF head over to www.LIMFestival.com
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