LIMF 2017 – Nextfest Preview
Liverpool International Music Festival returns this year for its fifth birthday and brings one of its strongest programmes yet to the city’s stunning Sefton Park. With stages dotted around the location, from forests to fields, to the iconic Sefton Palmhouse, numerous areas have been adapted to accommodate the overflowing roster.
You can catch the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae, Gorgon City, and So Solid Crew over the four-day festival, but what recommendations do your good friends here at Nextfest have to offer?
Well, there are plenty! On Friday, at 6:45, we suggest you head over to the Bandstand stage, which has been expertly curated by the guys at Liverpool’s Mellowtone Records. Doing so means you’ll be able to catch Nick Ellis, one of the city’s most thought-provoking singer songwriters.
Ellis manages to weave a spectacular yarn with each and every one of his self-penned songs, telling tales of life, love, and loss on the streets of Liverpool, and backing up his impressive song writing skills with an emotive vocal delivery and musicianship.
We also recommend checking out another local legend, Circus Recordings’ Yousef. Anyone who knows the dance scene in Liverpool will understand how pivotal Yousef has been in making the scene what it is. Founder of the seminal Circus brand, which acts as a club night and record label, the scouse DJ has well and truly cemented his position at the top of the Liverpool dance music scene.
Yousef‘s most recent release was a special Crisis remix of his track Strange Girl, produced exclusively for a charity compilation, House for the Homeless. You can catch him DJing in the Sefton Palmhouse, for Circus Year One, which offers a look back at where it all began for the brand.
Yousef will be joined by Claude Vonstroke, Lewis Boardman, and Josh Wink.
For some soothing, soulful vibes, you want to be checking out a bit of aforementioned Corinne Bailey Rae. The Leeds born guitarist and singer-songwriter debuted her eponymous first album at no.1; no mean feat, as she was only the fourth act in British chart history to be able to make such a claim.
With instantly recognisable hits such as Like a Star and Put Your Records On, and three studio albums under her belt, you can be sure that the songstress’ performance will be eagerly awaited with baited breath.
There are loads of great acts to catch over the duration of the weekend. Head over to our LIMF page for more information.