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Issue:- 11 July 2013

Bands – stand out from the crowd!

LOCAL musicians are being encouraged to showcase their talent and be part of Liverpool's newest music festival.  The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) will host 3 bandstand stages; located in Sefton Park, Stanley Park and Williamson Square. Bands, soloists and choirs of all ages and genres are being asked to put themselves forward and wow audiences with their talent.

The LIMF Bandstand Festival will start on the weekend of 13July to 14 July 2013, to coincide with 'Our Big Gig' which is a UK-wide celebration of community music. From that date, performances will take place every weekend from 25 July until 8 September 2013.

To see the 13 July to 14 July's line-up, or if anyone is interested in taking to the stage visit for full details.

Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "This is a really integral element of the overall LIMF event as we want to make sure we provide a platform for local talent.  Previous bandstand events in the City centre have proved to be hugely popular with both musicians and local businesses all benefiting from this activity.

It will be wonderful to see two of our park bandstands being made the most of throughout the summer; green spaces and live music is a great combination, and, fingers crossed, if we can add some sunshine on to the mix it will be the perfect day out!"

Headline performers across the 3 bandstands on the weekend of the 13 July to 14 July 2013 are KOF, Natalie McCool and MiC Lowry. And it's not just musicians who are being asked to get involved. Artists and art organisations are invited to use the bandstands to highlight their work and raise their profile in the City.

There will also be various workshops taking place ranging from dance to drumming to singing lessons which will be a fun way of interacting with the audience, giving them a chance to try out a new skill; and maybe discover some future stars!

The Take Part workshop performances on the opening weekend will be led by Sense of Sound, BrazUKa and Jamie Broad.

Sense of Sound will invite the audience to join an exciting singing experience, creating an uplifting and harmonious sound. BrazUKa will bring a spectacular cultural clash, encouraging people to pick up a drum or get up and dance to the beat. Jamie Broad will bring his great talent and years of experience in creating hip hop lyrics and challenge the audience to make their own.

Williamson Square has previously played host to a bandstand, commissioned by City Central BID, which represents 630 businesses in the retail heart of the City centre. It generated a 34 per cent increase in footfall to the square.

Tracey Crosbie, Events Manager for City Central BID, said:- "The Big Gig is a great way to kick off the Liverpool International Music Festival as it puts the spotlight on local talent.  We're delighted the Liverpool Bandstand in Williamson Square is going to help showcase the current music scene and we will be looking to develop that further throughout August.''

Other great performances can be expected from the likes of Bolshy, Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra, Dominic Dunn, Neil Campbell and Hot Club of Knotty Ash with many more exciting and diverse to enjoy.

Yaw Owusu, LIMF's Music Curator, said:- "The bandstand festival brings a real balance to LIMF which is so important. At one end of the spectrum we have a huge celebration of pop music with the latest chart toppers performing and then at the other, the audience can experience a much more intimate gig as music is stripped back to its acoustic roots. The ethos of LIMF is to celebrate the new, and the bandstand element achieves this; it's going to be exciting to see local talented musicians being part of this inaugural event and showcasing their skills to a new audience."

The LIMF Bandstand Festival is commissioned by Liverpool City Council and co-ordinated by Open Culture who aim to engage members of the public with art and culture. The LIMF Bandstand is part of Joe Anderson's, Mayor of Liverpool, strategy to animate parks.

The Our Big Gig weekend of music has been programmed by Liverpool City Council, Open Culture in association with Futurejack (F.A.M.E.) and ME (Anita Welsh), ME will be hosting the Sefton and Stanley Park Bandstands over the weekend of 13 July 2013 and 14 July 2013.  For full listings of Our Big Gig visit:-

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