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Weekly Edition - Published  28 July 2016

 

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.LIMF 2016.
Part 1 of our coverage
Photos by Patrick Trollope

THIS yearís Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is a withering shadow of what the Mathew Street Festival but sadly, gone are the days when we could afford to run such big events like that. Also with recent world events taking place, putting on such big events runs even higher risks than the likes of the Mathew Street Festival did in the past. Saying that we cannot knock LIMF too hard, as it might be far smaller and it might not have the international appeal and draw that the Matthew Street Festival had, this is still a free music event, which is provided yearly for locals, and the few tourists who find it. The event is now in its 4th year, in Sefton Park, but is sadly still struggling to attract attention from non-locals. Most people we met at the event were from South or North Liverpool, making it a fantastic event for local adults and kids, but to say ĎInternationalí might be a push. Itís not often we are negative about a Liverpool event, but other issues, like not putting the correct date on the website, have not helped. The weather also was not the best, as with previous years, thus dampening what could be an even more fantastic event. But the biggest problem for LIMF is its location. It is a fantastic park, but travel to and from it, for non locals, is a headache, with lack of sign posting from the City Centre, lack of parking and no easy transport links, combining to make it hard for non locals to visit. One idea that has been suggested a few years on the run, is to have a shuttle bus service from the railway station and also a park and ride system. This could be done, like the system used for Light Nights, or up the road in Southport, for the Southport Flower Festival. Other issues which have been raised over the last few years similarly seem not to have been acted on. We could be wrong, but unlike most Liverpool events, this event seems to have not progressed. We have to say that itís amazing that a free show is being put on, as not many places would do an event like that for nothing, but the economic value of an event like this is lost, when held at a location like this, without ways to feed those visiting in to the local businesses, An attribute that the Mathew Street Festival was well known for. Once again, we found the main stage very off putting, with the most interesting acts and most enjoyable performances taking place on the band stand and on the Itís Liverpool stage. Those locations, along with the side events for young children, were fantastic and really enjoyable. The academy stage and the silent disco were also fantastic, but the Red Bull DJ vehicle was hard to appreciate, as it was located within an area that had competing sound from the Itís Liverpool Stage and the Main Stage. This could have been a very nice feature for one of the other locations to have had. In summary, we do not want to knock the event, as it is still well attending, but more thought needs to go into it, as itís just not reaching its potential. These small issues in our view, both behind the scenes, and in sight and sound, do need addressing. 4 years on, this event still has the potential to be really amazing, as all the other Liverpool events tend to be... but alas, this just misses that Liverpool sparkle. Well done to all who took part and put the considerable efforts into putting the event on. This year the stewards were again exceptionally helpful and friendly, as too were the stage staff and Liverpool Councilís internal PR staff. Letís hope you get more backing for the future, as we keep stressing, with a few changes, this event could be one of the best events music festivals for Liverpool this century and might even dwarf Mathew Street! These are some of the photographs we took at this yearís event. Please let us know what you thought of it, via emailing our newsroom to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com and let us know your thoughts....

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