Fun in the Sun, at Liverpool
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THOUSANDS of people descended on the
Pier Head this weekend for the Liverpool Loves Festival with an estimated
audience of over 45,000 people having fun in the sun and enjoying a range of
activities and entertainment for all the family.
The festival officially launched with over 500 delegates attending Liverpool
Loves Business at Crowne Plaza, Liverpool City Centre, on Thursday, 4 August
2016, for a series of seminars around marketing your business and reaching new
customers; with speakers from Google, Non-conform Design Agency and Liverpool
City Region Enterprise Hub to name a few.
There were keynote speeches from local business leaders from MSB
Solicitors, New Moon Co, Leather Satchel Company and more about how they have
built successful businesses; as well as networking, free business advice
sessions and more. Finally, the Bigger Pitcher competition in association with
Spark Up saw over 16 local entrepreneurs battle it out for up to £5000 worth of
cash prizes and business support.
Friday saw over 400 guests attend Liverpool Loves Merseybeat for a night of
swinging 60s music headlined by Beryl Marsden and accompanied by legendary
artists of the era including Billy Kinsley, Ray Ennis and Brian
The pinnacle of the weekend took place at the heart of Liverpool’s UNESCO World
Heritage waterfront site in front of the Three Graces, with five live music
stages hosting an astounding array of local talent including the Tea Street
Band, The Hummingbirds, Greg Wilson and much more. Over 70 bands and local
artists performed on the day.
The morning began with 300 partygoers raving their way into the
day, from 8am, with Morning Gloryville. As crowds built during the early
afternoon, The BBC Radio Merseyside and The Guide Liverpool main stage hosted up
to 10,000 revellers, as well as stages by:- The Rider, Liverpool SoulFest,
Liverpool Disco Festival and Merseyrail Soundstation drawing large audiences of
people young and old.
Other attractions included performers from local international communities on
the Culturebox stage, kids’ cookery with The Fun Food Chef, a large array of
fairground rides, dragon dances and much much more. The wellbeing programme
injected something unique and different with gong baths, Tai Chi, meditation,
massages and treatments, yoga, laughing yoga and more. Over 300 businesses were
represented at the event this year and over 45 local organisations contributed
to the event.
Festival organisers Orb CIC have already received lots of
positive feedback about the festival this year and Festival Director, Josh Boyd
said:- “We are still beaming with excitement after the weekend. It was a
really fantastic event and something so different to what’s already on offer in
the City’s amazing event programme; our team feel that we have created a
valuable asset to the local visitor economy. And it’s now time for us to crunch
the numbers on exactly how that shaped up; but we’ve now awarded over £135,000
worth of contracts to local businesses since the inception of this concept in
2014. We have demonstrated that Liverpool Loves can work to benefit local
independent businesses and serves as a platform to generate a positive impact
for local communities. Our festival has been so well supported again this year;
and we would like to thank the amazing local businesses such as Total Control AV
Sound, and Lighting, Non-conform Design Agency and Bill Elms Associates for
their continued support and for doing such a fantastic job on the event. As well
as our fantastic team at Orb CIC and not forgetting the great people of this
City for joining us again this year."
So what’s next for The People’s Festival? Josh added:- "We’re going
to be running more events throughout the year and there will be more news to
come on this soon. Due to our success this year we would also like to confirm
that the festival will return in summer 2017."
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