Under the eye of curator Yaw Owusu, Liverpool’s International Music Festival has dug its claws into the city in a big way. Replacing the dogged Mathew St Festival, LIMF’s slowly and surely becoming one of the most eclectic and exciting music fests in the city’s calendar. 2016’s lineup has just been announced and it’s actually well good. The best thing? The vast majority of it is totally free. Hooray.

Heading up the live element, sultry jazz-pop soulstress Lianna La Havas, big-voiced electronica hero Kwabs and local heroes The Wombats all play, alongside drum ‘n’ bass chart botherers Sigma and garage legend Ms Dynamite. There’s a bunch of great local acts too, including SevenStreets favourite Natalie McCool and Dave McCabe’s psych-y new Ramifications band.

LIMF’s commissions (we did one a couple of years ago!) are still going strong, too. World music aficiando Gilles Peterson curates an evening of exploring soul’s history and impact, featuring a live band and some of British soul’s legendary names. Yousef explores house music’s history via a trip to four cities, culminating in a party at the Palm House.

Elsewhere, there’s a root through Liverpool’s indie and punk history in ‘Eric’s To Evol’, a reimagining of Liverpool’s (many) chart number ones with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a celebration of British reggae with some of its most legendary heroes.

Basically: brilliant. See you there.

Liverpool International Music Festival
21 – 24 July, Various venues

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