Under the watchful eye of curator Yaw Owusu, LIMF has announced its first slew of artists for this year’s Sefton Park-based festival. And it’s pretty damn good.

Headlining the free event are UK dance legends Basement Jaxx, with the likes of Laura Mvula, Katy B, Labrinth, Rae Morris, Echo and the Bunnymen (with the Philharmonic Orchestra – sounds lush), Scouse funk veterans The Real Thing, local upstarts Hooton Tennis Club and more all set to appear across the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Like last year, there’s also some one-off ticketed commissions (we did one last year, remember?). Roots Jukebox sees local snapper, and SevenStreets collaborator, Mark McNulty team up with legendary producer Steve Levine and Radio 2’s Janice Long to explore the influential blues and soul records that passed through our port in the 50s, having an impact on Liverpool (and the world’s) music forever. Mos Def, Aswad and Craig Charles are also set to appear at a unique tribute to the late poet and activist Gil Scott Heron, hosted at St George’s Hall, and featuring an appearance by Nelson Mandela’s grandson. You wouldn’t get that at Creamfields, would you.

Like last year, the programme’s set to be fleshed out even more over the coming months, but it’s a strong start for the event – which has, rather swiftly, become a summer must-do. Remember the Mathew Street Festival? Nope, us neither.

Liverpool International Music Festival
28 – 31 August 2015
Various venues across the city

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