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Second LIMF 'jam packed with music'

150 live acts this weekend - but no Pete Wylie

Published on August 19th 2014.

Second LIMF 'jam packed with music'

THIS bank holiday weekend will see more than 150 live acts, from 20 countries turn Liverpool’s Sefton Park into the free music mecca of the North West.

'Liverpool is the place to be for music lovers this August'

The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) has already kicked off with a sell-out MTV gig at Camp and Furnace which saw chart-toppers Ella Eyre, Jess Glynne and Becky Hill perform in an intimate gig which will be featured on MTV later this year.

But the council-run event, now in its second year, has not been without its froth already.

Pete Wylie has pulled out of a LIMF event with the exciting promise of a "full live set from Boy George" this Thursday. The "part time rock star, full time legend" said his protest was in response to library closures and to Mayor Joe Anderson's announcement that the council would not be sacking security company G4S, which has contracts with the Israeli government,  from its role patrolling LIMF at Sefton Park this weekend. See panel below.

But the show goes on. Assembly Point Sessions conducted by Grammy award winning producer Steve Levine, takes place at St George's Hall and includes Bernard Butler, Tim Burgess, Hollie Cook Mark King and, of course, BG.


Jess Glynne performs

Highlights of each day:

Friday (22 August) – Event opens at 6pm – 9.30pm

Performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting at 7.30pm, they will be joined by Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds. This concert will be hosted and broadcast by Classic FM.

Saturday (23 August) – Noon-6pm

Central Stage tribute bands. All you Need is Love (The Beatles), Rocks Off (Rolling Stones) and Who’s Next (The Who) are some of the acts taking to the stage

Throughout the rest of the park Stylo G, Bird, Jus Now, Science of the Lamps and Swindle. Sophia Ben-Yousef, who scooped the title of LIMF One to Watch in 2013, also takes to the bandstand.

In the evening the Palm House will house ‘You Are Here’ which brings together musicians from the UK, France and Russia. £5 tickets can be bought on the LIMF website.

Sunday (24 August) – Noon -6pm

Central Stage: Shaggy, Kid Creole, Goldie and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Robbo Ranx.

Throughout the rest of the park: Vancouver Sleep Clinic, By the Sea, Taylor Fowlis, Full Crate x Mar and Kate Tempest among others.

Monday (25 August) – Noon -7pm

Juice FM will bring a pop edge to Central Stage. DJ Fresh will headline with what he describes as ‘future jungle’. Foxes will play tracks from her top 5 album, electro-girl group Neon Jungle, Lemar, The Hoosiers and local favourites Tea Street Band will perform. There will also be a special homecoming for Grammy nominated artist Marsha Ambrosius.

The It’s Liverpool Stage takes on the ‘legends’ mantle. Expect The Farm, John Power, Clinic and Ian Prowse and Amsterdam. On the International Emerging Sounds Stage Rustie and Evian Christ will perform.


LIMF Music Curator, Yaw Owusu, said: “We’ve already had a fantastic start to this year’s LIMF with the success of MTV and there’s a huge amount of anticipation around the events still to come.

“It’s clichéd but there really will be something for everyone. It’s safe to say, Liverpool is the place to be for music lovers this August.”

Full information on everything LIMF related can be found at www.limfestival.com or follow @limfestival on Twitter or Liverpool International Music Festival on Facebook.

The site also includes a Festival Rules section which advises festival-goers that glass of any kind is not allowed on site, along with other items including barbecues, air horns and fireworks.

The FAQ section also advises there is no parking available around the park, and visitors should use public transport. Good luck with that.

Wah! is over: That Pete Wylie statement

Pete WyliePete Wylie"Further to recent revelations about Liverpool Council's decision to continue with the security contract with G4S, combined with their destructive stance on the city's vital library service I am withdrawing my involvement from this year's Liverpool International Music Festival.

"I cannot condone or work with a Council that sees fit to engage with G4S, a company allegedly complicit in Israeli human rights abuses. The Council has been given an opportunity to make a positive stance and to end its association with the security company and no sufficient reason has been given not to take this opportunity.

"As a musician and artist I absolutely condemn the proposed closures of 11 of Liverpool's 18 libraries. This is a move that is in direct opposition to the ethos of a creative festival, and I cannot subscribe to the utter hyprocrisy that all is well and thriving in a city that sees fit to destroy the essential educational, social and cultural service that the libraries provide. Liverpool Council's desire to show a positive public image conflicts absolutely with the policies it adopts at grass roots level, which show no regard for the actual fundamental needs of the city."

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

limf glandAugust 20th 2014.

The 32-page brochure for the LIMF was obviously written or edited by someone who had no access to libraries going by the number of spelling mistakes.

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John BradleyAugust 20th 2014.

For a minor 1 hit wonder Wylie is full of himself.

Jay SilverheelsAugust 20th 2014.

Him speak truth

John DaviesAugust 21st 2014.

Well done Pete Wylie - a principled stand

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

Who is Pete Wylie? He looks really old!

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John BradleyAugust 20th 2014.

He wrote this paradigm shifting, earth moving, seminal, anthemic, cultural masterpiece, which has burnt it way into the late 20th century zeitgeist, like no other tune. It can be viewed in several way firstly as a complex critic of the Tory(blue) government of the time or as pop ditty that can set the welkin ringing, with its complex and many laid production. Viewed from a Maxists prospective it is either a bourgeois jewel on the gilded cage of the some public school educated record mogul. Feeding their form of opium to the people, whilst at the same time diverting any talents that do arise to the use of the paternalistic capitalist oligarchy. In it's form, we can see the genesis of concepts like X factor which would seek to divert the masses toward a baubled falsehood idea of success and creativity. It's use of electronic instruments is a demonstration that on the one hand the "creatives" wish to have nothing to do with the dirty, grubby work of science and technology, but will, on the other, hypocritical subdue it to their use, while vilifying its creators and creation. It serves to cement the hegemony of the trite and superficial, whilst claiming to have depth. www.youtube.com/watch…

John DaviesAugust 21st 2014.

If I understand this wordy and garbled piece, you are saying that to be radical and use electric instruments at the same time is hypocritical? Electric music is bourgois? This is just radical posturing. This is just nutty. And it can lead to worse. Mao and Pol Pot destroyed metal cutlery and books as bourgois. Folkies Steeleye Span had the same nonsense thrown at them back in the seventies when they went electric.

John BradleyAugust 21st 2014.

I think it is safe to say that you don't understand it.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

Pete Wylie was one of the Crucial Three with Julian Cope and Ian McCulloch. Like a lot of post-punk he attracts adoration and makes people want to cut their own ears off in equal measure. If you are interested in Liverpool post-punk (Echo & The Bunnymen, Big In Japan, Teardrop Explodes, The Icicle Works, etc.) you do have to listen to Pete Wylie. I think he is a legend but make your own mind up.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

Pete Wylie is always throwing his teddies out of the cot. He did this in Capital of Culture year and then he flounced out of the Hillsborough Justice recording at the last minute. It would have been more of a surprise if he had turned up for this schtick

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

Maybe he's had a bit of a tiff with the Farm over something or other? Not many people remember him, so he's got more publicity by not playing really!

AnonymousSeptember 28th 2014.

I wasnt particularly a fan of his music..some people love him..however after seeing that he has principles and decided to speak out against the council...I think he's great!...most people either can't be arsed..are too scared or get contracts /work from the council that is very well paid. This has in turn given publicity to him and made more people take notice of the council's corruption.. wake up and smell the coffee...or perhaps the grass..enjoy it while you can as no patch of green or listed building is safe while Joe and his cronies have carte blanche on the city

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