There’s music on the streets of Liverpool every minute of every day. From enthusiastic buskers to scarily accurate Beatles tribute acts; from gifted students at Paul McCartney’s LIPA to ambitious gigging musicians, Liverpool life is set to a soundtrack.
Walk into any pub on a Sunday afternoon and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was Saturday night. Live artists practise their craft day in and day out in this music mad city; there’s always an audience. And that audience is often dressed to impress because life is short, so you might as well live it like it’s a party. Plus, if you decide to take to the stage yourself, at least you’ll be ready. You wouldn’t be the first.
Liverpool doesn’t really choreograph flash mob performances. It doesn’t need to. The dancing just happens along with the singing. All the time. Anywhere and everywhere.
Sometimes, music takes over completely (we like to make the most of a free Monday off work). This May Bank Holiday weekend sees the Liverpool Sound City Festival take place, while later in the year, the ultimate city wide gig will be happening. Showing off a new look and injected with a new lease of life since 2013, the Liverpool International Music Festival in August is a don’t-miss event.
It’s evolved into an exciting and culturally diverse weekend that includes performances by the likes of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as home grown, local bands. All on top of some obligatory Beatles homage. You might struggle to get a hotel if you don’t book early, but worry not! The impromptu stuff going on all year round can be just as fun.
You probably already know plenty about Liverpool’s musical heritage, The Beatles have an influence that continues to ripple through today’s music . And although the Fab Four are undoubtedly the main chapter in our city’s song book, they’re not the whole story by any means.
What you need to know is this:
If you don’t take life too seriously and you don’t mind mingling with locals who’ll have adopted you as their own by the end of the day (or night); if you bob along (or sing along) to music of any kind whenever you hear it and if you’re happy to put your plans in the bin and just go where a good time takes you, then you need to go to Liverpool.
You might see the ultimate Neil Diamond sing-along happen on a Liverpool night bus or you could crash a wedding and end up jumping joyfully in unison with several generations of the same family to the sound of Human by The Killers (for the record – I never crashed that wedding; I was the bride).
This is a city where life’s the party and we never bothered to make a guest list. We were too busy giving a song.
Have you been to Liverpool? would you like to go? Let me know in the comments!