WHATS ON: Music on the Waterfront | Pier Head | 5-7 June 2015

Music-on-the-WaterfrontThe full line-up has been revealed for this year’s FREE musical extravaganza Music on the Waterfront event in partnership with Albert Dock Liverpool. The music marathon is part of the International Mersey River Festival and will take place from the evening of Friday 5th June until Sunday 7th June at the Pier Head.

Friday (5th June) 4–11pm:

Part of the first ever BBC Music Day, 6 Music will be joined by BBC Introducing and Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), to create seven hours of extraordinary music.

Hosted by Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) and Dave Monks (BBC Radio Merseyside) the event will kick off with commissions from Liverpool based Resonate Music Hub in partnership with LIMF. Members of Resonate’s Youth Orchestra and Choir guided by LIMF’s professional musicians will create an original composition, a mash up of old and new, Mozart to Drum and Bass.

Next there will be a feast of New Mersey Sounds as LIMF showcase some of the brightest new talents emerging through the festival Academy, and then BBC Introducing will top local artists Cavalry, Dave McCabe and the Ramifications and The Tea Street Band.

The mic will be passed to Craig Charles as he invites to the stage his specially formed Fantasy Funk Band including guest vocals from soul legend Carlene Anderson. The whole night will then be wrapped up with an epic show from Craig, making sure that this is the biggest free party the waterfront has ever seen!

Saturday (6th June) 3-8pm:

Saturday is hosted by Smooth Radio with presenters Darren Parks, Carlos and Jo Lloyd all taking to the stage. David Gest will also bring some soulful surprises to the Festival. The Smooth Radio line-up includes: 2014 Britain’s Got Talent Winners Collabro, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, actress and singer Kym Marsh, soul singer Kenny Thomas, Alistair Griffin, Thea Gilmore, Nell Bryden, Beatie Wolfe, Leddra Chapman (with special guest Lee Broderick), Kristyna Myles, Diane Shaw and Hannah Boleyn.

Jamie Griffiths, Communicorp UK’s Group Brand Programme Director: Smooth Radio, said: “To be a part of the International Mersey River Festival for 2015 is a dream come true for Smooth Radio. This has become an annual event for us and it’s a true highlight in the North West calendar for presenters and listeners alike”.

Sunday (7th June) 12-7pm: 

Sunday is all about celebrating Liverpool’s homegrown talent and includes performances from: X Factor’s Rebecca Ferguson, blues singer Connie Lush, “Britain’s Michael Buble” Asa Murphy, acclaimed singer songwriter KOF, The Hummingbirds, The Ambition, Paddy Clegg and The Scallywag.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We’re delighted with this year’s line-up and it feels like a real celebration of music. The response to Craig’s set last year was phenomenal and we’re delighted to welcome him home once again and he is certain to kick the party off in style! 

“This festival is one of our most popular events, and the music element always attracts big crowds. By bringing together our experienced events team, the BBC, Smooth Radio and those behind the Liverpool International Music Festival, we can make sure visitors experience extraordinary live music in the amazing surroundings of our World Heritage Waterfront.”

The latest information can be found at www.liverpoolonthewaterfront.co.uk.


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