NEWS: Virgin Trains LIMF Academy set to inspire the next generation of Liverpool musicians

After a fantastic bank holiday weekend of live performances, Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is looking to inspire the next generation of musicians as the Virgin Trains LIMF Academy rolls into to town on Sunday 22 September. Tickets for the academy are free and available HERE

The Academy will give an opportunity for young people (aged 9-25) to learn more about the industry, develop their skills and look at ways in which to kick-start their career. It will bring with it music industry expertise in the form of BBC Radio1 DJ Dev (who wowed the crowds on Bank Holiday Monday in Sefton Park) and Grammy award winning music producer Steve Levine.

The day will feature:

  • Have a Go workshops which include drumming, singing, dancing, rapping, song writing and DJing.
  • Get to Know panels focusing on different strands of the music and entertainment scene which will be hosted by industry experts.
  • Deconstructed – a unique ‘in conversation’ opportunity with Steve Levine.

The academy will end on a high with performances from some of Liverpool’s home-grown talent including Mic Lowry, Tyler Mensah, Valentine Brothers and Taylor Fowlis.

Steve Levine said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to present the keynote address at the inaugural Virgin Trains sponsored Academy. Liverpool has historically punched above its weight around the world in terms of creative musical talent, both in front and behind the mixing desk. However for many years some of this area’s younger creative individuals have not always had the breaks they deserve.

“With a corporate sponsorship underpinning this new initiative, hopefully we can change the future for these bright individuals and get them well-paid jobs in the best business in the world – the music business!”

Dev said: “I’m really pleased to be part of an event that encourages young people to think seriously about a future in the music industry. It’s always helpful to get advice, tips and guidance from people who are in the industry and if we can help inspire the next generation, then that‘s something I’m really proud of.”

This is a ticketed event and booking is essential – tickets are free and can be booked by visiting Please note, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

LIMF’s Music Curator, Yaw Owusu, said: “From the outset, we wanted an event that not only celebrated amazing live music, but we also wanted to give young people the opportunity to find out how to get their foot in the door of the music industry.

“To have the likes of Steve Levine and Dev on-board gives the academy added credibility, and it’s the perfect chance for those taking part to pick the brains of those who live and breathe the industry.”

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