Liverpool International Music Festival with Liverpool Gin is just over a week away, but some city venues will start the party a week early as part of the official LIMF Fringe.
The Fringe kicks off Friday 12 July and will see a number of pubs and clubs programme live music, with a focus on supporting local talent, thanks to some additional LIMF funding.
They include The Handyman Pub on Smithdown Road which will start the Fringe proceedings this evening from 8pm, Sound Food and Drink on Duke Street, the Craft Taproom and Kelly’s Dispensary and Frank’s Bar all on Smithdown Road, Brick Street in the Baltic and The Zanzibar Club on Seel Street.
And it’s not all about the evening. Otterspool Adventure are hosting ‘Otterspool Rocks’, using the LIMF funding for local bands to treat families to well known songs.
First up Jonny Taylor, followed by the incredible voice of Katie Mac as she performs here for the Liverpool leg of her acoustic tour. Then finishing the evening the return of a favourite of Guy Garvey – The Drifting Classroom.
Liverpool Emerges is a chance for complete novices to get on stage. It’s open to all musicians and a chance for them to play both original and music from Merseyside’s vast back catalog.
We have the mighty Fightmilk heading here from that London with a sound described as “a power pop four-piece fronted by Arya Stark”. We’ve also got the return of Craft favourites Puzzle! Recently championed by the bloke from Motion City Soundtrack, which is never a bad thing…
Glasgow synth noise veterans and Good Grief Records alumni, Damn Teeth, are hitting Craft Taproom as part of their UK tour. With support from Wirral’s finest lunatics Organ Freeman, and the ever brilliant noise mongers Sweet Deals On Surgery. This will be a Sunday night treat to remember.
Breakbeat legend Krafty Kuts plus Hatchett at Handyman, Frank’s has indie acts Gardenback, Ana Mae and The Lotts with DJ Cosmic Shepard, Kelly’s goes acoustic with Dan Wilson and the Counterfactuals and guests while Craft Taproom bring us some funk, ska and hip hop feat Black Wax, Kingfast, The Pagan SOH, Broken Three Ways, The Boston Shakers and Grooveyard DJ’s
Local artists and LIMF performers bring down their vinyl collection to spin records that influenced them to become the musicians they are today. Expect rare tracks as well as classics that will get you on your feet and having you chat about your favourite songs long into the night.
Ormskirk funk punk producer Tracky has been making huge waves recently, with a triumphant Sound City show getting rave reviews from all sides. Support comes from newcomers Pleasure Island and one man indie machine Charity Shop Pop.
State Your Flow is a show to allow artists of any discipline to have a space to feel like the can enter their ‘state of flow’. Curated by the collective @we.are.blankers, these events incorporate different kinds of artists from different worlds.
A great range of local acts join us in Handyman to end what has been a fabulous week of LIMF fringe events. Acts include Dawn and the Embers, Ali Horn, Paul Crowe, Gintis and Nick East. All tremendous songriters, an evening not to miss.
Venue: Otterspool Adventure
Time: 9am – 6pm
Date: 21 July 2019
Charge: Standards Peak Entry £8, Children over 2 £4, Adult and Toddlers aged 1-2, under 1’s free
Otterspool Rocks sees LIMF Fringe staged in the unique setting of Otterspool Adventure Centre. Local band How Many will treat families to tunes from the likes of Ed Sheeran and Take That, as well as sing-a-long Disney hits, all in a magical place to play, bounce, eat and rock their socks off.
Sumati Sundays – warming up and transforming The Zanzibar Club into fuzzy jazz/soul/rnb/funk vibes where you can sit and relax, and enjoy some of the most exciting contemporary new artists! Sunday 21st July. £3. Kicks off 7pm. Open-to-all JAM SESSION from 10pm.