Sefton Park, Liverpool Fri 22nd – Sun 24th July 2016
Europe’s biggest (and arguably best) free music festival returned to Merseyside this past weekend. Liverpool International Music Festival was bigger and better this year.
The festival continues to grow in its home of suburban Liverpool’s Sefton Park after the city council scrapped the Mathew Street Festival. It has been a roaring success in recent years and proved to be a spectacular summer weekend for people of all ages and tastes.
2016’s festival upped the ante, in terms of line-up, turnout and reception. Big names like Sigma, The Wombats, Wretch 32 and Ms. Dynamite pulled in the masses, while visitors were also treated to an array of rising talents like WSTRN and Anne-Marie, and Scouse staples such as Craig Charles and The Zutons’ Dave McCabe.
Late night DJ sets in the park’s historic palm house, a silent disco, fairground, kids area and international food and drink were also on offer.
Chart-topping drum and bass duo Sigma topped off the spectacular Saturday in style but it was Sunday’s headliners The Wombats who stole the hearts of LIMF-goers. The returning Liverpudlians gave their all in a 45 minute set in which they rattled through all the hits; Moving To New York, Techno Fan, Tokyo, Greek Tragedy…
‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ was a testament to the entire festival. “Everything is going wrong but we’re so happy” sang frontman Matthew Murphy as 50,000 people sung, danced, smiled and laughed in a display of unity in a time of widespread hatred and division.