With award-winning events cropping up left, right and centre, including Eurovision earlier this year, our city just so happens one of the most diverse areas for music. From two-day-long African parties at Sefton Park to gigs touting tasty food stalls, there's plenty to get stuck into. Celebrate diversity and culture with the best music festivals in Liverpool for 2023.
Latino Fest Liverpool
29th September, Fusion
Fusion's DJs will be spinning reggaeton, salsa, bachata, baile funk and dembow at Latino Fest Liverpool this September. Spanning two rooms, the event will showcase and pay homage to some of the biggest industry names with a dedicated evening of tunes. Better yet, this Fleet Street fiesta runs 'til 3am, making it one of the best music festivals in Liverpool this weekend.
17th to 18th June, Sefton Park
Searching for a Liverpool festival in Sefton Park this 2023? Africa Oyé has to be one of the best. Celebrating its 31st anniversary on the 17th and 18th June, there's a whole roster of artists to look forward to at this free event. Expect live entertainment from Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon, along with workshops or food stalls run by top traders.
On The Waterfront
29th June to 2nd July, Pier Head
After its debut in 2021, On The Waterfront has gained quite a reputation for its epic firework displays, fantastic location and diverse selection of artists. Venture to this Pier Head party, where you'll get to take in scenes of the Three Graces and River Mersey, before dancing along to music from best-loved acts. Think Jamie Webster and CamelPhat.
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival
6th to 16th July, Liverpool ONE
A huge platform for artists locally and internationally, the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival has been going strong for over 25 years. In 2023, this event will be taking place across the city, including Sefton Park's iconic Palm House. We are looking forward to catching Somali-British singer-songwriter, Aar Maanta, who promises to showcase some hits at Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room on the 6th June.
Bootle Music Festival
9th to 10th June, Lock and Quay
With tickets starting from a wallet-friendly £15, Bootle Music Festival 2023 is a two-day-long event worth visiting. Fronting a roster of big-name acts across multiple stages, such as Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band, The Cheap Thrills and The Zutons, there's certainly no shortage of indie rock or funk to enjoy. On top of that, all proceeds will go back to the local area. Win, win.
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