LIMF 2022 lineup, dates, location and everything you need to know when the festival returns

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One of Liverpool’s most popular music festivals returns with a new look, a new venue and a new vibe this summer.

The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) will return to the city for the first time since 2019. The festival is set to return from July 29-31.

This year the festival is moving from its usual venue in Sefton Park and will instead take place at several venues in the town centre. This decision was motivated with the aim of reinvigorating and supporting the city’s music sector which has been seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The festival is always a hugely popular event in the city’s calendar and the LIMF team want music lovers to experience artists in the city’s diverse range of incredible venues – and in the process, bring them a much-needed attendance and a financial boost to help with their recovery after two unpredictable years.

A number of artists have now been announced for LIMF’s return, including British reggae and pop legends UB40 ft Ali Campbell, iconic American hip-hop trio De La Soul, Liverpool royalty The Zutons and the Red Rum Club. DJ Collective Girls Don’t Sync, Kojey Radical, House Gospel Choir and Heather Small are also among the first acts to be announced for LIMF 2022.

LIMF is set to take over around 25 venues in Liverpool in July, a number of which have already been confirmed. Among them are the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Bombed Out Church, Invisible Wind Factory, 24 Kitchen Street, District, Arts Club Liverpool and Camp and Furnace.

This year, LIMF will consist of a mix of free and paid events, with something for everyone. There will be concerts for under 18s such as LIMF presents… The Shubz which will see a host of BBC Radio 1XTRA DJs including Kenny AllStar, Sian Anderson and Cuppy perform the best of grime and hip hop.

The theme for LIMF 2022 is Power to the People & Purpose, and is a tribute to those groundbreaking and pioneering people, movements and musical genres that enabled change for the better.

For more details on the lineup to date and to get your hands on Early Bird tickets, go to www.limfestival.com . Ticket prices vary by venue, with prices ranging from £5 to £35 plus booking fee. Some events will be free but chargeable.

More than 100 other artists are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

FMIA 2022 so far

friday july 29

UB40 ft Ali Campbell, Aswad, Liam Bailey, Robbo Ranx

Venue: M&S Bank Arena

Tickets: Early Bird £25 + booking fee

De La Soul, Kojey Radical, Berwyn, No Fakin

Venue: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Tickets: Early Bird £15 + booking fee

Girls don’t sync + Guests

Location: Bombed out Church (St Luke’s)

Tickets: Free

Gaika System – Gaika, Flohio, Flora Yin Wong, Glor1a, God Colony, Nazar

Location: Invisible Wind Factory

Tickets: early bird £5 + booking fee

Heartless Crew House Party – Heartless Crew, Shola Ama, Shortee Blitz, Scott Garcia, DJ Cali, MC Shabba D, DJ Smokey, MC Preshus

Location: 24 Kitchen Street

Tickets: Early bird £10 + booking fee

Saturday July 30

LIMF Presents… The Shubz (Anthony Walker Foundation Festival After Party) – Kenny AllStar (BBC Radio 1Xtra), Sian Anderson (BBC Radio 1Xtra), Cuppy (BBC Radio 1Xtra), Kizzi

Venue: District (Dry bar event for under 18s)

Tickets: early bird £5 + booking fee

Donae’o presents Bounce – Donae’o, Rampage, Supa D + Coldsteps, Gracious K, Donch, Versatile, DJ Zeke

Venue: Arts Club Liverpool

Tickets: early bird £10 + booking fee

Sunday July 31

The Zutons, Red Rum Club, She Drew The Gun, Big Joanie, The Dream Machine, Blondes, The Heavy North, Pixey, Michael Aldag, Mexican Dogs, Silent-K, Psycho Comedy, The Sundowners, Casino, Tilly Louise, Razzmatazz, Fiona Lenon

Location: Camp and Furnace

Tickets: early bird £15 + booking fee

Heather Small (lead singer of M People), House Gospel Choir, Terri Walker, DJ Ronnie Herel (Mi-Soul Radio)

Venue: Arts Club Liverpool

Tickets: early bird £10 + booking fee

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