Liverpool International Music Festival announces 2018 line-up

The line-up for the 2018 Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) has been revealed.

This year’s two-day Sefton Park event will be the first to be fenced off and ticketed – a move which the council says will ensure the future of the festival.

Saturday (21 July) headliners for this year include Example & DJ Wire, the ‘godfather of grime’ Wiley, NME’s Best New Artist Stefflon Don and Brit Awards nominee Jax Jones.

Haçienda Classiçal tops the Sunday (22 July) night bill with a brand new set for 2018 which will see the club’s original DJ partnership, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, reinterpret seminal dance classics with the Manchester Camerata orchestra alongside some special guests.

Sunday also sees LIMF welcome back Basement Jaxx who will raise energy levels even higher ahead of Haçienda Classiçal with their renowned DJ set.

The 2018 line-up also includes rising star Rae Morris, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Norwegian singer songwriter Aurora, presenter and R&B guru Trevor Nelson, Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B, BBC 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, hip-hop aficionado Tim Westwood and Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.

More line-up announcements will take place in the forthcoming weeks.

This year’s festival will be the first to be fenced off and ticketed – a move which the council says is to ensure the future of the festival.

Advanced tickets start at £5 per person per day for general admission and £15 for VIP.

The fencing also means there will be control over what can be brought on to the festival site – for example, alcohol cannot be brought in, but can be purchased on site.

LIMF attracts more than 120,000 people each year.

Councillor Wendy Simon, assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, says: “Over the past six years we have seen LIMF grow and evolve and it’s the right time for the event to change and be taken to the next level.

“LIMF is a credible, mature music festival, and is one of the highlights of our events calendar, but due to government cuts totalling 68% of our budget, the council simply can’t continue to fund it in its entirety.

“Introducing tickets allows us to off-set some of the costs of staging a festival, and paying just £5 for nine hours of live music each day, performed by a top quality line-up means that without a doubt LIMF remains one of best value music festivals in the UK.

“It’s also a responsible way forward – it’s now a very different climate in which to stage events, and our priority is to make LIMF a safe, enjoyable festival for everyone. Fencing the site means that we can carry out bag checks when necessary and reduce the potential for anti-social behaviour.

“After last year’s event we surveyed festival goers to ask if they would still attend the event if it was ticketed – more than half said yes.

“We realise some people may be disappointed that it is no longer free, but we hope they understand that we have to think differently about how we stage events if people want them to continue.”

The festival will open from midday, with live music until 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The children zone will be making a return as will the luxury VIP zone which features a private bar area, “deluxe toilets” and “enviable stage views”.

Line-up so far, 12-9pm each day

Saturday 21 July


Central Stage

Example & DJ Wire


Stefflon Don

Jax Jones (Live)



+more to be announced


DJ: Panjabi Hit Squad (BBC Asian Network)

Hosted by Jay Hynd from The Guide Liverpool


True School Club House

Trevor Nelson

Jazzie B

Danny Rampling

+more to be announced


The Shubz DJ Tent

Toddla T (BBC Radio 1)

Tough Love

Ace (BBC Radio 1Xtra)

Seani B (BBC Radio 1Xtra)

Rude Kid

+more to be announced


Sunday 22 July


Central Stage

Haçienda Classiçal

Basement Jaxx (DJ set)


Young Fathers

Rae Morris

+more to be announced


DJ: Adele Roberts (BBC Radio 1)


Hosted by Jay Hynd from The Guide Liverpool


True School Club House

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Gilles Peterson

Don Letts

+more to be announced


The Shubz DJ Tent

Tim Westwood (Capital Xtra)


Wide Awake

Jus Now (DJ set)

+more to be announced

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