LIMF 2018: Everything You Need to Know

Back for its 6th year, Liverpool International Music Festival is about to rock Sefton Park for two whole days.

Summer has officially landed in Liverpool as LIMF 2018 takes over Sefton Park this Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July with 18 hours worth of live music, entertainment, family fun and more.

We’re back with LIMF TV bringing you all the backstage gossip and interviews while our Jay Hynd is at the helm, hosting Central Stage all weekend long, with the likes of Example, Jax Jones, Hacienda Classical, Stefflon Don, Not3s, Basement Jaxx, Young Fathers and so many more, all weekend long.

MORE: Check out our A-Z of LIMF 2018 here

Watch above as Jay catches up with LIMF event planners Chloe & Sue from Culture Liverpool for a last minute round up of everything you need to know ahead of the biggest weekend in our calendar.

This is your guide to everything you need to know about LIMF 2018……

Where & When

LIMF Festival takes place at Sefton Park, near Croxteth Gate on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 2018 from 12pm til 9pm, both days. Last entry into the festival site is 7pm.

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Who’s Playing?

Full lineup fro LIMF 2018

There’s more than 70 live acts so it’s pretty huge. To give you a flavour, across the weekend you have Example & DJ Wire, Haçienda Classiçal, Stefflon Don, Jax Jones, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), DJ Jazzy Jeff, Tim Westwood, Young Fathers, Trevor Nelson, Aurora and Wiley. Click here for our ones to watch. 

There’s four different stages to check out this year. Central stage is back with our Jay hosting across the weekend, plus all your local, up and coming talent on the It’s Liverpool NextGen stage, the True School Club House where you’ll see and hear DJ Trevor Nelson and DJ Jazzy Jeff hit the decks and of course the return of the Shubz DJ Tent where none other than big dog, Tim Westwood will be spinning the tunes alongside Melody Kane and Toddla T.

MORE: Watch as we find out everything you need to know about Hacienda Classical

LIMF TV

The Guide Liverpool is back with LIMF TV right across the weekend as Jay and Kate bring you all the backstage gossip and sneak peaks from the artist village. Who gets nervous, who has superstitions and what will DJ Jazzzy Jeff think of the Scouse crowds? Find out over on our socials, @TheGuideLpool from 12pm on Saturday.

Set Times

You can see who’s playing and where now on the LIMF website here, so get planning your festival. Don’t forget Example is on stage earlier than you might think and his set starts at 6pm, Central Stage on Saturday, followed by the Godfather of Grime, Wiley and the one and only Jax Jones from 8.10pm who will be bringing some big surprises to his live set.

Music starts each day at 12pm and finsihes at 9pm and that big finale from Hacienda Classical starts on Sunday at 7.45pm, don’t forget last entry to the site is 7pm.

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Tickets

LIMF

For the first time, LIMF is a fully ticketed event and the festival site will be fenced-off. You can see more than 70 live acts for just £5 per day if you get your tickets in advance here. On the day it’s £10 on the gate for entry. Children under 11 go free but they still need a ticket. Click here to get yours now and save. 

Ticket money goes back into funding the festival itself and into the future of LIMF. As we are sure you will agree it’s a very small price to pay for what we get year on year. Not many city’s provide such incredible events like this at such a small price.

VIP is now sold out for both days. You can head to the box office on site from 11am on both Saturday and Sunday to buy your tickets.

If you got your tickets in advance, don’t forget to print them out or have them open on your phone when you arrive so the barcode can be scanned.  Printing the receipt for your tickets will not gain you access.

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It’s a Family Affair

LIMF is an UNMISSABLE family friendly event – there’s music for all tastes, a family zone for younger members of the family, a small fairground and of course a gorgeous green park for you to relax in and enjoy while LIMF provides you with the perfect soundtrack. Remember, although under 11s go free – they still need a ticket so get one in advance.

There is a whole host of activities to get involved with in the Children and Family Zone from sand carving, jamming sessions, a brand new Ocean Dome and a silent disco.  It will be open each day from midday to 6pm.

MORE: For all the info on the LIMF 2018 Family Zone head this way

VIP-EE

The dedicated VIP area returns for LIMF 2018 and unsurprisingly it’s already a sell out. We hope you got your tickets nice and early so you can relax in between acts in the decorated chill out area, enjoy ‘posh’ toilets, dedicated concession stands, the bar and best of all, no queues! We’ll see you up front at Central Stage in the VIP viewing area, from 12pm on Saturday!

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Food & Drink

Feel free to bring your own picnics to LIMF, but there will also be tasty treats on offer from burgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken, noodles, Lebanese cuisine and fish and chips – something to tickle everyone’s taste buds.  There will also be the usual bars and coffee stalls to wash down the delicious food on offer.

No alcohol is allowed to be brought onsite and they will be confiscated on entry. There are plenty of bars on site offering competitively priced alcoholic drinks. Festival goers can of course bring their own unopened soft drinks as long as they are not in glass containers.

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Is there a disabled viewing area?

There is one viewing platform located in front of the main stage. Space is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Festival Chic

Like us you’re probably watching the weather like a hawk so you can get your Festival Chic on! If it’s going to rain a few days before, stick your wellies on, if it’s dry you want plenty of water and a bit of factor 30 on! Check out our official LIMF 2018 look with Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols above, and see if you’re crowned our festival king or queen!

Do’s & Don’s at LIMF 2018

Animals, barbeques, fireworks, flares and glass bottles are some of the items prohibited on site. Be aware there is Challenge 25 policy so if you look younger than 25, you may be asked by bar staff to provide ID to prove you are over 18 and can legally buy alcohol. Alcohol cannot be brought on site and bag searches will take place on entry to the festival.

How To Get Around

Public transport is the answer as there is no parking available in the areas surrounding the park.

If you plan on traveling by train, be aware Liverpool Lime Street Station is closed for refurbishment, however Liverpool South Parkway is a short distance away from Sefton Park, and from there catch the Merseyrail train which stops at St Michaels station. Plan your journey on www.merseyrail.org

Or, if you fancy the bus-ing it, there’s more than 15 different bus routes that serve Sefton Park and the local area, head to www.arrivabus.co.uk/app or search @arrivanorthwest for live updates.

Yes, there will be an Arriva Shuttle Service in operation on the Saturday and Sunday which will run after the event has finished and will just take festival-goers into the city centre.  It will operate from 8.45pm, and you can get on board at Croxteth Drive (near the Hallmark Hotel and the journey will end in the city centre at Great Charlotte Street.

Check out the full line up of who’s playing where and when, plus more information at www.limfestival.com and keep it locked to LIMF TV on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all weekend long.

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