Let’s Get Excited About 2017
Just when you thought Liverpool couldn’t get better, 2017 is proving that it most certainly can.
What do you want to see? What do you want to do? Luckily, Liverpool has plenty of stuff to keep you busy for the whole year. It’s like Liverpool saw our bucket list and thought “yep, we’ll tick that all off for you this year”. This is what we’ve put into our diaries for the next twelve months. See you there?
Bach’s Cello Suites: Part One and Two, Liverpool Philharmonic, Wednesday 11th January
There are many incredible things happening at the Liverpool Phil in 2017. Vasily Petrenko is busting his Shostakovich moves again and there are soloists and performers to shake even the largest of stages. We knew we wanted to start the year with something special and this looks like just the ticket. The orchestra’s Principal Cello, Jonathan Aasgaard will wow you with pure, unadulterated Bach. The Bach suites are quite a feat so it’s no wonder these are spread over two nights.
60th birthday of The Cavern Club, The Cavern and city-wide, 16th January
As the birthplace of the Beatles, of Merseybeat itself, The Cavern is something special. January 16th marks the 60th anniversary of the Cavern and that only means one thing…a flippin’ good party! The doors will be open for anyone to come and visit, with a day and night of music plus pretty special guests to celebrate. On the 15th and 16th there will be a special History of the Cavern show at Liverpool Phil, not to mention a special Cavern 60th album, along with a documentary and limited edition anniversary book set to be released later on in the year: get in! More info here.
British Music Experience Opening, Cunard Building, February 11th
Not like we could be any more essential to the British music scene, come February 11th, we’ll be gaining another shiny title – the home of the UK’s newest British Music Experience museum. Check out the exhibitions state of the art effects and iconic memorabilia to know the ins and outs of how rock, pop, dance and other genres were formed, plus how they all came to influence the last sixty years of British culture. Book your tickets here now to make all your mates jealous.
Music Tourism Convention, Titanic Hotel, February 16th and 17th
Hot on the heels of the British Music Experience opening, February 16th and 17th will see the world’s most extensive music and tourism conference heading straight for our docks. Presentations and engaging and diverse panels are on the cards to let you know everything there is to know how music impacts, benefits and certainly improves tourism offers – from festivals to heritage, music trails to food and music partnerships. It looks like we’re in safe hands too thanks to the speakers on the bill – from the CEO of UK Music and the COO OF Sound City, to the Creative Director of Notting Hill Carnival. Roll up, roll up, tickets here.
300 days of The Bluecoat, 4th February – 30th November
It’s our favourite building in the city centre and in 2017, she turns 300 - not that she looks a day over 250! When you reach the grand old age of 300, we think it’s only right to take your time with the celebrations – and 300 celebratory days of the Bluecoat sounds pretty damn good to us. There are some amazing events and exhibitions planned, including Public View, celebrating Bluecoat’s commitment to artists over the years. The exhibition will include some of the artists who have exhibited at Bluecoat, including Jeremy Deller, John AKomfrah, Yoko Ono and Mark Leckey. On 13th May it’s Messe de Liverpool by Pierre Henry at the Metropolitan Cathedral; an electronic piece commissioned for the cathedral’s opening - which also turns 50 next year – promising to be an unforgettable night.
To get your fix, explore what’s on at Bluecoat in 2017.
MCM Comic Con Liverpool, 11th -12th March 2017, ACC Exhibition Centre, Liverpool
Did you see pictures splashed across social media last spring of lots of superheroes in Liverpool? Got Cosplay FOMO? Well your chance returns next March with Liverpool MCM Comic Con. We can’t decide between getting our pals together and doing an Avenger’s thing, or getting all our nieces and nephews together and dressing them up as Stormtroopers while we dress as Darth Vader. Awesome, right?
Whatever your get-up, get tickets.
Grand National 6th -9th April, Aintree Racecourse
Ok, we love the Grand National. The sense of occasion, the fact that it’s OK to have champagne for breakfast, that it’s all anybody talks about across the land for the whole weekend. We LOVE. IT. Our tickets are booked, we’ve spotted a hat we quite like on Instagram and we’re just counting down the days right now.
Light Night, Various Locations, 19th May
For us, Light Night always means the start of summer - and there’s always plenty of stuff to blow our minds. This year, Light Night’s theme is the phenomenon of time and they’re already inviting artists and organisations to put forward ideas for special events. Apply here and shine your light bright.
John Cale & Guests present The Velvet Underground & Nico, 26th May, Sound City
In their only European show, John Cale from the Velvet Underground will bring their 50th anniversary show to Sound City in May next year. (Although tickets are already sold out so you might only get to watch through a shaky camera on someone’s Facebook Live). It’s one of the greatest albums of all time, though, so you could just play it really loud and open all your windows. This will be an event to remember if you’re going, so soak it all up and make sure you gloat about it to anyone and everyone you can afterwards.
The British Style Collective presented by The Clothes Show, 7th -9th July, five locations across Liverpool.
Every street’s a catwalk, baby, especially when you’re in Liverpool. In 2017 The Clothes Show is changing. With its roots firmly planted at NEC Birmingham for 27 years it’s a big step for The Clothes Show, now part of British Style Collective, but we promise it’s going to be so worth it. It’s got new summer dates and it’s being set across five of the city’s most iconic locations. It’s going to be a city-wide celebration of style, and do that happy dance – because we’re all invited.
Tickets aren’t yet on sale, but you can sign up here to be the first to know when those golden tickets are out.
The Open, Royal Birkdale, 16th-23rd July
Not just a beautiful bit of land that runs 20 miles north of Liverpool, Southport’s Royal Birkdale is practically the golf world mecca. This will be the 10th time that The Open has buried its feet in the sand here, and we don’t blame them for doing so. It’s a challenging course, but the spectacular scenery is really the hole in one here. Tickets here.
MAY – DECEMBER
Festival City, Various Locations, Various Dates
Psych Fest, LIMF, Sound City, Liverpool Irish Festival, Homotopia and even loads more; Liverpool’s a festival city and they all return in 2017. Always remember to support your local music scene; if you don’t you lose it. If you missed something in 2016 don’t make the same mistake this time around - book the tickets, go to the gig, see the band. No one will lie on their deathbed and wish they’d gone to fewer gigs.
AND 50 SUMMERS OF LOVE
The summer of 1967: one of the defining moments in modern culture and creativity. 50 years on: We’re honouring it all.
It was the arrival of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and All You Need Is Love, the Mersey Sound poetry anthology, the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral and a monumental time when homosexuality was partially decriminalised in England and Wales. Liverpool will celebrate the part that it played in this outpouring of cultural energy and creativity of the time, with a hotbed of events and performances inspired by this influential era. Gear up for the groovy tunes and find your inner peace, man, and keep your eyes peeled on this page, right here.
SEPTEMBER – JUNE 2018
Roy Lichtenstein at Tate Liverpool, 27 September 2017 to 10 June 2018
What a way to see 2017 out with a bang! Tate Liverpool offers the chance to explore the body of work of one of America’s greatest pop artists of the twentieth century. Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus will present more than 20 paintings. Lichtenstein emerged during the 1960s and is renowned for his iconic paintings based on comic strips, advertising imagery, overt adaptations of works of art by others, as well as stylised sea, sky and moonscapes. Find out more here.
Keep an eye out on our site and @its_liverpool for the very latest on anything and EVERYTHING you can’t afford to miss this year in Liverpool.