It’s a huge year ahead for Liverpool. 2018 marks a decade of "amazing success" since the city’s title as the European Capital of Culture. On top of which, Tate Liverpool is turning 30! So all in all, you can expect art, foodie events, festivals, gigs and plenty of Instagrammable moments.
Grand National 2018
It’s not too long til the fellas have a reason to scrub up and the girls have an excuse to buy a new dress. The 12th April sees the action commence with Grand National Thursday, the opening day for what many consider to be the best horse race in the world. The Randox Health Grand National Festival 2018 is a three-day event, full of bets, bevvys, best dressed beauties and really bizarre horse names.
The opening day will include live music and entertainment, plus The Aintree Hurdle and the Randox Health Foxhunters' Steeple Chase. The beauties take centre stage on Ladies Day. #FabulousFriday will be in full effect on the 13th April 2018 as the most glam get their hands on the coveted Style Award, plus a big car prize! The races include The JLT Melling Steeple Chase and the Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase, resulting in a day of fierce competition - both on and off the track! The biggie takes place on 14th April 2018, Grand National Day at Aintree Racecourse, a pinnacle sporting event. So, be prepared to bet on the name that sounds best (unless you've done your research) and get stuck in in the festival zone - or sit on the edge of the fancy seats! And enjoy the ride, it's a day like no other.
To get a taste of Liverpool's cultural offering, LightNight Festival is a free late-night event that will leave you feeling creatively fulfilled. On Friday 18th May 2018, this year's edition will include large-scale light projections, arts and crafts stalls, workshops, late-opening exhibitions, street acts and so much more! Aiming to foster collaboration, promote culture and showcase creative organisations, LightNight has been produced by Liverpool-based social community Open Culture since 2010.
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The Jockey Club Live at Aintree
If you're still pining after Aintree a month after the Grand National, the Racecourse will be headlined by The Lightning Seeds on 18th May 2018. So, if you didn't come home with any winnings on the big day, a six race card will commence at 6pm to try your luck once again. Hosted by The Jockey Club Live, The Lightning Seeds will be live in concert from 9pm. The venue will also see Craig David take centre stage on Friday 15th June. Have a cheeky flutter with friends then celebrate or drown your sorrows to all the favourites of the Grammy and BRIT nominated artist. We recommend brushing up on the Craig David classic '7 Days' in advance.
Summer Arts Market
June 2018 in Liverpool will be a feast for the senses. Kicking off with the Summer Arts Market on Saturday 2nd June at the stunning Liverpool Cathedral. Another wonderful event hosted by Open Culture, there will be stalls of more than 200 artists, each exhibiting their own unique, handmade work. Expect a range of illustrations, photography, jewellery, ceramics and artisan food. If you would like to get involved, applications are open to independent artists until midnight on 19th February 2018.
Located in the lush, 235 acre Sefton Park, Africa Oyé is an annual event that celebrates African music and culture. It's humble beginnings from a series of small gigs in 1992 has spread to fill Sefton Park with over 40 stalls selling African fashion, food, drink and crafts plus a lineup of live music with a crowd capacity of 20,000. The event is totally free for both days and celebrates multiculturalism and tolerance. Expect a sensational, summery blend of salsa, reggae and Caribbean vibes from 16th-17th June 2018.
© Africa Oyé Festival
Southport Food and Drink Festival
If there weren't enough freebies to take your fancy, Southport Food and Drink Festival returns to Merseyside from 1st-3rd June. Foodies can flock to Victoria Park for a three-day indulgence. Sample cocktails and regional beers, take your pick of street food stalls, get tips from Chef demos, and take on the food challenges. Local bands will play throughout the day, so take a seat on the grass with local sausages, homemade pies or gourmet burgers. Relax with friends and family over a jug of Pimms or real lemonade and raise a glass to the Great British summer. Did we mention it's free?!
Katy Perry: Witness Tour
One of Liverpool's premier entertainment venues, the Echo Arena will welcome back Katy Perry on her 2018 Witness Tour this summer. The pop singer sensation previously hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards back in 2008 at the very same venue. Back with a brand new album that includes sultry, sugary pop hits with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Migos. In the words of the superstar herself, "if you don't want to sing along, then now is your time to leave" [Billboard, 2014].
Liverpool International Music Festival
After celebrating its 6th birthday last year, the Liverpool International Music Festival returns on 21st-22nd July 2018. This year, Ray BLK will be gracing the Main Stage on Sunday. The first ever unsigned artist to be named on BBC's Sound Of List. Other artists just announced include Not3s, Wiley, Stefflon Don, Young Fathers, Rae Morris and Australian rising star Jordan Rakei - who's unique jazzy hip-hop sound has won him critical acclaim worldwide. Expect some serious summer vibes from Basement Jaxx's DJ set, as well as Wiley, Example and Jax Jones. UK breakthrough artists Tom Zanetti & K.O Kane, Joel Culpepper, Laoise and more have also been revealed.
This year LIMF will be exploring the theme of 'Co-Exist and Connection', marrying together multiple strands of the music and culture scenes with a line up spanning eras, genres and co-existing through the connection of music. LIMF will take place in Sefton Park with an eclectic and diverse line-up spanning three stages and a dedicated dance tent as well as activities for all the family to enjoy. The festival is a creative, colourful celebration of the city's approach to its ever-evolving music culture that would appeal to any age group. Catch special performances and dance under the dome, amongst the palms in the Sefton Park Palm House. It's good times personified.
Taking place once every two years, the Liverpool Biennial celebrates its 10th edition in 2018. 15 weeks of contemporary art will be showcased from international artists. The thought-provoking theme 'Beautiful world, where are you?' reflects on a time of turmoil, uncertainty and profound change. Stretching from the 14th July until the 28th October, public spaces and art venues across the city including Tate Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool will be host to a world of weird and wonderful creative expression. From the intriguing, to the quirky and downright controversial, if you're in Liverpool this year - we can guarantee many Instagrammable moments across the city.
International Beatleweek Festival
An annual event, International Beatleweek Festival celebrates the band across a variety of venues, including all day and night live music in the Cavern Club and an Annual Convention with guest speakers and masses of memorabilia. Fans flock to the city to get a true taste of the legendary, Liverpudlian foursome. 22nd-28th August, put the date in your diary, Beatlemaniacs!
Did you know Euro Hostel Liverpool is close to Matthew Street (where lots will be happening) and just a 2 minute walk from the Cavern Club? Stay close to the action and avoid a long and winding road back to your room.
Whatever brings you to Liverpool this year, stay the budget friendly way with Euro Hostel and save those pennies for the expanse of events on offer in 2018.
Cover Image: © LIMF