Liverpool is renowned for being one of the best cities in the world for hosting spectacular events.
Of course, you don’t have to just take our word for it, the proof is in the pudding! Boasting a plethora of more major events than you can shake a stick at, the city region has something for everyone to enjoy for 2023.
Whether you’re a music lover, sports fanatic or a Master of Arts, Liverpool has shown time and time again that it can pull off the impossible.
Date Tuesday 9th -Saturday 13th May 2023
Location M&S Bank Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool
The 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Liverpool this May and will be bringing music lovers from across the globe to one magnificent city.
The Eurovision week will see three events take place which consistence of nine shows in total, Semi Final One will take place on Tuesday, Semi Final Two on Thursday, and the Grand Final on Saturday.
Interest in Eurovision tickets is expected to be high, but as fans who have travelled to a Contest before will tell you: traditionally it can be easier to secure tickets for the Preview Shows. These shows have all of the content and performances of the broadcast shows but leave you free to watch the Live TV Show as it was intended.
For further information and tickets visit www.eurovision.tv
Liverpool Sound City
Date 28th – 30th April 2023
Location Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
The UK’s leading independent festival for new music and central hub for discovering the best creative experiences in the heart of Liverpool, Sound City is a must on your major events itinerary list for 2023!
The three-day festival taking place from 28th-30th April, captures the vibrancy of the city, showcasing local, national and international emerging talent. Sound City consistently delivers in being amongst the first to present the best new talent to music lovers from all over.
Did you know the festival has played host to huge names such as Ed Sheeran, Florence and the Machine, The 1975, Stormzy, Lizzo, Years & Years, and Paloma Faith at the beginning of their music careers?
For further information and tickets visit www.soundcity.uk.com
Africa Oye 2023
Date 17th – 18th June 2023
Location Sefton Park, Liverpool
The UK’s biggest free celebration of African music and culture, Africa Oye, will be lighting up Liverpool’s Sefton Park this June.
Perfect for all the family to get involved, the festival brings two days of live performances, interactive workshops, DJ stages, delicious food stalls, merchant stalls located in the Oye Village, and a new for 2023 a Toddler Zone.
Are you ready for an unforgettable weekend filled with live music, DJs, workshops, food stalls and much more.
For further information visit www.africaoye.com
On the Waterfront
Date 29th June – 02nd July 2023
Location Pier Head, Liverpool
After the success of 2022, On the Waterfront returns to Liverpool’s world-famous Pier Head for a weekend jam packed full of the city’s music royalty.
Taking place from 29th June until 2nd July, festival goers and music lovers can enjoy the sweet sounds of artists such as Jamie Webster, Camelphat, James, The Coral and Red Rum Club.
What could be more amazing than listening to your favourite artists and dancing into the evening sunset with the stunning waterfront and historic Liver Building as the backdrop?
For further information and tickets visit www.onthewaterfrontfestival.com
The Open 2023
Date 16th -23rd July 2023
Location Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Meols Drive, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 4AL
Sports fans will be pleased to hear The Open returns to Royal Liverpool in 2023 for what will be Hoylake’s 13th hosting of golf’s oldest Major Championship.
The major sporting event will take place between 16th-23rd July and will see defending Champion Australia’s Cameron Smith take the spotlight at the venue where Rory Mcilory lifted the Claret Jug the last time The Open was held at the venue in 2014.
Tickets are available for adults, youth, and junior (under 16s) enter free.
For further information and tickets visit www.theopen.com
Date 10th June- 17th September 2023
Location Tate Liverpool, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB
Liverpool will be welcoming the 12th edition of the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK, Liverpool Biennial from 10th June until 17th September.
Liverpool Biennial marks the 25th anniversary of the UK’S visual arts festival, with the festival taking central stage across Liverpool’s public spaces galleries and museums.
This year is based on uMoya: The sacred Return of Lost Things’ which addresses the history and temperament of the city of Liverpool and is a call for ancestral and indigenous forms of knowledge, wisdom and healing. In the isiZulu language, ‘uMoya’ means spirit, breath, air, climate and wind.
More than 30 international artists and collectives have been invited to engage with uMoya as a compass, divine intervention, and thoroughfare. Taking over historic buildings, unexpected spaces and art galleries, a dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings, community events, learning activities and fringe events unfolds over 14 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene.
For further information visit www.biennial.com
Randox Grand National 2023
Date 13th -15th April 2023
Location Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Liverpool L9 5AS
April welcomes three days of exciting racing and entertainment as the Randox Grand National festival heads to Liverpool.
From 13th -15th April, Aintree will showcase to the world top-class racing, including the world’s greatest steeple chase. Race Goers can enjoy Opening Day, Ladies Day renowned not only for the action on the course but also the fashion, and the showpiece of the festival Grand National Day, where the world stops to watch.
With more than 500 million people in more than 140 countries watching the jockeys battle it out across Aintree’s turf, be sure to be in the crowd and witness history.
For further information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk
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