We’re half way through 2015. That’s five and a half months since we abandoned our New Year’s resolutions.
It is August already. Let that sink in. It seems as if the British weather is oblivious to the time of the year and isn’t showing any sign of sun yet but don’t let the lack of sun dampen your spirits as August is promising to be a hot month, regardless of the temperature. From our own independent festival to psychometric picnics, Liverpool is going to be a good place to be this month.
Here are some things to do this month:
Sing along at Liverpool International Music Festival
One of the biggest dates on the Liverpool calendar as Liverpool International Music Festival gear up for another weekend of free music in the wonderful Sefton Park. From 27th-31st on August expect to see headliners such as Basement Jaxx, Echo and the Bunnymen, Katy B and a whole host of local acts. The entire festival is like a victory lap of Sefton Park, a literal platform to display how gifted we are as a whole with a bit of crowd-surfing thrown in for good measure. With hundreds of different acts from many different countries, Liverpool is going to be the Mecca of music this weekend and it is not to be missed as LIMF doesn’t just help you discover the new, it inspires the next.
Come To Our Food and Drink Festival
What are you doing on August 22nd and 23rd? Coming to our indoor food and drink festival, of course. For now, we’re keeping the location very secret but expect live DJ’s, a pop-up gin garden by Botanical Garden, a craft beer corner by Liverpool Craft Beer, a whisky den and food from Lucha Libre, Slim’s Pork Chop Express, Maray and lots more. Tickets are selling quick, get yours here.
Go Shopping at Kaz Gardens Summer Vintage Fair
Kaz Gardens is the go-to space to slew to in the sunshine and whilst you might usually head for the ambiance and the drinks, you might want to head for a different reason on the 9th August. Local vintage aficionados will be coming together with racks of their beautiful and timeless pieces for a summer vintage fair from 12-8pm. Expect arts and crafts, vinyl and potentially a tarot reader. Although your destiny may be altered depending on how much time you spend at the bar. Join the events page here.
Dance At Liverpool Loves Festival
We all love Liverpool but what does Liverpool love? Well on the 8th of August we’ll all be finding out as Liverpool Loves Festival will be on from 10am-10pm Dubbed the “people’s festival” the free day event centres around “wellbeing”, “food” and “culture”. Three things Liverpool knows a lot about. Expect food stalls, live music and one hell of a party. Morning Gloryville are kicking off the celebrations with a special morning rave, get your tickets here.
Buy The New Independent Liverpool Card
Nothing like a bit of selfless promotion. Last week we brought out the new Independent Liverpool Membership Card and it looks absolutely beautiful in our humble opinion. The back is like a Tetris build a block of Liverpool with a mix of regal and timeless architecture. This is our third card now and we can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve shown us. For discounts at places like Lucha Libre, Maray, Free State Kitchen, East Avenue Bakehouse and close to 100 more grab yours here or pick it up at either Utility on Bold Street.
Spend An Afternoon At A Psychometric Picnic
Brought to you by the creators of Soma Sonic, Psychometric Picnic is a 1 day, family friendly mini festival with the aim of bringing together people of all ages & cultural backgrounds to take part in an interactive & immersive art & music experience. All within the walls of the stunning Bombed Out Church. The day is designed to inspire creativity, collaboration & a deeper connection to community, nature & true self. Get your tickets here.
Go To A Secret Garden Cinema
You can now watch the stars of Hollywood under the stars of Liverpool. Last month a secret garden cinema launched in Liverpool where you can sit on a rooftop terrace in deck chairs with family and friends and watch Blockbusters. This month Stand By Me, Fight Club, Dirty Dancing, Pulp Fiction and more will be playing. This is a really unique way to watch film and a step in the right direction for Liverpool so go and show your support. Tickets here.
Visit A Cava Cave
Berry Street is electrifying at the moment. A few weeks ago a secret Cava cave in Liverpool launched and we’re pretty sure you fancy going there. You’ve probably grabbed your wallet and put one leg in your pants already, we bet. Located in the basement of Roja Pinchos on Berry Street, Abajo is an intimate area where the light is supplied by candle and Cava comes by the bottle. You need to visit here.
Have A Drink At Goodness Gracious Garden
Oh Me Oh My is a beautiful space that looks like a Marilyn Monroe dressing room with beautiful and intricate furnishings that make for a fancy affair. A few seconds in the lift and you’re transported into another world; Goodness Gracious Garden. It is a beautiful rooftop terrace full of greenery and lovely cocktails but people come for the view. You can see the whole of Liverpool and the Three Graces are quite literally a stone’s throw away. If you fancy other suggestions for outdoor drinks this summer, check out our list here.
Watch The New Football Season
Football fans, the start of the new season is here the weekend of 8th August and there’s no better place to watch it than Camp and Furnace. They’ll be showing every Everton and Liverpool game throughout the season so head down for cold bottles of beer, delicious cocktails and a great street food selection. It beats warm beer and cold pies any day no matter who you support.
Visit A Tequila Festival
Amigos, can we all agree there’s no hangover like a Tequila hangover? On August 8th one of the UK’s first Tequila festival, or what we prefer to call “agava extravaganza”, will be held at the Maritime Museum and people everywhere will be wincing and licking salt. Lucha Libre will be there serving up tasty tacos and El Bandito will be shaking up the world of Tequila cocktails with some live music in the background. It promises to be a very fun day and as a result there’s only juan place to be this Saturday. Tickets here.
Celebrate International Beatles Week
Now we know we all take the Beatles for granted but this mini-festival is actually quite unique. It was what evolved into Matthew Street festival and what then evolved again into Liverpool International Music Festival. It was Liverpool’s prototype of a homegrown music festival. You can expect auctions, music and expert speakers from all over the world coming to Liverpool from 26th August to 1st September. Beatles mania and a few arguments over who was the best Beatle expected. It was definitely George. More info here.
Explore The Work Of Jackson Pollock
August is always a lovely month to wander and explore and the Tate is a perfect place to do that. Throughout August head to the Tate to see Jackson Pollock’s diverse and influential art practice in Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots. The exhibition will give you the chance to discover this pivotal artist’s iconic drip and pour paintings alongside his drawings and rarely seen sculptures. Get inspired by the art and walk along the docks with a hot drink after. Bliss. More here.
Have A Family Fun Day
The 28th-31st August 2015 is set be an exciting date on the calendar as Liverpool Family Fun Festival springs into the city! This bright and bustling festival is set to take place at Riversdale Police Club Grounds leading onto Otterspool Promenade and offers a whole array of fantastic activities for families and people of all ages. Children will be excited to see a whole array of rides and attractions, inflatables, soft play, donkey rides, carnival games as well as arts and crafts and the parents will be excited to see the bar. More here.
Watch A Film At A Small Cinema
Liverpool Small Cinema launched a few months ago and has transcended the world of film. The old Magistrates Court on Victoria Street has been revamped into an intimate cinema to show off local filmmakers work. A unique experience that embraces community and takes cinema back to the core of what it is. There’s loads going on in August, check the listings here.
Find Peace At The Palm House
Yoga has become increasingly popular over the years as people are in search of zen in a world of chaos. A time to turn off the phone, leave your worries at the door and find harmony on a mat. There isn’t a more serene and beautiful location than Sefton Palm House to do so and they have different yoga sessions on most days. Find your inner peace here. Namaste.