International hip-hop legends, Grammy-nominated artists and a Liverpool music institution join Disco Classical with special guest Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge for the award-winning festival’s seventh anniversary.

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) announces the lineup for their 2019 edition, including De La Soul, Ella Eyre, Maverick Sabre, NAO, Kenny Dope, Yxng Bane and an exclusive 3Beat @ 30 30th Anniversary live performance featuring SIGMA, M-22, Geko and Anton Powers. With a diverse set of emerging artists including SG Lewis, Grace Carter and Kara Marni announced, local talents LUNA, Raheem Alameen and KYAMI of the festival’s talent development programme, LIMF Academy, will share the stage with some of the world’s biggest names. The impressive and eclectic programme showcases once again why Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music.

photo by Mark McNulty

The announcement comes fresh off the back of the news that Disco Classical with special guest Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge will close the show as Sunday headliners. Hip-hop pioneers and living legends, De La Soul will take to the Sefton Park stage as part of the festival’s eclectic offering. The trio, whose seminal debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, turns 30 this month, are set to entertain the crowd with their mix of irreverent lyrics, social commentary and jazz-funk sampling.

Chart-topping force Ella Eyre will also join the lineup alongside MOBO and Brit-nominated singer-songwriter NAO, breakthrough rapper and singer Yxng Bane, and DJ and producer SG Lewis, whose electronic stylings have earned praise from Justin Timberlake and Pharrell. The incredible Maverick Sabre also joins the billing alongside Liverpool R&B collective MiC LOWRY, four-time Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, Kenny Dope and electrifying sets from Maseo (from De La Soul), Norman Jay and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova.

Celebrating Liverpool’s rich musical history with a headline showcase on Saturday 20th July is 3Beat @ 30. The much loved, legendary Liverpool label, set up in 1989, will celebrate its 30th birthday at LIMF with a brand new and exclusive live showcase of their biggest hits with over 30 live musicians and special guests, including two-time Brit nominees and platinum-selling SIGMA, British-German DJ duo M-22 playing their club hits and Liverpool-born house producer Anton Powers.

photo by Mark McNulty


“Amidst a stellar set of music events in Liverpool this year, I’m glad that again LIMF is able to do what it does best as it presents an accessible, inclusive and musically diverse line up that continues to be a platform for great performers and performances and truly reflects what’s happening here in Liverpool. Seven years in, it really feels like LIMF is hitting its stride and continually pushing the agenda. I look forward to seeing many people from across the city, the country and further afield, come together to enjoy great music in Sefton Park at LIMF 2019.”

Already announced for LIMF 2019 are Disco Classical with special guest Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, who are set to bring an unmissable live experience featuring a 35-piece orchestra and a carefully curated selection of much-loved disco hits. The explosive performance, featuring a host of collaborators, form part of Liverpool’s RISE arts and events season, championing inspirational women who have had an impact on the worlds of music, arts, science, business, sport and politics.

Performers will be present across a number of stages on behalf of talent development programme, LIMF Academy, including rising star of the electronic pop scene LUNA, singer-songwriter Raheem Alameen, contemporary R&B musician KYAMI as well acclaimed Liverpool bands and artists Eyesore & The Jinx, Bill Nickson and Pizzagirl. LIMF truly stands out in the UK festival scene offering an impressive and eclectic programme for under £10. Representing the next chapter of a global music city, LIMF 2019 showcases once again why Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music – a status it was awarded in 2015.

LIMF takes place on 20th & 21st July. For more details and tickets visit