Cathedral Carnivals to Palm House Parties: Fiesta Bombarda is one of the most vibrant and memorable evenings you can have in Liverpool. On June the 3rd they celebrate their 4th birthday.
4 years ago, a group of friends decided to throw a one-off party event to celebrate graduating university in the Bombed Out Church (hence the name Bombarda). The idea for the party was to take live music and drop it in a club night atmosphere with stunning visuals. The party was a raving success and was something completely different to what any other night in Liverpool had done before. It was with this that they knew they couldn’t stop there and had to carry on bombarding.
The success of their graduate party proved that there was something missing in Liverpool’s cultural scene – there was a lack of interest and integration between world musics and various student/local communities. Since then, their mantra has been to cultivate the appeal of these musical genres and world cultures for audiences previously unfamiliar. By amalgamating local bands and audiences with these internationally-inspired acts, they’ve been able to garner an incredibly positive reception, and carve a niche with which they’ve become a showcase for talents and destination for micro-cultures. To ensure the dynamics of a micro-culture festival atmosphere are attained they’ve always looked to include performances and installations outside of the traditional ‘live music stage’ environment; e.g. culturally-led drum workshops, acrobatic circus collectives, artisanal food stalls, fire-based performers, installation spaces and set design or live visuals – all of which follow the ideology of this being ‘more than a gig’.
Over the years they’ve hosted parties in Liverpool’s most interesting venues. They’ve brought Hot 8 Brass Band and an Eritrean band called Krar Collective to the Cathedral; they’ve brought the Carnival fun to the Sefton Park Palm House where the renegade Brass Band raised the roof; and for their first ever festival back in November they created a neon jungle which spanned three venues – we’re talking human-sized hanging glowing insects and sprawling illumines forests across roofs.
In true Fiesta fashion, they’ll be celebrating their 4th birthday with a riotous ensemble of exhilarating bands and DJs, enticing performers, face painters and stunning set design. The party takes place in the awe inspiring Grand Central Dome; a hugely inspiring and incredible amphitheatre-style hall. Acts include the godfather of club culture, Norman Jay (MBE), alongside the notoriously high-octane live antics of DUB PISTOLS and NUBIYAN TWIST, a twelve-piece groove driven outfit that clashes sound-system culture with jazz improvisation.
We’ve got a special discount code for the party which will save you £4 – just follow this link: https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org/events/2053-independent-liverpool-discount-ticket