The 55 Best Cultural Events in Liverpool 2019 - 30 James Street

The 55 Best Cultural Events in Liverpool 2019

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Liverpool is notorious for being a cultural hub full of gigs, festivals, theatre and events running all throughout the year. Despite us being smaller than other major cities, we manage to fit in more culture into every corner of the city than anyone else. You don’t get any better than the events in Liverpool.

There’s so much great stuff on offer this year that we couldn’t wait to tell you all about it! So, here is your definitive guide on the best cultural events in Liverpool happening in 2019.

January

Kaiser Chiefs

When: 26th January 

Where: O2 Academy, Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild of Students

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O2 Academy/Kaiser Chiefs

They’ve been away in the studio working on their next album, but the Kaiser Chiefs are back in force at the end of January.

Boyzone

When: 27th January

Where: M&S Bank Arena

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Boyzone

The Boyz are back in town with their 2019 farewell tour!

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2019

When: 29th January

Where: M&S Bank Arena

The Strictly tour is waltzing, jiving and charleston-ing its way to Liverpool at the end of January.

Sir Peter Blake: Everybody Razzle Dazzle

When: On until 31st January 

Where: Pier Head

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Cast your gaze on the iconic piece of artwork-on-the-move by the artist who famously designed the cover for The Beatles’ album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Even better, this is a free event!

February

Yellow Breck Road

When: 1st February to 2nd March 

Where: Liverpool’s Royal Court

A funny and heart-warming tale that’s surprisingly relatable. Will Dot from Anfield learn that there’s no place like home? Find out for yourself and get down to the Royal Court this Feb.

Origami Workshop

When: 2nd February

Where: Museum of Liverpool

Join the Museum of Liverpool in celebrating the Chinese Year of the Pig and get crafty with their origami workshop. It’s a free drop-in event, too.

China Peaks

When: 8th to 10th February

Where: Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

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Culture Liverpool

Transport yourself from the dynasties of China to the modern day with an amazing display of the vibrancy, tradition and all of the beautiful intricacies which make up Chinese culture.

Projections: The Quest for the Arch

When: 10th February 

Where: The Arch, City Centre

Lion dancing and street theatre will build up to a stunning projection and pyrotechnic spectacle in and around the famous arch. It’ll be taking place from 6pm on Sunday.

The Alice Experience

When: 9th to 23rd February 

Where: St George’s Hall

Fall down the rabbit hole and explore an amazing world of fantasy and magic when St. George’s Hall is transformed into Alice’s wonderland.

Traditional Chinese Lion, Dragon and Unicorn Dance

When: 10th February

Where: Nelson Street

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Liverpool Echo

Join the city in celebrating Chinese New Year this year with an incredible event in the heart of Liverpool’s China Town.

Unity Theatre’s Romeo & Juliet

When: 21st to 23rd February 

Where: Paul McCartney Auditorium, LIPA

An amazing modern dance interpretation of the Shakespeare classic, inspired by the Baz Luhrmann film adaptation.

22nd February to 23rd February Cream Classical

When: 22nd to 23rd February

Where: Liverpool Cathedral

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Performed by the fantastic Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Cream Classical is set in a spectacular location and offers a truly extraordinary experience.

The Bodyguard starring Alexandra Burke

When: 26th February to 9th March

Where: Liverpool Empire

Don’t miss out on this award-winning smash-hit musical featuring the incredible Alexandra Burke. You’ll hear all your favourite tunes and be wowed by a West End quality production.

MARCH

Broken Symmetries

When: On until 3rd March 2019

Where: FACT

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Mark Blower

This brilliant art installation brings art and science together. Featuring ten new commissions by international artists, Broken Symmetries explores vital questions and connections.

Liverpool Comic Con

When: 8th to 10th March

Where: Exhibition Centre Liverpool

With a huge line up of stars and the event being the biggest of its kind in the UK, this year’s Comic-Con is not one to miss. Plus, there are discounted rates for the under 10s and under 5s go free.

Girl on the Train starring Samantha Womack

When: 11th to 16th March

Where: Everyman Playhouse Theatre

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, Girl on the Train stars Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth. This play is gripping, compelling and will keep you right on the edge of your seat.

Fame the Musical

When: 11th to 16th March

Where: Liverpool Empire

Get those legwarmers on and come celebrate the 30th-anniversary tour of Fame at the Liverpool Empire.

Fernand Léger Exhibition

When: On until 17th March 2019

Where: Tate Liverpool

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Tate Liverpool

This fabulous exhibition showcases more than forty works by celebrated artist Fernand Léger. Get your fill or art and culture by paying a visit to the Tate before 17th March. Visit the Tate Liverpool to get your fill of art and culture this year.

Abigail’s Party

When: 25th to 30th March

Where: Everyman Playhouse Theatre 

One of Britain’s most celebrated comedies is coming to the Everyman in the form of stage and TV star Jodie Prenger, Coronation Street and Emmerdale favourite Vicky Binns and Midsomer Murders’ Daniel Casey.

David Gray

When: 26th March

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

After announcing his first album in four years, David Gray is coming to Liverpool to celebrate his eleventh release.

Threshold Festival of Music and Arts

When: 29th to 30th March

Where: Baltic Triangle at Various Venues

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Threshold Festival

This critically acclaimed festival is full of fantastic grass-roots music and art from all over Liverpool. Started by artists for artists, this isn’t one to miss if you’re looking to add a little more culture into your life this year. Find out more over on the website.

April

The Zutons ‘Who Killed the Zutons Tour’

When: 5th April

Where: Liverpool Olympia

Get ready for a big Liverpool homecoming when The Zutons return to the stage with their 2019 UK tour.

Sweeney Todd

When: 12th April to 18th May

Where: Everyman Theatre

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical has been brought back to life at the Everyman with Liam Tobin in the role of Sweeney himself.

Double Fantasy: John & Yoko

When: On until 22nd April 2019

Where: Museum of Liverpool

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Liverpool Echo

This free exhibition celebrates the meeting of two of the world’s most prolific and creative artists. Features personal objects alongside art, music and film produced by John and Yoko.

The Rocky Horror Show starring Duncan James

When: 29th to 6th May

Where: Liverpool Empire

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Rocky Horror Show

Come and feast your eyes on the weird and wonderful when this fabulous musical returns to the Empire Theatre. Don’t forget to dress up!

May

Smithdown Road Festival 2019

When: 1st to 6th May

Where: Smithdown Road

This yearly event in Liverpool has only become more popular, especially with the resurgence of independent bars and restaurants hitting student hub Smithdown Road. Catch live music, entertainment and more. Free entry.

Sound City 2019

When: 3rd to 5th May

Where: Baltic Triangle

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Liverpool Sound City

Start summer with a bang and head over to the UK’s leading independent festival for new music. This year, the event is returning to Liverpool’s creative heart, the Baltic Triangle.

LightNight

When: 17th May

Where: Locations Across the City

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LightNight Liverpool

This is Liverpool’s one-night arts festival, giving visitors from all over a chance to see the city in a new light. There’ll be huge light projections, live music, arts, crafts, theatre and much more.

Hair the Musical

When: 20th to 25th May 

Where: Liverpool Empire

Be taken back to the ‘Age of Aquarius’ with this stunning psychedelic musical. Fresh from a sell-out run in London, this Grammy award-winning show lets you re-live that summer of love. Book tickets here.

Manic Street Preachers

When: 30th May

Where: Liverpool Olympia

It’s time to reminisce as the Welsh band play their Triple Platinum, Brit award winning album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours” in full.

Olly Murs

When: 30th May

Where: M&S Bank Arena

After working with Nile Rodgers and Shaggy on his new album, cheeky chap Olly is coming to Liverpool to put on one of his biggest shows yet.

Baltic Weekender

When: 31st to 2nd June

Where: Baltic Triangle

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Baltic Weekender

Grab your mates and your dancing shoes – the Baltic Weekender is back! This electronic dance festival is hitting the Baltic Triangle once again and is bringing you the likes of Redlight, Mike Skinner, Leon Vynehall and No Fakin DJ’s.

June

Cooped

When: 4th to 8th June

Where: Everyman Playhouse Theatre

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Everyman & Playhouse

Time Out dubbed it “One of the funniest pieces of theatre you’ll ever see”, and it’s not hard to see why. Great characters, brilliant writing and all-around fantastic production. Think Hitchcock meets Pink Panther.

Take That

When: 6th June 

Where: Anfield Stadium

This is kind of a historical moment for Liverpool, as it’s the first gig to be announced at the stadium for more than ten years. Join the lads on their 30th-anniversary tour. Don’t miss out!

Jess Glynne

When: 7th June

Where: Haydock Racecourse

Superstar Jess Glynne is returning to Liverpool. This is sure to be an amazing summer show you wouldn’t want to miss!

Bon Jovi

When: 19th June

Where: Anfield Stadium

For the first time in thirty-three years, the US rock legends are heading back to Liverpool!

Africa Oyé

When: 22nd to 23rd June

Where: Sefton Park

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Africa Oye

The Sunday Times has said that “This isn’t just the largest festival of African and Caribbean music in Britain, it’s the best.” They’re not wrong! Completely free to attend, this event in Liverpool is full of amazing music, delicious food and much more.

P!nk

When: 25th June

Where: Anfield Stadium

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International pop music icon P!nk will be playing in Liverpool for the first time in ten years.

July

Gladys Knight

When: 3rd July

Where: M&S Bank Arena

Soul legend Gladys Knight is to play the M&S Bank Arena this July. With classics like ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ and ‘The Way We Were’, this is sure to be an incredible evening.

Brazilica

When: 13th July 

Where: Across Liverpool City Centre

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The only samba carnival in the UK, Brazilica is hitting the streets of Liverpool once again in 2019 and bringing a week-long celebration of all things Brazilian.

Liverpool Pride 2019

When: TBC

Where: TBC

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Liverpool Echo

The Liverpool Pride weekend usually takes place on the last weekend of July, in memorial of Michael Causer’s anniversary on 2nd August. Come and join the city this year as we paint the city rainbow to raise awareness of LGBTQA+ hate crimes – but also to come together, celebrate and bring joy to the streets of Liverpool.

LIMF

When: 20th to  21st July

Where: Sefton Park

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Tickets are now on sale for the Liverpool International Music Festival 2019. Set in Sefton Park, this amazing event brings international talent and new talent alike onto the stage. Get ready to dance yourself into the evening and create some great memories this year. The line-up has not yet been released, but you can keep up to date here.

Let’s Rock Liverpool 80’s Festival

When: 27th July

Where: Croxteth Park

Join the Human League, Tony Hadley, T’Pau and many more in Croxteth Hall Country Park. This retro festival will give you all the best of the ’80s.

August

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style

When: On until 26th August

Where: Walker Art Gallery

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Glasgow was the birthplace of the only Art Nouveau movement in the UK, and this exhibition spans the lifetime of one of the most prolific artists of the period. Around 250 objects will be on display including stained glass, furniture, embroidery, architecture and a lot more.

International Beatles Week

When: 23rd to 27th August

Where: Various Venues Including the Cavern

It wouldn’t be a year in Liverpool without a Beatles event, would it? This week-long festival celebrates the most famous pop group the world has ever seen. Expect great live music and a fantastic atmosphere.

September

Liverpool Comedy Festival

When: 13th to 29th September

Where: Various Venues

If you love to laugh, then make sure you head over to the Liverpool Comedy Festival. Top comedians from all over the UK will be coming over to Liverpool for a total of two weeks. What’s more, this fab event in Liverpool is put on by The Comedy Trust; a charity based in the city centre who work to create ‘Happier, Healthier People.’

And in The End: A Celebration of 50 Years of Abbey Road & Let It Be

When: 26th to 27th September

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

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Liverpool Philharmonic

There’s more Beatle-mania this year, and that comes in the form of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra joining forces with premier Beatles group The Bootleg Beatles. This tour marks fifty years since the release of Abbey Road and Let It Be.

Biggest 80’s & 90’s Disco

When: 28th September

Where: M&S Bank Arena

Corona, Culturebeat, Haddaway & more will all be forming the soundtrack to your night out as you take a trip down memory lane.

October

Les Misérables

When: 9th to 26th October

Where: Liverpool Empire

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Les Miserables

Set to sell out way before opening night, this classic musical will be hitting the stage of the Liverpool Empire this October. You’ll kick yourself for missing out.

Liverpool Irish Festival

When: 17th to 27th October

Where: Various Venues

This great event celebrates and highlights the amazing links between Liverpool and Ireland. Whether it’s music, literature, theatre, art or traditions – there is a rich thread of Irish heritage weaved into every fibre of the city.

November

Eddie Izzard’s Wunderbar Tour

When: 7th November

Where: Liverpool Empire

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This whimsical show provides an amazing insight into the strange and sometimes fantastical world of Eddie Izzard.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical

When: 11th to 16th November

Where: Liverpool Empire

Expect glitter, glitz and a whole lot of glamour when the iconic musical hits the stage in Liverpool. Based on the Oscar award-winning film, the show is a non-stop spectacle. Expect hits like ‘I Will Survive’ and ‘It’s Raining Men’.

River of Light 2019

When: TBC

Where: On the Waterfront

This amazing event draws crowds from all over the city and beyond with a spectacular display of fireworks lighting up the Liverpool waterfront.

December

Peter Pan

When: 7th to 29th December

Where: Liverpool Empire

Christmas 2019 will be better than ever, and what better way to kick off the festive season than with a pantomime? The whole family can fly to Neverland this December with the Empire’s brilliant show.

Ancient Egypt: A Journey Through Time

When: On throughout the year until 31st December 2020

Where: World Museum

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National Museums Liverpool

Much more than just pyramids and hieroglyphs, Ancient Egypt is a period in history that is shrouded with mystique and awe. Join the World Museum in exploring one of the largest collections of artefacts from the period, as well as learning about Liverpool’s connection to the excavations in Egypt and Sudan.

We’ll be sure to update you on new events as they come, so keep checking back to plan your best year yet of events in Liverpool!

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