Liverpool International Music Festival

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"Fake Plastic Radiohead", a Radiohead tribute band, playing at the 2006 Mathew Street Festival

The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) formerly known as Liverpool Mathew Street Music Festival is a free music festival held annually in Liverpool, with Mathew Street as its central attraction. LIMF is the main name for the festival, however many names such as Liverpool Fringe Festival and Summercamp Festival, are being used for the different events separately.


Mathew Street Festival from Law Courts, August 2008

It was also the largest annual free music festival in Liverpool. In 2006 the festival was held over four days from Friday 25 August to Monday 28 August, using five stages in the city centre, including one at the Strand, two at the Pier Head, one on Dale Street, and one on Derby Square.

The event attracts thousands of visitors and acts from all over the world and hosts many bands, both local and from around the world, including many Beatles tribute bands.

Mathew Street Festival seen from Derby Square, August 2008

2007 Cancellation[edit]

The 2007 festival was cancelled on Monday 6 August by Liverpool City Council due to health and safety concerns surrounding the Big Dig - an extensive roadworks scheme across the city centre which saw the closure of Liverpool's Pier Head, the usual site of the main stage. However, it was later brought back on Thursday 9 August, on the condition that all performances would be indoors to avoid health and safety problems. The cancellation eventually led to the resignation of Jason Harborow, the boss of Liverpool's Culture Company.[1]

2009 Festival[edit]

In 2009 the festival took place over two days (Sunday 30th and Monday 31 August). The festival attracted over 200,000 visitors to the City. Matthew Street Festival 2009 saw 11 themed stages, showcasing original music and tribute acts.[2]

2010 Festival[edit]

2010 saw approximately 100,000 music fans visit Liverpool to celebrate the festival's 18th birthday. Six outdoor stages played host to a number of tribute acts, covering songs by The Beatles, Blondie and David Bowie [3]

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