6 Things to look forward to in Liverpool this summer
Festival | Fusion Festival
2-3 September – Otterspool Promenade
Where can you go this summer to see one of the UK’s biggest ever boy bands and a hugely successful girl group perform on the same stage? Fusion Festival of course. The music extravaganza returns to Otterspool with a stellar line-up including Little Mix, Take That, Tinie Tempah, X-Factor winner Louisa Johnson and many more. Prices start from £48.50 for a day ticket and £89 for a weekend ticket.
Music | John Legend
17 September – Echo Arena Liverpool
He’s the multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter who has been riding a wave of success of late. From producing and starring in the international smash hit ‘La La Land’ to recording the theme song to the remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, there’s little John Legend can’t do. Fans can expect to hear his modern day classics like ‘All of Me’ to the latest hits from his fifth album ‘Darkness & Light’.
Festival | Liverpool Loves
5-6 August – Derby Square and Liverpool ONE, Liverpool city centre
The festival that celebrates all things Liverpool is back after a hugely successful 2016 event. Dubbed ‘The People’s Festival’ the event will bring activities for all the family, food and drink stalls and a main stage playing host to plenty of rising talent in Liverpool. As in previous years, the festival will focus on four key themes – business, culture, food and wellbeing. Expect lots of free activities and entertainment.
Comedy | Rob Brydon: I am standing up…
29 September – Liverpool Empire
Star of TV favourites ‘Gavin & Stacey’, ‘Marion & Geoff’ and ‘The Trip’, comedy superstar Rob Brydon brings his new show ‘I am standing up…’ to the Empire this autumn. Critics have called the multi-award winning writer and performer’s new show a “masterclass in light entertainment” while the comedian is described as having “a delightful sense of comic job”. It’s the perfect escape from the struggles of everyday life.
Theatre | Romeo and Juliet
31 August – St James Gardens, liverpool Cathedral
Shakespeare’s tale of the star crossed lovers is given a new lease of life in this outdoor production by Oddsocks Productions. Set on Brighton’s seafront, the story of the feuding Montagues and Capulets is transformed into a mods and rockers showdown and the theatre company promises that, despite the tragic ending of the play, audiences can expect plenty of laughs throughout. Tickets from £14 (£12 concessions).
Film | IT
Released in cinemas 8 September
Stephen King’s thriller 1986 novel ‘IT’ has been given the big screen treatment and promises to be just as scary as the 1990 mini-series version. Focused on the sleepy town of Derry, Maine where a number of children have mysteriously gone missing, the film follows the experiences of a group of children and the shape shifting entity that transforms into the terrifying clown Pennywise. Starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise and rising newcomer Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, the film has yet to be given a rating but is probably not the most kid-friendly of movies!