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We know you love a party on the pier and this year is no exception as we once again bring the Liverpool waterfront to life with a host of FREE open-air musical performances on THREE magnificent stages. The main stage at the Pier Head will play host to a fantastic line up from Friday night to Sunday in partnership with the BBC as we welcome big name artists to our fabulous waterfront.

The party starts on Friday night in partnership with the BBC as we celebrate BBC Music Day from 5.00pm with a stellar line up of acts to get the weekend rocking and we continue the party late into the night until 11.00pm.

Saturday and Sunday are family friendly affairs – on Saturday we provide the perfect soundtrack to a soultastic day of funk and soul before we take time out on Sunday with a musical legend musical stars to enjoy some classic songs perfect for getting your dancing shoes on!

Sound Waves Stage at Mann Island Basin – grass roots performances from community choirs and musicians and a programme of street theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

Ship Stage at Hartley Quay (Kaskelot) – in celebration of our twinning with the Dublin River Festival, Saturday’s music will be dedicated to all things Irish with Sunday playing host to laid back classics and acoustic tracks From a spectacular Friday night of music to a weekend bursting with toe-tapping hits – you’ll definitely need your dancing shoes.

  • Billy Ocean

    Billy Ocean

    Sun 5 Jun ‘16

    Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, having sold over 30 million records in his lifetime. He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum

  • Gwen Dickey’s Rose Royce

    Gwen Dickey’s Rose Royce

    Sun 5 Jun ‘16

    Gwen Dickey first hit the spotlight with the hit records made famous by Rose Royce - a soul, funk and disco band formed by Motown writer/producer Norman Whitfield. Gwen was

  • Soul II Soul

    Soul II Soul

    Sat 4 Jun ‘16

    Soul II Soul are a British musical group formed in London in 1988 best known for their 1989 UK chart-topper and US Top 5 hit Back to Life (However Do

  • The Real Thing

    The Real Thing

    Sun 5 Jun ‘16

    The Real Thing are a British soul group formed in the 1970s. With a string of UK hits, the band gained international recognition with single You to me are everything which

  • Terri Walker

    Terri Walker

    Sun 5 Jun ‘16

    Fearless, that’s how Terri Walker feels. Sixteen years into her career, she has come full circle, having worked with some of the biggest players in the music industry, gaining unrivalled

  • Shola Ama

    Shola Ama

    Sun 5 Jun ‘16

    Shola Ama is an English R&B singer who scored her biggest hit in 1997 with a cover of Turley Richards’ You Might Need Somebody. She was discovered aged 15, by

  • Natalie McCool

    Natalie McCool

    Fri 3 Jun ‘16

    Having risen through the ranks of the UK indie world, championed by pop stars and indie icons and collaborated with Suede legend Bernard Butler on her stunning 2013 self-titled album,

  • Sundowners


    Fri 3 Jun ‘16

    Sundowners are a Wirral 5-piece with stunning stage chemistry born out of both Fiona & Niamh’s long-term friendship and the addition of Fiona’s brother, Alfie, on guitar. The trio are

  • Cavalry


    Fri 3 Jun ‘16

    Liverpool five-piece Cavalry emerged in 2014 and have since been championed by BBC Introducing after their first demos were supported by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) and Dave Monks (BBC

  • Tea Street Band

    Tea Street Band

    Fri 3 Jun ‘16

    Liverpool’s Tea Street Band will be brewing up a musical storm with their euphoric sound on the International Mersey River Festival main stage as part of BBC Music Day. Having

  • Louis Berry

    Louis Berry

    Fri 3 Jun ‘16

    Born in Liverpool to a heroin addict father and a mother desperate to keep him on the right side of the law, Louis Berry already seems to have lived nine

  • Clean Cut Kid

    Clean Cut Kid

    Fri 3 Jun ‘16

    Clean Cut Kid is a Liverpool four piece who make inventive and adventurous art-pop. The group make music that they describe as ‘fuzzy pop ballads, washed in Mersey water’ as

  • The Ambition

    The Ambition

    Sun 5 Jun ‘16

    Tipped by the industry as the next big thing, The Ambition is made up of Jack Morton, Ant Brady and Scott and Max Mealey. The Liverpool-based four piece exploded online

  • Ronnie Herel

    Ronnie Herel

    Sat 4 Jun ‘16

    Ronnie Herel is a true ambassador of urban music so it was no surprise when Radio 1’s sister station BBC 1Xtra, snapped him up as one of their first DJ

  • XamVolo


    Sat 4 Jun ‘16

    XamVolo seems wise beyond his years. Overseeing every element of his music, which he describes as ‘a messy mind over raw, dark jazz grooves’, the Londoner has embraced himself in

  • Hicari


    Sat 4 Jun ‘16

    HICARI, which means ‘Light’ in Japanese, are a multicultural 5-piece pop band based in Liverpool. HICARI describe themselves as a band of friends who use their influences to create new uplifting

  • Jalen N’Gonda

    Jalen N’Gonda

    Sat 4 Jun ‘16

    Born in Maryland, USA, Jalen N’Gonda chose the city of Liverpool as the place in which he would flourish as a musician. Since arriving in the UK in 2014, the

  • Halem


    Sat 4 Jun ‘16

    Liverpool based, electronic pop trio who have received support from the likes of Aquilo, Howard Jones and The Slow Readers Club. They have regular features on BBC Radio and to

  • Amique


    Sun 5 Jun ‘16

    Amique, a multi-faceted musician more committed to his own artistic evolution than to chasing current trends, is an artist to watch. Amique creates music that fuses soul, rock, funk and