JLS and Little Mix for new Liverpool music festival

Neil Young
Image caption Neil Young & Crazy Horse will play at Liverpool's Echo Arena

Neil Young & Crazy Horse, JLS, Little Mix and Soul II Soul will perform at a new Liverpool music festival.

Liverpool International Music Festival, which replaces the Mathew Street Festival, will take place during the August bank holiday weekend.

The event launches on 18 August with legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young at the city's Echo Arena.

As part of their farewell tour, JLS are set to appear at Pier Head with Little Mix, Eliza Doolittle and Union J.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will play at Sefton Park, with internationally acclaimed opera singer Bryn Terfel singing over three nights at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Other events include Summercamp, featuring performances from Ghostpoet and Martha Wainwright, and the second Liverpool Music Awards.

A legends of Liverpool event will be headlined by The Christians alongside Connie Lush and Deaf School.

'Home grown talent'

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "Our aim for this event was to bring something fresh and new to the city, and at the same time keep the very best elements of the Mathew Street Music Festival. I firmly believe we have surpassed all expectations.

"The diverse music on offer ranges from internationally renowned artists through to home grown talent and some of the best acts paying tribute to iconic acts from the last 20 years."

Mathew Street Festival ran for 20 years, but was stopped due to cuts in funding. It cost about £800,000 a year, with the budget for Liverpool International Music Festival about 40% less, the council confirmed.

Sefton Park events are free, with stages at Pier Head ticketed.

Tickets can be purchased online, or from the TicketQuarter box office in Queen Square.

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