May promises to be a fun-packed month, with plenty of Eurovision buzz to soak up. However, there’s plenty more besides Eurovision to enjoy, including new exhibitions and lots of lovely Candlelight Concerts. There are lots of things to do this May in Liverpool!
1. Devour a Eurovision-themed menu
From fancy, 6-course menus to Eurovision-themed pizza, cocktails and even afternoon tea, plenty of restaurants are celebrating the arrival of Eurovision in Liverpool. There’s something for every budget, and you don’t even have to reserve a table at some places. Check out our list of the best Eurovision menus for some inspiration.
2. Marvel at Candlelight: A Tribute To Taylor Swift
On May 27, a talented string quartet will perform the music of Taylor Swift, surrounded by the light of hundreds of flickering candles. The 60-minute show will begin at 8.30 pm and the venue is wheelchair accessible.
You can expect to hear songs like ‘Anti-Hero’, ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Love Story’ performed by professionals in a stunning concert. The grand St. George’s Hall will make the perfect venue for this unmissable event.
3. Run for the 97
On the same day, May 27, the annual Run for the 97 will commence at 9.30 am in Stanley Park. This will be the ninth run to date – a testament to Liverpool’s dedication to its people.
This 5K run is in memory of the 97 people who dies in the Hillsborough Disaster back in 1989 and the event raises money for charities supporting survivors and the families of those who died. It also supports charities providing support to those living in Everton.
You can’t sign up for a dedicated number anymore but generic numbers will be assigned to those who turn up to participate on the day. Check out the website for more information.
4. See Floating Earth at the docks
May is your last chance to see Luke Jerram’s ‘Floating Earth’ in Albert Dock, as the artwork will move to another city on May 18. It’s already toured many cities in the UK and you simply have to see it.
This huge piece of artwork floats on the water, with its light reflected below. NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface was used to create it and if you stand exactly 211 metres from it you can see the Earth as it appears from the moon.
5. Check out Xpresia Festival
Xpresia Festival comes to Liverpool from May 7-9 and it’s completely free to attend. This innovative festival will showcase the artwork of UK and Ukranian artists in the Ten Streets at places like The Invisible Wind Factory, Meraki and Quarry.
Expect live music, DJs, theatre and cabaret and what promises to be a truly special event. There will be club nights at each of the venues from 10 pm on May 7, plus a secret afterparty. The next day, you can expect live music from 1 pm and again from 7 pm on May 9. Check out the website for more information and to book your free tickets.
6. Experience Rave UKraine
At Content in Liverpool and HVLV Bar feat. Hangout in Kyiv, Ukraine two twin raves will take place on May 7. As we all know by now, Liverpool is hosting Eurovision 2023 on behalf of Ukraine and the city has vowed to celebrate Ukranian culture. What better way to do it than with a rave?
Extraordinarily, both raves will be live-streamed to the other so you’ll be able to see partygoers in Ukraine having fun too. The Liverpool event will start at 3 pm and Hot Chip will be performing, alongside Ukrainian DJ Mingulitka.
Organiser, Jez Collins, says:
“Rave UKraine is an act of resilience and a party with a purpose. Uniting ravers and
clubbers on the dancefloors of Liverpool and Kyiv, it is an act of solidarity and
support and a rejection of Russia’s war on Ukraine, its music and its cultural identity.”
You can buy tickets for the event either here or here.
7. Test your knowledge at a Eurovision Quiz Night
Tempest on the Tithebarn will be running Eurovision Quiz nights at their stunning establishment if you’d like to try your hand this May. Their weekly quiz night has been a hoot for a long time but this time it’s totally Eurovision-themed.
Join other Eurovision enthusiasts (and those who just enjoy a quiz with their pint) at 6 pm for the chance to win £100. It costs £2 to enter and the quizzes will take place on May 1 and May 8.
8. See a ‘Return Of The Gods’ Exhibition
Until February 25, 2024, you can see a brand new exhibition at World Museum. ‘Return Of The Gods’ explores the mythical lives of Greek and Roman gods, whose legacies have gone on to determine and inform the direction of pretty much every aspect of modern life in one way or another.
It explores over 100 sculptures over 2,000 years old and loads of experiences for all of the family to enjoy including the chance to enter a mock-up of a luxury Ancient Roman villa. You can buy tickets on the website or at the front desk and they cost £8 but members and kids under 17 go free.