We’re falling for this month’s events and activities.
The leaves might be starting to turn but you needn’t have to turn your back just because summer has technically ended as this city has plenty up its sleeve to entertain us this month. Some might think autumn is when things wind down and we start to retreat back indoors but in actual fact it seems Liverpool didn’t get that memo. With festivals, concerts and entertaining experiences September will be the month to remember!
1. Watch impressive theatre performances at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church
The much anticipated Liverpool Theatre Festival returns this September with an exciting line-up to celebrate and showcase the region’s performing and creative arts talent. The outdoor live event is back for its second year and will include a programme which features 23 performances of 16 shows across 12 days. Liverpool Theatre Festival will run shows between September 1 and September 12, and is once again being staged at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in Liverpool city centre. Something About George – The George Harrison Story featuring Liverpool actor and musician Daniel Taylor is also set to close the festival.
Fever’s dazzling array of candlelight concerts are taking Liverpool by storm, and with a huge range of musical styles and incredible venues on offer, there’s something for every music lover. This September, the talented Kaleidoscope Orchestra will be performing Eminem’s well-known songs like ‘Lose Yourself’ and ‘The Real Slim Shady’ at a stunning secret location. Listen to electronic music as you’ve never heard it before: with Kaleidoscope using classical instruments to play non-classical music in new and innovative ways. Candlelight, music and a beautiful setting- what more could you want? Grab your tickets here.
3. Savour delicious Mediterranean food and views at the new Gino D’Acampo restaurant
Known as Gino D’Acampo Old Hall Street, this restaurant is expected to bring a further touch of style to the city, serving Mediterranean cuisine and premium drinks in a chic and contemporary setting. The new opening will feature a beautiful, open-plan 200-cover restaurant, an impressive open theatre style kitchen, two private dining rooms, and a 60-cover long bar within the hotel’s impressive open bar and lounge, for both hotel and restaurant guests to enjoy. If that wasn’t all, there will also be a new 360-degree sky bar run by the Gino D’Acampo team and situated on the top floor of the hotel. The sky bar will have a huge contemporary terrace featuring unrivalled views over Liverpool and the River Mersey.
4. Enjoy the best of reggae at Positive Vibration Festival in the Baltic Triangle
Positive Vibration festival is a weekend celebration of the uplifting power of reggae and dub’s righteous reverberations in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. Performers include Benjamin Zephaniah and the Revolutionary Minds, the Mad Professor (feat Sister Aisha), Zion Train, Hollie Cook, Tippa Irie, the Neville Staple Band and Congo Natty. As part of the festival’s return, Positive Vibration has commissioned the creation of a 7ft Bob Marley statue, to be located on Jamaica Street. Bob Marley is a cultural icon across the world and more importantly he is a symbol of peace, love and unity. The festival organisers hope the statue of Bob Marley not only celebrates his ongoing legacy, but provides joy, happiness and inspiration to the people who come across and engage with it. Expect plenty og music, poetry, workshops and activities to enjoy across the weekend of September 10-11.
5. Escape to a waterside haven in these stunning glamping domes
Ok, so it’s been pretty impossible to snap up a staycation in the UK this summer, but if you’re planning to get ahead of the game for an autumn retreat, we have just the spot. Sitting pretty on the side of a lake in picturesque Weeton, Lancashire, The Domes at Ream Hills are as luxurious as glamping holidays come – with views that’ll make you forget you’re in the UK at all – let alone the North West (although, rainy spells might give that away). Suspended on a platform above the water that helps provide the most spectacular sights, each geodome is complete with a fully transparent window pointed towards the lake, with plenty of space inside to sleep up to six people for the ultimate sleepover. Talk about dreamy, right?
We’re finally entering post-lockdown territory and with that comes a hella-fun R&B Brunch back for an epic celebration every single month right up until the end of the year. Taking place at Liverpool’s huge Bierkeller venue, the R&B Brunch promises some of the baddest beats in town – from Ginuwine and old skool Beyoncé to more modern icons such as Lizzo and The Weekend. Dance the day away for five whole hours, with bottomless rum punch served for 60 whole minutes from 12 noon-1pm. Book your R&B bottomless brunch here.
7. Tuck into phenomenal pizza at Rudy’s newest pizzeria
Marking the much-loved pizzeria’s ninth restaurant, the new Rudy’s restaurant will open in the former Sainsbury’s building on Bold Street in the cultural heart of the city centre. Expect to see classic recipes such as Marinara, Margherita and Calabrese as well as weekly specials – all originating from Naples, the birthplace of pizza. Plus, to mark the launch of the second Rudy’s Liverpool site, the new pizzeria will be offering 2,500 free pizzas to it’s new neighbours and friends.
8. Celebrate and support Black artists at this multi-arts festival
Liverpool’s grassroots Black arts festival has revealed a packed line-up of multi-arts festivities taking place across the city in September and October. BlackFest, who have once again joined forces with local Black artists to create the annual festival programme, will be showcasing art exhibitions, music nights, spoken word and poetry, literature events, theatre shows, cooking sessions, acting workshops and film screenings. The Liverpool grassroots organisation prides itself on nurturing a vibrant arts community throughout the year via educational and empowering projects, and the festival will kick off with an ‘opening night extravaganza’ at the Unity Theatre – after months of uncertainty surrounding live performance.
9. Venture out of the city to visit Southport Market
Head north of Liverpool to the beautiful coastal town of Southport where not only can you enjoy strolls by the beach and feast on fish and chips but also discover Southport Market. This new addition to the town features a range of food and drink to choose from including Canadian style breakfast from Down and Oot, Greek pastries from Pitamu, Portuguese tarts from King Street Bakery, comforting pies from Birkdale Pie Co, bubble waffles from Nice Day Desserts and plenty more. Whatever you choose, you won’t be leaving hungry! Plus, this market stands out from the crowd with its illuminating lights and fairground-themed décor.
Candlelight: Rock Classics on Strings will be taking place inside the red-brick walls of Liverpool’s The Florrie in mid-September; treating both the ears and eyes with a combination of stunning Victorian architecture and incredible live music. As the rich harmonies of violins and the metallic timbre of cellos fill the venue, you’ll be sinking into your seat among a carpet of flickering candlelight that illuminates the space with a soft glow. The candlelit experience features timeless tunes from Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Foo Fighters and many more – just not like you’ve ever heard them before. Grab your tickets here.
11. Celebrate the return of live music with this electronic series at Invisible Wind Factory
ENRG Liverpool, one of the city’s underground club night series, has announced its programme for autumn and winter, running from September 17 through to December 4. The city’s beloved cultural venue, Invisible Wind Factory, will be the home of ENRG across fourteen nights – featuring a diverse line-up of renowned and emerging artists. ENRG’s line-up also features a balanced array of female and LGBTQ+ artists all leading the way in the electronic music scene. To kick things off this September, Denis Sulta, Matrefakt and Nikki Chong will be taking to the stage at Invisible Wind Factory for a top night of celebrating the return of live music.
This brunch brings the world of disco to you with all the beloved ABBA tunes you could wish for. Bottomless beer, cocktails and bubbles are the name of the game here, soaked up with tasty brunch options such as pizza with a range of toppings. Along with plenty of good vibes and some ABBA bangers, this bottomless brunch will take you on a journey of sensational serenades and sing-along showdowns so good you’ll be shouting “Gimme, gimme!” Book tickets here.