LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL Music Festival (LIMF), organised by the city’s local authority, has introduced a ticket price for the first time in its six-year history.
Audiences wishing to see Hacienda Classical, Example and Basement Jaxx at the 40,000-capacity event will be charged £5, approximately one 10th of the price of a similar commercial event, according to LIMF music director Yaw Owusu.
“Liverpool has been hit by public sector cuts, so having a mixed model of council funding, commercial sponsorship and a ticket price made sense,” he says. “Previously the festival comprised many separate events, but we’ve streamlined it so audiences will enjoy everything from English folk to Norwegian electronic music and hip hop from Scotland.”
The event takes place following the failure in Liverpool of Hope & Glory Festival (12,500) last year, which cancelled its second day amid a collapse of organieation and security concerns.
“That event was a blip on an otherwise great track record,” says Owusu. “Lots of Liverpool festivals were winning awards, but it refocused everybody.”
According to an independent report carried out for the council, last year’s event generated £1.15 million for the city while a VIP area – this year ticketed at £15-20 sold 1,100 tickets.