5 things not to miss at Feis Liverpool 2018

Van Morrison
THERE'S just over a week to go until one of the biggest celebrations of Irish heritage Liverpool has ever seen - Feis festival.

In its first year, Feis Liverpool will head to Liverpool's World Heritage Waterfront on Saturday, July 7 welcoming the likes of Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan, Albert Hammond, Damien Dempsey, Imelda May and Chieftans.

The festival forms part of the city's events programme celebrating ten years since it was crowned European Capital of Culture.

Many families across Liverpool have descendants from Ireland - more than 75% of the city's population have Irish decent.

Organiser Vince Power said: “I’m proud and delighted to bring The Feis to Liverpool, a great city with such strong ties to Ireland.

"I have always wanted to do an Irish music festival here.

"The Pier Head is the perfect location because of its powerful and emotional significance.

"We have a fantastic line-up and this event will bring together the finest, most celebrated Irish musicians in a marvelous festival atmosphere.

"I would like to add my sincere thanks to Liverpool City Council and Mayor Joe Anderson, who saw the strength of the idea immediately and have been so supportive.

"This is the biggest line-up of Irish artistes Liverpool has ever seen.”

The Coronas
Here's the five things we're most looking forward to:

1. Enjoying the predicted sunny weather - fingers crossed!

Looking ahead to Saturday, July 7 Liverpool seems to be covered in a warn 21 degree heat, although there is a slight chance of rain - what's new?! There is no better way to spend a hot summers day than outside Liverpool's three graces with sublime music to accompany.

2. Discovering new things

Although there are some big names on the line-up, Feis has made sure we get a good dose of talent we would probably never see anywhere else.

Our tips:
Sean Nós Dancer Tommy Stenson
Newfoundland The Band
The Biblecode Sundays
Mary Coughlan
The Stunning
Clare Sands
Finbar Fury
The Coronas

Oh, and if you don't have a Guinness in your hand and then wash it down with a shot of whiskey to get in to the spirit from the festival bar.

Imelda May
3. Going back to our roots

We mentioned before that more than 75% of Liverpool's population have Irish decent and the city is often referred to as the ‘real capital of Ireland’ and ‘Dublin’s backyard.

With the Irish Centre & Comhaltas and Liverpool Irish Festival taking place in October, Feis is another welcomed edition to the city's open book of events celebrating it's roots.

Feis' official Twitter has also been tweeting stories from Liverpool's notable Irish residents including Agnes Jones, born 1832 in County Donegal who was the first trained nursing superintendent at Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary and became known as The White Angel due to reforming the harsh conditions.

A special mention was also made to Toxeth-born suffragette Delta Larkin who traveled to Ireland and creating the Irish Women Workers Union.

4. Being part of Liverpool's 10th anniversary of European Capital of Culture celebrations

Featuring some of the biggest names in Irish music, both contemporary and traditional, Feis will play a key part in celebrating how the city came to be and 10 years since Liverpool was crowned European Capital of Culture.

In 2015 the city was also named UNESCO City of Music and throughout 2018 there will be a whole host of new and exciting events to mark this occasion proving that Liverpool has still got it.

Finbar Furey

5. Making history

This is the first time an Irish festival of this magnitude has ever graced Liverpool, let alone at The Pier Head.

Selling out both Early Bird and Guest Area tickets, there is still chance to get your hands on VIP tickets based at The Liver Building which means you can view all the action from a balcony and seating on the ground floor, this will also give you access to toilets, food and a bar but is exclusive to only 250 people with access until 1am.

With this ticket at £140 you can join in with the official Feis after party with bands and a DJ.

General admission tickets are also still available at £65 but kids under 13 go free!

With a line-up consisting of Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan, Imelda May and Chieftains, you'd be gutted to miss this.

For more information and tickets visit www.feis1.com


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