Liverpool

A city forever synonymous with its music scene and sporting heritage, Liverpool has become a stylish haunt for shoppers, day trippers and night-time entertainment.

Red Bull Drift Shifters

Fans of the Fast & Furious films will be accelerating towards Liverpool (in the comfort of our trains) on August 19 for the turbo-charged thrills and spills of Red Bull Drift Shifters. Taking place on a custom course in the shadow of the Royal Liver Building, this high-speed, high stakes competition brings together 12 of the world’s best drivers for the ultimate test of skill, which rewards competitors who screech perilously close to obstacles without crashing. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Titanic The Musical

Audiences won’t need to man the lifeboats when Titanic The Musical sails into the Empire Theatre from July 30 to August 4. This touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical charts the fortunes of various passengers and crew on HMS Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage on April 14, 1912.

Awful Annie

Later in the month at the same theatre, David Walliams’ Awful Auntie combines naughty and nice between August 29 to September 2. Aimed at ages five and over, this production from the producers of Gangsta Granny charts a battle of wits between little Stella and her scheming Aunt Alberta.

Fusion Festival

Fusion festival welcomes acts from across the globe to Otterspool Promenade on September 1 and 2 including David Guetta, Clean Bandit and Sigala on Saturday, followed by Shawn Mendes, James Arthur and Jax Jones on Sunday.

Liverpool Pride

Liverpool Pride (www.liverpoolpride.co.uk) proudly paints the city in rainbow colours under the banner All Together Now, marching as one on July 28 and 29 to stamp out homophobia, biphobia and transphobia with a packed programme of events for all ages. Sophie Ellis-Bextor headlines the main music stage on Saturday alongside performances from Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act and Osvaldo Supino.

Liverpool Comedy Festival

The city has given birth to some of the country’s most beloved comedians and entertainers including Arthur Askey, John Bishop, Ken Dodd, Mick Miller, Alexei Sayle, Freddie Starr and Jimmy Tarbuck. For the 17th year, venues great and small play host to Liverpool Comedy Festival from September 14 to 30, which brings together the crème de la crème of hilarity from around the UK with some of the best home-grown Scouse talent. The programme is still under wraps but last year’s festival gleefully welcomed Rob Brydon, Taskmaster host Greg Davies, Abandoman, Micky Flanagan, Milton Jones, Joe Lycett and Jerry Sadowitz.

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