Some of the most exciting events in Liverpool happen in May. A month that is stocked full of amazing things to do in the city and not one but two lovely long bank holiday weekends.
From top quality nightlife to the very first festivals of the year, our what’s on guide to the best events in Liverpool will keep you in the loop of where to be this May.
Start the Liverpool Festival Season at Smithdown Rod
When: 1st – 27th
Where: Smithdown Road area
Kick off the Liverpool festival season in style on Smithdown Road, as the start of the city’s top live music events begins.
The trendy bars, cafes and restaurants on Smithdown Road are firm favourites among residents of the city and, during the Smithdown Road Festival, these venues play host to some of the greatest local talents.
This year, in collaboration with The Whitechapel Centre, organisers have planned an entire month of exciting events and artist appearances, that are all totally free to enjoy.
Swinging and Cruising on the River
Where: Mersey Ferries
One of the best things about the sunnier months in Liverpool are the summer ferry cruises, and this year Mersey Ferries will be bringing something “big” to the sun-kissed waters of Liverpool.
Cruisers will be able to float away, right back to the era of glitz and glam, as The Prohibition Pop Band provide a night of nostalgia and big band tunes.
Rolling along on the gentle waves of the River Mersey guests can enjoy alcohol, light refreshments and stunning sunset views of Liverpool onboard this one of a kind Mersey Ferry Cruise.
Tickets start at just £18 per person.
Break Free at ASBO Cinema’s Bohemian Rhapsody
When: Camp and Furnace
Come and watch, as one of the greatest movies of last year is brought to the big bad screen at Camp and Furnace, as they give Bohemian Rhapsody the ASBO treatment.
The Show Must Go On at ASBO cinema alongside all the popcorn throwing shenanigans, dancing and sing-a-longs.
This screening is promising to be one of their biggest and best yet.
The Sound of Liverpool City
Where: 3rd – 5th
When: Baltic Triangle
When it comes to producing fantastic musical talent, there’s no city that delivers quite like Liverpool. This month we can all look forward to one of Liverpool’s greatest musical events; Liverpool Sound City.
Get ready, as the three-day festival brings its usual wicked line-up to the city’s most energetic and artistic hot spot, The Baltic Triangle.
Well known chart toppers, Mabel and Loyle Carner, will be headlining the weekend and they’ll be joined by a long line of emerging talent from within the city and all over the world.
This is an event in Liverpool you simply cannot afford to miss, especially as tickets start at just £60.50!
Cheers to Champagne Charlies Brunch
Where: The Shankly Hotel
If you’ve been searching the what’s on in Liverpool guides this month for the most exciting event to attend, look no further than the rooftop of The Shankly Hotel and book tickets to Champagne Charlies Brunch.
We’ll be hosting an afternoon soiree this May that will rival some of the biggest and best parties around.
Go from day to night as you enter The Garden of Eden Rooftop terrace to be greeted by delicious cocktails and a tasty three-course meal.
All the glitz and glamour of a globally recognised party event will be coming to Liverpool for one night only, and you are all invited.
Burn Baby Burn Disco Inferno
Things are heating up on the rooftop of one of Liverpool’s most popular central bars, as they host one heck of a May Day BBQ.
Pairing fantastic food with a delicious disco soundtrack, Peacock Liverpool and the Liverpool Disco Festival are coming together for a spring session unlike any other.
It’s time to get down and get funky at this super special weekend event in Liverpool, better still it’s all free.
Looking to Have the Time of Your Life?
When: 4th – 25th
For 90 minutes, you and your posse get to chow down on delicious dishes, inspired by all American style dining, whilst quaffing plenty of Prosecco and unlimited house cocktails.
Our team of singing waiters will put on a show you’ll never forget. Enjoy your Dirty Dancing Bottomless Brunch at Mulholland Singing Diner.
When You are Just Soooooo, Motown
Where: Birdies Bar & BBQ
This is where you should be starting your weekend.
Listening to a live Liverpool band pump out all the greatest soul, funk and Motown hits from dusk then, on until dawn, some talented Liverpool DJs will be in charge of the garden party.
There’ll be plenty of dancing in the streets and all over what will hopefully be a sun-soaked terrace at Birdies Bar Live this May in Liverpool.
Bring it all back: Highschool musical
No need to keep those guilty pleasures behind the wheel of the car or confined to the shower anymore.
The secret is out. People love nostalgia because it reminds them all of simpler times.
That’s why we know Bring It All Back’s High School Musical event night at Circo will be the spoonful of sugary pop that will make your night go down oh so well.
Live Lounge at The Florist
Where: The Florist
Another Liverpool event dedicated to promoting and encouraging the gifted musical talents of the city, The Florist will be hosting a second live lounge evening inside their beautiful botanically clad bar.
Get yourselves seats early as entry is free before 20:15 pm and a enjoy a Liverpool live lounge brought to you by some of the finest talents of LIPA.
Signature Live Events: The Real People and The Cheap Thrills
Where: The Shankly
Time for another musical rooftop extravaganza brought to us by Signature Live Events.
This one will be bringing Liverpool lads, The Real People back to perform for their adoring fans in the city. Known as one of the original Brit-pop influencers of a generation, The Real People can count Oasis among their fans.
They’ll be supported by a group who are starting out on their musical journey, also from Liverpool, The Cheap Thrills.
Liverpool Lights Up
Lighting up the city for the 10th year running, organisations all over Liverpool will be getting involved in a city-wide celebration of world-class culture, as LightNight returns for another year.
The theme ’Rituals’ has been chosen to help inspire new commissions, installations and performances all over the city, all of which invite the public to understand rituals from all around the globe.
The best Liverpool events not to be missed this LightNight are the Cave Raves in UOL Victoria Gallery, The Drag Lab at Everyman Theatre and Fireside stories being told in Baltic Triangle.
Get into the Groove All Day
Where: Grove Beer Tap
Get into the groove of summer at Grove Beer Tap as they host one of their exclusive garden parties where anyone and everyone is welcome.
Live DJs, good vibes and great times are all waiting to be had in one of Liverpool’s most stunning outdoor beer gardens this May in Liverpool.
Lost Garden Party: Club Tropicana
It’s the Liverpool event that has sold out for the last three years running, taking over Constellations and transforming it into a raver’s paradise.
Lost Garden Party bring Club Tropicana to Liverpool party goers for the last time ever!
Fun and sunshine, there’s enough for everyone, but tickets are selling out fast so don’t hang around. Get yours before they’re gone for just £13.45 whilst stocks last.
Celebrate the Early Arrival of Africa Oyé
If you simply cannot wait until June, then here’s how to get your Oyé fix early as YARD host an Africa Oyé takeover.
Find out who’ll be the favourite at this year’s free festival by sampling a selection of DJ regulars, and a set from a member of Oyé organisation itself, Artistic Director Paul Duhaney.
Expect nothing but the best beats brought to audiences by the likes of Mellowtone DJs, who promote laid-back sounds including folk, blues, jazz, reggae and soul.
The perfect music to enjoy the start of what is sure to be an epic summer of exciting events in Liverpool.
Bringing Some More Big Luv to Liverpool
Where: The Shankly Hotel
Returning for another sensational soiree, a long list of Liverpool DJs bring a little love to Liverpool from rooftop events venue The Garden of Eden.
Anton Powers and Lee Butler will treat those in attendance to a once in a lifetime back to back set, followed by a long night of DJ pairings playing the biggest and best club classics.
Tickets for the Big Luv Summer Special are starting cheap and selling out fast, as usual, so get yours now for a promising night overlooking the superb sun-kissed skyline of Liverpool.
Drift Away with Trudy and the Romance
Where: Phase One
Looking for a new sound is always easy in Liverpool, especially if you’ve been searching for something that’s a bit new and different.
Trudy and the Romance are a blend of fantasy fifties film soundtracks, and dreamy love song lyrics, spiced with jazz and a sprinkling of pop rock.
You simply must go and see Trudy and the Romance to enjoy a sample of Liverpool’s best live music at Phase One Records.
One Big Baltic Weekender
When: 31st – 2nd
Where: Baltic Triangle
Spend the second instalment of May’s brilliant bank holiday weekends in Liverpool, at The Baltic Weekender where you can bop ‘til you drop to some seriously top tunes.
Three days of live acts and superstar DJs will be pumping out enough techno, house, grime and bass to shake the city to its core.
Bringing the old and new together, attendees can expect to see on deck icons mixed in with some up and coming talent, this it’s your chance to see the greats and find a new favourite to follow.
Book tickets now with daily wristbands starting at just £28 and full weekend tickets for £50!
Two for One Festivals
When: 31st – 2nd
Where: Pier Head
For all you wine lovers, the most wonderful Liverpool event will be taking over the World Heritage Waterfront again this year, bringing with it plenty of tasty tipple and fabulous foods.
The Bordeaux Wine Festival will pair the city’s best export with the culinary talents of Liverpool’s top chefs, surrounded by the stunning setting of the city’s iconic waterfront.
Enjoy a series of wine tastings and cookery workshops, side by side with Liverpool’s much loved River Festival.
In celebration of the historic Port of Liverpool, this free festival welcomes the Tall ships in and showcases a series of artistic commissions and exciting performances.
This year Sailing Through Time will depict the golden age of Hollywood through the medium of dance on the waterfront and Mann Island will play host to a shipwreck stage play. Expect to see death-defying circus performers and aerial acrobats dangling from the masts and rigging.
These two amazing events bring the best bits of life together, drinks, food, culture and art for one long weekend in Liverpool.
May is just the start of the season, keep your eyes peeled for much more to come. With such a busy month ahead, we’ve taken the very best of what’s on in Liverpool to help you plan your visit to the city.
When you are looking for the very best places to stay in Liverpool for festivals, nights out or special occasions take a look at the luxurious large group accommodation at Signature Living. The exquisite party rooms and apartments are located in the very centre of the city, and the affordable special offers mean you don’t need to spend all your pennies on your hotel room.
And as things start to get a little warmer, why not enjoy a bite to eat or refreshing drinks in any of these amazing outdoor lunch venues?