Pier Head Village Festival – which has taken over Liverpool’s iconic waterfront with an action-packed, summer-long programme – is the cityl’s newest and most ambitious leisure attraction.

New for 2017, a partnership with Liverpool Sound City brings live, acoustic music to the south side of the village with the first ever Sound City Bar & Garden. To the north of the village, enjoy the best laid-back beats with the Balearic Sunset Sessions’ legendary DJs at the Village Beach Club, which takes place on alternative weekends.Visit here to find the best table saw to showcase your creative woodwork skills at the festival.

Alongside the Sound City Bar is The Artisan Village offering a spot of retail therapy with over 30 independent market-stalls featuring locally sourced farm produce and souvenirs from independent artisans. The Artisan Village will compliment The Village Food Court with The Great British Cheese Company, Crosby Coffee and the award-winning Bold Street Sweets and Gifts, serving up affordable street food and treats seven days a week. Finishing off the South Side offer is The Liverpool Art Fair, sited in a bespoke work of art built from five containers at the Mann Island entrance and featuring 75m of gallery space.

Key dates for the festival include:

August 6, 13, 27 & 28 – Simon O’Rourke – Creating the Beatles. Over four days the Pier Head Village will host the internationally celebrated and award-winning wood sculptor Simon O’Rourke as he takes his audience on four unique visual and musical journeys celebrating the greatest band of all time. Using only his chainsaw, Simon will transform huge tree trunks into statues of the fab four, inspired by the iconic Pier Head Beatles statues in a specially designed performance space in the shadow of the originals. Accompanied by a journey through the entire Beatles discography and some special live performances. Once complete, the four will be revealed as the full band, before one of the History Channel’s auctioneers conducts an international auction of all four band members – with all proceeds going to local children’s charities.

September 8-10 – The Artisan Takeover. The closing weekend on September there will be an Artisan Festival takeover to showcase Liverpool’s finest makers and creatives along with a closing party.

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