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Smithdown Weekender promises Bank Holiday festival fun


The Smithdown Weekender returns next week with a busy programme of live performances and events at venues along South Liverpool’s Smithdown Road.

The annual event takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend from May 3-6 and entry to all venues is free.

Black Cat bar and bottle shop, Bean There, Franks Bar, Handyman Pub, The Beeswing and Nomad are all involved in the weekender which will showcase local and up and coming talent including bands, solo artists and DJs.

Strange Collective and Tramp Attack, playing at the Handyman on May 3 and May 4 respectively, took part in the original Smithdown Festival, while on May 5 there will also be the return of recent favourites including Mamadou and the Lekette, and the Liverpool Indie Choir, along with new faces at the festival such as Me + Deboe, all taking to the Handyman stage which is sponsored by SALT beer factory.

Bean There will host a spoken word evening on Sunday, May 5, while Black Cat will stage the festival favourite ‘hangover quiz’ on the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday, May 6.

While entry to the weekend is free, organisers are asking anyone who enjoyed themselves to consider making a donation to Liverpool’s Whitechapel Centre through the Smithdown Weekender website.

The annual festival, which began in 2015 as the Smithdown Street Party, is run by Smithdown Road Festival CIC. Next year marks its 10th anniversary.

Smithdown Weekender runs from May 3-6. Full details on the website HERE

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