Everton’s plans for ‘Farewell to Goodison festival’

A series of gigs could be held for thousands of fans as part of Everton’s plans for a “Farewell to Goodison Festival.”

Sunday, 18 May 2025, will mark an emotional moment in the club’s long and storied history as the Blues take to the pitch in L4 for the final time before their move to Bramley Moore Dock.

Ahead of the season-long goodbye, the Toffees have already begun to announce a series of events to commemorate leaving the place that they have called home since 1892.

Now the club’s charity arm, Everton in the Community, has written to fans unveiling plans the club wants to hold for a series of live music events as the curtain comes down on the Grand Old Lady.

Last week, the club announced the first in its series of events planned for next summer, including Gwladys Street Presents: Cult Heroes, featuring Lee Carsley, Daniel Amokachi and Thomas Gravesen. The trio will join members of Sean Dyche’s first-team squad and special-guest host Leon Osman in August.

In a letter seen by the LDRS, the “Farewell to Goodison Festival” would run across three nights and an afternoon featuring live music between 30 May and 1 June 2025. The evening sessions would run from 5pm to 10pm with a Saturday show for young people between 1pm and 3pm.

Each evening would feature a different genre of music including dance, pop and guitar music. Under the plans, the ground would be vacated by 11pm.

The club would also likely require permission from Liverpool Council’s licensing department for the performance of live music, akin to terms granted for the series of concerts at Anfield last month. The Blues previously acquired the go-ahead for a live non-football event when boxer Tony Bellew won the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in front of fans in 2016.

According to a letter sent to fans by Sarah Atherton, Everton in the Community’s neighbourhood manager, to make the events a reality, a stage  for 20,000 fans could be built to host the three shows in front of the Gwladys Street end. It is thought the junior event would be of a smaller capacity.

Ms Atherton wrote how the events will allow “a rare and unique opportunity to experience an event of this nature at Goodison Park”.

A series of public meetings are to be held regarding the proposals later this month. They will take place at The People’s Hub, Spellow Lane, from 10am to midday on Wednesday 23 July and 4pm until 6pm the following day.


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