On the Waterfront festival returns to Liverpool’s Pier Head this summer, following a triumphant debut in 2021 which attracted over 40,000 people.
The 4-day festival has just revealed the line-up for the finale show on Sunday 2 July, curating a northern powerhouse of legendary bands.
First up are Manchester legends James, whose performance coincides with the band’s 40th Anniversary tour and soon-to-be-released double album which features a full orchestra and gospel choir in celebration.
A band entwined in the soundtrack of a generation and undoubtedly one of the UK’s most enduring success stories. Having sold over 25 million copies and released over 16 studio albums to date, and more recently their ‘James Lasted’ tour selling out in a matter of hours, proves that as they approach their fourth decade, they’re showing no signs of sitting down.
Jim Glennie of James said, “We are pleased and excited to announce our performance at ‘On the Waterfront’.
“What an incredible setting to do a gig. We love playing Liverpool. The people have such heart and are always up for a good time. A definite highlight for our 40th anniversary year. See you there.”
Next up is another legendary band, one which needs little introduction – The Coral. The Hoylake band which emerged from Wirral in the early 2000’s and originally signed to the lauded Deltasonic label, has been hailed as changing the musical landscape, paving the way for an exciting new scene, spawning a new wave of guitar bands.
Their 2002 eponymous debut album was nominated for a Mercury Prize and over the years have bagged themselves five Top Ten UK albums and eight Top 40 singles including timeless classics ‘Dreaming of You’, ‘Pass It On’ and ‘In the Morning’ to name a few. With the band’s 20-year anniversary and latest album ‘Coral Island’ touted as a career-best is testament to their longevity.
James Skelly of The Coral, said, “I can’t think of a better setting to play our music live than Liverpool’s Pier Head in the Summer”
Another Liverpool band joining the fold is Red Rum Club, the brass-infused indie sextet has garnered a huge and loyal following over the last few years, selling out numerous venues nationwide, including two hometown 4,000 capacity shows at Liverpool’s Olympia. Having supported the likes of Circa Waves and Miles Kane on their UK tours, 2023 will see the highly anticipated release of the band’s fourth studio album and more UK and US tour dates to follow.
The all-day festival forms part of a 4-day weekend of entertainment with Liverpool’s iconic Three Graces and River Mersey as its iconic backdrop, and Sunday’s session is undisputedly a Mersey paradise for live music lovers.
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