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Edge Hill’s exciting new partnership with Liverpool International Music Festival will come alive this weekend at Sefton Park with the arrival of the LIMF Academy Stage, showcasing the region’s biggest young talent.

As part of Edge Hill’s growing reputation in the music industry, the University is sponsoring the Liverpool International Music Festival Academy, a programme set up to nurture young unsigned artists and give them the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of thousands.

The LIMF Academy, which is free to attend and takes place from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August in the Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool, will see 15 young bands, artists or DJs perform on stage at the popular festival. The five ‘most ready’ artists will then go on to perform at the Festival on Monday and will become part of an elite master class programme, offering priceless help, support and mentoring from music industry experts including Edge Hill’s own record label, The Label Recordings.

The five acts: Visitors, Luke Cusato, Little Grace, XAMVolo and Katy Alex, will then perform in a showcase event on campus at Edge Hill later in the year. The event will be hosted by The Label and will be organised, filmed and reviewed by student volunteers.

As part of Edge Hill’s involvement with the popular festival, English Literature student Adam Walker and Creative Writing alumnus John Smethurst will both attend a VIP Reception at St. George’s Hall on Thursday 21st August, featuring legendary singers Boy George and Tim Burgess, as part of Steve Levine’s Assembly Point Sessions.

John will then attend a VIP hospitality reception on Friday 22nd August, featuring Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds together with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Adam and John will use the opportunities to meet with music industry contacts and review the events as they build on their growing portfolios in music journalism.

You can follow Edge Hill’s involvement at Liverpool International Music Festival live through Twitter @EdgeHill @TheLabelRec or through #EHULIMF

Liverpool International Music Festival is one of the largest and fastest growing music festivals in the UK and attracted 200,000 visitors in 2013, its first year. The festival features global music icons as well as celebrated and cutting edge national and local bands and artists.

The August bank holiday weekend will see Sefton Park play host to LIMF Summer Jam and the LIMF Academy (Sefton Park Palm House), both of which are free to attend.

Find out more about Liverpool International Music Festival 2014 here.

Find out more about the LIMF Academy in association with Edge Hill University here.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.