Summercamp, a festival of music, art, food & more

The inaugural Summercamp, part of Liverpool International Music Festival, is set to take place over August bank holiday 2013. Set within Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle early Bird and kids tickets start from as little as £20 and are available from Summercamp is a small festival with big talent up close, boasting top acts such as Mount Kimbie, Martha Wainwright and Ghostpoet, world-class art courtesy of Liverpool Biennial and mouth-watering flavours curated by Sunday Brunch’s Simon Rimmer, plus much more. A village fete meets a bloc party, the event will feature both outdoor and indoor stages woven throughout and around the unique host warehouse venue, Camp and Furnace. Family-friendly and catering for every type of culture-vulture Summercamp is a new jewel in the North West summer calendar. Full line-up and further information are available on the website.


Summercamp is offering a feast of proportions suitable for a bank holiday, curated by Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch co-host and restaurateur Simon Rimmer alongside host venue Camp and Furnace’s own head chef Steven Burgess. The pair have enlisted Michelin Starred chef and Great British Menu finalist Glynn Purnell, who will create two gourmet menus that will be served during Summercamp as part of a programme of bespoke banquets. Tickets to sittings of these menus will be very limited and are due to go on sale to Summercamp wristband holders in the next month. Can Cook, in partnership with Guerilla Eats, are assembling the best of the North West’s street food. 15 traders will be cooking up an array of international cuisine in the street food style, the UK’s hottest dining trend of the moment.


Ghostpoet is amongst the first artists confirmed for Summercamp’s music strand. His addition follows the release of ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, the follow-up to a Mercury-nominated debut album, which was has received glowing reviews. The singer and producer, aka Obaro Ejimiwe, will bring charmingly downbeat electronic sounds to Summercamp’s stage this summer. Warp records’ electronic duo, Mount Kimbie will also take to the stage for a set of their much-loved post-dubstep sounds. In addition, Summercamp will welcome Canadian-American singer songwriter Martha Wainwright, sure to deliver a vocally standout set adorned with her legendary turn of phrase. Last but by no means least heading to Liverpool will be folk trio The Staves and the gritty sounds of US rock outfit, Merchandise.


Liverpool Biennial lend their art expertise to Summercamp via The Experimental Music School, a mind-expanding, family programme for all ages taking the form of workshops, games, experiments and performances. The first artist to be revealed is the Dutch luthier and musician Yuri Landman. His workshop will involve the building of bespoke instruments, Landman’s previous creations have been used by Sonic Youth amongst many others meaning the audience are in truly expert hands. Following the workshop there will be a performance of a new work using these newly created instruments with critically acclaimed Liverpool trio Ex-Easter Island Head. Summercamp will soon be announcing the details of its film programme in collaboration with the award-winning media arts centre FACT.


From urban fox hunts to teddy bear’s picnics and cardboard tree houses, the family programme, delivered jointly by Summercamp, Liverpool Biennial and Just So Festival (the boutique festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families), will include food, film, music, making and dressing up running from 11am to 7pm.

Summercamp Director Miles Falkingham comments: “We are thrilled to be bringing an event encompassing such a breadth of art and entertainment to the Baltic Triangle. The area is home to Liverpool’s brightest creativity and the city’s best, up and coming, homegrown entrepreneurial talent. Summercamp is all about reflecting and celebrating that brilliance, with something for everyone we’re hoping to make the August bank holiday a weekend to remember”.

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