UNESCO City of Music

since 2015

Liverpool is a city where music is our lifeblood.

Liverpool and music are synonymous, and there’s no other city that does it quite like we do. With a rich and diverse music history and talent from across the region, music is at the very heart of what makes Liverpool special. In 2015, Liverpool was designated as a UNESCO City Of Music and confirmed what we all knew, Liverpool is and always will be a music city. 

Liverpool’s musical reputation is built around the city’s innate ability to continue to generate talent like no other place on earth. From The Beatles through to Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Real Thing, Atomic Kitten, Rebecca Ferguson, Echo And The Bunnymen, The La’s, The Coral, CamelPhat, Yousef, the list goes on. That’s before you even look to the stars of today and beyond. With talent like Jamie Webster, Crawlers, The Mysterines, Red Rum Club, Stone, Girls Don’t Sync and Michael Aldag rising amongst the ranks representing the city on national and international platforms. 

To hone these talents, you need the right environment and Liverpool has music pouring out of every street, building and open space you can find. Our rich network of venues, run by people who live and breathe music, are the foundations of what allows us to develop our crafts. From 24 Kitchen Street to Meraki, Invisible Wind Factory, Future Yard, The Jacaranda and so many more amazing grassroots venues, you’re never far from discovering the next big thing. 

Liverpool also knows how to go big, and we promise to throw a party you will never forget. From hosting the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards to welcoming the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine to the M&S Bank Arena in 2023 we don’t shy away from hosting a party for world class events. That’s not forgetting our incredible festival scene too, from Liverpool Sound City to On The Waterfront, Africa Oye, International Beatle Week, and Creamfields – festival season is like no other in Liverpool. Team all that with the outstanding reputation the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra holds across the world and the lengths people travel to experience a Cream or Circus club night, we’re a city to be beaten.

This is Liverpool. The city where music lives.


Kevin McManus
Head of UNESCO City of Music

Phone: (+44) 151 233 0977 / 07934 707 018

Read about the changing music scene in Liverpool and its relevance today in the Culture Liverpool music blog written by Kevin McManus.

Facts and Figures

Liverpool is a major city in the North West of England  and is  176 miles from London

Liverpool was established as a Borough in 1207


City covers 11,160 hectares of which 1,000 hectares are a UNESCO World Heritage site

Population (City)

Population (Liverpool City Region)
1.5million people

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