HUB Festival returns on 21 and 22 May 2011

hubbgHUB Festival is back for 2011 and will be bigger and better than ever thanks to a brand new partnership but it is no longer a free festival.

Liverpool City Council has joined forces with Liverpool Sound City to attract the UK’s hottest up and coming bands who will wow the festival-goers.  So now, not only will there be the usual mix of awe inspiring BMX, skater and boarder tricks on display, but there’ll be a fantastic soundtrack to go with it!

The event, which takes place on 21 and 22 May 2011, will play host to a brand new Liverpool Sound City Stage, where the award winning Funeral For a Friend will headline the festival along with The Blackout.  Young Guns, Mayday Parade and We are in the Crowd will also be playing throughout the weekend all who have thousands of fans on their Facebook pages.

Tickets will be available from 9am on Friday 25 February 2011 – visit or book them through

And organisers are on the hunt for the city’s future music stars to help rock the Otterspool Prom venue.  Local bands are being given the opportunity to win a place in the line-up – all they have to do is go to, upload a sample of their music and fill in the online application.  A panel of local music industry professionals will draw up a shortlist and festival goers will be asked to online and vote for their favourite.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “This is HUB’s ninth year, and it’s getting more and more popular.

“Because of the high-calibre of headline acts, for the first time there is a small charge of £5 for a single day ticket or £8 for the two days, but I’m sure young people and their families will be happy to pay this for an adrenalin-fuelled, action-packed day out.

“There are 8,000 tickets available for each of the two days and the fantastic value of the tickets, along with the line-up of national artists, will guarantee the new look HUB Festival will be a sell out!”

And, it’s not just about the music – BMX legend Jerry Galley, skateboard gurus Pete King, Chris Oliver and Rodney Clarke and pro BMX rider Bas Keep will be showcasing their skills throughout the weekend.

Boarders, skaters and BMX-ers are all encouraged to show off their skills on the gravity defying vertical ramp – the largest in Europe at 13.5 foot tall.

There will also be competitions across the weekend giving visitors the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of cash and merchandise from some of the coolest urban brands from Vans, Quicksilver and Etnies.

Dave Pichilingi, founder and Director of Liverpool Sound City, said:  “We are over the moon to be working in partnership with HUB and we’re delighted to be bringing such big artists to the HUB stage for the first time ever.

“Liverpool Sound City and HUB are two of the greatest events of their kind in the UK.  It makes absolute sense for us to work together in this innovative way.

“To coincide with this we will also be launching a joint HUB and Liverpool Sound City 14+ Wristband.  This will get you access to the whole HUB weekend plus all the 14+ shows taking place at Sound City.”

Festival goers are encouraged to bring picnics and camping chairs for a weekend of extreme rides and BMX stunts.

There will also be dance offs between Bboys and Bgirls from across the globe who will battle it out to win the title of ‘International Break Dance Crew’ in the UK’s largest outdoor international break dance competition.