Liverpool’s HUB Festival named the nation’s best

Congratulations to HUB Festival…

HUB scoops ‘event Oscar’

Liverpool’s HUB Festival has been named the nation’s best at the UK’s event Oscars last night.

HUB – the biggest urban free festival of its kind – was named Public Outdoor Event of the Year by the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA).

The festival, organised by Liverpool City Council’s Events Team, annually attracts up to 20,000 people for a weekend of urban art, music and extreme sports including skateboarding, BMX, in-line skating, break dancing and body popping with performers from across Europe and the USA.

It was established in 2003 as part of Liverpool’s successful bid to be European Capital of Culture 2008.

HUB is on the move for 2009 and going green. The festival is relocating to Wellington Dock in a bid to make it a car-free event as part Liverpool’s Year of the Environment.

The move, inspired by the success of the 2008 Tall Ships Races at the dock, will involve a free bus service operating from the city centre with festival goers being urged to use public transport with Sandhills train station lies less than 800 yards from the site. No car parking facilities will be provided.

Staged over the weekend of 23-24 May, the green agenda continues with a new Wellbeing village promoting recycling and carbon-free activities. Running 11am-7pm on both days, HUB ’09 features amateur competitions, free promos, aftershow parties, £25,000 of prize give-aways and legends in BMX, Skateboarding, Break dancing and Beat Boxing will all add to the mix.

  • There is a also a competition for bands to appear at HUB ’09. Bands have until 10th March to apply with a biography, a completed artists’ contact form and a demo. A panel of music industry professionals will judge all applications and choose their favourites to play at the event. Full line up will be confirmed by Monday, April 6.
  • Application forms can be downloaded from


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