Liverpool recognised as UNESCO City of Music

Judges called the city a 'haven for music'

Liverpool has been made a UNESCO City of Music, an award granted as part of the organisation’s Creative Cities Network.

The city is the second in the UK to be granted the status, after Glasgow (awarded in 2008), with the title announced yesterday (December 11). The city is already a World Heritage Site and a world ‘Capital Of Pop’.

The award is based on the city’s live music scene, but also on its musical education opportunities, musical tourist draw and its ability to produce world-class talent. The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – in its 175th year this year – was also singled out by judges.


Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson said “Liverpool is renowned for its musical influence and this status is the ultimate, and appropriate, accolade for a city which lives and breathes music.”

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He continued “It’s no secret that music is one of the biggest reasons that visitors come here – you only need look at the numbers of people going to The Beatles Story, or the crowds that head to annual events such as Sound City or LIMF to see that.”

“I’m confident that with the support of such a globally-respected name as UNESCO, this will grow further and people will realise that it is not just about the city’s contribution to music history, but is about the exciting things happening right now.”

The award comes just two weeks after three Liverpool festivals – Sound City, Creamfields and LIMF – won at the UK Festival Awards 2015.