The walls of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts have seen, emerge from its walls, several great artists from Dan Croll to Steeling Sheep to Trudy. As the arts school continues to feed the pool of Merseyside’s music scene, its annual music festival, the 2ube Xtra, strives to get bigger and better.
Having established itself as Liverpool’s first and only online music festival, the 2ube Xtra is stretched over a course of 9 days during which it will feature more than 30 live acts not just from LIPA but from all around the city. This year, the stage of the institute’s Paul McCartney Auditorium will be graced by some of the city’s fastest rising musical forces like Pink Kink, I See Rivers and Aztex, as well as some already established names like Native Kings, Venus Demilo, Mutant Vinyl, the Rainband and many more.
The festival lasts from 13th to 22nd April and will be streamed online. Free tickets can also be acquired by those who want to experience the live energy of the event. For anyone interested in taking a taste of the city’s current as well as upcoming music scene, the free well-rounded representation of it that the 2ube Xtra offers is well worth checking out.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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