‘Magical Music Trails’ – new walking trails and photography competition launches

All students are invited to take part in a new photography competition to be in with the chance to win great cash prizes and discover Liverpool’s musical heritage!

The ‘Magical Music Trails’ initiative asks you to follow one of the specially developed musical walking trails (see below) and take photos of what you see along the way. To be entered into the competition you should submit your photos to studentsuccess@liverpool.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Search – See – Snap’ by Sunday, 31 January 2021.


You can enter as a bubble of up to 6, or individually – simply send your photo via email to us to be in with the chance of winning:

  • First place: £600 (£100 per person) bubble prize/£100 individual prize
  • Second place: £300 (£50 per person) bubble prize/£50 individual prize
  • Third place: £150 (£25 per person) bubble prize/£25 individual prize

Winners will also have their photo featured on the live interactive wall at Open Eye Gallery*.

*Images must be of high quality to be showcased.

The trails

Thanks to The Beatles, Liverpool and Music are synonymous. It’s an association with deep roots, for the city has a rich and diverse music history that stretches back to the 18th century and the city’s development as one of the world’s great maritime ports – right the way to Merseybeat in the 1960s and our status as a UNESCO City of Music in 2016.

To celebrate all this great musical city has to offer, our Institute of Popular Music have developed two walking trails to discover the very best of Liverpool’s musical heritage.

Trail 1: The South Liverpool Trail

Running from Penny Lane to Lark Lane, on this trail you’ll discover more about The Beatles, festivals that run from Sefton Park and see the pub that was once home to Freddie Mercury.

Download Trail 1 here.

Trail 2: The City Centre Trail

Starting at Cains Brewery and culminating at the Pier Head, spend an afternoon walking this city centre trail to find out more about the many diverse musical acts and styles that Liverpool has been home to.

Download Trail 2 here.

How to enter

To enter, send your photo to studentsuccess@liverpool.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Search – See – Snap’ by Sunday, 31 January 2021.

You can enter individually or as a group of up to 6 people, and winners will be announced by Friday, 19 February 2021.

Find out more about the competition, the judging panel and read the full Terms and Conditions.