Damien, Stephen and Julian Marley to play Liverpool festival

Damien Marley
Image caption Damien, Stephen and Julian Marley will appear as part of a collective at the event

A Merseyside festival organiser has said he is "over the moon about getting not one but three" of reggae legend Bob Marley's sons to play.

Liverpool International Music Festival's Yaw Owusu said it was a "real coup" to have Damien, Stephen and Julian Marley at the event.

The brothers will appear at the Sefton Park event as part of the Ghetto Youths International Crew.

The group, which includes Stephen's son Jo Mersa, will play on 25 August.

Mr Owusu, the event's music curator, said having a "performance from a Marley brother was on my wish list when I first started programming back in February".

"To say I'm over the moon about getting not one but three of the leading reggae stars would be an understatement.

"It's a real coup, particularly as they have never before played in the city."

The World Music Stage event will also see performances from Trinidadian singer Machel Montano, Mercury nominated London band Portico Quartet and BBC DJs Panjabi Hit Squad and Robbo Ranks.

It is being staged as part of the wider festival, which runs from 18 August to 22 September across a variety of Liverpool venues.

It will feature performances by rock legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse, X Factor winners Little Mix and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra among others.

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