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Go for a song with Virgin Trains to the Liverpool International Music Festival

Press Release   •   Aug 22, 2013 10:14 BST

If you love your tunes then Liverpool is the place to be right now. The city, which has a rich history when it comes to music, plays host to the Liverpool International Music Festival.

The event, which runs until 22 September 2013 features over 650 acts, bringing together established performers like Neil Young, Texas, JLS, Groove Armada, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Eliza Doolittle.

Virgin Trains is the Official Travel Partner of this exciting new entrant to the UK’s music scene.

With 18 northbound trains and 17 southbound trains a day and a journey time of 2 hours 8 minutes from London Euston to Liverpool, it has never been so easy to travel to the Liverpool International Music Festival.

Standard class single tickets are also going for a song, starting from as little as £12.50. If you want to arrive in style why not treat yourself to First Class where you will enjoy our complimentary at seat service, free wi-fi and complimentary newspaper - a single ticket from London start from just £38.

The Virgin Trains Liverpool International Music Festival Academy is also hoping to uncover the stars of the future.  Over 2000 youngsters between the ages of 14 and 25 are expected to attend the Academy and benefit from a series of music master classes and networking opportunities and get a chance to showcase their talent in front of industry professionals.

So if you think you are the next One Direction or just simply want to learn, Sunday 22 September 2013 is a date for the diary and one not to be missed.

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Virgin Trains has revolutionised rail travel by creating a high speed, high frequency service that has cut journey times and made rail journeys more comfortable. It has operated the West Coast passenger train franchise since 1997, serving key UK cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Glasgow.

Virgin Trains is the brand name of Virgin Rail Group (VRG), which is owned 51 percent by Virgin Group and 49 percent by Stagecoach. The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded VRG a franchise contract, which started on 9 December 2012 and will run for up to 23 months. The DfT announced on 26 March 2013 a programme for letting future franchises, with the long-term West Coast franchise expected to start in April 2017.

Virgin Trains has been recognised in numerous awards. In September 2012 Business Traveller magazine readers voted the company the Best UK Domestic Rail Operator for the sixth year running. In 2011 the company was named Best Rail Operator in the Group Leisure Awards (which it also won in 2009 and 2010). In 2011 Virgin Trains won the British Quality Foundation's Achievement Award for Customer Satisfaction.

Customers consistently rate the company the top long-distance rail franchise operator, as measured by the National Passenger Survey (NPS) run by industry watchdog Passenger Focus. In the most recent NPS (Spring 2013) overall satisfaction was 92%, equalling our best ever score from the previous survey (Autumn 2012).

Virgin Trains first achieved Investors In People accreditation in 2007 and this was renewed in 2010; the IIP Gold award was achieved in 2011. In May 2013 Virgin Trains renewed it accreditation against the criteria of the European Foundation for Quality Management's (EFQM) Excellence Model, which it originally achieved in May 2011 The company’s Learning and Development team won a National Training Awards 2011 West Midlands award for its Coaching Culture programme.

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