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An ECHO Supplement


Your essential guide for a fun-packed season


WELCOME to Summer in the City – your ECHO essential guide to all the big events happening across Liverpool and Merseyside this summer. This 24-page colour supplement includes a pull-out-and-keep listings guide identifying all the best in music, arts, festivals, sport and family-friendly activities in the region between May and August.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


JOIN THE FUN: 35,000 music lovers from across the UK are expected to descend on Merseyside as part of this year’s Liverpool Sound City


p2/3 Sound City p4/5 Pageant of Power p6 Southport Jazz Festival p7 Picasso/Toulouse Lautrec exhibitions p8/9 Hub Festival p10 Lord Mayor’s Parade/ Wirral International Kite Festival p11 International tennis/ Women’s Open at Royal Birkdale p12/13 Full listings guide p14/p15 Summer Pops p16 Africa Oye p17 Brouhaha/Arabic Arts Festival p18 Southport Flower Show p19 In the Night Garden p20/p21 On the Waterfront p22 Woodvale Rally/Wirral Food and Drink p23 Beatles Festival/Mathew Street Festival


Turning into city

● ECHO arena ticketline – 0844 800 3680 ● Empire Theatre – 0844 847 2525 ● Sefton Park Palm House – 0151 726 9304 ● Unity Theatre 0151 709 4988 ● Everyman Theatre/ Playhouse Theatre – 0151 709 4776; ● Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 0151 709 3789 ● Tate Liverpool – 0151 702 7400 ● Walker Art Gallery – 0151 478 4199 ● Liverpool Sound City www.liverpool ● Mathew Street Festival – www.mathews ● Southport Jazz Festival – ● Hub Festival – ● Wirral Kite Festival – ● Brouhaha – ● Arabic Arts Festival – 0151 702 5324 ● Wirral Food and Drink Festival – ● Woodvale Rally – ●

Liverpool ECHO editor: Alastair Machray Content: Michelle Fiddler Design: Cheryl Mullin


IMPRESSIVE: Paloma Faith

VER 35,000 music lovers from across the UK are expected to descend on Merseyside as part of this year’s Liverpool Sound City. Just over 400 bands have been picked to take part in this year’s four-day event, with acts appearing at 30 venues over four days from May 19-22. The impressive line-up includes Paloma Faith, Ian McCulloch, Delphic, The Maccabees, The Fall, Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle, Wild Beasts, Field Music, Los Campesinos, The Blackout, Wave Machines, The Sunshine Underground, Hot Club de Paris, Beth Jeans Houghton, Archie Bronson Outfit, Ian McNabb and Chilly Gonzalez. The International line-up is bigger than ever with Pony Pony Run Run (France), Naive New Beaters (France), Oh No Ono (Denmark), The Hickey Underworld (Belgium), Philadelphia Grand Jury

(Australia), TeenagersInTokyo (Australia), Wax Fang (USA), White Hinterland (USA), Titus Andronicus (USA), Ganglians (USA), Crocodiles (USA), Sleigh Bells (USA), Free Energy (USA), Fun (USA), Baby Monster (USA), Holy F*** (Canada), Mother Mother (Canada), Lights (Canada) and Kae Sun (Canada), The Phenomenal Handclap Band (USA) and Free Energy (USA) all playing in the city venues. Liverpool Sound City will also be showcasing the best local talent too with over 100 local bands involved including The Sand Band, Picture Book, The Red Suns and Richard O’Flynn. There are also a number of film screenings including Oil City Confidential at FACT on May 20, exhibitions including Legends of Hip Hop and Q+A’s. ● For more information and a full list of acts and venues go to


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HEADLINERS: The Maccabees

Liverpool of sound SOUND CITY DETAILS DATES: May 19 - 22 LOCATION: 35 various stages across Liverpool PASSES AND WRISTBANDS: STANDARD FESTIVAL WRISTBAND: £45 STANDARD FULL DELEGATE PASS: £150 WALK UP FESTIVAL WRISTBAND: £60 WALK UP FULL DELEGATE PASS: £200 DAY FESTIVAL WRISTBAND: Wednesday and Thursday, £17.50, Fri & Sat £22.50 Individual gig tickets are also available via

TALENTED: Speech Debelle

Teams line up for John Peel World Cup

THE John Peel World Cup returns to Sound City on May 19 this year. Twelve teams made up of celebrities, bands and wannabe soccer stars will battle it out to be crowned champs. In recent years teams have included The Zutons, The Farm, The Wombats and Universal Records. The tournament takes place from 1pm to 4pm at Powerleague Liverpool2 in Whittle Street, Liverpool with the awards ceremony at the 02 Academy at 7.30pm the same evening followed by a celebration night with John Peel’s favourite band, The Fall.

STAR: Ian McCulloch




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RACERS: The Liverpool Pageant will be two and a half hours of frantic, noisy action

Pageant will be roaring into life T

HE Liverpool Pageant of Power will come roaring into the city centre on May 25. The family-friendly free event is a preview of the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in Cheshire and will feature high-powered Grand Prix, Le Mans, rally and supercars together with racing bikes, roaring down The Strand in Liverpool city centre. Simultaneously, powerboats and jet-skis will race round the docks and there will be aerobatic displays in the skies above. A Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle will join the race and rally cars to replace the Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank which has been called away on operational duties. The Liverpool Pageant will be two and a half hours of frantic, noisy action with entries including Le Mans winning Jaguar, Bentley and Maserati cars; a collection of modern supercars from Lamborghini and Ferrari and the latest models from Cholmondeley sponsor Bentley. Two wheel heroes Neil Tuxworth and 12 time TT winner Charlie

Williams will also be on hand with modern and classic racing motorcycles. The Strand will close to traffic at 6.15pm on May 25. The southbound carriageway will be used by spectators while supercars will race along the northbound carriage way, between Merseyside Police headquarters and Mann Island. The Strand will be re-opened when traffic has subsided and crowds have dispersed. On the back of the Liverpool Pageant of Power, MUST EVENT: Pageant Liverpool One of Power is a must for will be running all fans of fast and a week-long furious vehicles programme of events and activities from May 22 – 29.


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DON’T MISS: The Liverpool Pageant of Power event map

EXCITING: There will be warrior armoured fighting vehicles and supercars on show

THRILLS: There will be aerobatic displays in the skies



DON’T MISS: Snake Davis opens the festival on May 27

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


All that Jazz! S OUTHPORT Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with four days of must see concerts from May 27-30. From trad, big band, latin and funk to modern, contemporary, swing and smooth there is something for everyone. The festival always attracts top British and international acts and headlining this year’s festival is Kyle Eastwood, eldest son of Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood. One of the best jazz musicians around and an accomplished composer, Kyle will play The Prince of Wales Hotel on Sunday, May 20. Festival goers this year can look forward to an opening concert from Snake Davis (May 27), one of the UK’s leading saxophonists. This year the festival is also celebrating 100 years of Django Reinhardt and will be running a Hot Club theme throughout. Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole (May 28) fuses Gypsy swing with hot rhythms from the streets of New Orleans, the Caribbean and Brazil. With salsa dancing for all levels, Rumberos Allstars perform A Tribute to Eddie Palmieri (May 29) and acclaimed ‘band of the moment’ Empirical perform tracks from Out ‘n’ In, on May 29. Swingshift Big Band also put in an appearance with a Sunday matinee. The Jazz Festival Village will be the hub of the festival in the Town Hall gardens, providing entertainment from lunchtime each day and a variety of food, drink and music stalls. ● Go to

CLASS ACT: Empirical play The Scarisbrick Hotel on May 29

FAVOURITES: Swingshift Big Band also play the festival on May 30 BIG GUN: Kyle Eastwood plays the Prince of Wales Hotel on May 30

TALENT: Tom Sykes in action at the Southport Jazz festival


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles in his work. But Pablo Picasso was also a tireless political activist and campaigner for peace, as a major new exhibition at Tate Liverpool is about to explore.


ICASSO: Peace and Freedom is a major exhibition bringing together over 150 works by Picasso from across

the world. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is one of the most prolific and recognisable artists of the 20th century. What is less known about the great artist is that he was a figurehead of left wing causes in his later years, during which the political content of his work came to the fore. His paintings frequently reference key historical moments, chronicling human conflict and war, but also a desire for peace. The exhibition will be at the Tate Liverpool from May 21 to August 30 and aims to reveal a fascinating new insight into the artist’s life as a tireless political activist and campaigner for peace, challenging the widely held view of the artist as creative genius, playboy and compulsive extrovert. This is the first exhibition to explore the post-war period of the artist's life in depth, and will reflect a new Picasso for a new time. The exhibition provides a timely look at Picasso's work in the Cold War era and how the artist transcended the ideological and aesthetic oppositions of East and West. The centrepiece will be The Charnel House 1944-45, Picasso’s

The Charnel House

ARTIST: Pablo Picasso most explicitly political painting since Guernica 1937 which was last seen in the UK 50 years ago. Monument to the Spaniards who Died for France, late 1945 to January 1947, will also feature along with The Rape of the Sabine Woman, 1962, painted at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Picasso’s The Studio, 1955

Dove (La Colombe), 1949

Masters of their craft The work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the colourful, theatrical and sometimes decadent life of 19th century Paris. But in a new exhibition of his work at the Walker Art Gallery, many of the prints on show depict a very different Paris from the one he painted in his Moulin Rouge posters.


Lautrec’s famous Divan Japonais, 1893

La Loge au Mascaron Doré (The Box with the Gilded Mask), 1893

IGH Kicks and Low Life: Tolouse-Lautrec Prints is on display at the Walker Art Gallery until August 8. Many of the 47 prints reveal a different Paris to the decadent city depicted in his well known Moulin Rouge posters. Toulouse-Lautrec’s career lasted just two decades but he was a prolific worker. In this time he was a familiar face in the artistic Montmartre area of Paris and created more than 700 canvasses, almost 300 watercolours and more than 5,000 drawings. He created his first print, Divan Japonais, in 1893, inspired by the Japanese woodcuts that were fashionable in France at the time. The can-can dancer Jane Avril, noticeable for her red hair, sits in the foreground near the writer Edouard Dujardin. Behind, recognisable for her long black gloves, a motif Lautrec often repeated, is the cabaret singer Yvette Guilbert. One of the most striking images in the collection is Le Jockey, created just before the artist died in

PAINTER: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec an institution where he was committed for alcoholism. He was just 36. It is the only one of a series of racing-related pictures to be published. High Kicks and Low Life is a touring exhibition by the British Museum – the featured prints are part of a collection of around 5,000 donated by a curator in the prints and drawings department in the 1950s.


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Get into the hub T

HE UK’s biggest and best award winning urban youth festival – HUB Festival 2010 – returns to Otterspool Promenade on May 29-30. Organisers have teamed up once again with world class skater Pete King and his team at King Ramps to bring Europe’s largest portable vert ramp; a replica on Tony Hawks Vert, amateur street course comps featuring some of the UK’s top riders, thousands of pounds worth of prizes to give-a-way, free promos, aftershow parties and legends in BMX, Skateboarding and In-line. This year HUB Festival has also joined forces with Streetwaves to offer local bands the chance to appear on the 2010 line up and perform alongside some of the best up and coming acts from across Liverpool’s music scene. Crews from France, Belgium, Martinique and Asia will battle it out in the Soul Powered International Break Dance Competition.

Zap Graffiti Arts and Molotow Paint are bringing a brand new graffiti arts contest to HUB 2010 which is set to be one of the biggest graffiti competitions across Europe featuring crews from UK, France, Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg and there will be live music on the main stage featuring The Mouse Outfit, The Elementals and Esco Williams formerly known as JSoul. The main stage will also be a showcase for all types of music, from indie to funk, rock to soul, hip-hop to metal. The HUB Grub will have outdoor BBQ’s, smoothie bars and free energy drinks and the HUB Urban Village will have all the latest urban clothing and extreme sports equipment. Visitors also have a chance to win thousands of pounds worth of goodies in free giveaways or try their hand and be creative in one of the BBC Blast workshops. ● For more go to

MOVERS: Breakdancers on stage

BREAKDANCING: One star shows off his skills as last year’s event

TREND: Working the street kid look


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of the action

HIGH FLYER: One in-line skater hits new heights




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CAUGHT: These fishy kites are caught on the end of a very different line

Let’s go fly a kite JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE: These sharks are no threat to swimmers

THE ‘Dips’ at New Brighton are again to be the venue for Wirral’s 8th annual Kite Festival on June 12 and 13. The event will feature award winning guest fliers from all over the world and the best of the

British flyers. The two-day event will take place from 11am to 4pm on both days and is an event for all the family with a variety of spectacular show kites on display, including artistic kites, giant inflatable kites,

sports kites and power kites. There will also be a kite-making workshop which will cost £1.50 person, a children's funfair, trade stands and food court. ● For more go to

Lord Mayor on parade T

HIS year’s Liverpool Lord Mayor’s Pageant on Saturday, June 5 will be a celebration of Health and Wellbeing and full of colour and creativity. After its successful re-launch last year as an environmentally friendly event, this year will again be pedestrian, pedalled and pushed to promote Liverpool's Year of Health and Wellbeing. Pageant themes include: ● A calm section featuring Tai Chi performance (linking with Shanghai Expo), snail racing, cloud gazers and dancing gardeners with plants in wheelbarrows! ● A healthy eating section with a performance kitchen of comedy chefs, knife tricks and giant fruit juggling acts. ● A Global community exhibit promoting mutual aid and international friendship. ● An Urban section from street dance to sports and circus skills all promoting healthy circulation. ● An Eco display with a dazzling array of ingenious pedal powered contraptions, in celebration of sustainable energy backed by a street brass band. ● A Wild Imagination show featuring superheroes/heroines made from children's designs with the superpowers to create a Better Future World. The pageant will run from 1pm to 2pm. The proposed route is Pall Mall, Moorfields, Dale Street, Crosshall Street, Victoria Street, St John’s Lane, Queen Square, Whitechapel, Lord Street, Castle Street, Exchange Street East, Tithebarn Street and Pall Mall.

LET’S DANCE: Current Lord Mayor Mike Storey, trips the light fantastic with 'samba dancers' at last year’s parade


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Sports fans are spoilt for choice F

TENNIS LEGEND: John McEnroe is heading to Liverpool this summer

ORMER Wimbledon champions John McEnroe and Martina Hingis will join the line up at this summer’s Liverpool International Tennis Tournament at Calderstones Park. US legend and seven-time Grand Slam winner John, 51, will be the star attraction and will play both singles and doubles matches during the five day tournament. He will join a long list of star names including Bjorn Borg, Martina Navratilova, Goran Ivanisevic, Martina Hingis and Pat Cash who have appeared at the event in recent years. Martina who has now retired from the professional circuit, spent a total of 209 weeks as world no1, winning five Grand Slam singles titles and nine Grand Slam women’s doubles titles. She was forced to withdraw temporarily from professional tennis in 2002 at the age of 22 after suffering ligament injuries in her ankles. She will be joined by a top line up, including, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Paul McNamee and world number one doubles pairing Bob and Mike Bryan. English ace Jeremy Bates will also be joining the line-up at this year’s event. Jeremy is well known for winning the first British doubles title at Wimbledon in 1987, for the first time in more than 50 years as well as the Australian Open in 1991. The Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament takes place from Wednesday, June 16 to Sunday, June 20. Tickets are available from the ECHO arena, Liverpool at, from Northern Vision’s dedicated Liverpool International tennis tournament website or from Ticketmaster at

TENNIS STAR: Martina Hingis

HOST VENUE: Royal Birkdale Golf Club

CHAMPIONS: Michelle Wie and, inset, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew

MEANWHILE for golf fans, Royal Birkdale in Southport is hosting the 2010 Women’s British Open from July 29 to August 1 – with crowds of 60,000 expected to descend on the area. It is one of only four Majors on the women’s golf circuit and the only one played outside of the US. The field for 2010 will include newly-crowned world No1 and 2008 Champion Jiyai Shin, Michelle Wie and defending champion Catriona Matthew. ● For tickets and further information go to


MAY Until May 29 One Night in Istanbul, Empire Theatre May 19-22 Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool city centre May 19-20 Desperate to be Doris, The Brindley, Runcorn May 20-22 Where the Solitary Eagle Flies, Unity Theatre May 20-22 A Chorus Line, LIPA, Mount Street May 21 to August 30 Picasso: Peace + Freedom, Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock May 22 Anthony John Clarke, Citadel Arts Theatre, St Helens May 23 BBOcted Band, Sefton Park Palm House May 25 Pageant of Power, Liverpool Waterfront (F) May 26-30 Cirque Du Soleil (Saltimbanco), ECHO arena (F) May 27 to 30 Southport International Jazz Festival, Southport May 27-29 Les Liaisons Dangereuses, LIPA, Mount Street, Liverpool May 28 to June 26 Ladies Night, Royal Court, Liverpool May 28 Liverpool College lunchtime concert, Sefton Park Palm House May 29-30 HUB Festival Summer Jam 2010, Otterspool Promenade (F) May 29-31 Military Show, Walton Hall Park (F) May 29 Elizabethan Fayre, Prescot Town Centre (F) May 29 The Zombies, Citadel Arts Theatre, St Helens May 30 John O’Connell and his Band, Sefton Park Palm House

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FLYING HIGH: Wirral’s International Kite Festival takes place on June 12 and 13

STUNNING: Cirque Du Soleil’s new show comes to the ECHO arena on May 26 to 30

JUNE June 1-2 Play-in-A-Day, Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool June 1-26 The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)North West Architecture Festival 2010, Pier Head June 2 The To Do Market, Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool June 3-20 Mamma Mia!, ECHO arena Liverpool June 5 Lord Mayor’s Pageant, Liverpool city centre (F) June 5 LOL Comedy Night, Citadel Arts Theatre, St Helens Until June 6 Jelly Mould Pavilions, Sudley House, Mossley Hill Road, Aigburth June 6 Knowsley Green Fayre, Court Hey Park, Huyton (F) June 8-12 The Hobbit, Liverpool Empire June 10-12 Abigail’s Party, Unity

Theatre, Hope Place June 10 to July 3 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Everyman Theatre, Hope Street June 12 Liverpool CD & Record Fair, The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool June 12 Whiston Fun Day, Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston (F) June 12-13 Wirral International Kite Festival, The Dips, New Brighton (F) June 13 Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall June 16-20 International Tennis, Calderstones Park June 18 Jane McDonald in Concert, Empire Theatre June 18 to Sept 5 Persistence of Vision: Family Friendly drop-in space, FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool (F) June 19/20 Africa Oye, Sefton Park (F) June 19 My Fair Lady, Liverpool Phil-

NIGHT TIME: Iggle Piggle and friends come to Sefton Park on July 17

harmonic Hall June 19 Haydock Park Music Nights, Haydock Park June 20 One Night Only, Empire Theatre June 21-26 Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals, Empire Theatre June 25/26 Citadel Down’t Pit, Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens June 26 Reproheadz presents Ill Audio, The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool June 26 Once in a Lifetime 2010 Tour, ECHO arena June 27 Britain’s Got Talent Live 2010!, ECHO arena (F) June 27 Liverpool Triathlon, Liverpool city centre June 29-27 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Empire Theatre (F)


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PARTY IN THE PARK: Africa Oye returns to Sefton Park on June 19 to 20

JULY July 1 - 31 Summer Pops, Liverpool (F) July 2-11 Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, City Centre locations July 10 Beatles Day (F) July 16-24 Brouhaha, Liverpool (F) July 16-18 On the Waterfront, Liverpool city centre (F) July 17 Liverpool Samba Carnival, city centre locations (F) July 17 to August 1 World Premiere of In The Night Garden Live, Sefton Park (F) July 25 Wirral Historic Vehicle Rally, Port Sunlight (F) July 29 to August 1 Women’s Open, Royal Birkdale, Southport July 30/31 Summer Classics Music in the Park, Southport

AUGUST August 6-8 On the Waterfront, Liverpool city centre (F) August 7 LGBT Pride event (TBC) August 7/8 Woodvale Rally, Woodvale (F) Until August 18 Tolouse Lautrec Walker Art Gallery August 19-22 Southport Flower Show, Southport August 25-31 International Beatles Week Festival August 29/30 Mathew Street Festival, city centre (F) August 29/30 Wirral Food and Drink Festival, Claremont Farm, Bebington

(F) = Family Friendly events which are suitable for all

ICE TIME: Brothers Jamie and Jack Vine at last year’s Military Show in Walton Hall Park


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ROCKIN’ OUT: Status Quo play ECHO arena on July 9

Rockin’ all over the city

THE Summer Pops Festival will return to the ECHO arena from July 1 – 31 this year. Top musical acts including Rod Stewart, Status Quo folk-rock superstar Jackson Browne and the ever popular Australian Pink Floyd Show Global Spectacular are set to have people dancing in the aisles. This year will also feature a number of fringe shows featuring home-grown and international talent at city venues including The 02 Academy. As part of the festival’s growing popularity, fans will also see the return of Beatles Day – The Concert and for the first time the popular Mersey Masters 2010 football tournament. ECHO ARENA SHOWS

LEGENDS: Crosby, Stills & Nash play the ECHO arena on July 7

July 2: Jackson Browne July 3: The Australian Pink Floyd Show Global Spectacular July 4: Mersey Masters 2010 July 7: Crosby, Stills & Nash July 9: Status Quo Rockin’ All Over The Pops July 10: Beatles Day – The Concert July 16: Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra July 21: Rod Stewart July 25: Zappa plays Zappa July 31: The Australian Pink Floyd Show Global Spectacular


July 15: The Fabulous Thunderbirds – The 02 Academy July 17: Radio 2 DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris presents…Kristin Hersh – Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild of Students, 160 Mount Pleasant July 17: Radio 2 DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris presents…Eve Selis, Elizabeth Cook & Piney Gir – Stanley Theatre, Liverpool Guild of Students, 160 Mount Pleasant July 23: Colin Macinture of Mull Historical Society – The 02 Academy July 28: The Heavy – The 02 Academy July 30: Stephen Langstaff – Stanley Theatre, Liverpool Guild of Students, 160 Mount Pleasant

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Masters return to arena

FOR the first time the Summer Pops festival will include live football along with its array of musical talent. On July 4 teams from Liverpool, Everton, Tranmere, Wigan, Preston and Blackpool will battle for this year’s title in the Mersey Masters Cup 2010 and the chance to qualify for September’s Grand Final. Tranmere return once again as Mersey champions and are eager to continue the impressive form that saw them crowned 2009 Masters Champions. However, with the new six team format, they face stiff competition from a resurgent Liverpool side, strong Everton and Wigan teams, and the inclusion of Preston and Blackpool, both playing in their first ever Masters Cup. The Masters Series has become a worldwide success with this year’s Liverpool team for the Canada Masters including Bruce Grobbelaar, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman. Other teams promise to be packed full of stars including Ian Rush, Jason McAteer, Ronnie Rosenthal, Don Hutchison, Craig Short, Paul Gerrard, Peter Beagrie and Stuart Barlow. ● Tickets £10/£15

CHAMPIONS: Tranmere celebrate winning the final of Mersey Masters last year

PLAYERS: Ian Rush in action against Wigan

Celebrating The Beatles

MAESTRO: Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra play ECHO arena on July 16

ON Saturday, July 10, the ECHO arena, Liverpool will play host to Beatles Day – The Concert. A full line-up for the concert is due to be announced in the coming weeks. Liverpool actor/comedian Ricky Tomlinson returns as concert host. Beatles-style merchandise, including, mop-top wigs, T-shirts and badges will now be available worldwide and are being sold online at as well as through many retail stockists in the days leading up to Beatles Day. Over 20,000 mop-tops were worn for Beatles Day last year. All proceeds from the annual Beatles Day event, including Beatles Day – The Concert, will go to The Beatles Day Foundation. The foundation is a charitable trust that raises money for many worthy causes particularly those improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. ● Tickets £24.50.

TRIBUTE: Please, pleasing concert goers



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Celebration of a vibrant culture

ENJOY: Over 20,000 people attended last year


ENTERTAIN: Alphonse Sehi bi Sany from Drum Planet

MUSIC: Dozens of acts will be playing over Africa Oye’s two days

OME of Africa’s most talented musicians will be heading to Liverpool next month for the 19th Africa Oye festival. The family-friendly event is the largest free show celebrating music and culture from the continent and has become a highlight of Liverpool’s music calendar. More than 20,000 people enjoyed the festival last year and organisers are hoping this year’s international line-up will attract even more music fans to Sefton Park on June 19 and 20. One group already confirmed for this year’s event is the 10-piece Gangbe Brass Band from Benin who mix West African juju music and traditional Vodou music with Western jazz and big-band sounds. Another first day highlight is Victor Deme from Burkina Faso whose West African voice took France by storm in 2008. Also on the line-up for Saturday are Boukman Eksperyans and Ti Coca, both from Haiti. On Sunday, Cuban band To’mezclao will be performing as part of their first tour of the UK and reggae legend Michael Rose from Black Uhuru will be hitting the stage with his Jamaican band. Also on show will be Andrew Rosh, the reggae singer and son of the late

Peter Tosh who was part of The Wailers, while Senegalese artist Carlou D and British band The Rasites will bring a hip-hop sound to the event. An event spokesman said: “With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oyé seeks to redress the balance and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world.” “The festival is also a truly international event that harnesses the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance.” Africa Oye began in 1992 as a series of small gigs across venues in the city centre. It moved to Sefton Park in 2002 as it became increasingly popular and numbers swelled. This year more than 40 stalls will also be in the park offering the best food, drink, arts and crafts from Africa in the Oye village. Activities such as bouncy castles and face-painting will be on offer for children while a participation zone will host African dance workshops, drumming classes and vocal coaching. The festival runs from 12.30pm to 9.30pm on both days. ● For more information visit


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Carnival fever!

DANCING IN THE STREET: Brouhaha Liverpool International Street Carnival


ARNIVAL fever is set to hit the streets of Liverpool once again this summer with the highly anticipated return of Brouhaha International Street Festival. The popular event, which runs from July 16 to July 24, will see over 260 performers from around the globe heading to the city to take part in ten days of colourful carnivals, exciting festivals and interactive community workshops. The festival will close with the final day featuring The Liverpool International Carnival, regarded as the highlight of the calendar of events, in Princes Park, Toxteth on Saturday, July 24. Last year, more than 40,000 people attended the festival’s main parade and organisers have promised 2010 will not disappoint. Performers are attending from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean to mark this year’s theme of ‘Reincarnation – Mixing the Race of the Nation’. For the past 19 years, Brouhaha International has continued to offer an amazing opportunity for all ages and cultures to come together to celebrate diversity. Giles Agis, Executive Director of Brouhaha, said: “We hope people enjoy this year’s festival as it hosts such a diverse variety of work, something for all the family. “Our 2010 theme is fitting for the region, acknowledging how diverse communities have significantly contributed to the social and cultural landscape of Liverpool and the North West.” ● For more information visit

BRIGHT: A child with her face painted to celebrate Liverpool's Arabic arts festival last year AMAZING: An Arabic dancer


THE Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival will run from Friday, July 2 to Sunday, July 11 at venues across Liverpool. The ten-day festival will include music, dance, literature, film, food and family activities with events being held at the Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and National Museums Liverpool. Last year’s Arabic Weekender, presented by LAAF, was enjoyed by over 25,000 people and this year promises to be just as enjoyable, if not better, giving the people of Liverpool a taste of Arabic music, dance, literature, film, food and culture, for all the family. ● For details call 0151 702 5324 or go to


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POPULAR: Southport Flower Show attracts around 75,000 visitors a year

Bloomin’ marvellous


OUTHPORT Flower Show returns from August 19-22 for what promises to be the best summer in a generation. Experts are predicting an explosion of colour in Britain's gardens this year following the coldest winter in 30 years – and the UK’s largest independent flower show will be the perfect place to celebrate and enjoy the natural spectacle. Attracting around 75,000 visitors the four day event features the very best in horticulture and garden design as well as gourmet foods and entertainment. Visitors will be

surrounded by over a million blooms and the stunning Grand Floral Marquee will be packed with spectacular displays from some of the country’s top independent growers. Inspirational show gardens with unique features, exquisite furniture and plants will leave visitors buzzing with ideas on how to transform their own garden, whatever its size. There is also a dedicated allotment section for those who want their gardens to be productive as well as pretty. Shopping desires will also be well served with a diverse range of exhibitors offering everything for the

garden, the home, arts and crafts, clothing, footwear and much more. This year’s show has the theme ‘Coast’ to celebrate the stunning seaside location in England’s classic resort. New for 2010, the Food Village will be brimming with quality local and organic produce and fine wines. In the demonstration area, local chefs will be cooking up delicious summer recipes to tantalise the taste buds. Celebrity garden experts and Southport Flower Show patrons Diarmuid Gavin, Sir Roddy Llewellyn, Professor David Bellamy OBE and Professor Stefan Buczacki will be on hand to offer tips and guidance. For a touch of glamour there is Ladies Day – on Friday,

August 20 – where broadcast journalist Rachel McTavish will compère. Nationally-renowned florist Jonathan Moseley will be demonstrating the latest in floral design and Hilary Cookson of fashion store Maureen Cookson, in Whalley, Lancashire, will stage the fashion show. With entertainment all day in the arena and at the bandstand, free entry for children, lectures, talks and demonstrations, some of the country’s favourite celebrity gardeners on hand with advice on making the most of your garden and a warm welcome the Southport Flower Show is the perfect summer event. ● For further details and to order tickets, go to or call 0844 847 1555.

EXPERT ADVICE: Southport Flower Show patron Diarmuid Gavin GLAMOUR: Enjoying Ladies' Day at last year's Southport Flower Show


LIVE: An artist’s impression of the In The Night Garden inflatable theatre which will stand in Sefton Park

Fun in the park with Iggle Piggle C

HILDREN’S television favourite In the Night Garden will have its world premiere in Liverpool this summer. The show, which will be held in Sefton Park, promises to be a spectacular musical theatre experience for the whole family. It will run for two weeks from Saturday, July 17 to Sunday, August 1 ahead of a nationwide tour. In the Night Garden Live is created in an inflatable, purpose-built touring theatre made up of two impressive, state-of-the-art show domes which faithfully recreate the magical world of the hugely popular children’s television show. These all-weather domes will take up temporary residence in public parks across the UK this summer in a four-city tour. The show domes will have all the facilities of a regular theatre (in the smaller dome) – including box office, toilets and catering points – but these will be uniquely family-friendly with buggy parks, baby-changing areas and microwaves to heat up baby food.

The auditorium (in the larger dome) will have just 500 seats, providing excellent sight-lines and proximity to the stage for all audience members. Families will have the choice of two shows, each with a different story, during the run, with up to five performances a day to suit every family’s schedule. In The Night Garden Live is written by creator and composer of the TV show, Andrew Davenport, directed by choreographer and director, Will Tuckett, and produced by theatre producer Andrew Collier of Minor Entertainment. This is the first time that children and parents will be able to see In the Night Garden and its much loved characters Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka in a live event. The characters will be brought to life with full-size costumes, enchanting music, magical puppets and spectacular panoramic projections, creating an immersive theatrical experience to make audiences feel they are actually entering the magical world of In the Night Garden.

PALS: Catch Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy live in Sefton Park

SHOW DETAILS PERFORMANCE TIMES: 9.30am, 11.15am, 2pm, 3.45pm and 5.30pm. TICKET PRICES: £5 - £20 RUNNING TIME: approx. 60 minutes TO BOOK: visit www. or call 0844 581 1251

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SHOW STARTERS: World- famous Argentinean aerial company Voala

Water fabulous family weekend


ATURE’S forces are set to combine to dramatic effect this summer when Liverpool draws on the elements of air, earth, fire and water in two incredible weekends of fantastic free events. The On the Waterfront weekends of culture in July and August will erupt with a feast of family fun, closely followed by the biggest free dance festival in the UK this year featuring the cream of European outdoor dance, all tied together by the natural elements that have helped shape Liverpool into the great city it is today. In addition, the world changing human elements of ‘War and Peace’ will be explored using two giants of 20th century culture – John Lennon and Pablo Picasso – with events drawing on the landmark Picasso: Peace and Freedom Exhibition at TATE Liverpool, and the John Lennon White Feather – the Spirit of Lennon exhibition at the Beatles Story at the Albert Dock; both icons were heavily influenced by the issues of war and peace

in their work and lives. Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council’s culture unit, has joined forces with Walk The Plank to produce an outstanding programme of FREE live events on the city’s £250m new-look waterfront, further cementing Liverpool’s place as one of the top visitor destinations in Europe. The weekend of July 16-18 will be a show-stopping party of quirky live street theatre, visual spectaculars, Picasso-inspired performance and Pirate palavers. The spectacle starts with a bang on the evening of Friday, July 16 when Walk The Plank stage ‘A Wave At Picasso’ which will reflect the world of the great artist in and on the water, using light, fire, pyrotechnics, soundscapes, music, projections, choreographed performance and a series of floating sculptural images that will ignite the dock, stun senses, spark imaginations and leave a long lasting impact on the eyes, ears and minds of spectators.

The rest of the weekend is a packed programme of live street performance interspersed with ground-breaking visual displays including: ● A Picasso-inspired Peace Garden commissioned by TATE Liverpool, with artist Sophie Cullinan ● A giant dove of peace sand sculpture ● A specially commissioned aerial performance on a Tall Ship ● A mass Sense of Sound choir singing songs inspired by the sea and waterfront ● The timber-shivering Mersey Pirate Muster – a free, family fun day on Sunday, July 18 complete with live pirate battle, black powder displays and monster hunt. The ambitious and spectacular dance weekend from August 6 to 8 will showcase the very best of international outdoor dance and will be one of the biggest and best open air events in Europe this year. Music and strolling performances will build anticipation before the large-scale spectacular kicks off with world- famous Argentinean aerial company Voala.

The 18-strong troupe will perform a striking and lyrical airborne show, astonishing onlookers as cranes lift them high into the air. Original live music will form the perfect backdrop with poetry and magic entrancing the crowds. Saturday evening will feature more dramatic performances including stunning water based choreography from Factoria Mascaro (Spain), whirling dervish Ziya Azazi (Turkey/Germany) and another chance to see the spectacular show from Voala. Dance highlights also include Axial, a UK-based contemporary dance duo who arrive, use and depart on an iconic 1963 Lambretta. The excitement continues apace all weekend with live street theatre and a dynamic showcase of the best of new dance by Merseyside-based professional companies, along with dance demos and workshops. The festival will finally end with a gloriously lavish and extrovert Tea Dance, complete with Glen Miller Tribute Orchestra.


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MAJESTIC: A spectacular swan lantern at last year’s On The Waterfront event

AVAST: Family fun with a live pirate battle on July 18

BREATHING FIRE: A spectacular dragon at last year’s event



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FOOD STAR: David Bellamy

Food, glorious food


HE ever-popular Wirral Food and Drink Festival returns in August as part of the peninsula’s celebrations of Wirral Year of Food. Now in its fourth year, the festival is held over the bank holiday at Claremont Farm, near Bebington. The Festival, is held on Sunday, August 22, from 10am to 5pm, and Monday, August 23, from 10am to 4pm. There will be chefs’ demonstrations, children’s workshops and live entertainment from local bands. Wirral Farmers’ Market will be running a special ‘Dragon’s Den’ type competition to discover the untapped food talent in the region. The ever popular beer tepee returns and will feature around 25 craft and artisan beers. Restaurants, cafes and bars across the peninsula will also be showcasing their talents and keeping hungry visitors fed in the food court. The festival is supported by Typhoo, Wirral Council and Wirral Farmers’ Market. Emma Degg, Head of Tourism, at Wirral Council, said: “Wirral’s quality food offer goes from strength to strength. It includes the award winning Wirral Farmers’ Market, a range of fantastic restaurants, tea rooms and country pubs as well as the annual Wirral Food and Drink Festival. “We are delighted to see it return in this – Wirral Year of Food – and are happy to support the voluntary organisers of this increasing popular Festival.” ● For more information visit

FLYING ACE: Stuart Chitty with his Hurricane at last year’s rally

SWEET TREAT: Taryna Piggott from Wirral Chocolate Fountains at last year’s festival

High flying adventure THOUSANDS of people are expected to descend on RAF Woodvale for the annual Woodvale Rally. The family friendly event which runs over the weekend of August 7 and 8 combines an array of displays, music, entertainment, trade stands and shows.

MADHATTERS’ PARTY: Wirral Food and Drink Festival Mike McGuigan, Andrew Pimbley and Georgina Lamb celebrating

There will be a display of vintage and classic cars and motorcycles, stunt motorcycles and a ‘Wall of Death’. There will also be model aircraft flying displays, model boats and railways, military vehicles, kite flying and a family funfair. There will be free kids entertainment, jazz bands, car boot sale and a picnic area. Camping is also available. ● For tickets to the show and up-to-date information go to

HANDS UP: Bradley Johnson on board a Huey UH1H


INTERNATIONAL Beatles Week (August 25-August 31) is an annual celebration of the music of The Beatles and coincides with the Mathew Street Festival. The popular festival will feature over 50 bands from all over the world performing at a number of venues across the city centre. The festival, which is organised by Cavern City Tours, is a week long event and includes a series of live music performances at the popular Mathew Street Cavern Pub and Cavern Club and other venues. There will also be a full day convention at the Adelphi Hotel on Sunday which includes a memorabilia market, live music, guest speakers, video shows and exhibitions. As part of International Beatles Week, Liverpool Cathedral will play host to the unique Peace, Love and Understanding concert which is expected to draw 2,000 people.

Around 800 tickets for the August 28 event are on sale in Liverpool with the remainder going to Beatles fans due to converge on the city from all over the world. They will be called to the concert by cathedral bells chiming the Fab Four’s 1968 song Across the Universe – following the ringing of John Lennon’s Imagine last year. The event will feature two stages, a big screen, and musicians from Merseyside as well as from every continent in the world, including Mark McGann, a string quartet and the Love and Joy Gospel Choir. There will be music from the Beatles and each of the band members’ solo careers. ● Ticket prices for the concert range from £15 to £50 for VIP passes, and are available from or on 08705 344 4444. Proceeds will go to cathedral funds.


ROCKIN’ OUT: Mercy, a tribute to Duffy, perform at last year’s festival while, right, a younger fan enjoys the music


Beatles mania

Music to our ears O summer schedule would be complete without Liverpool’s world famous Mathew Street Festival which takes place on August 29 and 30. Over 300,000 people attended the 2009 festival over the August bank holiday weekend which made last year’s festival one of the biggest turnouts ever. This year’s event will include six outdoor stages playing live music from 11am until 6pm on both days with over 90 bands performing The stages will be located at the Queensway Tunnel, Williamson Square, Derby Square, Water

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Street, Exchange Street and the Superlambanana on Tithebarn Street. There will also be an additional family-friendly stage at the Albert Dock. This year there will also will be a New Band Stage featuring musicians from Merseyside who are already making waves in the music scene. This stage features acts that are either signed or about to be signed and that have a growing following in venues around Merseyside and beyond. ● For more information on the full line-up go to

PARTY: Celebrating The Beatles and their music


CARNIVAL FEVER: The Brouhaha Liverpool International street carnival takes place from July 16 to 24


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Summer in the City - An ECHO supplement  
Summer in the City - An ECHO supplement  

WELCOME to Summer in the City – your ECHO essential guide to all the big events happening across Liverpool and Merseyside this summer.