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WELCOME Congratulations on your decision to study in Liverpool you’ve made an excellent choice! Forget what you think you know about the city you’ll quickly find out just how fun, friendly and liveable the place is. This city is rich in nightlife, culture and opportunity. This guide is here to help you find your bearings to begin with, and point you towards some of what Liverpool has to offer. Some of the things you may have heard of, but many of them are simply the personal favourites of our savvy team. Whatever your interest, Liverpool’s got it - from museums, theatre and shopping to nightlife, music venues and extreme sport. The Low Down Student Guide 2013 is your helping hand to discovering this immensely loveable city. Inside you’ll learn about the best pubs to watch sport in, how to stay healthy in the city, where to rock out, where to buy second hand books, and the best beaches - yes, beaches- within striking distance. See; we told you there was something for everyone, whatever your taste or budget (and we know, generally it’s a small one as a student). This slim volume not enough for you? The good news is that apart from this guide, you can read our monthly definitive (and pretty awesome, if we say so) listings magazine - Low Down. Bringing you the latest goings-on in the city, it’s packed with exclusive interviews with both big names (Eddie Izzard, Rufus Wainwright) and up-andcomers, as well as reviews and recommendations. And, of course, a comprehensive listings guide of what’s going down in the city. In here also read from some of our regular Low Down columnists - including advice from health expert Saeed Olayiwola, and metalhead Nick Malone’s guide to Liverpool’s hard rock and heavy metal scene. By all means use this as a guide, but don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track; the real adventure lies between the lines. Have fun, be safe and be careful: this is one addictive city.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Top ten must see attractions in Liverpool

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ARTS Art in Liverpool Literary Liverpool Museums and galleries Film in Liverpool Comedy Theatre Famous people from Liverpool

NIGHTLIFE Pub Crawls Metal hangouts in Liverpool Aloha Brooklyn Mixer MUSIC Broken Men Top five live music venues Music related landmarks Metal Bands in Liverpool New bands LSC Dance music

9 tips for nutrition and health tips Fashion glasses Beauty in Liverpool Electric yoga Liverpool Hardressers and Barbers

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SPORT

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SHOPPING

FOOD & DRINK Top breakfasts Budget eating Santino Leaf Pudding Club

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

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Best places for watching sport Citizen cyclist Hot Yoga Skateboarding Fantasy Football Indoor Climbing Ten tips home exercises

General shopping Shopping on a budget Independent bookshops Comic Books OUT AND ABOUT Top five beaches Day Trips Chester Wirral DIRECTORY


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ALBERT DOCK Built in 1846 and reopened after complete regeneration 25 years ago, the Albert Dock is the most-visited free UK attraction outside London, with around five million visitors per year, it is a vital component of Liverpool’s UNESCO designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City. The vast 1.25 million square feet site is a major cultural and leisure hub and a wonderful place to go for a walk along Liverpool’s waterfront. The Dock comprises some of the city’s best museums and galleries -Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum-, nearly 20 restaurants, bars and cafés, over ten shops, two hotels and the Wheel of Liverpool.

THE CAVERN CLUB Infamous for hosting the Beatles’ first performance, world-class musicians including Adele have graced the stage at one of Liverpool’s best music venues. Open every day of the week and complete with their own tribute to the Beatles, you can relax at the bar or enjoy gorgeous grub at the Cavern Pub opposite.


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LIVERPOOL ONE Liverpool One is a fabulous place to shop and relax with friends. Choose from one of its many restaurants including Yee-Rah, Nandos and Jamie’s Italian, or grab your popcorn and catch the latest releases at the Odeon. Plus, with a mix of designer and major high street retail brands, Liverpool One is a shopper’s paradise.

CATHEDRALS Good things come in pairs and Liverpool has two world famous cathedrals. Both mightily impressive in different ways. The imposing and traditional Anglican is the fourth largest in the world and the unique and modern Metropolitan is like a giant spaceship.

ANFIELD AND GOODISON PARK STADIUM TOURS Liverpool has two of the most famous football teams in the world, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. If you’re a fan or either team, then why not take a tour around their famous football grounds. Walk through the legendary trophy room and and see the training pitch where your football heroes prepare for some of the biggest matches of their lives.


Liverpool has varied attractions designed to suit all ages and tastes. However, some attractions like Shiverpool and Football Stadium tours need to be booked in advance so ring up and check availability before you embark on your journey

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SHIVERPOOL Discover Liverpool’s past on a terrifying Shiverpool tour. Venturing into some of Liverpool’s most haunted locations, you can hear gruesome tales of times past whilst actors add more fright to your night! There’s also an option of a meal before the tour, so why not make a night of it and see what you’ll uncover…


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BLUECOAT ARTS CENTRE The Bluecoat Arts Centre is a bright and bustling building full of creativity and exploration. Wander through its galleries and discover exhibitions by local and international artists, or join in one of the many monthly workshops including jamming sessions for musicians and philosophy. The Bluecoat also hold book and record fairs, in addition to housing independent boutiques and a splendid cafe.

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LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is home to fabulous classical performances and musicians from around the world. Clap in delight as your favourite films are screened with music played by the accompanying orchestra, or take part in a lunchtime classical music session. This is only the beginning of a world of magnificent music at this historic and beautiful venue.


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BOLD STREET The cultural heart of Liverpool City Centre. Bold St and it’s collection of nearby streets has a large number of pubs, clubs, venues, restaurants and shops. From health food and boutique clothes to books there’s something for everyone.

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SEFTON PARK Liverpool has it’s fair share of green spaces and Sefton Park sits right in the heart of student land with Lark Lane and Penny Lane at opposite ends. It boasts a collection of lakes, caves, cafés and a Victorian glass house .It’s also home to a wide range of festivals including Africa Oye and LIMF.


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Find Tate at Albert Dock, L3 4BB See www.tate.org.uk

Find The Walker at William Brown Street, L3 8EL See www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

ART GALLERIES

Find The Bluecoat at School Ln, L1 3BX See www.thebluecoat.org.uk

Find The Open Eye at Mann Island, L3 1BP See www.openeyegallery.co.uk


where to get your fix For a city which has such a rich cultural, historical heritage; it’s not surprising that Liverpool has an excellent selection of galleries. by KEV McCREADY

Congratulations, you are lucky enough to be in a city where even a café or a derelict shop can be turned into an exhibition. So, look out for those. But while you are, you should definitely check out the big four galleries.

Obviously Tate Liverpool is the most famous. Situated on Albert Dock, it’s exhibitions are generally free. However, some can cost £10-15. Consider a Tate Gallery Pass for £65, which also offers a host of freebies.

Formerly a boarding school, The Bluecoat offers modern and avant garde art in impressive, well-lit but spartan rooms. At the edge of LiverpoolOne, it offers a refreshing dose of the unusual after a hard day of retail therapy.

The Walker has been in Liverpool for over a century. It has an impressive collection of classical art; the white space upstairs has more recent work. It also hosts The John Moores Prize, part of The Liverpool Biennial (next held in the autumn of 2014).

Probably the best kept secret is The Open Eye. It’s a photographic gallery with a real sense of adventure. Although it has it’s fair share of portraiture/social commentary, it can tilt towards the experimental.

And while you’re waiting for those pop-up galleries, look for Liverpool’s public art. We have more than our fair share of monarchs, conquerors and philanthropists, but there is work by everyone from Tommy Steele to Tony Cragg. “Liverpool Resurgent” by Jacob Epstein, is over the entrance to the old Lewis’s department store. This GrecoRoman nude is nicknamed ‘Dickie Lewis’ and is the traditional meeting place for a date. Love art? You’ll love Liverpool.


Find St George’s Hall.at L1 1JJ See www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk

Find World Museum at William Brown Street, L3 8EL See www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

MUSEUMS

explore, educate and entertain Liverpool has a fascinating history as a shipping port, a music city and boasts two popular football clubs. Celebrating the city’s diverse culture and rich heritage, each museum is within walking distance of one another and are easily accessible for wheelchairs and prams. Plus each museum has lift access, seats on every floor and a cafe to take a much needed break >

Liverpool has a group of free museums and galleries housing the most important and varied collections in Europe


LIVERPOOL’S INTERNATIONAL ARTS VENUE

WHAT’S ON

Autumn Season 2013 Full listings www.thecapstonetheatre.com

The Albion Band Saturday 5th October, 7.30pm £14 (£11.50 concessions)

Trembling Bells and Mike Heron Tuesday 15th October, 7.30pm £14 (£11.50 concessions)

The Necks Friday 1st November, 7.30pm £16.50 (£14 concessions)

Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts Monday 7th October, 7.30pm £11.50 (£9.50 concessions)

Instructions for a Better Life Thursday 24th October, 7.30pm £11.50 (£9.50 concessions)

Much Ado About Nothing

With Harry Meacher and Judi Bowker

Thursday 14th November, 7.30pm £11.50 (£9.50 concessions)

BOX OFFICE 0844 8000 410

www.ticketquarter.co.uk


Find Museum of Liverpool at Waterfront, L3 1DG See www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Find The Mersey Maritime Museum at Albert Dock, L3 4AQ See www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Opposite Lime Street Station is the legendary St George’s Hall. Discover the trials of some of Liverpool’s most notorious criminals, and visit the cells where they awaited their fates. Plus, the Hall can be booked for special occasions such as weddings, and hosts special events for the city’s annual spectacular Liverpool Light Night.

an aquarium, bug house and regularly changing exhibitions. Down by the waterfront is the Museum of Liverpool, a perfect place to discover sensational Scouse Culture. Trace the city’s history from the Industrial revolution to today, and uncover facts about football rivalry, transport and more. Plus, there’s a fantastic exhibition dedicated to Liverpool’s musical legacy, with a working karaoke booth to sing your heart out.

Less than a minute away from St George’s Hall is the wonderful World Museum Liverpool. With a variety of hands on exhibitions and activities, World Museum Liverpool is an exploration into history, nature, space and beyond. Highlights include the 3D planetarium, which hosts daily screenings of shows about the solar system and space travel, in addition to

Finally, walk around the corner to the Albert Dock and you will discover The Mersey Maritime Museum. With interactive customs games, an exhibition about the Slave Trade and a realistic recreation of Liverpool’s streets and ship conditions, you can immerse yourself in 19th century Liverpool and learn about the city’s infamous trade history.

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FILM

where to catch the latest releases There’s no better way to spend an evening than by watching a film with your friends. So grab that popcorn, recline in your seat and let the lights dim as Liverpool offers you some of the finest in classic, independent and blockbuster cinema. Here’s a pick of two of the best places.


ARTS 27 by SARAH O’ HARA FACT, WOOD STREET Just behind Bold Street is the incredible and innovative FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). In addition to exhibitions and talks, FACT is also a cinema that offers fantastic ticket prices for students. In conjunction with Picturehouse and E4, students can see the latest releases for free! Simply join Picturehouse Slacker’s Club at the box office, and you’ll receive emails about upcoming student screenings. If you’re a fan of black and white films, then come along to Vintage Sundays and enjoy the original classics back on the silver screen. Plus, FACT broadcast live showings of ballet and National Theatre productions, so you don’t need to travel far to enjoy worldclass performances. Throughout the year there’s also special themed screenings, including Christmas films and Halloween spectaculars. Previously FACT have brought you ‘We love the 80’s’ double bills, screenings dedicated to Studio Ghibli and the best in foreign film, so there’s something to please every avid cinema goer. ODEON, LIVERPOOL ONE The Odeon in Liverpool One is a fabulous cinema that includes IMAX and 3D screenings. If you want to go all out on your cinema trip, then why not upgrade to Gallery seats and enjoy unlimited soft drinks, popcorn and nachos? Open till late, students can get discount tickets on production of a valid student or NUS card, so going the cinema doesn’t need to be expensive - only enjoyable! Located in a major retail centre, the Odeon is next to a variety of restaurants including Nandos and Pizza Hut so why not make a night of it? Open till late, the Odeon Liverpool One is a great place to start your weekend.


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a great way to spend an afternoon cocktail bar Recreating that classic cinema magic of times past and showcasing the best in Hollywood blockbusters, world film and all time favourites, Picturehouse at FACT Liverpool is the place to be for all film fans.

by NICK MALONE Picturehouse at FACT opened in February 2003 as the central component of FACT(Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), a £10 million landmark building which comprises three cinemas, a ‘micro-cinema’, two galleries, a café and a bar. Picturehouse at FACT’s state-of-the-art cinemas give audiences the chance to enjoy an unprecedented variety of films and filmrelated events in the city’s most impressive and technically well-equipped venue, boasting stadium seating, THX-standard sound and

70mm digital projection in addition to 35mm projection. The film programme presents a range of titles, showcasing the very best in independent, art-house, foreign-language and quality mainstream cinema from around the world. Themed seasons, repertory screenings of classic masterpieces, late-night cult movies and events all form part of the Picturehouse’s exciting and ever expanding program. With a great central location and student ticket prices available, make sure to stop by Wood Street and pick up the latest brochure for the coming months to start planning your new life in film at FACT.


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THEATRES by SARAH O’ HARA

Find Liverpool Empire Theatre at L1 1JE See www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

Located opposite St George’s Hall is the sensational Liverpool Empire Theatre. Hosting world famous musicals including Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and The Lion King, you can sit back and relax in its grand auditorium and watch the stories unfold. With tickets starting as low as £10, there’s a wide choice to suit every theatre-goer including ballets and stand-up comedy.

Find Royal Court Theatre at 1 Roe S, L1 1HL See www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk

Just a short walk down the road towards Queen’s Square is the quaint Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. With the option of a meal before the show, you can enjoy some of the best local theatre the city has to offer, including hilarious scouse takes on classic stories (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerly, A Nightmare on Lime Street), in addition to touring companies and national productions.


Fancy a heartfelt musical journey, mixed-media production or a laugh with a local comedian? Then Liverpool has the theatres for you!

Find The Liverpool Playhouse at Williamson Square, L1 1EL See www.everymanplayhouse.com

www.www.thecapstonetheatre.com www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk www.theliverpoolactorsstudio.com

Continue your walk into the heart of the city centre, and you will discover The Liverpool Playhouse based in Williamson Square. Classic Shakespeare and modern-day storytelling are all a feature of the Playhouse’s schedule, and if you’re under 26, you can sign up for their YEP (Young Everyman Playhouse) scheme. Simply fill in the application form, and you can start enjoying theatre tickets for only £5.

Smaller theatres in the city include The Capstone Theatre, The Unity Theatre, The Lantern Theatre an intimate family run fringe venue in the Baltic Creative Triangle and The Liverpool Actor’s Studio Theatre, showcasing productions from small local and national touring theatre companies. Each theatre has its own unique identity and all bring a wealth of culture to the city.


11-25yr olds get £5 theatre tickets AT the Liverpool everyman and playhouse All you need to do is join our free young persons’ membership scheme – YEP – and you can get £5 tickets until your 26th birthday.

Call: Email: Click: Visit:

0151 709 4776 yep@everymanplayhouse.com www.everymanplayhouse.com/yep Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square, L1 1EL


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welcome to your theatre. comedy drama dance music family The home of quality, great value, small-scale theatre in Liverpool. unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk 1 Hope Place (off Hope Street)

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GET YOUR GIGGLE ON

where to catch comedy in Liverpool If Family Fortunes surveyed their 100 people and asked for something Liverpool is famous for, then comedy would have to be up on that board. From those who’ve made a name for themselves to the banter being thrown around in every local pub, scouse humour is everywhere. Obviously, there’s big names playing places like the Echo Arena, Empire or Royal Court but there’s also plenty of comedy clubs where you can enjoy a night of mirth and merriment without paying big venue prices. COMEDY CENTRAL www.liverpoolcomedycentral.com Underneath the the Blue Bar and Grill in the Albert Dock, the award winning club has comedy circuit regulars performing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with £15 tickets 2-4-1 on Thursdays. (Tip – always a good place for dates, just keep quiet about the free ticket part so they don’t think you’re cheap) LAUGHTERHOUSE www.laughterhousecomedy.com Down in the basement of The Slaughterhouse on Fenwick Street, the tiny stage has played host to some of comedy’s biggest names.

Tickets range from £3 (student price) for the monthly Laughter Factor shows to £17.50 for the weekend shows. Some seats are pretty much ON the stage, so get there early if you don’t want to unwittingly become part of the show. If you do, then grabbing one means you’ve got yourself a prime heckling spot. HOT WATER COMEDY CLUB www.hotwatercomedy.co.uk Shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday upstairs in the Crown Hotel, Lime Street, with a mix of circuit headliners and as yet undiscovered acts. Student tickets start from the absolute bargain price of £2.50. RAWHIDE COMEDY www.rawhidecomedy.co.uk New act nights, Tuesdays at Baa Bar on Hardman Street. Described as “a night for those who enjoy both comedy and watching people fail” Who could resist handing over £3 for that? And you’ve arrived just in time for the Liverpool Comedy Festival (26 Sept – 6 October) Big names as well as possible next big things in venues all over the city. Check out www. liverpoolcomedyfestival.com for more.


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DIAMONDS

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Saturday 26 October: District, Liverpool L1 0BW Doors: 9pm till late est. 1992

Tickets: £12.50 in advance or £15 on the door In person: Dr Hermans, Bold Street L1 t: 0844 477 100 w: ticketweb.co.uk visit: africaoye.com for more info


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LI TE RA RY

liverpool In a city as artistically progressive as Liverpool, all arts flourish. Literature is no exception; writing may not be what the city is most famous for, but any lack of notice certainly isn’t due to lack of talent.

From the commercial success of Lynda La Plante - author of several novels and writer of Prime Suspect - to the literary accolades of Dame Beryl Bainbridge, Liverpool has both produced and inspired an incredible range of writers. Often, it’s clear that the city itself is integral to a writer’s vision. Indeed, the things that Liverpool is known for can be seen to have a literary echo, something which is now celebrated through various events in the city. The famous docks, for example, were visited in 1839 by Melville, who went on to write Moby Dick. He set another novel, Redburn, in Liverpool, and this association has recently inspired a marathon reading of Moby Dick at the Maritime Museum. Then there’s the much-mentioned atmosphere of Sixties Liverpool, when, alongside everything else, the Liverpool poets came to prominence. The work of Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten was not only popular, but also caused lasting changes in the landscape of British poetry. When McGough and Patten return to Liverpool - as for the annual literary festival earlier this year - they still sell out almost instantly. Even Liverpool’s football fame has proved a locus of artistic inspiration, with David Peace’s new novel on Bill Shankly currently causing contention amongst reviewers. It’s stirred up interest in the city too, and Low Down’s recent interview with Peace is available to read in full online. That such writing is from or about Liverpool never appears incidental. Most often, Liverpool writing is in fact deeply involved with the city itself, which makes a clear statement about how great a place this is for anyone who loves literature.


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Home to many famous entertainers from film, television and more, here’s our pick of some famous scousers - see how many you’ve heard of!

by SARAH O’HARA Liverpool has been known as music city and boasts a wide variety of world-famous musicians. These include Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen, Dead or Alive, The Zutons, Atomic Kitten, X Factor’s Rebecca Ferguson and Marcus Collins, Gerry and the Pacemakers and of course The Beatles. Aside from music, our acting talent includes Hollywood Starlet Kim Cattrall who was originally born in the city before moving abroad. Plus the McGann brothers are well known for their work including The Hanging Gale, and Paul McGann was the eighth Doctor Who. Scousers are known for their sense of humour so it’s only natural that the city has some world-class comedians. These include Ken Dodd, a variety comedian who even has his own statue in Lime Street Station, and funnyman John Bishop whose work includes everything from stand-up to television. It’s needless to say that two premiership football teams hail from the city, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Football legends including Steven Gerrard have hailed from the city, and there’s far too many to include them all on one page! These are only a few of the famous entertainers from Liverpool and with the city’s creative talent,and it can be assured that more household names will be made in the future.


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CHEWS CAREFULLY best breakfast After scrambling to your one and only 10:00am lecture ‘Back to the Future’ style, you stumble out at 11:00am; hungover, disorientated, and hungry. Why waste this golden opportunity to explore some of Liverpool’s sizzling breakfast cafés on sleep? Don’t go to bed: go to brunch!

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GREENDAYS CAFE, Lark Lane We’re reluctant to share this one, as it’s our favourite, but we’re feeling generous so here goes. This place has it all - great decor, fantastic tunes, bohemian vibes but best of all is the homely, hearty food. Carnivores beware - this is a veg cafe - but you won’t miss the meat with their oversized brekkies including hash browns, sourdough toast and a drink for around a fiver. See you there. CITY CAFÉ, Stanley Street Smack bang in Liverpool’s centre, City Café is a great little haven for the weary traveller. Just £4.50 for a full English breakfast, free wifi on weekdays, and 10% student discount – City Café offers quality food without breaking the bank. The coffee here is absolutely splendid, and you won’t have to wait long before your food arrives either! If you want a quick bite in a nice central location, this is your place! A&J’s CAFÉ, South Hunter Street We discovered this hidden gem whilst hunting for live music venues and were immediately greeted like an old friend, and treated to the most delicious egg and bacon sandwich ever known. A&J’s Café isn’t simply a fantastic place to eat – their collection of retro games consoles decorate the left-hand wall, so you can jump on games like Resident Evil and Halo while you wait for your scran! What’s more, A&J’s is fast becoming a social beacon


for students, music enthusiasts, and gamers alike. Our reaction to this little slice of heaven? – FINALLY!! We are home! HOLE IN THE WALL, School Lane Calling itself the ‘best breakfast in Liverpool’, The Hole in the Wall Café is sure to tingle your synapses awake on School Lane. Not quite the cheapest in town, but Hole in the Wall does offer exceptional service, and the interior is simply lovely – the ideal place for a brunch date, or perhaps a society outing.

LEAF, Bold Street Leaf is always buzzing, but perhaps never more so than at brunchtime. Though this is most definitely not the cheapest option - a full brekky of the veg, meat or fish variety and a drink will give you little change from a tenner - the splurge is worth it. The atmosphere and the quality of the food put this a cut above - and if you’re really skint you can still get the experience with a £1.50 round of their delish granary toast.


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EAT

on the cheap Eating out doesn’t always have to break the bank balance, well, not in Liverpool anyway. You certainly don’t have to look too hard to find a good, cheap, decent eatery; whether it’s Chinese, Indian or hearty British grub you’re after, your needs will be covered. After all, we all know food is the way to anyone’s heart, especially to hungover or exam-stressed students who roam our good city. So here’s an accurate and trustworthy guide to set your stomach rumbling. by ANNA KENNEDY


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KIMOS 38 Mount Pleasant, City Centre Of course this Liverpool gem serves the usual favourites like panini’s,jacket potatos and sandwiches (which are lovely and less that £3.50!) but it’s particularly renowed for the delicious Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and north African dishes they serve. Stepping away from the traditional English breakfast and American lunches Kimos offers the likes of foule mudammas (fava beans cooked with tomatoes and cumin, topped with feta and boiled egg, served with warm pitta bread)and kebdah, a dish of fried chopped lamb’s liver (both £4.80) But, if these dishes sound a bit adventurous for you, don’t worry there is a menu as long as your arm bursting with both traditional and not-so traditional English dishes. All at a cheap price, accompanied with relaxing sofa’s and North African decor.

ATE DAYS A WEEK Smithdown Road

No student gets through uni without having some sort of heart-felt alliance with Smithdown Road. A bustling student zone, Smithdown is filled with Take-aways, pubs, supermarkets and Ate Days a week Cafe. Catering for everyone, Ate days serves substantially large traditional english breakfasts (Veggie too) all day, every day for below a fiver. Or if you’re feeling continental, why not try an omelette - pretty much any filling you want is available and for a very reasonable £3.00. If it’s not a breakfast you’re after, there are also homemade dishes such as Lasange, Sheperds Pie and fish finger sandwiches on offer(chunky chips and side salad included), or soup served with crusty bread if you’re weight watching. What’s more, with free wi-fi students find themselves staying here all day enjoying the cool ambience whilst listening to the likes of Bob Dylan and The Smiths, who are usually played here.


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Possibly the best Pan Asian restaurant in Liverpool, definitely the cheapest. What makes this haunt so special is it’s convenient opening hours, open all day til midnight, Tokyou is always there for you when you’re feeling peckish, and although there is often queues, it’s worth the wait. The cafe boasts gigantic portions of Japanese, chinese and Thai food such as sweet and sour chicken, beef in black bean sauce, spring rolls and prawn toast, to name a few, and most main meals are accompanied by Japanese favourite - noodles. They even serve a delicious noodle soup for below £3.00 if you’re really on a budget. Admittedly, for most people, the portions would be slightly daunting, but you’d rather have too much than too less, wouldn’t you and, and with all meals priced at around £4.00, who cares? Think Wok and Go, but a million times better, a cosier atmosphere and a nice cold Tiger beer.

The famous Keith’s has been going for a around 30 years, and although the decor needs a bit of a brush up, the food is better than ever. With daily specials, Keiths caters for both carnivores and veggies, offering hummus and pitta, veggie chilli nachos, BBQ spare ribs, garlic bread and all the halloumi that you want - and that’s just for starters. As an added extra all meals come with a healthy twist without sacrificing the flavour, chips are replaced by aromatic rice, garlic baby potatoes or crunchy salads. Situated in bohemian Lark Lane, Keiths has a laid back, friendly atmosphere that will help the Chicken Ceasar Salad, veggie curry or Lamb kebab go down easy. With all main meals generally being around the £6.00 mark, you couldn’t really complain.


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the Sicilian connection It’s the attention to detail of Santino on Smithdown Road that marks it out as a proper Italian. It’s the kind of place to linger over a long lunch while discussing the merits of Campania vs. Puglia mozzarella, or the nuances of a particular coffee bean.


Find Santino at 449 Smithdown Road, Mossley Hill, L15 3JL See santino-restaurant.com

by JEN PERKIN But if you’re thinking ‘pretentious’ you’re wrong – while Santino is impeccably smart, the friendly prices and service make it a more of neighbourhood than special occasion option. “I knew if I opened an Italian restaurant I would have the right people in my hands,” says owner and first time restaurateur Samiq Nuriyev. It’s obvious that he’s struck gold with Sicilian chef Luigi Buonincontro, a veteran who has been involved with six start-up restaurants around the world over a 25-year strong career. To say Luigi is passionate about food is to say Gordon Ramsey has a bit of an attitude. He admits, “Everything has be perfect. I am little bit crazy in the kitchen. The menu at the moment includes all the classics you would expect; lasagne, pizza, bruschetta but the key

difference is quality of ingredients, and the care taken. Our antipasto includes the best buffalo mozzarella we’ve had this side of Naples, with an ingenious twist of crispy fried sage leaves. “The simplicity of our anchovy pizza is a master class in quality over quantity, and the sea bass with capers comes adorned with the surprise flare of grilled grapes. All at a price that is frankly embarrassing.” Luigi admits that his food has to be tempered for British tastes as traditional Sicilian food can be ‘a bit too strong’. He says: “I need to tell the truth to any customer in my life. If you say it’s good food that’s great, but for me it’s 50% of my power.” As people realise that a feed there will still often give them change for a tenner, Liverpool won’t put up with greasy pizza or mushy pasta ever again.


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the pudding club The ever innovative tea-loving folk at Leaf have come up with yet another marvelous idea with their monthly Pudding Club, matching five (yes FIVE!) courses of sweetness with a companion tea. While the idea of skipping savoury altogether in favour of pudding feels a little bit naughty, rest assured: this is no cheap and nasty affair.


by JEN PERKIN

Reportedly made from a family recipe of pastry chef Damo, it is thankfully not of the Communally seated on the second floor, we are dense and sickly variety that could have presented with placemats doubling as menus seen us knocked out in just the second as black clad boys and girls buzz around ready round. It is rather a light and spongy offering, to serve and whisk away each course and its accessorised with just the necessary amount accompanying tea with the air of a semi formal of toffee sauce, and its companion Lady Grey dinner party. Only this is the best dinner party is a classic and comforting match. in the world as there’s no veg in sight - all killer Now I’ll admit I was slightly worried no filler! about course three - not being a huge cream Each course is introduced by James enthusiast only the most groundbreaking of who is the MC of sorts. We start off with a tiramisu’s have historically passed my caloriedelicate champagne cassis tea accompanying worthy test. But happily this was another roasted peaches, which James tries to pass thumbs up - not quite enough mascarpone or off as healthy, though the vanilla syrup and coffee for my taste buds - but given the chefs mascarpone cream tell us otherwise. An were aiming to crowd-please it was expertly elegant and light start to proceedings, which done and very easy to eat. Needless to say get more hardcore as we move onto the next there was none left on my plate, and the bold course: sticky toffee pudding. choice of rooibos washed it down nicely. >

Find Leaf at 65-67 Bold Sreet, L1 4EZ See www.thisisleaf. co.uk


And just as we are starting to fantasise about marmite and salted crisps, course four comes out of nowhere and throws a curveball. Banana and parfait and two words that don’t get me anywhere near as excited as, say, chocolate and fudge, but that was before I tried the Leaf version, strewn with nuggets of hard praline. Akin to a slice of ice cream, this is the sweetest but most flavourful dish of the menu and it’s divine, especially with the unlikely pairing of Strawberry and kiwi tea which cuts nicely through the cloying. An excellent round setting us up for

our fifth and last. Incredibly, all considering, we’re not feeling too ill to enjoy the chocolate mousse shot - served in a tiny shot glass. It’s rich and delicious and also proves a test of personality as the teaspoon we are given doesn’t allow us to get to the bottom of the glass to reach the final bit of creamy deliciousness. And only the wily or shameless dare to flip the spoon over and use the handle over to scoop it out. Yes, we did. All in all a wonderful way to bond over mutual dessert appreciation with friends and loved ones, and an absolute steal at £11.95.


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Tabac, at Bold Street

Planning a night out? Here at Low Down we have compiled a short route plan for you to take at your own discrepancy. Of course, we expect you to discover hidden gems on your own, but this is our guided Path to Light-Headedness.


It’s 01:20am, you’re on your own in the middle of town, tired, hungry, and no one is in any state to help reunite you with your companions. Tssk tssk. Where was your comprehensive Low Down pub crawl plan?

by JOE CRAWFORD

BAA BAR, Myrtle Street Myrtle is located past the old bombed-out church, so it’s an uphill trek to get your blood pumping at the start - and it’s all downhill from here. If you happen to be in student accommodation near Myrtle, you’re in luck! If not, I still recommend beginning your night there as the sheer range of deliciously flavoured shooters will get you off to a bangin’ start. SCREAM, Maryland Street Across the road lives the fantastic Hope & Anchor pub, better known as ‘Scream’. Hit the Maryland Quarter and you’ll find a cracking bar complete with beer garden and pitchers galore!

THE PILGRIM, Pilgrim Street Great Scott! Staying true on the path back into town, you’re encouraged to stop at the lively Pilgrim for a killer triple shot of something in coca-cola. Spirits are always high in the Pilgrim, and you’re going to need all the help you can get on this journey. Take a deep breath - you’re about to enter the mighty Bold Street. TABAC, Bold Street Now Tabac is a personal preference due to their spine-tingling cocktails and pitchers, but Bold Street is one of Liverpool’s main arteries with a myriad of attractions, so go out and explore whichever lights attract you the most. Popworld is good for a cheesy laugh, and Ca Va next door is the tequila supplier – a good mix I think. MELLO MELLO, Slater Street Are you still standing? Good. After you’ve sampled some of Bold Street’s poppy delights, you may be in the mood for something a bit more ‘underground’. Mello Mello not only houses some of the best live music this side of town, the venue trendily blurs the lines between homely and hardy. A friendly alternative, and a stone’s throw from the last street on this list… provided you’re not completely flammable by now. PARR STREET Feel free to disregard all of the above, just so long as you make it to Parr Street at the height of your night. Round the corner from Mello Mello, Parr Street is home to venues such as The Attic, The Brink, the newly renovated Studio 2 bar, and a skip and a hop from the Zansibar. Take this guide, and godspeed you brave explorers.


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METAL NIGHTS top venues for hard rock and metal

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THE SWAN - 86 Wood St With an excellent selection of real ales and arguably the best jukebox in town, The Swan has been the watering hole of choice for bikers, rockers and moshers alike for many years. Though very small and often quite packed the atmosphere is always friendly and the company is always true. A hot spot hangout for most Liverpool based metal bands. THE KRAZYHOUSE - 16 Wood Street Open until late Thursday and Saturday The Krazyhouse is Liverpool’s number one alternative venue. Across 3 floors and DJ’s with varying playlists there’s something for everyone with drinks offers and events always going on. A top student venue in the city. REVOLVER- The Hotel California Located just outside Liverpool in the neighbouring town of Birkenhead, Revolver, or The Hotel Cali as it’s more well known, is a pub/club that’s heavy metal through and through. Open

throughout the weekend with great drink offers, shot girls and brilliant live bands, for those with a more commercial taste you’ve come to the right place, but for the real bedroom dwelling, record collecting metal heads there is DJ Gav on a Friday night playing quite literally the best selection of heavy metal in the entire area, from Type-O Negative and Katatonia to Bathory and Burzum.

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THE BLADE FACTORY - Greenland Street A serious one to watch in the Liverpool metal scene, the Blade Factory is an old commercial unit converted into a venue that boasts phenomenal sound, atmosphere and has no 11PM curfew. Check our listings for future gigs. THE KAZIMIER - 4-5 Wolstenholme Sq. My personal favourite venue, The Kazamier’s wondrous and striking interior design is unmatched anywhere in the city. With great gigs happening all year round as well as a perfect location in the city, this is the place to be.


The theatrical shock rocker Arthur Brown, who will perform The Crazy World of Arthur Brown this year at The Kazimier, one of Liverpool’s fantastic music venues that feature


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ALOHA

the exotic cocktail bar by JEN PERKIN Danny Murphy is one of the owners and proprietors of the bar - and according to Danny, Tiki is not a style as most would believe, but a ‘substance’. It’s a way of life, it’s about walking into an incredibly decorated bar and feeling the love in the room. It’s synonymous with ‘scouse’ culture, where it symbolizes escapism, individuality and non-conformism. Now, how did Aloha become such a prominent force in any night out? The answer is quite easy once you visit the bar. Danny says: “It’s pride in one’s work, the personal effort each and everyone of the staff puts in, from making of the drinks to the smiles the give when handing them to you, they give it their all”. One would think that after making the same flaming cocktail countless times, your enthusiasm would dwindle little by little. Not in Aloha, it seems like the bartenders there were born to Tiki, like they were destined to be there and never seem to ever want to be anywhere else, a trait that makes a simple thing like buying a drink, a joyous occasion. Also, the fact that most of the drinks being either on fire or in a mind-boggling fruity container can’t hurt. As Danny says, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.”


Find Aloha at 22 Colquitt St, L14DE See alohabar.co.uk

Aloha is Liverpool’s first established and most popular Tiki Bar. It’s home to the most exotic cocktails in the city and hosts some of the liveliest and most entertaining nights Liverpool has to offer.


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BROOKLYN MIXER

look out Liverpool – America is coming ...However rather than burgers, here the focus is on beers and cocktails and vibes – with hip-hop as its USP

by JEN PERKIN Brooklyn Mixer opened in October last year, part of a wave of new establishments in the city with a yankee theme; as well as the myriad burgers joints including Nolita Cantina and Almost Famous, there’s the newly re-opened Arts Club, and Motel on Fleet Street. However rather than burgers, here the focus is on beers and cocktails and vibes – with hip-hop as its USP. As bartender Joe, who’s been at BM from the beginning, says: “American beers are very much the things at the moment, there used to be a focus on European beers but now it’s all about the States.” A quick scan of the fridge confirms they’ve got San Francisco’s Anchor steam beer in – a personal favourite – and they rather excitingly have Brooklyn Lager on tap. They’ve also got a range of cocktails both

classic and twisted – the one that catches our eye is the Fat Lip, which Joe tells us is like a mojito, except with tequila instead of rum. But it’s not just the brews, it’s the tunes too. As Joe says; “Brooklyn is very iconic in the hip-hop worlds, so that’s partly the idea behind the name”. With the basement club open at weekends playing disco, soul and funk, there’s always something fresh and tasty playing at the Mixer. Inside, there’s a focus on art, with a rotating display of works from local artists to peruse as you sup. In addition the outdoor area is ideal for catching rays and capitalising on the weekday beer specials. Impromptu one-off events are not unknown either – a recent summers day saw the perfect excuse for an all-day Beastie Boys themed block party. Heard enough? See you at Brooklyn Mixer for the eats, beats, doodles and beer.


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BROKEN MEN Liverpool band Broken Men appreciate the power of mystique. Born under the banner of Milk:Presents, a ‘label/ events/recording/design’ company based on Bold Street, the young men involved in the band are creative, talented and very passionate. Also, being that they have the creative resources at their disposal, they have a level of control that many bands would envy. Despite this they reassure us “You’re not going to be getting Facebook updates from us every 5 minutes”.

by JEN PERKIN We first noticed the band at the North by Northwest gig last year, which featured a lengthy line up of Liverpool talent. The show proved two things; 1) there is a lot of talent in the city and 2) not a lot of it is particularly original. Broken Men stood out for their unified stage presence – donned smartly in braces and all – and their slightly harder edge, which contrasted against the jangly and jaunty majority. The songs were catchy but they rocked, and dare we say it – they were sexy. We were intrigued.


We investigated. We met the band in Parr Street for a chat, and found like to be much bubblier than their vaguely menacing stage presence would suggest, effervescent with conversation and talking over one another. We asked them about the name and vocalist Bob Westhead divulged: “The definition of a Broken Man is ‘someone who causes irreparable damage throughout their life that can’t be not repaired.” We kind of liked that. It was also a clan name in Scotland years and years ago. If you kicked it out you were called a Broken Man; the outsider.” The band released the infectious single ‘Oversold’ last year, and followed it up with their EP (or ‘phase’ as they call their releases) ‘Dogmeat‘ later in the year. Both releases display a straight up style incredibly refreshing in these complicated musical climes - and a knack for writing classic licks that still seem somehow fresh. The band aren’t afraid of melody either, and for this have garnered comparisons to Franz Ferdinand. This is music with a big potential audience, and the band agree when we suggest that there’s a stateside slant to their sound. And while they will happily gush about their hometown (“it���s a boss vibe”), they’ve got their sites firmly set beyond Liverpool. Drummer Mike Bennett says: “It’s very important for us to think outside of Liverpool, to instantly move out of Liverpool. Imagine playing 15 shows here in a year – no one’s gonna give a shit in 20 minutes. You’ve got to get off straight away. It’s not a disrespect to Liverpool, it’s that you can’t just stay.” When the band played a show in Rome last year the city made a huge impression on them.

“The definition of a Broken Man is ‘someone who causes irreparable damage throughout their life that can’t be repaired.”

You’ve got to get off straight away. It’s not a disrespect to Liverpool, it’s that you can’t just stay.”

Mike: “Rome inspired Broken Men as a whole. We’re walking around parks and there’s loads of broken statues – men. Videos and design; loads of it’s based on ideas that come from Rome – Rome’s made up of broken fucking rock, broken stone broken everything.” The vintage feel of the videos the band have released, as well as the moody artwork posted on their Facebook site, give the band a distinct aesthetic and they insist it’s something they will continue to explore alongside the music. As for the future, the band have plans to play in New York this year and will soon be announcing tour dates closer to home. One thing is for sure though, the band have momentum: Says Mike: “We wanna move, we wanna keep moving. 2013 is for movement.” We’ll try and keep up.


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by JOE CRAWFORD


Boredom is a terrible affliction that claims the minds of hundreds of students per hour, and the only cure is a healthy dose of entertainment, so here’s your chance to jump into the Pool lies, and new performers are always encouraged to get up and entertain the place – it really is one of the friendliest venues we know.

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THE LOMAX, Cumberland Street ‘Lomax’ might sounds like a kind of insult, but if there’s ever a place to start, it’s here. Downstairs leads to a basement-esque setting with quirky posters, intimate layout, and a miniature stage for late night performances - with veterans including Radiohead and Muse. The upstairs is where the action usually

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LEAF, Bold Street LEAF impresses from the moment you step in; crisp, smooth décor, tea tins galore, and a cool level stage in the corner. LEAF is open all day as a cafe and a place to gather your wits on a busy day, but it has also been moonlighting as one of the coolest live music venues in the city with their intimate upstairs room. Ground level also hosts regular open mic acoustic nights.

THE CAVERN, Matthew Street The legendary Matthew Street is home to two brother venues: The Cavern and The Cavern Pub. You will probably recognise the name as the birthplace of The Beatles, and baby the venue is just as groovy as it was back in the day. The Cavern plays host to the >


nation’s biggest names, and The Cavern Pub has been responsible for launching a whole network of hidden talent thanks to their Monday night Open Mic nights – original material only.

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THE KAZIMIER, Wolstenholme Square For those of you who want more than just a live act: for those who want to experience a venue in sight, sound and artful pleasure – The Kazimier is your Wonderland. A fusion of modern art, theatricality, and all things bizarre, The Kazimier is one venue that simply can’t be ignored. In the summer their beer garden - the best in the city - also hosts separate live events, many of them free.

STUDIO 2, Parr Street Studio 2 bar has recently been relaunched and is looking brand spanking new as Liverpool’s only dedicated live jazz, blues and swing venue. With live music on 6 days a week Tuesday – Sunday, excellent cocktails and a full sit-down menu to enjoy on the weekends, this is a classy and tasteful choice!

O2 ACADEMY, Hotham Street Hidden up behind Lime Street station, a Liverpool institution that just celebrated its 10th birthday. The beauty of this venue is that while it hosts some of the biggest acts, in its second smaller room up >

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and-comers also get a chance to shine. Upcoming acts range from Blue, to Editor to Shed Seven.

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EAST VILLAGE ARTS CLUB, Seel Street One of the newest kids on the block, the Arts Club has quickly established itself as a favourite and a much needed mid-sized venue. Formerly the Masque (ask a local to tell you about it), the MAMA group swooped in to reinvent it and have secured a stellar line-up, with the likes of John Grant, Deerhunter and Future of the Left in the next few months alone.

PHILHARMONIC, Hope Street The Phil is without doubt the city’s most classically beautiful venue. It is a classic sit-down concert hall that sees a more ‘adult’ selection of bigger name artists, but also does throw out the odd curve ball. You must have the Philharmonic experience at least once during your time in Liverpool.

MELLO MELLO, Parr Street Mello Mello, just a bit further down Parr St from Studio 2, is as much as a hangout as it is a music venue, pub and vegetarian cafe. As well as hosting many nights of unsigned and new bands (including the fabulous fortnightly ‘Free Rock and Roll’ nights), we’ve had some of our most rocking and random nights of music there. Low key and lovely - great for fans of real ale.

SOUND FOOD AND DRINK, Duke Street Similar to Mello Mello, this is a casual and slightly rough around the edges joint but all the more loveable for it. Drop in anytime for a pizza and a pint and you’ll hear great tunes, but look out for the many live music events - many of them impromptu!


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Find The Cavern at Matthew Street

Liverpool’s musical history is illustrious; a hive of creativity with no signs of ever slowing down. We’re proud to celebrate some of these landmark musical places, including where some of the city’s biggest bands had their first gigs, and statues dedicated to these musicians.


landmarks in Liverpool city centre by SARAH O’HARA

On Matthew Street and you’ll find a wall of Gold discs celebrating the music of Liverpool, and a little further down by the Met Quarter, a statue of Eleanor Rigby

On the Albert Dock there’s a statue dedicated to one of the original rock ‘n’ roll stars Billy Fury, a reminder of the influence skiffle bands, blues and jazz had on the Liverpudlian talent of the 50’s and 60’s. Walk down to the infamous Matthew Street you’ll find the Cavern Club. A stones throw away from the site of the original building, this is the club where the Beatles first performed and dozens more have followed in their footsteps. On Matthew Street you’ll find a wall of Gold discs celebrating the music of Liverpool, and a little further down by the Met Quarter, a statue of Eleanor Rigby from the Beatles song of the same name. However Matthew Street is the home of another club responsible for big names including Frankie goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen and Dead or Alive - Eric’s. Recently reopened after its closure in the 80’s, this was the club where these musicians made their name. Pete Burns also used to work at Probe Records, which is now called Ted Baker House off Matthew Street. Probe has since moved to Old School Lane next to the Bluecoat Arts Centre, still selling a variety of vinyl to suit even the most eclectic of tastes.


LIVERPOOL STILL ROCKS by ORIOL BOSCH

The capital of pop owes much of its status to The Beatles but there’s more to Liverpool’s musical past, present and future than just the Fab Four. Although local acts may not be the chart-toppers they used to be, The Coral, The Wombats, Clinic and Miles Kane are still some of the 21st-century major names and there’s currently a countless amount of talented artists from Merseyside, as ever.

STEALING SHEEP Stealing Sheep are a three-piece girl group from Liverpool but they are nothing like Atomic Kitten; they are a precious rarity, an arty trio capable of achieving unique atmospheres extraordinarily merging multiple sounds and styles and combining their voices in a fine, beautiful way. Their music is arguably psychfolk, although the girls like to describe it as “noisily drenched voodoo-pop from Liverpool, in the hazy shape of psychedelic folktronica. Medieval synths, hypnotic beats, spiralling

whammy guitars, mystical harmonies and apocalyptic thunder drones.” Formed on the summer of 2010 in a café on Lark Lane by Rebecca Hawley (vocals, keyboards), Emily Lansley (vocals, guitar) and Lucy Mercer (vocals, drums), Stealing Sheep released their impressive debut LP last year and have already toured alongside The Postal Service and Vampire Weekend and played in festivals such as Glastonbury. Listen to: ‘Shut Eye’, ‘Genevieve’, ‘Rearrange’, ‘The Garden’


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OUTFIT Outfit are Liverpool’s next big thing and, for sure, they will soon become the city’s most talked about export. And there’s no hype to blame, the Liverpudlians come with superb music and splendid visuals plus an appealing attitude and interesting story. The quintet formed in 2011 while living in the arty sharehouse The Lodge, then moved to London for a while after signing to independent label Double Denim and finally headed back to Liverpool to live and record their debut LP in an abandoned building off Smithdown Rd. The album Performance – released on August – is the result of all that time and experiences and does not seem a debut record at all, it presents a mature, confident band with a well-defined identity. That doesn’t mean that their sound is plain or easy to classify, in fact their music is complex synthpop, compelling indietronica or just well crafted indie psychedelic music. Outfit may have similarities with other electronic bands such as Django Django or Hot Chip but they have also made a strong, evocative album and are one of the few chosen ones that are expected to bring innovative electronic music to the forefront of the British scene.

THE TEA STREET BAND One of the favourite local acts, The Tea Street Band is a must-see. With their lively and lovely melodies, wistful vocals and high-energy dance beats, the five Liverpool lads are always offering vibrant, powerful and engaging live shows, they are loved by the crowd and strive to correspond them. The vibe is set, and it’s not to be missed. Listen to: ‘Two Islands’, ‘House on Fire’, ‘I Want What’s Born from the ashes of The Maybes?, The Best’, ‘Nothing Big’ Tea Street Band are a really interesting band. Their first single ‘Summer Dreaming’ is an extremely beautiful song, now turned into one of Liverpudlians’ anthems, and their thoughtful music ranges from indie electro-pop and even balearic to acid house. It’s pretty good to listen at home, but even better to have a party; what they are superb is in performing live, perhaps because of the gang mentality of The Happy Mondays and their shared love of rave culture. After several EPs, Tea Street Band have recently launched their debut album through fan-funding site PledgeMusic. Listen to: ‘Summer Dreaming’, ‘Push The Feeling On’, ‘Disco Lights’, ‘Fiesta’


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BY THE SEA Want to feel like you are going to a paradisiacal beach when you are actually heading to uni? Put your headphones on and listen to By The Sea’s eponymous debut album. Produced by former Coral guitarist and close friend Bill

Ryder-Jones, the record is a delicate gemstone; honest, unpretentious indie dreamy music. The Wirral band sound is indeed dreamy, subtle, shiny and full of guitar grooves. By The Sea have created a pleasant sonic ambience,


a dreamscape that you would like to be part of and stay there for a while. They sound quite alike Fleet Foxes, Atlas Sound or Swim Deep, albeit they navigate between joy and melancholy, unlike West Midlands band’s

utmost joy. By the time we are writing this piece By The Sea is completing their second album, which is being recorded in the famed Parr Street Studios, so stay tuned for more. Listen to: ‘Dream Waters’, ‘By the Sea’, ‘Waltz Away’.


WAVE MACHINES Liverpudlian quartet Wave Machines released their debut album Wave If You’re Really There in 2009 to critical acclaim, a burgeoning fanbase was rapidly built and one of its songs, ‘Keep The Lights On’, was even used for a major TV commercial. What was to expect of their sophomore record, released three years later? Sort of an evolution. While most of their first songs were instantly likeable dancepop tracks, Pollen followed up their excellent first album and featured another side, great alternative music but deeper, more emotional. Enveloping synth lines, soaring vocals and, in short, rich sounding for great narrative, as vocal as musical. Whether you listen to the first record, the second or both, one thing is certain: Wave Machines are one of the finest bands around. Listen to: ‘I’ll Fit’, ‘I Go I Go I Go’, ‘Keep The Lights On’, ‘Counting Birds’

There’s been tons of great bands in Liverpool: Echo & The Bunnymen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The La’s or The Farm, to name but a few, and there’s currently much more than the five listed on this pages. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Fleming’s Baltic Fleet, this years winners of the Liverpool Music Awards The Hummingbirds, one of Merseyside’s leading exponents of psych/prog Mugstar, the selfprofessed ‘Soul Powered Nerd’ Esco Williams, singersongwriter Nadine Carina, All We Are, Natalie McCool, Bird, Silent Sleep, The Thespians, Loved Ones…


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One of the biggest city music festivals and conferences, Liverpool Sound City takes place annually in May. Showcasing the best in local and international new music talent, LSC is a great 3 day festival to hear some awesome music and network with some of the industry’ finest.


by SARAH O’HARA From Indie to rock and electronic to classics of the past, hundreds of musicians old and new have graced stages across Liverpool. Past bands to have played the festival include Dexys, Bastille, Noah and the Whale and the 1975, not to mention the countless numbers of musicians from all around the world. Dotted around venues in the city (including cafes, bars and even Kazimir Gardens), you can choose who you want to see at an excellent price. If you upgrade to a delegate pass, you can also benefit from workshops, roundtable

sessions and talks from industry experts. From how to get your songs on the radio to how to promote your music, you can ask all the questions you need to get your career off the ground. Past speakers have included Simon Jones Moran, Tracey Thorn and Janice Long. If you fancy taking part yourself, why not volunteer to be a conference or festival volunteer and gain first hand experience at helping to run a music event. You can also apply to play the festival when applications are open. A highlight of Liverpool’s musical calendar, LSC is a must go to event for any music lover or ambitious industry worker.


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Liverpool receives many thousands of visitors each year keen to explore its illustrious pop music heritage but, it should be noted that the past two decades have seen the city play host to a vibrant and ever-flourishing electronic music scene.

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by TOM MILLS Any dance music enthusiast new to the city will quickly discover the foundations and inherent levels of commitment on which the region’s various electronic scenes have been built. Quadrant Park, The Mardi Gras, Rio’s, The Garage and The 051 were all venues to have hosted significant events in the development of a rich regional dance music subculture. Despite the heyday and functioning existence of many of these venues being in the fairly recent past, their cumulative influence upon a still healthy club culture cannot be in question.

Though comparisons to the Berlin, Chicago and Detroit electronic music histories might seem slightly aggrandised, their industrial (and industrious) pasts resonate closely with Liverpool and its resultant urban fabric. Thanks is owed to the prolific activity of district architects and engineers for the plethora of brick warehouses constructed in the city throughout the 19th century and it’s these such spaces that are now starting to be appropriated by latter-day music promoters. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Joseph Mullen, Darren Hughes and Andy Carroll in the early 1990s, Cream rose from humble >


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Liverpool-based club night beginnings to become a global super brand. Occupying a more recent – but nevertheless industrial – space, Nation acted as the backdrop for many thousands of clubgoers annually to revel in performances by some of the worlds biggest and best known DJs at their club night. It was simply a matter of time before Cream was to arrive in Ibiza where the world famous Amnesia club was the established setting for hedonistic clubgoers to head to during the summer months. The brand is still very much

alive and the present day sees its organisers host large scale events across the globe with people travelling great distances to attend them. In a somewhat ironic twist of fate for a city features and listings magazine, we’ve decided not to offer you an exhaustive list of club nights as to do so would spoil your voyage of discovery across the course of the next few years. Instead, house and techno fans should promptly acquaint themselves with the Chibuku, Circus and mUmU club nights. Organisers of the latter sadly bring their proceedings to a close at the end of this year but a visit to some of their ‘Final Countdown’ events is a must. Lovers of reggae/dancehall/garage/dubstep and drum and bass ought to check out the Eat Your Greens night where the event promoters consistently manage to secure some of the nation’s biggest known names on the underground scene. MumU – House/Techno www.youmemumu.com; Chibuku – House/Techno/Drum n Bass www.chibuku. com; Circus – House/Techno www.circusclub.co.uk/ Eat Your Greens – Reggae/Dancehall/Garage/Jungle twitter.com/eatyourgreensuk


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METAL BANDS throw the horns

Black Magician


Our metal expert NIck Malone on the Liverpool noisemakers you should know about

DENIM AND LEATHER My name is Nick Malone and I’m the hard rock and heavy metal correspondent at Low Down Magazine. You can read my column Denim and Leather every month in the mag, but it doesn’t end there. There is a lot more content to be found from me on our website, and through my Facebook and Twitter pages you can follow all posts, interviews, reviews and discussions that go on throughout the year. I will be promoting, attending and reviewing all of the best metal gigs in and around Liverpool as well as hitting the road for all the main festivals this winter and into next summer. You’ll find bits from me throughout this mag about great Liverpool bands and gig venues, so for more like this or for help with gaining exposure for your own band, look out for Denim and Leather! LIVERPOOL METAL BANDS 2013 see’s Liverpool at the very heart of the UK heavy metal scene with no shortage of up and comers across the many sub genres, most notably the ever more popular rise of British Doom. Here are a few prevalent in the scene that have some great material to listen to and can be found frequenting one of the many great live venues around the city. BLACK MAGICIAN Formed through mutual appreciation of 70s prog, eerie folklore, and truly good ale, Black Magician’s fascination with the darker side

of British history is displayed through slow, thick riffs, haunting vocals and a powerful Hammond organ. 2012’s highly acclaimed debut release combined with a lot of hard work on the road, notably a slot at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Holland, saw Black Magician signed to cult Finnish label Svart Records to release ‘The Pursuivant’ EP. This is available on 7” vinyl only whilst stocks last. CONAN Self proclaimed ‘Caveman Battle Doom’ Metaller’s Conan were formed in 2006 and across two releases to date this three piece have assaulted and awed audiences alike with their bone crushingly heavy riffs and thunderous vocals. Look out for future shows in Liverpool if you like your Doom heavy as it comes. IRON WITCH Finally we come to the ‘Whisky Soaked’, bluesy sounding sludge boys from Iron Witch. Think Black Sabbath meets Black Flag. If you like your doom with a bit more rhythm than repetition then be sure to check out any of their 3 EP releases to date. Setting their sights on a 2014 release for their debut album and having recently supported the likes of Dragged Into Sunlight and Bat Sabbath, Iron Witch are heading onwards and upwards in the English doom scene, and are certainly ones to watch.


HEALTH AND BEAUTY


HEALTHY EATING

9 tips to drink and eat


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Our health writer Saeed Olayiwola gives his 9 tips to drink and eat yourself to a cleaner, leaner, healthier you.

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Start your day with a glass of water with a slice of lemon or 2- this helps the body to flush toxins and kick start your digestive system. Always eat until satisfied and not full to the brim- if you finish eating and feel slightly sleepy/tired then maybe you have eaten more than you need. Read the ingredients before you buy or eat- know what you are putting into body. Whatever appears first on the ingredients list is in the largest quantity. Eat plenty of vegetable with each meal, especially leafy ones like spinach, kale, chard broccoli sprouts and other leafy vegetables they contain chlorophyll which helps the liver get rid of the body’s toxins. Eat fruits daily especially citrus fruits -they are rich in powerful antioxidant Vitamin C which helps the body to get rid of toxins by making them digestible. >


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Drink at least 8 glasses of water, diluted juices, and herb or fruit teas a day- this keeps you well hydrated and helps to flush the body of toxins. Eat lean meat, fish, and chicken. Eat less tuber vegetables for example, potatoes and yams.

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Eat more organic foods daily at every opportunity- they contain less pestides and other like chemicals and are often richer in vitamins and minerals. Avoid hydrogenated fats or excess animal fats.


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Liverpudlians are well noted for their dedication to the latest trends and styles. There are plenty of places to treat yourself to a bit of ‘me time’ in the city, ranging from hairdressers to spas and beauty salons.

If your hair is due for a much needed trim then try one of the salons on Bold street. At the top you’ll find Andrew Collinge Graduates or little further down Bold street there’s also Voodoo, an independent and quirky hair salon. Both provide students with fantastic discounts on their haircuts and styling, so it’s never been a better time to try a new style. Feeling stressed and need time to wind down? Pop into Lush Shop & Spa by the Met Quarter and try one of their unique spa treatments. With reflexology and treatments tailored to you, sink into tranquility and listen to soothing music as your cares melt away. If you like designer beauty then you’ll love Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool One. New to the city, Harvey Nichols has counters showcasing the best in premium beauty and you can also treat yourself to a wide range of treatments including eyebrow threading. You can also visit Debenhams and John Lewis in Liverpool One for consultations about what premium beauty would be best for your skin, including products by designers Dior and Lancome. The city hosts a variety of special beauty events throughout the year including Liverpool Fashion Week in October meaning you’ll never be away from the latest season’s trends. There are plenty of places to get pampered in the city and everyone has their preferences,so find the treatments that are right for you. Take some me time and go out in style...you know you want to..


GEEK CHIC spec fashion

Silverbergs is more than an opticians; it also home to one of the most stylish collection of specs and sunnies in Liverpool


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by JEN PERKIN Long gone are the days when wearing glasses would get you called four eyes - for some years now geek chic has been all the rage and glasses are in. As Colin of Silverberg Opticians tells us: ‘We get kids coming in here who are gutted that they don’t need glasses!’ Silverbergs is more than an opticians; it also home to one of the most stylish collection of specs and sunnies in Liverpool. Colin, who has worked at Silverberg for 2.5 years and is sporting a fetching pair of Cutler and Gross specs himself says: “I think people are looking after their sight more now - and people who might have come in for contacts before now leave with a pair of specs they wear every day”. Colin talks us through some of the best known glasses icons; including Tiny Tempah who switched from Ray Ban to Cutler and Gross, and Zooey Deschanel who wears a different set of specs for each episode of New GIrl. According to Colin, the recent trend for specs can be attributed to a general fashion of for all things retro, and tailored. When pushed for style icons for sunnies he interestingly cites Steve McQueen’s unforgettable foldable Persol’s, and...the Kray brothers! A wander around the shop is, ahem, eye-opening - the sheer range of styles is surprising, with perhaps the extreme end of the scale being the more experimental designs of Alain Mikli - works of art in themselves. But still - fashion doesn’t stand still, and for such a prominent accessory to your face you want to choose a style you like with the help of the experts. After all - it was only a few years ago that Ray Bans were considered deeply uncool. www.silverbergopticians.co.uk


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ELECTRIFIED YOGA at Leaf I’m not gonna lie, the words electrified yoga scared me a little bit. But the words chocolate tiffin and chai certainly don’t, so I thought I’d gather my courage and try out this new venture at Leaf cafe.

The electrified element consists of a DJ playing a non-intrusive chillout set for the duration of the class - an idea that apparently originated in New York. It works surprisingly well - never so loud as to distract, it does take the edge off for those who might find yoga a bit too solemn; and at very least serves to disguise the heavy breathing and grunts of pain that some of the trickier moves can elicit. Anyone who’s done yoga before knows that the instructor is of primary importance, and the good news is Nisha Srivastava is a remarkably confident and capable leader. As an intermittent yoga practicer and by no means expert, the session is just the right level of challenging and involved many moves I haven’t come across before. No repetitive sun salutations here - by the end of the hour and a half class, all parts of my body feel

worked but not totally knackered. Nisha has us working with partners for the last section which assisted with mingling, and also results in a lot of laughter at failed bridges For anyone who has been apprehensive about getting on the mat for the first time, this may just be your perfect in. A lovely space strewn with mirror balls, good tunes and nice vibes - for many of those here tonight it was the first time, and all of those I spoke to vowed to come back. It’s no exaggeration to say I stride out through the bustling cafe downstairs at the end, shameless in my gym pants, with a newfound spring in my step. Electrified Yoga happens on the first Tuesday of the month on the first floor at Leaf from 7pm. The class costs £8, including snack afterwards. See www.thisisleaf.co.uk


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As an intermittent yoga practicer and by no means expert, the session is just the right level of challenging and involved many moves I haven’t come across before


SCISSORS AND BLEACH


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In case you haven’t noticed, boys have been paying a lot more attention to their hair lately. Quiffs, asymmetrical cuts, moustaches and beards - in the hair care and product stakes, men are now catching up with women...

...But that doesn’t mean they want the same hairdressing experience that women do. As Dave, owner of Scissorkicks barbers says; “Lads are wanting the lines, the intricate hairstyles and if they don’t feel comfortable going to the hairdressers, barbers have had to raise their game.” Though he hasn’t been in the game long, his unassuming shop in the business district has been massively popular - its success boosted by tweet-happy celebrity customers including famous footballers and up and coming London rapper Kameelion. According to barber Ged, the current fashion

is about nostalgia and razors. “Everyone seems to be getting shorter. It’s all about what I called disconnected hair, and the 1920’s cut.” At Scissorkicks they’ve nailed the atmosphere of a barber - think football and beer - but it’s more than just number short back and sides. The aim is, as Dave says: “Stylist quality at a barber’s price.” Bleach salon on Smithdown have created a similarly comfortable zone for their male clients, separate from the main ladies’ area - slightly more masculine but no less classy. Owner Carl is a man who has poured his heart >

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into his shop, and he continues to cut hair most days of the week. His is an interesting story: when after years of working as an account manager for Orange he was made redundant, he used a huge chunk of his payout to take a hairdressing course. He admits: “It was a massive risk at 34, but something I always wanted to do.” Now four years into Bleach, the salon is a buzzing and slick business. Carl says: “I wanted a salon with a city centre feel but out of the city centre. And I love this area anyway, I think it’s becoming a continuation of Lark Lane and Allerton Rd. ” Bleach is housed in a beautiful 19th century building, and with the Planet Yoga

studios located on the floor above it is a convenient one-stop shop. Style-wise Carl agrees that for boys it’s all about retro and disconnected quiffs, and for girls he says the boho look is in; “coloring has now gone far less regimented; girls want the Kate Moss look, where it’s not perfect.” It takes a lot of work to look that imperfect. Scissorkicks offer 20% off for students, see www.scissorkicks.co.uk Bleach offer 50% off for first timers and 15% off for students - see www.bleachliverpool.co.uk


COLOUR ME GOOD As soon as you step into Forever True Tattoo you will know that this is the place for you to get tattooed. With thousands of designs to choose from, with many different styles, there is literally something for everyone -- custom designs, old school traditional, Japanese, black & grey… the list goes on and on. Established in 1995, Forever True Tattoo houses Richie Clarke (resident artist) and we also host a number of professional guest artists who come from all the corners of the globe. The important factor about getting

tattooed, especially in this day and age is the safety issue of using clean sterile equipment. This is obviously to prevent the spread of diseases such as Hepatitis and we take this very seriously at Forever True Tattoo by using the highest standard of cleanliness in all the equipment that is used during the tattooing process – needles, autoclave, ultrasonic cleaner, disinfectants, and cleaning materials etc. Another important aspect of health & safety is the removal of the used materials after the tattoo has been completed. Sharps boxes are provided for the ‘used’ needles and we have a registered company that collects and disposes all our clinical waste. We meet and exceed all health issues by law so you can feel safe in the knowledge that you have made the right choice in getting tattooed in the safest environment possible, here at Forever True Tattoo.


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BEST PUBS FOR SPORT by TOM HILLS


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Sport features as the lifeblood of Liverpool and since many of you will be wanting to find a cosy establishment to enjoy the midweek and weekend Premiership action, we’ve compiled ten of our very favourite football-friendly haunts around and about town.

CAMP AND FURNACE 67 Greenland St, 0151 708 2890 Quite simply, The Camp and Furnace is one of Liverpool’s best assets when it comes to food, drink and events. All Liverpool and Everton games are shown on a big screen (barring occurrence of a private function) and their Euro 2012 Fanpark was a runaway success story. BROOKHOUSE 467 Smithdown Rd, Wavertree 0151 734 4641 For those residing in accommodation close to Smithdown Road in the Wavertree area, The Brookhouse offers a good value pint, portion of food and plenty of room to watch the match. It’s a perfect doorstep location that you’ll soon realise ticks all the essential boxes.

LADY OF MANN 19 Dale St, 0151 236 5556 Though the Lady of Mann is tucked away on the fringe of a courtyard off Dale Street, make no mistake that you’ll be getting one up on around 99.9% of your fellow students should you elect to enjoy the match at this fine watering hole. A sublime atmosphere and always an excellent range of beers on tap.


FLY IN THE LOAF 13 Hardman Street, 0151 708 0817

KELLY’S DISPENSARY 154 – 158 Smithdown Rd, Wavertree 0151 733 5414

The crème de la crème of established Liverpool pubs with a fine alcoholic beverage to suit every taste. Bar Manager Dom is without doubt one of the finest custodians of any public house anywhere and will always make you feel welcome. A stunning interior with an excellent spacing of screens.

A popular haunt of both students and locals alike, Kelly’s is another time-served local institution that offers its patrons a homely atmosphere with high quality ales and bottled beers in abundance. A delightful place to enjoy those midweek and weekend matches.


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THE FLUTE 35 Hardman Street, 0151 707 6485

THOMAS RIGBY’S 23-25 Dale Street, 0151 236 3269

If you’re looking for a convenient venue in the Hardman Street area, look no further than The Flute. The food and beer is amazingly good value for what it is and screens are sensibly placed throughout.

One of Liverpool’s oldest pubs and another in the Dale Street environs, Rigby’s (as familiarly referred to) is a fine example of a snug wood-panelled interior. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the selection of ales and spirits and in no hurry to leave its sanctuary come the 90 minute mark.


TRIBECA 17 – 19 Berry St, 0151 707 2528

If you’re looking for high class pizza at an amazing price to accompany your viewing, Tribeca is a must visit. A good selection of bottled and draft beers (including offers during some periods) are always available.

THE DOVEY 60 Penny

Lane, Mossley Hill, 0151 475 0642 A stunning interior and a long-established pub, The Dovey couldn’t be better placed to enjoy an afternoon or evening of football for students living in or around the popular Mossley Hill region. The beer selection is top drawer with an equally superb menu on offer.

HANNAH’S BAR 2 Leece St, 0151 708 5959

Situated to the rear of the ‘bombed-out-church’, Hannahs Bar is ideally situated in close proximity to many university departments and libraries. Screens are nicely dispersed throughout and why not nip upstairs to enjoy some good value food prior to kickoff?


CITIZEN CYCLIST

HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD YOUR SHOP AND HOW DID IT COME ABOUT? I’ve been here about 2 years. I used to be a cycle teacher, teaching cycling proficiency, but that dried up so I started fixing bikes. At first I was fixing bikes from my house and then selling them, but then I had to then get a space because I had about 30 bikes sitting in my living room. So I got this space, and then it turned into a bit more of a shop. YOU DO CUSTOM BIKES DON’T YOU? Yeah, we started building bikes for people to

give them the bike they always wanted, but couldn’t buy. It’s a bit like a tailor for a bike. Someone comes in, we measure them up, and we build them something totally unique that they can’t get anywhere else. HAS CYCLING BEEN A LIFELONG PASSION FOR YOU THEN? I’m not a massive fan of riding bikes if I’m honest. I love fixing them, I love building them. But motorbikes are my passion. HA! WE’LL PRETEND YOU DIDN’T JUST SAY THAT. HOW IS LIVERPOOL AS A CITY


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Number Two Bike Company is hidden away on Roscoe street, tucked between the Roscoe Head and Mount Pleasant. The warehouse is a work in progress for owner and mechanic enthusiast, Pasha Coxhill. We spoke to Pasha about his workshop and Liverpool’s growing cycling community.

TO CYCLE IN? It’s better now! When I moved here, 6 or 7 years ago, it was shocking. Cabbies actually will give you a little bit of room now, rather than cut you up. I think the amount of cyclists forced the change. WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE COME INTO YOUR SHOP FOR A CUSTOM BIKE? It’s across the board. The last custom bike that I made was for a lovely lady in her 60s, but we get the moustaches and turn-ups too! WOULD YOU SAY THERE IS A CYCLING

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HEAD OUT

to the great indoors


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So, you’ve taken the very prudent and learned decision to study at one of the many brilliant further education institutions in the 800 year-old city of Liverpool. You’ve booked your first Brahms concert, have tickets for the department cheese and wine evening and by now have established your rightful seat in the library. Everything is in place for the enrichment of mind and soul across the course of the next few years but what about your body?

by TOM MILLS Doubtless some of you reading will be veterans of the county sports scene and accustomed to 5 a.m rises and muddy field frolicking. Those of you who have elected – quite wisely in my opinion – to steer clear of sports that necessitate such barbaric training rituals might be rocking up to university wondering if there isn’t perhaps another way to that Herculean or Amazonian body you’ve always pined for but never quite gotten round to getting. Luckily for folks in either the pro-sport or anti-sport stables, indoor climbing defies many of the conventions of a ‘traditional’ sport or gym-based activity and getting fit can become more of a byproduct of having fun rather than being a mundane means to an end. The catch? There is none and there isn’t an ounce of mud or a drop of murky water to be seen. Although once the preserve of the dedicated rock climber seeking to train specifically for climbs in the outdoor domain,

the past decade has seen a considerable growth in the number of established indoor climbing walls and a respective growth in the number of participants. Though a hardcore contingent still exists at almost every regional climbing centre, their numbers are now dwarfed by a wider demographic who are coming to realise that the sport is everything they always wanted but never knew existed. People from a diverse range of backgrounds and of all ages, shapes and sizes convene weekly on a foam mat or underneath a lengthy plywood face to lock horns with climbs spanning a broad range of difficulties. Initially, you’ll encounter strange and unfamiliar terminology in constant earshot that sounds more like a series of lexicons from a series of Star Trek than an understandable and legible means of describing a type of hold - or ‘grip’ as appropriated by some local enthusiasts. Crimps, slopers, gastons, side pulls,underclings, monos, nubbins – get involved and they’re all up for grabs. Ahem.


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Excuses abound concerning a perceived lack of upper body strength prior to many giving it a shot. Alas, such citations carry little merit – you’ll see why when you start - and you’ll have to try much harder to find an excuse not to participate in one of the country’s fastest (and funnest) growing sports. Oh and the fear of heights excuse will need to go too since bouldering offers you an opportunity to try hard in close proximity to the foamy terra firma. Though Liverpool may not have a tremendous amount of rock immediately on its doorstep, it is ideally poised to take advantage

of its equidistance between a number of beautiful National Parks. Two excellent local indoor facilities are on your new doorstep and what better places to see if this is the sport for you than to pay them both a visit. From here, perhaps you’ll know if it’s the sport for you and if the idea of taking the leap to climbing in the not-so-distant wilds is an appealing one. One thing for sure is that you’ll be bowled over by the friendliness of the centre owners, the fraternity that frequents these walls and -the somewhat ironic love of cakes and pastries that almost all of these people share.


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HOT HOT YOGA

places to get sweaty and stretchy in the city

Your Yoga Studio

Hot yoga - it’s the latest craze right? Wrong Tara Maguire, owner of Liverpool’s newest and most attractive yoga studio - Your Yoga - puts us right. “It makes me laugh that people think that because it’s the oldest thing ever!”


Your Yoga Studio

by JEN PERKIN Your Yoga is a born of a 18-year passion for yoga - Tara says: “Basically I just wanted somewhere to practise yoga. I’ve created my own perfect little world!’. It is a place for more than just hot yoga as well as having stunningly decked out chill out area and change rooms, there are two studios with classes everyday, meditation sessions and beauty treatment; something

for everyone. Including the ABC of Yoga for absolute beginners, and the Yin Yoga, which involves the instructor utilizing quartz crystal singing bowls, and of which Tara explains: “Your brain takes a little holiday”. Sounds good to me. Elsewhere, on Smithdown road - AKA student central - the family run Planet Yoga has been a hub for hot yoga for the past


Find Your Yoga at www.youryogastudio.co.uk Find Planet Yoga at www.planetyogaliverpool.com - offer specials and students discounts. Find Happiness at www.happinesshotyoga.co.uk

year. Sparkling clean and bursting with good vibes, it’s a labour of love for former tennis instructor Martin Bone, who runs the successful business with his father. He says: “I think we’ve opened at a great time. I think people might be looking for something spiritually as well, and they don’t necessarily want to go to a church.” For students, who can at times find themselves overwhelmed

with stress, yoga can be the ideal way to - as Martin says - “detach from the bollocks of life”. He adds, “When it’s done right, yoga is just magic”. While these are two of the loveliest places to practise Yoga in the city they are by no means the only ones - another that comes highly recommended is the aptly names Happiness, near Penny Lane. Namaste...


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extreme entertainment by JOSEPH CRAWFORD Ever since Liverpool was named the Capital of Culture 2008, the city has seen some pretty dramatic renovations. The aim has been to help boost existing and emerging cultures to flourish, including Liverpool’s skateboarding, BMX and climbing establishments. Finding these hot spots, however, is about as tricky as it gets unless you’re a local, so here’s the Low Down on extreme sport areas. RAMPWORX www.rampworx.com Largest indoor skate-park in the whole UK, Rampworx boasts a whole world of ramps, rails, bowls, and as of July this year – a giant foam pit! You can’t argue with 70,000 sq ft of space. Plus, a new ‘street’ space of over 15,000 sq ft is currently underway for those who want to take a break from the vertical life. Safety is taken very seriously too, so familiarise yourself with their ‘skating etiquette’ video via the website. NEW BIRD New Bird is a living, breathing testament to the extreme sports industry. A group of friends battling it out with the council to provide more designated skating grounds, New Bird Street is home to some great territory. New Bird was praised by BBC news and local papers alike for providing a sanctuary for Liverpool’s skating youth - and what’s more it’s backed by Seel

Street skate shop, Lost Art. “There has been a definite increase in skaters and riders across the city – you see new faces every week!” Lost Art HUYTON SKATE PARK Built in 2011 by the team at ACrete, Huyton Skate Park nestles safely in the Knowsley Leisure Centre. There’s something for every kind of rider here, though street skaters are more likely to be in their element on the boxes, banks and rails dotted around this excellent facility. RED CATHEDRAL Now this spot comes with a warning from this writer – under no circumstances are you to ride into the building. By suggesting the cathedral, I of course mean outside the steps. And not on a Sunday. This location provides some excellent ground space, provided you keep well away from pedestrians and don’t swarm the place en masse. Keep it clean and remember to always stay aware of your surroundings. LIVERPOOL LAW COURTS Widely regarded as a skating/BMXing hot spot – the Law Courts. It must feel good coming from one ‘No Skating Here’ area and grinding straight on the Law’s doorstep. It goes without saying that respect is due to pedestrians crossing the court, but this long-standing historical space should provide some freedom to skate.


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Getting around Liverpool doesn’t have to be all buses, trains and taxis – get your skates on and take a look at some of the city’s sweet spots for the extreme sport culture.


FANTASY FOOTBALL

fanning the flames Joe Crawford talks us through the ultimate study procrastination tool - fantasy football.


SPORT 157 Football, football! Have you seen enough football yet?! Britain seems to be eating, sleeping and dream teaming the Barclays Premier League this year – and how could it not be? Every time you change channels the Sky is saturated with coverage of the beautiful game. It’s just a shame that to some of us, it feels like rain. Maybe you’ve got your team down to a T, or perhaps like me you simply don’t see the point in investing the time in Fantasy Football. The fact remains that the Premier League is not going away any time soon, so if you can’t beat them….

Join Us. Dad, brother-in-laws, sister, even the dog – Fantasy Football holds a potent grip on my family. I got so bored of listening to names I didn’t know from teams I didn’t know existed, that I gave in to the pressure and created my own team: Disrespectful FC. So you get a budget. You have to spend this budget on players from various teams and create an almighty super team. You can name them whatever you want; choose their colours, strip, and formation. Easy. You can join in your friends’ leagues for some friendly rivalry, or create your own for fun. Each player has their own set of statistics, and if your strikers score a winning week, you get points. Sounds thrilling… but honestly how many hours have you put into the Simms, or Skyrim and you can’t see the point in a game with real-time consequences? Competition is a crucial part of nature, and Fantasy Football will tingle your animal side when you start climbing up the league ladder. That I can attest to. Social Hazard Disrespectful FC consists of -Van Persie front and centre, Crouch and Campbell in support, Joe Hart as my vice-captain and a bit of midfield action from Hazard and Fellaini. Now, I

have no real grasp of whether this is a good layout or not, but it doesn’t matter if I can’t talk the talk yet: the statistics speak for themselves. The stat system is so easy to use that you don’t need to know whose balls are golden – you can be the Sheldon Cooper of your group with zero interest in sport and still win the season using straight logic. Sick of hearing it? Why not wipe the grins from their faces using your own beautiful brain, and a touch of natural selection. Darwinning. Now the league will already be in week 6 by the time this goes to print, but there is still a good opportunity to learn names and familiarise yourself with the table. I accidentally left Podolski on my team last week and suffered a lack of points due to his unfortunate injury. Did it matter to me? Not really: Disrespectful FC still remains a defiant smear on the family league table, and that makes me proud. Fuel for the fires of football fandom, and a chance to kick it right in their faces for the underdogs: Fantasy Football may just provide you with a conversational life raft in this stormy season.


EXERCISES AT HOME

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Forget expensive gym memberships! Here our health expert Saeed Olayiwola gives us 10 key exercises that you can do from the comfort of our your own room, to get you on your way to a fitter, more toned, greater looking you


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Star Jumps. Sure to get your heart rate up and warm your body up this exercise targets your joins, targeting your upper and lower body. Standing mountain climbsnot to be missed out, excellent for getting your sweat on and targeting your upper and lower body especially your thighs and calves. Squat Thrusts- keep your hips low and bend the elbows slightly for this one to target the abs, and triceps whilst bringing you knees in and out. Burpees (press up, squat thrust and star jump)- a power house exercise, when done correctly high just about every muscle in the body helping to burn lots of calories in the process. Squats- ideal for getting a tight bum. This exercise targets the front of your legs and glutes. Keeping your chest up and taking your glutes towards the floor guarantees the best results. Might want to put a small jump in to challenge yourself a bit more. Lunges- targets front of the legs and glutes. Remember to bend your back knees. Your trunk should look as if you are standing up. Don’t forget to change legs.

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Press up stars- opening and closing your legs whilst in a press up position. Sure to target your triceps, stomach and inner thighs. Palm press- in a press position then lifting your hips up to form a upside down V. Doing a few of these will make sure your abs and triceps change for the better Ab crunches- great for tightening the stomach, remember to keep the chin in the chest and roll up using the abdominal muscles to avoid aching necks and shoulders. Scissors- slow and controlled on this one will definitely help towards tighter abs. As a 20minute save time toning sessions do each exercise for a minute twice.

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For those days when you want to treat yourself, Liverpool has a variety of sensational retail destinations guaranteed to please. No matter your budget, there are brilliant bargains to be found throughout the city. Plus with a valid student or NUS card, students can earn discounts on their purchases in local and major retail stores. A perfect excuse to treat yourself to that particular item‌


GENERAL SHOPPING By SARAH O’HARA Bold Street has local independent stores in abundance offering books, entertainment, clothes and more. A short walk from many city student accommodation buildings, you can also treat yourself to salon treatment or relax at one of the many local cafes. Continue down from Bold Street and you’ll find yourself at the heart of the city centre, Church Street. Church Street boasts many major retail chains including a 4-floor Primark, Marks and Spencer and River Island, and that’s just the beginning! Near Church Street are two shopping malls, Clayton Square Shopping Centre and St Johns. St Johns’ food court provides a perfect place to grab a quick snack, plus there’s an excellent market where you can buy fresh fruit and produce, in addition to numerous independent clothing stores. Opposite is Clayton Square Shopping Centre, a small but

superb retail centre hosting a large Boots, homeware giant Clas Ohlson and more. If your tastes venture into the designer realm, then check out Cavern Walks, home to the ever fabulous Vivienne Westwood store, and The Met Quarter where you’ll find labels including Armani and MAC. Finally, two minutes walk from The Met Quarter is the infamous Liverpool One. The biggest shopping centre in the heart of the city, (and the newest!), you’ll be spoilt for choice. A day out in itself, there’s plenty to see, do and buy so why not treat yourself? Relax in Chavasse Park, eat out at a charming restaurant or bag a bargain in one of it’s many retail stores. In addition to the places mentioned above, there’s plenty of boutiques, eateries, shopping markets, salons and vintage shops to delve into - go on...you know you want to!


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SHOPPING on a budget

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MARKETS Markets are great place to grab a bargain on fresh fruit and produce. You can choose the right amount of fruit or meat you’ll need for a particular meal, so you don’t waste food or money on pre-packed items. St John’s Shopping Centre has a fantastic indoor market, and there’s plenty of fruit vendors dotted around Liverpool City Centre so budget shopping is affordable and healthy! BUY OWN BRAND We all have particular brands that we love, but sometimes a shop or supermarket’s own brand can be cheaper and taste just as good. COOK FROM SCRATCH Cooking a meal using basic ingredients is a healthy and affordable way to cook fabulous tasting food. Not only will you practise your cooking skills, but buying ingredients that can be used in a variety of meals (e.g. - pasta shells, herbs, tomato puree) can be cheaper than constantly buying ready meals or take-aways. DO YOU NEED IT OR WANT IT? - It can be tempting to splurge on a particular item but if you need to save money, ask yourself - Do I need this or do I just want this? It might be hard to resist buying the item, but it will save you a lot of money when you need it most.


A good independent bookshop is a real find, and an increasingly rare one in recession-hit Britain. Thanks to its large student population and thriving artistic community, Liverpool has managed to retain its bookshops, and the area is full of little-known literary havens. Here are some of the best... by FREYA CARR


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NEWS FROM NOWHERE Quintessentially Liverpool, News from Nowhere really couldn’t be anywhere else. This is the very best place for local magazines and newspapers, and for non-mainstream books. The specialist Feminism & Women section is particularly good; many of the more niche reads here simply wouldn’t be available at your average chain. KERNAGHAN BOOKS. Centrally located at the Bluecoat, Kernaghan Books boasts a great range of wellpresented and well-organised stock. On the average student budget, the beautiful collector’s editions on sale here might be reserved for Christmas, but the shelves of original Penguin paperbacks are both enticingly retro and very reasonable. HENRY BOHN. Not quite sorted out your reading list for the term? Try Henry Bohn. Prices are at least as reasonable as Amazon; ethics considerably better. It’s often possible to find university set texts here, as there’s always a variety of classic works in good editions, and usually a selection of academic textbooks too. REID OF LIVERPOOL. Charmingly chaotic, Reid is the best bookshop in town for finding hidden gems. Its quaint exterior conceals a warren of floor-to-ceiling shelves, which are always bursting with fresh stock. You’ll definitely want time to browse, and the friendly but relaxed service ensures you won’t ever feel rushed.


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THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY Incredibly quotable, The Picture of Dorian Gray will furnish you with a literary snippet for any purpose. The book Is beautifully written; with Wilde’s honeyed, flowing prose nicely undercut by his deservedly famous wit. This wit still feels astonishingly fresh, making this a genuinely readable masterpiece which is certainly an education, but never feels like a chore. Freya WUTHERING HEIGHTS One of the most important novels in Victorian Literature, it beautifully combines love, passion, hatred and jealousy all in one gritty northern plot. Like many classics, it was heavily criticised when first published in 1847; its depictions of mental and physical cruelty were obviously too dark for straight-laced Victorian readers. Anna TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Fifty years after being published, this is still savoured by students, and adored by parents alike - a poll for World Book day even voted

it ahead of the Bible. Why? This masterpiece explores the deep south in 1960’s America, whilst skillfully raising harrowing issues like racial injustice, class and loss of innocence. Anna

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CATCHER IN THE RYE Published in 1951 this book resonates as much today as it ever did. It tells the story of Holden Caulfield, an angst-ridden teenager who is realises at a relatively early age that the world is full of phonies. Throughout the book he journeys through a depressive mental breakdown as his life tumbles out of control. A totally polarising book that is either utterly compelling or plain boring depending on your point of view. Paul FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS Recognised as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journey into the dark heart of the American Dream is the perfect antidote to boredom. Violence, madness, drugs, social obscurity


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Fear & Loathing will spin you upside down and twist your brains until you go sideways. Joe NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR Written in 1948 and set in a grim vision of the future where

information is controlled and identity is subdued, 1984 is still an inspiring read. The story follows Winston Smith, who is employed to re-write news articles to support propaganda campaigns. Dreaming of rebellion against the omnipotent force of Big Brother, Smith gradually breaks free of the mould with chilling consequences. A reminder that Big Brother is always watching. Stephen


COMIC nerd guide Whether it’s comics, manga, sci-fi, Dungeons & Dragons, or just a moderate interest due to a slight obsession with The Big Bang Theory, we’ve got all of your nerd needs sorted with the best locations around the city.

BY NICK MALONE WORLD’S APART Located on Lime Street, Worlds Apart is Liverpool’s biggest and most well known comic book shop. Aside from a huge collection of recent issues from across the mainstream and independent comic world, you can also find an extensive array of graphics novels, action figures, posters, T-Shirts and other general merchandise. As well as this World’s Apart boasts the city’s largest collection of new and classic manga. Although owned by Forbidden Planet, World’s Apart has a much more independently run feel and layout to it


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that adds to the shopping experience. The friendly staff are always on hand to answer your questions or help if you’re shopping for somebody else. FORBIDDEN PLANET Forbidden Planet is the world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer, and with stores all across the country Liverpool’s branch is located on Bold Street. In this medium sized comic book shop you’ll find all the latest issue and graphic novel releases in one end of the store whilst the other is populated by merchandise, action figures, and an impressive set of cabinets showcasing the best in collectible animaquettes, models and

jewelry from the movie, comic and science fiction world. Forbidden Planet also has all of your Dungeons and Dragons, H P Lovecraft and White Wolf gaming needs taken care of in their dedicated section, and is my own personal choice for issues on new comic book day every Wednesday. COMING SOON- Level Up! Soon to be heading out of their small but incredibly impressive space in the basement of Quiggin’s at Grand Central and opening an all in one retro games, comic and gaming café superstore are the wonderful Lucy and her trusty and friendly staff over at LEVEL UP. Check future Low Down issues for full information when it’s available.


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We know what you student types are like – you’ll bear any weather so long as there’s a party on the beach. Merseyside is home to a surprisingly warm selection of sandy beaches and natural wonders. Dip your toe into this guide before you go splashing about on the seafront.

by JOE CRAWFORD FORMBY BEACH Unlike a lot of beaches you’re used to, Formby Beach includes a vast expanse of beautiful pine forest leading up to the coast. Along the coast you may spot one or two interesting sights, other than fellow beach-goers hurling themselves off the sand dunes! The top of the dunes reveals a spectacular view out over the Irish Sea, ideal for those seeking a spot of isolation. Plus, if you’re lucky, you may come across ‘footprint rocks’ from the eroding coastline containing pre-historic human and animal tracks!

site and park where you can enjoy a good barbeque and picturesque views. A great place for a beach party, Thurstaston beach is laden with coves and hidden caves – just watch out for that tide eh?

WEST KIRBY West Kirby is a coastal town famed for its tourist-friendly facilities, and outdoor activities such as; sailing, wind-surfing and kayaking. If you’re up for an adventure into ancient territory, grab yourselves a bag of steaming chips and take the route to Hilbre Island. Provided the tide is out, treks to CROSBY BEACH Hilbre Island are quite popular. Just be sure The home of the Iron Men. Not quite Tony Stark to follow the route via the smaller islands or material here, but the three mile stretch of you’ll end up in the quick sand! Yikes! Crosby Beach is home to some of Merseyside’s most famous residents: Anthony Gormley’s NEW BRIGHTON Iron Men. A steadfast presence, the Iron Men As far as sun, sand and safety goes, New were originally part of Gormley’s Another Brighton is probably the least qualified Place sculptures and were adopted by the in this list, but the attractions speak for local council in 2007. The area surrounding the themselves. New Brighton has seen a beach has seen significant improvements ever tonne of developments over recent years since Liverpool’s Capital of Culture revamp in and is gaining a solid reputation for seaside 2008, so get your kit off. entertainment. Home to Perch Rock Lighthouse amongst other attractions, New THURSTASTON BEACH Brighton is the place to go when you need Strangely unknown, even to most Wirral a distraction. Keep an eye out for any live residents, Thurstaston has a rich heritage for music acts featuring in New Brighton as their being a Viking settlement in the days of old. stadium is known for providing top notch The beach is handily situated next to a caravan entertainment!


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MERSEY FERRIES Immortalised in both sound and vision, Mersey Ferries provide delightful and affordable trips for everyone. A fun way to travel between Liverpool and the Wirral you can even choose to include excursions to two attractions - The U-Boat Story and Spaceport. Departing regularly from the waterfront, take a trip you’ll never forget. NESTON GARDENS For any lover of nature, take a trip to Neston Gardens on the Wirral. With regular buses departing from the city centre you can enjoy the tranquility of picturesque gardens - the perfect way to wind down from a busy week. There’s also a sumptuous cafe where you can take a quick break with a variety of snacks, sandwiches and mains to choose from. SOUTHPORT Southport is a beautiful and idyllic seaside town that is easy to travel via bus or train from the city centre. Take a leisurely stroll around one of it’s many shops including a large discount book store or discover hidden treasures at its vintage stores. On the promenade there’s also a fun filled fairground (Pleasureland) and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. CHESTER ZOO Less than an hour’s train ride away is the roaringly good Chester Zoo. See some chimpanzees monkeying around or observe your favourite animals in their day to day lives. There’s refreshments on site or you can bring a picnic and it’s easily accessible for prams and wheelchairs. A must see zoo for any animal lover, there’s so much to explore that you’ll definitely need a day to do so! CITY EXPLORER Taking the time to explore Liverpool is a day trip in itself and there’s no better way to discover it than by hopping onto the City Explorer bus. Having featured in our top 10 attractions in Liverpool, you can travel to your desired destination or find locations you’ve never even heard of!


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WIRRAL Just a train or bus ride away is the Wirral, a small peninsula with plenty to enjoy. No stranger to tourists having hosted the Golf Open Championships in Hoylake, the blend of town, rural and waterfront settings is the perfect backdrop to a leisurely day out.

by SARAH O’ HARA If you’re a fan of watersports, then check out the Marine Lake at West Kirby Beach. Offering lessons and bookable sessions for

sports such as windsurfing and kayaking, you can try your hand at a bit of adventure whether you’re a pro, or a beginner wanting to try something new. Fancy a traditional day at the seaside? Then New Brighton promenade is the place to be! Try to win at the crane machines or take a ride on the bumper cars in the fairground (only open on weekends/term-time holidays). In the sun


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the beach is a glorious place to relax with an ice cream, picnic or a stick of rock from the waterfront shops. If that wasn’t enough, the newly opened leisure centre includes a cinema and restaurants, so your day out can continue into the evening! If you have a passion for fashion venture to Cheshire Oaks, home of designer outlet shopping and bowling alley fun. Plus, less

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than half an hour away from here is the terrific Chester Zoo or venture into the deep at Blue Planet Aquarium, which includes a walk through glass tunnel where creatures of the sea swim around you. These are just some of the amazing activities that Wirral has to offer, but there’s certainly even more to enjoy. Don’t wait to discover Wirral, take a trip today and see what you could find!


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Whether your studies take you you’re just visiting, the beautiful hour away. Great high street and landmarks, a thriving nightlife just a few charms throughout


OUT AND ABOUT 183 by NICK MALONE SHOPPING People travel from many miles around to not only see the city itself, but also to sample some of the delectations to be had from the shopping scene. Foregate Street is at the heart of the action with many of the high street names plus some tremendous independently-run stores of all kinds up on the rows like hidden gems through the city centre. As well as this there is the elegant Grosvenor shopping centre for a different experience altogether complete with café and art galleries. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS If you’re visiting as a tourist and want to see the main attractions then there are all kinds of guides available online as well as in the city itself. The most popular amongst these are Chester Zoo, The Cathedral, Open Top Tour buses and Roman walking tours. NIGHTLIFE Chester has the biggest nightlife anywhere in the surrounding area and should be your second choice after Liverpool itself for a great night out. The main clubs are Rosies and Cruise, both of which have numerous floors of varying entertainment on different nights and student-specific events throughout the year.

out of Liverpool to other campuses or if heritage city of Chester is less than an indoor shopping, picturesque parks and and of course the massive clock. Here are the city that shouldn’t be missed

GROSVENOR PARK Along with the magnificent cathedral, for me Grosvenor Park is the highlight of the whole city. Located just a couple of minutes from the city centre, the park is ideal for everything from scenic photography to a relaxing picnic on a summer’s day. The grounds are meticulously well kept and if you can manage to look past the occasional 11AM `Special Brew’ wielding wanderer the park’s wonders and delights are limitless.


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The (abridged) A - Z of

Aiya: Hello! Banjo: A fried egg sandwich, so called because the removal of yolk from one’s clothes resembles the strumming of a banjo. Bezzie: Best friend. Blenders: Stylish or expensive training shoes; as they ‘blend’

in with any outfit. Butty: A sandwich. Costa Del Couch: A holiday spent at home, see also A Week In Ourgate. Deffo: Definitely. Derby, The: Match

between Liverpool and Everton, played twice a season. Judy: Wife or girlfriend. Lad: Mate or friend. Sometimes abbreviated to La. Female

equivalent is Girl. Leccy: Electricity Murder: Not the actual act, but trouble in a general sense. IE ‘If he finds out, there’ll be murder’.Can also mean a fight: IE ‘There was


murder in town’. Proper: Really or completely. IE ‘I was proper angry’. See also Pure. Scally: Originally short for ‘scallywag’, meaning a loveable

rogue. Now a word for the disaffected youth of Liverpool. Scouse Brow: A style of fashion, where a woman’s eyebrows are plucked and shaped.

Scran: Food Sound: Really good, can also mean acceptable, IE ‘That’s sound’. “The Asda”: Nickname for the British supermarket Asda,

owned by Wal-Mart. (IE ‘I’m off The Asda’). No-one knows why the definite article is used. Takey: To get a ride on a bike. Also known as a Backy in some parts of Liverpool.


getting from A to B:

TRANSPORT

Liverpool as you may have already guessed is a pretty big city and sometimes it’s too far to travel for even the most avid of walkers! To make sure you get from A to B on time, invest in student travel passes and cards to save you both time and money.

By SARAH O’HARA Many university buildings are located all around the city, so unless your accommodation is near to your lecture room then getting to class could be time consuming. In their second year, many students choose to live outside of the city centre so travel passes and cards are essential for getting out and about. Depending on where you live, be this in the city centre or commuting from home, you need to decide on the right travel pass


or card for you. Different providers including Arriva and Stagecoach offer value for money student bus passes, so if you use one of the services regularly these can be very useful. Merseytravel also offer term time student tickets that can be purchased online or from Queens Square bus station. If you travel by rail there’s also a great range of money saving cards for students. The 16-25 railcard can be used anywhere in the country, so travelling between Liverpool

and home doesn’t need to be expensive. If you commute from outside the city centre, then why not invest in a Merseyrail pass or Gem Card? The Gem Card entitles you to discounted rail fare so you have more money to spend on essential items such as books. Top tip: Check out your travel routes and put money aside in your termly budget for travel so you’ll never be late and won’t be left out of pocket.


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