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DECEMBER 2013

The definitive Liverpool listings guide

RUSSELL BRAND SAINT OR SINNER? ALAN MCGEE FACTORY FLOOR


Liverpool Philharmonic Hall What’s On FASCINATING AÏDA

Sunday 1 December 7.30pm £20, £26

GREG DAVIES

The Back Of My Mum’s Head Monday 2 December 8pm £25, £31

KEN DODD’S HAPPINESS SHOW

Sat 28 & Sun 29 December 7pm £16-£25

SARAH MILLICAN OF ONE TWO Y ES ONLD AT UK

BOBBY WOMACK

Sunday 26 January 7.30pm £34.50-£45.50 ‘Singing as if his life depends on it. We are in the presence of mad, brilliant, soulful genius and there is no choice but to surrender.’ The Telegraph

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Homebird SOLD OUT Saturday 15 March 8pm £25, £29.50

RUSSELL KANE

Smallness Monday 21 April 8pm £17.50, £23.50

ROSS NOBLE

Tangentleman Wednesday 5 November 2014 8pm

DAVE GORMAN

Gets Straight To The Point* (*The PowerPoint) Tuesday 11 November 2014 8pm

LEE MACK

Hit The Road Mack Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 November 2014 8pm


WELCOME TO OUR FINAL ISSUE OF 2013

It’s another packed issue. We have Factory Floor for the cool kids, the straight talking Alan Mcgee and talk about Russell Brand’s recent highly publicised rants and opinions. Whether you agree with Russell Brand or not he does raise some serious issues. There are now 9 million people in the UK with unmanageable debts and the figure is rising every day. Students are leaving Uni with huge debts and being sold as a commodities by banks. Unfair cuts to welfare have been responsible for thousands of unnecessary deaths over the past few years and this winter more people are expected to die because they are choosing between food and heat. Is this how we want to live? While all this is happening the billionaires of the world have managed to double their wealth since 2007, so the idea that there is not enough money to go around is patently not the issue. Debate and newthe ideas Download free INTERACTIVE PRINT are not only welcome but desperately needed. Layar App Christmas this year is not about the corporations, it’s about making sure your neighbours are ok and not cold and hungry in the next house. So switch off your TV and go round and say hello, or invite them in. Take your community back and turn it back into one that cares. Finally, a very special thanks to the wonderful and dedicated Low Down team who have worked tirelessly all year to bring you this magazine every month. It’s no easy task and we would love to hear your comments about what you would like to see in Low Down in the coming year. Don’t forget to visit www.thelowdownmagazine.com where we will be keep things cooking over the holiday. See you at the end of January!

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COVER

Saint or Sinner? Russell Brand arrives in Liverpool for his sellout December show with two more to follow in the New Year. Find out what some of the Low Down Writers think about him.

NEWS and PREVIEWS

38 MUSIC

INTERVIEWS

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14

Alan McGee “Even though we had Oasis, Primal Scream and MBV, Factory were a better record label”

THEATRE

INTERVIEW

10 Francis Tucker & Adam Keast About Aladdin

REVIEW

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CONTENTS

Maria Stuarda at Liverpool Empire Theatre

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Factory Floor “We might end up going more towards techno, with less vocals and more sounds”

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Salem Rages “I walk past the cathedral and the graveyard every day, so the dead are always in my mind”

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MUSIC

LIVE REVIEWS

28 ALBUM REVIEWS

34 COMEDY

REVIEW

40 By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd

INTERVIEW

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14

Stephen Shakeshalf

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FILM AND TV

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Christmas at Fact Festive seasion at the cinema with films like The Muppet Christmas Carol, Scrooged and Elf.

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Thor: The Dark World/ Saving Mr. Banks

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LISTINGS

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NEWS & PREVIEWS

EBB & FLOW EXHIBITION

WATER IS THE very essence of our planet, and now a dedicated exhibition to one of nature’s most precious resources is on display this December. Taking influence from landscapes of the Northwest and artists such as David Hockney and Kurt Jackson, Rob Edmondson’s phenomenal paintings capture the themes of water and life. Having retired from teaching art in 2012 he has dedicated time, passion and effort to bring his exhibition to the public. Take a wander around Liverpool City centre’s Dot Art Gallery and relax in the pleasures of nature. You never know where your thoughts may lead you. Ebb & Flow is open to the public from Monday 12th December at 12pm-6pm and is located at Dot-Art Gallery, 16 Queen Avenue, Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 4TX. To find out more please visit www.dot-art.com or contact: 0845 017 6660

SPEND AN EVENING WITH SUGGS ENTERTAINMENT

HE’S THE LOVABLE Madness singer who has delighted fans with hits including ‘Our House’, ‘It must be love’ and ‘Baggy Trousers’. Now for one night only, you can spend an evening with the sensational Suggs. Organised in conjunction with Waterstones, Leaf on Bold Street will host a talk from the fabulous frontman on Thursday 12th December at 7pm. In conversation with friend Kevin Sampson (who he helped co-manage The Farm), he’ll be talking music, touring and his longstanding connections with Liverpool (his wife Betty Bright was part of Liverpool’s very own Arthouse Punk band Deaf School). So if you fancy listening to the stories of one of pop’s most vibrant frontmen, then look no further than Leaf this December.


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PHOTO BY DONNETTE ZACCA

2014 EXHIBITION SEASON

LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC 2013

IT IS WITH GREAT pleasure and excitement that National Museums Liverpool have announced their 2014 Exhibition season. Featuring dynamic and interesting work from art and history, each Museum has activities to please audiences of all ages.

ON FRIDAY 22ND November, ten songwriters took to the stage at Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery to showcase songs inspired by breathtaking pieces of artwork that culminated in a night to remember.

EXHIBITION

The 2014 season takes place at venues across Merseyside including the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery, World Museum Liverpool, Museum of Liverpool, Mersey Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. Each venue is easy to travel to via public transport and has ease of access for prams and wheelchairs. Exhibition highlights include paintings by the magnificent PreRaphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, incorporating his art works inspired by favourite model Jane Burden Morris (Wife of William Morris). Plus ‘Titanic and Liverpool: The untold story’, one of the Maritime Museum’s most successful exhibitions will continue its run with over one million visits to date. Exploring the link between Liverpool and Titanic, there’s also an extra special section from 16th May 2014 displaying promotional posters of early 20th century transatlantic travel. Plus there will also be activities to commemorate 100 years of the First World War at the Museum of Liverpool. With a variety of hands on workshops and educational displays that are completely free for all, there has never been a better time to get involved. 2014 looks set to be a year to remember, so start your historical journey with the National Museums of Liverpool. To find out more please visit: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

MUSIC

Opening with a solo performance by Stephen Langstaff, prizes for the Judge’s choice and the audience award winners were given to Alexandra Jayne and Barry Jones respectively. The winning song for Alexandra Jayne’s Judge Award ‘1969’ was inspired by a painting of a couple dancing, which reminded her of her own Grandparents. Playing on themes of first dances, love and relationships, the song was a firm favourite with both judges and audiences alike. Her prize entails recording ‘1969’ at Crosstown Studios with Jon Lawton, and eager pop music lovers can hear the track via www.alexandrajaynemusic.com Raising £355 for Marie Curie’s Woolton Centre and Garston Animal Rescue (in memory of Liverpool Acoustic team member Sharon Jones), this spectacular event was thoroughly enjoyed by all, allowing the songwriting talent of tomorrow to be heard today. Roll on Liverpool Acoustic 2014! To find out more and to see upcoming events please visit: www.liverpoolacoustic.co.uk


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POP-UP ART SHOP SHOPPING

THE BLUECOAT ARTS centre is one of the city’s top destinations for quirky crafts, revolutionary exhibitions and inspiring workshops. In December they are hosting Dot-art’s fantastic pop-up art shop, so you can find a truly wonderful gift for your loved ones this Christmas. Full of locally sourced Christmas gifts by regional artists, there are items suited for every taste and every budget. Supporting a wide range of talents and beautiful portfolios, Dot-Art’s special seasonal shop also showcases the types of work that grace their art gallery throughout the year. This year’s event follows the phenomenal success of previous Dot-Art pop-up shops in venues around the city including the Met Quarter and Cavern Walks. So if you want to give something that little bit different this year, or if you just want to admire the work of other artists in the city, then come along to the Pop-up Art shop at the Bluecoat this Christmas. You never know what you might find...happy shopping! The Dot-Art Pop-up shop will be open at the Bluecoat Arts Centre from Saturday 20th November - Monday 23rd December, every day from 11am-6pm. To find out more please visit www.dot-art.co.uk or contact: 0845 0176660. Bluecoat Arts Centre can be located at: School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3BX

JOHNNY VEGAS AT THE EPSTEIN THEATRE COMEDY

DEFINITELY A DATE WORTH saving - Saturday 7th December will see St Helen’s own comedian, writer, director and actor, Johnny Vegas perform from his newly released memoirs: Becoming Johnny Vegas. The show explores Johnny (Michael Joseph Pennington) Vegas’ origins from trainee priest to one of the UK’s best loved comics. Enjoy a night of entertainment and support a good cause with Johnny Vegas at The Epstein Theatre, Hanover Street, in collaboration with youth charity Clapperboard UK. Clapperboard UK work with young people to create and produce short film pieces in addition to building confidence and skills in the media industry. Vegas has announced that he is ‘delighted to participate in this event to raise much needed funds for Clapperboard’s 2013-14 youth project’, and this rescheduled date promises to be a fantastic evening for all. So if you want to know how Vegas shot to superstardom, his tales of tea drinking monkeys and life growing up, then make sure to head on down to the Epstein Theatre this award winning comedian is not to be missed! Tickets are £12.50 - £20.00 and can be purchased at the box office (2pm-6pm Mon-Sat), via the Epstein’s website: www. epsteinliverpool.co.uk, or via telephone: 0844 888 4411. Full price tickets include a signed copy of the memoirs, courtesy drink and food at Ma Egerton’s after the show.


NEWS & PREVIEWS

written music specifically for the show. They say: “We’re composing and performing musical pieces for the night that are exclusive to each performance as well as inviting some of our favourite bands to play. “We also invite the audience to thematically dress for each night to become part of the stories. For ‘The Night of the Ice Dragon’ we ask the audience to come adorned in jewels, precious stones and golds as an offering to wake the Dragon from his slumber!” As for the periodicity of this new quirky night, Stealing Sheep comment: “We haven’t decided how regular they will be yet because we think the ideas will form organically as will the collaborations.” Buy the tickets at www.thelowdownmagazine.com

STEALING SHEEP TO BECOME MYTHIC WITH THE KAZIMIER MUSIC/NIGHTLIFE

ALONGSIDE THE WRITING of their next album, Stealing Sheep are creating a new night in The Kazimier exploring adaptations and selfinvented myths and characters. The band invite people to a world of their own creation that brings together a host of fictional creatures and concepts for this new series of mythology themed nights, entitled Mythopoeia (mythmaking), which will come with exclusive collaborations that the band have devised with local artists, musicians and dancers. The first, on the 14th of December, is ‘The Night of the Ice Dragon’, which is based on a character that brings fortune every one thousand years. For the first show the Liverpool trio are collaborating with puppeteer Colin Eccleston, costume designers The Costumologists, four-piece local band Bird and Manchester-based musician Paddy Steer, as well as in-house Kazimier choreographer Laura Brownhill, in order to realise the realm and story of the Ice Dragon. Stealing Sheep won’t be playing any of their existing material but they have

WANNA DANCE? CHINESE CLASSES

DO YOU HAVE spring in your step, a passion for dance and the desire to share your talents with others in the city? Then Movema World Dance Company have a fabulous opportunity you do not want to miss. Every Wednesday Movema are holding Chinese Fusion Classes in preparation for a Flash Mob! Lead by Co-Director of Movema, Pei Tong, prepare to strut your moves and celebrate Chinese New Year in style on January 31st 2014. Suitable for all ages, there is no better way to have fun, keep fit and celebrate the year of the Horse. Come on down to Black-E each week and prepare for the performance of a lifetime. Classes are held at Black-E every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm, and each session costs £4.50 (£4.00 concessions). To find out more please visit www.movema.co.uk. Alternatively call 07548 365 869 or e-mail: info@movema.co.uk


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Aladdin - It’s raining Zen! is one of our must see pantomimes this festive season, and we were lucky enough to catch up with panto favourites Francis Tucker and Adam Keast in our quest to find out more... by SARAH O’HARA

FRANCIS TUCKER & ADAM KEAST The pantomime is based on the story of Aladdin. Is this a traditional retelling or a twist on the tale? F: It’s a twist on the tale as most Everyman/Playhouse pantos are. There’s a lot of traditional stuff in it though. A: There are elements that people will recognise. Obviously there’s someone called Aladdin, he has a magic lamp and there’s a genie so people will be familiar with that, but we go on quite a wild adventure! It’s a rock ‘n’ roll panto - what’s so rock ‘n’ roll about it? A: It’s rock ‘n’ roll because we all play in the band and it’s filled with hits from the 50’s all the way through to the present day. There’s some Beatles numbers, some Jessie J, Olly Murs, Rainbow, Queen...so it’s quite diverse. You’ve both been in playhouse pantos before. What keeps you coming back for more? F: It’s because they are rock ‘n’ roll pantos, and the Liverpool audiences absolutely rock! There’s something magical about doing it in the Playhouse, and we used to do the pantos in the Everyman as well. It’s the same team of people; the same director, writers etc and it’s a spectacle, a visual treat. You see us playing drums, the guitar and it’s a great thing for kids to see. A: For Francis and I, we’re very lucky because people want to come and see us time and time again. People have grown up and had kids, and they’re bringing their kids to see the show. It’s lovely because we’ve watched families grow and the same people come every year. They stop

and have a chat with us at the stage door, so it’s a lovely feeling. Pantomimes are such a staple part of the theatre season - why do you think they are so popular? A: Hopefully because what we’ve tried to do here is something for everyone. There’s stuff for the kids and there’s plenty of stuff for the grown ups. It’s bright, it’s funny, there are songs. And pantomimes have never really gone out of fashion. F: We have people flying over from America to see the Playhouse pantos. Last year we had a couple who got married that morning and then came to see the show that night! We’ve heard people say that they know Christmas is here when they see the rock ‘n’ roll panto so it’s very special. Liverpool is such a musical city and I think that’s why the rock ‘n’ roll pantos are so special, and it’s great for families to bring their kids to see us playing all the instruments. It’s a fantastic script as well. The script is written by regular writers Sarah A. Nixon and Mark Chatterton. What’s the secret behind their success? A: Well they’ve been writing scripts for a long time and they have just hit on this formula that works. A lot of the basic rules of panto seem to get thrown out here and that’s what makes it so fun. It’s not traditional in that respect - we can break all the rules if we like it and that’s what makes it so different and special. F: The Liverpool audiences love to invest in the show so if they’re up for a party then we’ll give them a party! There’s a lovely relationship between the actors and the audience and the audience just love getting involved.


THEATRE · INTERVIEW + MUST SEE THEATRE

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK FLORAL PAVILLION

THURSDAY 12TH DECEMBER - SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2014

This gloriously enjoyable story has delighted children and adults of all ages for decades. Cue lots of awws as Jack (CBBC’s Ed Petrie) has to give up his beloved cow, and cheer as he tries to steal the giant’s gold. Included in this hilarious all star cast are Nick Wilton(Dame Trott), Sonia (Vegetable Fairy) and Hi-5’s Emma Nowell as the Princess. Prepare to stamp and shout, the giant is about!

PETER PAN

LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE

FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER - SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2014

It’s off to Neverland for this triumphant tale of pirates, lost boys and fairy dust as Wendy, Michael and John encounter the eternally young Peter Pan as he takes them on a thrilling journey full of danger and mischief. Starring Ray Quinn as Peter, cheer along as he tries to rescue tinkerbell from the evil clutches of Captain Hook (Brookside’s Louis Emerick). Expect wonder and magic.

ALADDIN - IT’S RAINING ZEN! LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE

FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER - SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY 2014

Is there plenty of audience interaction and “He’s behind you!” moments? A & F: Oh yes! A: There’s loads of audience participation and we try to get as close to the audience as we can! (Laughs) So they’re properly involved. F: There’s no hiding place! So tell me about your characters in the story - how do they fit in? A: Well my character is a chap called Monty who is a Canadian Mountie, and many years before there was an incident between my character Monty and Tucker’s character Lottie. A terrible and unfortunate incident occurred that made Monty run off to the mountains but now he’s back and we’ll see if they can rekindle their love. F: I play Lottie Longbottom, the Dame, who is Aladdin’s mother. It’s such a heartbreaking love story! (Laughs) Finally if you were Aladdin and had three wishes what would they be? A: Oh goodness I don’t know! F: To have a really hot summer - I want a hotter one!

Get ready to make a wish and take a mystical journey into the unknown with rock ‘n’ roll panto Aladdin. Written by Sarah A. Nixon and Mark Chatterton, stomp your feet to the rhythm of this all singing, all dancing multi-instrumental cast. Starring panto favourites Francis Tucker and Adam Keast, you’ll be crying with laughter and shouting with joy at this cheeky duo. Alternative performances are also available in audio description (Thursday 16th January), Autism friendly(Tuesday 14th January), and British Sign Language(Tuesday 7th January). Grab your magic carpets, this is a going to be one ride you don’t want to miss!

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD LIVERPOOL ACTOR’S STUDIO THEATRE, TUESDAY 3RD DECEMBER - SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER

Follow Red into the 21st Century as she fights the big bad wolf to stop him eating her new age, QVC loving Grandma! Battling this as well as the constant embarrassment of her mother Debbie (a washed-up 80’s singer), it seems that things haven’t gotten any easier for Red. Directed by Barrie Ryan English, this twist on the fiendish tale is exciting fun for all the family and will have you chanting along throughout.

by SARAH O’HARA


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WELSH NATIONAL OPERA:

MARIA STUARDA REVIEW, LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE

by SARAH O’HARA MARY STUART’S UNTIMELY end is an infamous event in Tudor history. Dethroned by Elizabeth I, her brutal and bloody death at the end of the executioner’s blade was one of the more shocking (but interesting) historical highlights of my secondary school education and I was eager to see how the Welsh National Opera would interpret it. The music of the sublime and utterly brilliant Donizetti accompanied this foray into the past, an unstoppable and perfectly pitched Orchestra opening the show with gusto and passion. Equally powerful were the ensemble cast of Mary Stuart’s loyal followers and Elizabeth’s less than loyal ‘servants’ whose every harmony made the hairs on the back on my neck stand on end. Enter Elizabeth. Worried by Mary’s status as the nation’s darling and stealing the heart of Leicester, the beauty of Adina Nitescu’s voice filled the auditorium with both grace and grandeur. Her characterisation as a monarch in torment was perfectly projected through curious and knowing glance: an exemplar of operatic performance. Watching this climactic story descend into treasonous chaos, it was evident that a lot of research into both Elizabeth and Mary’s lives had been carried out. With a plot that was equally balanced and less melodramatic that I originally expected, Judith Howarth’s Mary was an exceedingly crafted interpretation of empathy and selflessness, and both Judith and Adina dominated this show (as any Queens should do!). Bruce Sledge’s Leicester was a more toned down approach to this character (torn between loyalty and

love) than I would have expected, and was exceedingly effective in the final scene as he sacrificed himself. However having expected the traditional Tudor attire, the costumes (particularly Elizabeth wearing leather knee high wedge boots) left me slightly confused about how they fitted into this particular interpretation. Nevertheless these innovative, different and creative twists on Tudor attire did make you imagine how these characters would look and act in the 21st century. Stark and minimalist in its appearance, the glass box set was an ingenious take on Mary’s prison setting. Allowing the audience to see two scenes happening at once (Elizabeth deciding on Mary’s fate whilst Mary anxiously awaited it), this allowed for quick and seamless scene changes. Sadly the slight drawback was the positioning of the glass box to the stage lights, which when turned made the lights glare into the audience and left me slightly disengaged with what was happening onstage. However, this minor setback did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the show. The Welsh National Opera have excelled themselves in this performance of Maria Stuarda, and director Rudolf Frey should be commended for his attention to detail in portraying both sides of the story. If you have the chance to see one of the three Queen’s operas, even if you are not a big fan of history, this is an eye-opening spectacle that will leave you in suspense even when you know what is going to happen. Bravo!


THEATRE · REVIEW · PREVIEWS

TOMMY COOPER CHRISTMAS SHOW

DREAMING OF A BARRY WHITE CHRISTMAS

PREVIEW, LANTERN THEATRE, FROM 16TH DESEMBER - 20ST DESEMBER

PREVIEW, ECHO TWO, LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA, FROM 17TH DESEMBER - 21ST DESEMBER

FROM IAN CARROLL, the writer of John Lennon production One Bad Thing, comes this brilliant new show about the life of comedy legend Tommy Cooper. Starring Westend actor and local lad Danny Taylor, this new Christmas production is full of classic jokes and on-stage gags that made Cooper’s name. Created with the approval of the Cooper Family alongside the support of the Tommy Cooper Society, the show follows his childhood right through to his army service and Royal Variety show stardom. This highly anticipated and exciting production will have its world premiere at the Lantern Theatre this December. Starring alongside Danny is Warwick Evans who has appeared opposite him previously in a sensational run of hit musical Blood Brothers. Playing Cooper’s manager Miff Ferrie, watch their magical relationship unfold on the rocky road to stardom. The wonderful Sharon Byatt will also blow you away with her beautiful voice in the role of singer and wife Gwen Cooper. Directed by Bernie C. Byrnes and in conjunction with Adenuf Productions, this gag filled show lasts for one and a half hours plus the interval. Full of the highs and lows of superstardom and behind the scenes revelations of life on the comedy scene, The Tommy Cooper Christmas show is guaranteed to be comedy gold both heartwarming and hilarious.

HE’S THE SOUL singer whose classic hits accompanied a generation of relationships and got you all up on the dancefloors. Now they’re the inspiration behind the latest Christmas comedy to get you up and boogie-ing this festive season. Are you dreaming of a Barry White Christmas? When grumpy ‘Scouse Scrooge’ Tommy (Andrew Schofield) plans to sack his factory employees, the workers fight back with revealing evidence from Tommy’s past! Roll on platform shoes and soul hits as we find out why he hates Christmas so much and whether his employees will be sent out into the cold Christmas night… Written by playwright Dave Kirby (Council Depot Blues, Brick up the Mersey Tunnels), Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas promises you a raucous and outrageous night out.Take a trip down memory lane and sing along to classic Barry White hits such as ‘It May Be Winter Outside’ and ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe’ in this grown-up festive production. Starring Alan Stocks and Paul Duckworth of Scouse Pacific, Lenny Wood (Lost Soul, A Nightmare on Lime Street), Gillian Hardie and Keddy Sutton (Scottie Road: The Musical), Christmas is about to get a whole lot more frantic for Tommy in the quest to rekindle his festive spirit. With this sensational cast, Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas promises an excellent night out and a whole lotta love.


ALAN MCGEE

Creation Records (Oasis, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine...) founder has just released his autobiography and is back in business after Poptones (1999-2007) with 359 Music, which has got six bands signed and is about to sign “a lot more next year”. “We are still on the look, so find me in Facebook and send me your music”, 53-year-old Glaswegian music mogul announces. We talk to him about the current music industry situation and discuss the ups and downs of his iconic independent record label, while he discovers to us where to find the right system-rebooting drug


MUSIC · INTERVIEWS

by ORIOL BOSCH

You’ve started the label 359 Music with Iain McNay from Cherry Red. What made you return to the music industry heading a new label? I’d started to do this Tokyo Rock thing last year and I booked Neil Young and Blur, and I realised that I could still do music, I’m still kind of ok doing music. Then I got really ill about February-March-April, so I was in bed for two months. I got a reboot of my entire immune system, and that really, you know, how would you put it, it was good, it made me kind of go, “Fuck, I’d better go and do music”. I’d already got interested in the whole musical thing, you know, what we did before, but the reboot of my immune system was massive, basically it was like the right drug and then suddenly it was like, “Oh, fuck”. The drugs now that are on the market are weird because, you know, I went to a Harley Street doctor, and she got me on the right drug, it rebooted the immune system, I did the book, I started the record label, I lost 34 pounds in weight, so suddenly it rebooted my entire system. Are you moved by the same vision and aims you had with your previous labels? Yeah, I mean, I’m probably addicted to signing new bands and giving them a chance, that’s what I am addicted to. I probably used to be addicted to drugs, and now I am addicted to giving people a shot in music and putting out their record and trying to get them some attention. I’m probably addicted to that. I don’t know if it’s the same addiction as it was before, I think maybe before I was addicted to success, whereas maybe now I’m more addicted to actually just putting people’s records out and giving them a chance. It’s probably changed a little bit, I think 359 is a really good thing that I’m doing, and Cherry Red are doing, for everybody, we’re sending out music and some of it’s gonna stick. In 2008 you wrote in The Guardian that The Grants were the best unsigned band in the world and scouse lead singer and songwriter Chris Grant reminded you of a young Noel Gallagher. Do you have great hopes for him on 359? I think he’s an incredible talent, I think what I said in The Guardian, you’ve got to understand, some of what I said in The Guardian was… The Guardian blog, for four years, my friend, was me taking the piss out of The Guardian, but I think Chris Grant’s an incredible songwriter. I think there’s something in the water in Liverpool that just exudes amazing songwriters, and he’s one of the best songwriters that I’ve ever found, so, you know, he’s an incredible talent.

You recently released your autobiography ‘Creation stories – Riots, Raves and Running a Label’. Can you tell us a bit about it? It is a description of kind of why I am the way that I am. It explains my life and who I am. Shall we expect some kind of ‘pills, thrills and bellyaches stories’ in it? Yeah, well, only about me. It’s not salacious about other people; it’s salacious about me. It was 30 years ago when you started Creation Records. Could Creation exist nowadays like it was back then? No, I think the world changed. The biggest problem, please print this, the biggest problem we have now is not the music business. 30 years ago, the problem was the fucking music business. Now, the problem is the apathy of the consumer to buy music, because when everything’s free, when you get something on your laptop and go to Youtube and put in any band in the fucking world and listen to it, why are you going to fucking buy a CD? And that’s the biggest problem we’ve now got, is a sustainable model for musicians to exist, and record companies to exist. So, all the infighting about musicians thinking the music business is evil and all that is bullshit. The biggest problem we have is that you’ve got a whole generation of people who think music is completely free, and it is completely free, and that is a problem if you are a musician and you want to make money at it. When I say money you want to make a living out of being a musician. The music industry has changed dramatically over the past few years. If you discovered Oasis today, would you do the same as you did then? No, we’d do it differently. But the one thing that we’d have in common, as with everything, is that Noel Gallagher would still find a way to succeed, because Noel Gallagher, he worked it in 1993, 1994, and he would work it in 2013, 2014. He would find a way through, so the one thing I would say to artists trying to make it (because it’s now about 60% attitude - 40% musical talent), is that you have to be platinum steeled, like whatever it takes to make it, you have to do that, and these are the people that are gonna succeed and sell records, and sell concert tickets, because you have to be so fucking hard mentally... What would you point out as the main difference between the two of them? I think Creation was a very, very, very good label, but it wasn’t Factory. Factory was probably


Even though we had Oasis, Primal Scream and MBV, Factory were a better record label

my favourite record label, because of Joy Division, so I think, even though we had Oasis, and even though we had Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine, Factory were a better record label, so I’d have to give it to Factory. // I’m not saying we didn’t do good music, we did, but we never had Joy Division, you know what I mean? We had some really good bands, but we never had Joy Division. And Joy Division are up there with with The Beatles, up there with The Stones, Joy Division are that good. They are as good as The Sex Pistols or The Clash. Joy Division are a 12, they are not even a fucking 10. Nobody can take away the genius of Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, plus Ian Curtis, c’mon, I mean, it’s fucking unbeatable. Yeah, then it was New Order… New Order were brilliant, it’s one of my favourite ever bands, but they weren’t Joy Division. Joy Division are absolutely fucking unbeatable. Happy Mondays Yes, Please! cost Factory over 250,000 pounds, allegedly driving the label to bankruptcy. I think the Peter Saville table that cost Tony a million pounds maybe bankrupted Factory. Tony got Peter Saville to build a boardroom table that cost a million pounds. Mental (laughs). My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless was reported to have cost over 250,000 pounds to make… 270. But it wasn’t the most expensive Creation record. ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’ by Primal Scream cost 420.000 pounds. But the thing is, nowadays, with technology, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on records. Crazy, but we all lived, nobody died, and we are all still friends. Bobby Gillespie is my best friend, we’re still in constant contact, and I respect Kevin Shields. Nobody died on Creation, that was a good thing, you know? That record wasn’t really good for the financial situation of Creation. Did you feel that it was coming to an end by that time? I love that album. It was hard to make that album, it cost a lot of money but it was worth it, and it made its money back. We were drug addicts running a record label, so we never helped anything ourselves, we caused our own problems. Kevin Shields never caused us a problem, we caused our own problems.

Then you removed The Valentines from the label, after Loveless. That was just one of those things, we’d made two records with them and it was like, “No more”. Creation had Primal Scream for six and a half years before they had a hit single. Yeah, it’s because there was a belief in Bobby Gillespie. Also, you believed in Jesus and Mary Chain when nobody else did. Yeah, I believed in them and they came through. All these bands came through. I think Slowdive were an amazing band, I think they are reforming, they are a fantastic band. Swervedriver were great as well, and I think The Telescopes were great. But did you ever have the opportunity to sign The Stone Roses? No I didn’t. I didn’t know about them. It was a very Mancunian thing. I didn’t know. I should have found them, I wish I had. You showed up at every Ride gig for two weeks, until they eventually signed with you. That’s right, yeah, I did do that. I wore them into submission. Wasn’t it quite the magic of a music business, instead of going through thousands of emails with mp3 attached? Yeah, yeah. It worked though. It totally worked for me, it was great. The mp3 thing, if people want to contact me, find me on Facebook and send me your music, or come to the 359 night in Liverpool and give me a CD. I’m around, I’m not hiding. Where and when is it, the club night in Liverpool? It’s at District, on the first Friday of every month. The next club night is December 6th. Looking back at your career, is signing Oasis the highlight of it? The highlight of my career is having Primal Scream getting big. Because that’s my school friends and they became big, a big rock group. That made me happy. Selling half the company to Sony kept you afloat. Was it a tough decision but worth it? Yeah, well, it had


to happen or we would have went bankrupt. We were bankrupt on paper, but we kept going somehow, then Sony came in and saved us basically. Overall, it took the soul out of the company, but sometimes you got to deal with the people you don’t want to deal with. Overall it kept it going but it kind of finished us in the end because it was so corporate. Oasis then made millions, so everybody ended up happy. Bobby Gillespie said that you felt like you’d failed at that time, but I guess it’s a nice failure if you want to call it a failure. (Laughs). Yeah. It was weird, it was a funny moment. Oasis later were a major success, but in the documentary film ‘Upside Down: The Creation Records Story’ it is talked about as “the seeds of the end of Creation”. I think Oasis just came along, because Oasis sold 50-60 million albums, whereas a lot of these other bands never sold that many records, other Britpop bands maybe sold one million records, Oasis alone sold 60 million records. That’s insane. It is talked about as that because a “small independent record label could never service that kind of level of success” though. I don’t think it could. We tried, and we kept up, but it became hard at the end of the day. We’d succeeded in our dream, our dream was to break punk rock and psychedelia by combining it, and we did that by 1996, so we really should have got out after Knebworth but we continued until 1999. But we still got out when Oasis was having number 1 records and Primal Scream got a number 1 and number 2, so we never went bankrupt. Everybody thinks that we failed financially, but we didn’t, we just got bored, so we got out. I think people think Creation went bankrupt.

It never went bankrupt, I got bored and left. I think it’s more romantic for people to think “Oh, they went bankrupt”, but I never went bankrupt, I just got fucking bored. I guess one of the reasons why you got bored is that the label was starting to be pretty much Sony. Corporate, yeah. It was, it was painful. It was a painful, painful thing (laughs). Gillespie says in ‘Upside Down’: “The Creation records story is about the end of the independent thing”. Is it? I don’t think it is the end of the independent thing, because Cherry Red is still going after 35 years, and Iain is my partner in 359. Independent music is still alive and well, and Domino Records, Heavenly Records, 359 with Cherry Red… you know, people are still doing it. Does indie mean the same that it meant before? No, it doesn’t. I don’t even know what indie means anymore (laughs). I don’t even know what it means! It’s like “put your record out man and let’s hope somebody fucking buys it”, you know. Many of your bands reunited, like My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of Oasis debut album. Do you reckon that Noel is going to yield to honour Definitely Maybe? No. Not at the moment. I think in years to come they will reform, but I don’t think it’s next year, no.

I don’t even know what ‘indie’ means anymore

It’s now about 60% attitude - 40% musical talent


Three months after the release of their self-titled and critically acclaimed debut album for DFA on which the London-based trio had been working for two and a half years, Factory Floor are to play their very first show in Liverpool on December 5th at The Kazimier as part of EVOL’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Guitarist/vocalist Nik Colk Void acknowledges that the record is a “natural development soundwise” for the electronic band, previews the gig as “pretty hard, pretty dancey and punishing” and confesses that they are “quite desperate to get in to do the next record already”.


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by ORIOL BOSCH You produced and recorded the album in an ex-clothing factory in North London. It seems an ideal scenario for a band named Factory Floor whose music is usually labeled as post-industrial. Yeah, yeah, we were lucky to get hold of that space. Basically, I was living there with the intention of making it like a creative space. I wouldn’t say it’s the most pleasant place to live but it just seemed to make sense when I met Gabe and Dom to suggest it: “Ok, I’ll take it over properly and then we can make a studio in there and house Factory Floor”. It’s kind of secluded from the main part of London, it’s 20 minutes from Oxford Street on the tube, but it was away from East London, where we were working at the time, which kind of had a prominent scene there that we wanted to not escape but to kind of shut ourselves off from. We wanted to try to develop something of our own instead of being influenced by what was going on around us, but to be more influenced by the city and by the building that we were working in. So, yes, it meant that it was the perfect place for us to start and unfortunately it’s being pulled down in January so we are quite sad about it at the moment. Where is your studio going to be now? We have no idea, we have no home (laughs). I think for the next studio album... Well, first off, we are definitely going to record an EP there before it gets pulled down in January. And that’s going to be like what we’ve done with this record where we’ve kind of developed it more live. So we’ve used what we’ve done on the record as a blueprint to develop bringing this sort of improvisation live again. So what we’ve done so far and what we’ll be doing on the UK tours, after Christmas we’ll get back together again and record it in a live situation. Instead of tracking it like we did with the album, we’ll just record it live so we can keep a documentation of the space and where we’re at. For the next record, I think we’re gonna arrange to go into a studio. I’m not sure where, it might even take us to America, down to New York, or it might take us to somewhere else other than London. We do get really influenced by where we are, the environment that we are in, and when we talk about playing live the environment really kind of feeds back into our ideas, so it works the same with the record. We don’t really like to go into a studio as such, we’d like to find a space and bring in our equipment. Since you joined Gabe and Dom, the more electronic side of Factory Floor was brought to the front, especially with the LP, in a way more embracing the dancefloor. How important is experimentation and improvisation for Factory Floor? I think it’s very im-

portant. That is probably different from what Factory Floor was before I joined to after I joined. There were experiments, they kind of explored in the studio when they were putting tracks together but I think the improvisation wasn’t there at all. When I came along we’d try to play old tracks that they had previously written and it wasn’t really working out. It was working out more when we’d push those tracks in a direction that went to this different place where we didn’t know what we were doing and that kind of rush and challenge onstage, it’s really exciting. It started to draw different ideas out of us, which wouldn’t have happened if we had just been regurgitating old tracks. A lot of our shows in 2010 and 2011 are really shambolic, there is so much stuff that is kind of embarrassing (laughs), but it was important to go through that stage to be able to trust in each other and to be able to improvise on stage and learn what space we occupy as individuals. Without this improvisation, we wouldn’t have been able to move forward and we’d probably still be doing these old tracks that we had three years ago. Although it’s an 8-minute track, ‘Here Again’ is your most pop song to date. Was it deliberate to try and make a more accessible song? Yeah, yeah (laughs). It’s probably the most uncomfortable song for me, I think for the three of us, to play. We’ve tried to play it live and it’s quite hard but we are gonna come back to it. I think we just felt that it would be fun to try and make a more accessible song, and to us that is probably the most pop we will get. When I speak to people and I say, “Here Again, that’s our pop song”, they’re like: “No, no, it’s not quite there yet, it’s not really a pop song”. When I heard my singing back I cringed, literally: “Oh my God, did I really do that?”, but it just pushed me into an area that I am feeling uncomfortable with, and that goes hand in hand with improvisation. You have to push yourself into areas that you are not comfortable with to try and get something new. I think it’s alright. I’m not sure if people think it’s accessible, but it’s definitely the most accessible for us. Are you fully aware of your sound at this point, with the debut album released? No. I think we still got a long way to go. I think at the moment we are probably the most commercial and accessible that we will be. I think we might end up going more towards techno, with less vocals and more sounds. But then, I’m just speaking from experiencing the shows that we’ve just played, this might completely change and we might end up just doing... I don’t know (laughs), I don’t know where it’s going to go. I don’t think that we’ve got to a point where we’ve learnt everything we need to learn and I think we still got a long way to go.


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“We might end up going more towards techno, with less vocals and more sounds”


Spinters is a combination of previous EPs, what made you take this approach? Roman: I think it was because all the 7-inches were sold out, and since we signed to Visible Noise they’ve wanted everyone to get up to date with our back catalogue before moving forward. Rag: And Love Is Alive only came out on tape, so even less people have heard it. Roman: So we used the metaphor of the coffin along with the name Splinters. How important is the DIY approach to making music to you? Roman: Well we always try to stay rooted in punk. Rag: Yeah, punk’s the reason we all started bands Roman: Yeah totally, so we don’t wanna stray too far from that. Soon as we’ve got a song, we get it out there. Darksun: It’s all we’ve ever known really, it’s all we’ve ever done so it’s not like a conscious decision to do it this way, it’s quite natural. Now that the album’s been out almost a month, how do you feel about it and the feedback it’s received? Roman: We’re seeing feedback from more mixed places, with having visible noise on board to promote it they’ve got it in places we wouldn’t be able to so that’s interesting. Rag: This is the first time some people have heard us, stuff we released two years ago people are hearing and talking about for the first time, so that’s quite good. Roman: With regards to feedback, yeah we’re happy, but the thing is we’ve got the album done and it’s way better than that so we want people to hear it, but at the same time I think it’s important for people to hear this one first. Darksun: A lot of people have said their favourite song is ‘Love is Alive’ which is actually the most recent thing we’ve recorded, we did that right after we finished the new album so that’s good to hear. So the new album’s ready to go? Roman: Yeah everything’s done on Aspects of the Deepest Gloom, full-length 15 tracks that we recorded last year. We’ve been doing 3 or 4 songs in our sets recently from it, and I can’t wait for people to hear it because we personally think it’s way better than anything we’ve done. Rag: It’s totally different to where we started. Roman: I’ve sent the artwork off, and february I think it’s going to come out followed by a record store date.

SALEM RAGES


Having signed to Visible Noise just three months ago, the start of November saw the release of Splinters, the first full length release from heritage hardcore kids Salem Rages that combined previous EPs into one re-issued collection. We spoke to frontman Roman Remains with bassist Rag Payne and lead guitarist A.Darksun about the album and more. by NICK MALONE

You formed here in Liverpool: How big of a role has the city played for you since starting out? Any favourite venues? Roman: A huge part. There’s gothic architecture all around the city. I walk past the cathedral and the graveyard every day, so the dead are always in my mind. There’s just a very eerie vibe to the city. Rag: I think Liverpool’s obsessed with ghosts and haunting stories,there’s just something about it, we’re all morbid! Favourite venues- McGuire’s at the moment. Roman: Yeah, every gig’s gotten better there, and I like playing somewhere with a carpet, something to roll around on! Now that you’ve signed with Visible Noise, are we likely to see more limited releases like the white cassette, and stuff like the hand drawn stickers? Roman: Yeah they’ve totally honoured that. Even though they’re known for representing some huge bands like Bring Me the Horizon and we’re playing for 15 people and loving it... They actually approached us on the grounds that we keep on doing cool stuff like that. Rag: Cool stuff like when you open a record and loads of things fall out. Darksun: That’s why Julie(manager) got into us because she liked all that kind of stuff. Rag: And having the label’s backing gives us time to concentrate on the stuff we like doing like making stickers and little inserts. So you’ve got the album coming out, but what else have you got going on? Any shows soon or anything else that you want to talk about? Roman: We’re kind of sitting on shows at the moment, we’ve done so many in Liverpool this month. So I think december maybe we’ll do a couple of shows in Sheffield, Leeds, Harrogate and then we’re gonna chill. We do have a little christmas treat we can’t really reveal yet, we’re gonna be putting something on the internet for free leading up to christmas, you know because we’re so festive...And then before christmas we’re recording the record store day release. .


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DENIM & LEATHER As another glorious twelve months of heavy metal comes to a close and we look back on a host of great releases both from the underground and the mainstream, I’ve teamed up with ‘The Black Metal Barry White’ Drew EMK to bring you our top releases in 2013 from two ends of the fan spectrum as well as our overall Album of the Year. BLOOD CEREMONY · ELDRITCH DARK

CULTES DES GHOULES · HENBANE

Cementing their position at the head of the female fronted, occult rock renaissance is Canada’s Blood Ceremony with The Eldritch Dark. Oozing from the off with gorgeous flute, hypnotising organ and enchanting vocals, Blood Ceremony have honed their craft almost to perfection with this release. Alongside the highlight of the album in the mesmerising Lord Summerisle is a record that remains concrete from start to finish.

Horror is a theme not often done to great effect, but Polish Black Metal horde Cultes des ghoules have it permeating from every pore of their being. Musically, Henbane has a great appreciation for a back-to-basics black metal style with the addition of male choir chants that present a tangible, spiritually draining experience, and quite candidly Vintage Black Magic is about the finest Black Metal track of the past few years.

IN SOLITUDE · SISTER

PROCESSION · TO REAP HEAVENS APART

Next up is the ghoulish and otherworldly Sister by In Solitude. Refusing to stick to an already winning formula, Sweden’s finest export since Henrik Larsson have poured their souls into this record and left absolutely nothing on the creative shelf. In Solitude are probably the best thing to happen to heavy metal in the last ten years, and Sister is easily the most genuinely cadaverous album of the year. GRIFT · FYRA ELEGIER The only debut release to make my top three for 2013 comes from Sweden’s Grift and emanates ancient Black Metal from its pulsating core. Drawing inspiration from elder poets in their writing, Grift entice you in the door with Dödens Dåd before engulfing you in pagan fire. by NICK MALONE @BandsPlayedOn

The Finest Doom metal recording of 2013 comes from Multi International band Procession in the form of To reap Heavens Apart. The depth and intrigue of this record offers the listener an expansive experience upon multiple listens, with an astounding vocal performance that is rich in positivity whilst never being afraid to crush your spirit and bolt you into your seat the way classic doom should. BÖLZER · AURA

Aura is a truly rewarding listen with a sound and sense of style unobtained elsewhere. Standing as one of Extreme Metal’s most unique and mystifying records of the year, the heaviness of Aura is matched only by its creativity, whilst both are dwarfed by it’s sonic mass. This is unequivocally one of the most absorbing and rewarding slabs of extreme metal to date. by DREW MCKEOWN @DrewEMK

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WALK ON THE REALLY WILD SIDE Each month The Daft Punk nails its colours firmly to the mast. No subject taboo, no opinion too bold. Sifting through the recent punk rock news around the web sorting the Punk from the Daft Punk for Low Down Magazine

THE WORLD LOST a music icon when Lou Reed died on 27th October. In the context of this blog you might not consider Lou Reed to be a punk rocker but you could not be more wrong. The Velvet Underground were at the birth of the US punk rock scene in New York City, as the ill-fated movie CBGB (out this month) depicts. Whilst the movie retains original audio (‘I Can’t Stand It’ by Velvet Underground features on the soundtrack) we know at least the music won’t be as bad as the casting. Let not Hollywood tarnish the memories of punk legends with cartoon-like characters in this crass comedy. Don’t waste your money on a cinema ticket while there are great Lou Reed records to be listened to. Verdict: Daft Punk! YELLOW DOGS It’s not often that the BBC world news reports on punk rock. November was different when the fatal shooting of members of Yellow Dogs in Brooklyn, New York made headlines across the world. The relatively unknown band outside the Iranian punk rock community instantly became a global talking point. Ali Akbar Mahammadi Rafie killed Iranian musician Ali Eskandarian and brothers Arash and Soroush Farazmand of the band Yellow Dogs on 11th November. The motive for the shootings was thought to be a conflict over money. Rafie later shot himself with the same weapon. Yet another footnote in the colourful history of the Brooklyn music scene. Verdict: Daft Punk! CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES In a folk-punk gig featuring the best of the UK’s new music scene, Captain Hotknives and The Roughneck Riot stand out from the line-up at Elevator, Liverpool on 13th December as the cherries on top of this punk Pavlova. Captain Hotknives, the Yorkshire musical comedian has all the makings of a cult legend; Mixing odes to the ‘Monk’s wine’ Buckfast, the alcoholic’s best mate Tenant’s Super, and robbin’ from his Nan. Not to mention his abhorrence for babies. But don’t despair, it’s not as bleak as it sounds. Largely improvised and mostly hilarious, Captain Hotknives is a comedian first and musician second. He will have you in stitches from the first chord. The Roughneck Riot are quickly cementing their status as one of the UK’s biggest folk punk bands. Hailing from Warrington where banjos, ukuleles and washboards have never been cooler, their political and social stance is as strong as their singer Matt Humphries’ voice. WA1 on the map, yo! Verdict: Punk Rock!

GENTLEMAN’S PISTOLS Crashing into the gig calendar like a bomb from Bad Santa’s sleigh, Gentleman’s Pistols are set to play Liverpool in December. Happy Christmas punks, the Leeds rockers are back on Scouse soil on 20th December. If that wasn’t enough good news then hold on, SSS are supporting. The hardcore giants recently signed to Prosthetic Records. The world-renowned band are one of the city’s biggest exports without a doubt. You can meet the Leeds guitar slingers and the Liverpool thrash masters in the tiny venue of Maguire’s Pizza Bar on Renshaw Street. Ho fu***ng ho. Verdict: Punk Rock!

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MUSIC · THE DAFT PUNK · DAMNATION FESTIVAL

LIVERPOOL DOMINATES DAMNATION FESTIVAL 2013 LIVERPOOL HAS BEEN at the forefront of the heavy metal movement almost since it’s inception, producing many notable successes in both the underground and the mainstream scenes throughout. Damnation Festival, held every year in Leeds, has risen to become the UK’s top one day heavy metal event and attracts thousands of fans as well as top names to the bill every year. This year the two combined as we headed to Leeds for a host of Liverpool bands descending on the festival, representing a range of styles across the four stages and being led by the headliner for the whole event in extreme metal legends Carcass. IRON WITCH Opening up the Electric Amphetamine Stage and starting off the scouse invasion of Leeds were the whisky soaked sludge boys from Iron Witch. Damnation saw them gain a whole host of new fans whilst performing their addictive brand of doom from their two EPs to date, most recently 2013’s Hangover Suicide. Keep a look out for local shows from Iron Witch before they inevitably get signed and take off into Europe. BLACK MAGICIAN Formed through mutual appreciation of 70s prog, eerie folklore, and truly good ale, Black Magician are known to frequent venues around the city with their hypnotising riffs and haunting vocals. Damnation saw them showcase their Pursuivant EP among other work in the kind of atmospheric setting that brings their music to life best. SSS Next up were crossover thrashers SSS delivering an as-

sault of twenty tracks in their main stage slot, notably their latest EP Manipulated Living in full. Newly signed to Prosthetic Records, SSS gained huge recognition for this performance in top publications which should help them towards making big waves in the coming year. CONAN Headlining the Electric Amphetamine stage were caveman battle doomers Conan, who have made a huge name for themselves in the doom scene over the last year, brandishing their 2013 full length Monnos alongside their previous releases that brought huge praise from the adoring crowd in Leeds. CARCASS Leading the Liverpool pack and headlining the whole festival were Carcass. Since their reformation and new album Surgical Steel, Jeff Walker and co. have been blowing crowds away the world over. Their performance at Damnation defined what it is to headline, playing to a packed, enthused Leeds university that won’t forget the masters of extreme metal in a hurry.

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LIVE REVIEWS

DILATED PEOPLES, BROTHER ALI EVAC, NOVEMBER 21

text and photo by NICK MALONE

FOLLOWING THE LANDMARK bookings of Big Daddy Kane and The

Pharcyde earlier in the year East Village Arts Club were set to bring their year of Hip-Hop royalty to a close in style as Dilated Peoples ascended upon Liverpool. The usual selection of classic cuts filled the room as East Village started to fill up, and by the time the lights went down it was looking like a near sellout that cheered the one and only Dilated Peoples on stage. With DJ Babu in the back, Evidence came bounding out to start the show by performing the first track solo before being joined by the command-

ing presence of Rakaa. Now a complete lineup, the beat dropped for one of their biggest hits ‘Live on Stage’ from the Expansion Team album and it set the room ablaze. After a few more tracks, the emcees took to the side of their backbone Babu as he showcased why he’s one of the greatest to ever grace the turntables with a feast of scratching that left the crowd in awe. Next up was a run of the group’s solo work, a catchup of what everyone’s been doing during Dilated’s hiatus that climaxed when Evidence dropped ‘You’ from his hugely successful Cats and Dogs album. Back to group releases brought us a host of hits including ‘Love and War’, The Platform’ and ‘Back Again’ as well as a new track from their forthcoming album Directors of Photography. Dilated had already captured the crowd with their skill and chemistry on stage, and there was only one thing left to do as Babu dropped their biggest hit ‘Worst Comes to Worst’ on an erupting crowd. Bowing out to rapturous applause, Dilated Peoples came, saw and conquered Liverpool and finished off a great year of Hip-Hop from East Village Arts Club.


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PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING EVAC, NOVEMBER 25

text by ORIOL BOSCH/ photo by PAUL TSANOS PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING (PSB) are a very strong band conceptually. They blend past and present repurposing old propaganda films and have managed to create and consolidate a solid, well-founded visual and sonic identity. In their live transmission it all fits into its own world.It is retrofitting and humor also plays a big part in it. Two big screens and two sets of four antique televisions are onstage to turn the gig into a proper audio-visual experience and the show begins with a funny public service announcement for Public Service Broadcasting. The London duo comes in and, after an intro, play ‘London Can Take it’ from The War Room EP. Seeing these images of London taking it during the war and listening to that voice hint a change in tone, but frontman J. Willgoose, Esq. (guitar, banjo, electronics) then hits one of the buttons in his operation center that makes a canned, synthesized voice say: “Thank you... very much”. That would be the only voice we would hear from them, but it proved to be fun and appropriate for their live gig banter. ‘The Now Generation’, their playful fashion song from debut album Inform-Educate-Entertain followed inviting to dance and paving the way for the lead single of the record, the relentless, high-speed track ‘Signal 30’. J. Willgoose, Esq. smiles at Wrigglesworth (that’s the drummer’s favourite song) and they start rocking, with images from aged road safety films accompanying raging guitars. The duo is joined live by Mr. B controlling visuals and even recording and broadcasting the band through the monitors. That does give a more live feel to the performance, as it does the organic playing (drums, guitar, banjo) on top of the electronics, and it all is tied in together with ‘Theme from PSB’. After that, the voice keeps on joking, or at least many people

take it as a joke: “We have two new songs for you tonight, they are both about ice skating and in dutch”. It is true though, ‘Elfstendentocht’ Part 1 and Part 2 are played with Dutch archive films projected. Luckily the band play the new single ‘Night Mail’ in-between them, because the Dutch tracks were good but it felt weird listening to old Dutch samples. The opening track of The War Room preceded their most known, famous song ‘Spitfire’. Everyone enjoyed it, but the venue was actually lit up with ‘Lit Up’, especially because of that enlightened sample “There’s nothing between us and heaven, there’s nothing at all” and its high instrumental ending. The encore was great with the colour song ‘ROYGBIV’ and ‘Everest’. The latter is certainly a triumph. No wonder why it’s Dr. Who look-alike J’s favourite tune, it’s the ultimate PSB track; their best combination of vintage samples and modern music and a very emotional, dancey and melodically impeccable song. Quite a few people were enjoying it with eyes shut and a smiles drawn on their faces. PSB’s live transmission was pretty good, and funny, and they succeed at what they do; taking something old and bolting something new on top of it to make something new. Their sampling approach did get a little bit over-the-top though, above all because of the Dutch songs. But J. Willgoose, Esq. told us that he is keen to broaden the scope and the horizons on every level, so PSB can even get better in the future. As for the support acts, San Francisco’s shoegaze, post-punk trio Weekend were excellent. Having recently released their second LP Jinx, they brought in a huge amp and were louder than usual. And much better than the second act, local band Lovecraft. “They look like Austin Powers”, someone said. Perhaps their tongue-in-cheek, theatrical concept is only understandable for privileged minds, but they felt like a joke, a bad one, as they also thought it would be amusing to say things like “Oh, and my mom died”. The five-piece are ok instrumentally, but the vocals can become annoying, even threatening to get on one’s nerves.


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TURIN BRAKES THE KAZIMIER, NOVEMBER 5

text by ORIOL BOSCH photo by PAUL TSANOS

REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 5TH of November. Bonfire wasn’t an option at The Kazimier, but bassist Ed Myer promised “musical fireworks” instead. I laughed. It was a joke, wasn’t it? I later realised that it wasn’t. We had a wonderful night of live music in The Kazimier courtesy of Turin… Turin… Turin fucking Brakes. It was actually one of the gigs of the year.

I went to see a rather diminished band, one that found success in the early 2000s and had practically fallen into oblivion for music trend dictators to the point of becoming some sort of outdated, unhip act to them. And it was a hipster-free gig; there wasn’t a single checked shirt in the venue, whereas you needed both hands to count the grey/white-haired heads. A crowd fuelled by nostalgia, I thought to myself. And then the London band began to play tracks off their praiseworthy new studio album, We Were Here. ‘Time and Money’ and the title track of the record opened the night , and you by then it was obvious Turin Brakes are a great live band; excellent musicians with great rapport and natural sympathy onstage. Originally a duo, formed by Gale Paridjanian and Olly Knights, Turin Brakes is now by all means a quartet, with longtime live band members Rob Allum and Ed Myer completing the lineup. Recorded live to tape by the four of them, they went on to play the next two following tracks of the album (the sixth of their career), ‘Dear Dad’ and ‘Blindsided Again’. Whilst one is rather country and the other is their most psychedelic song to date, they managed to appropriately join them together. A bit of lighthearted chat and laughter, something that became a constant throughout the night, and the band gracefully took to their celebrated debut album Mind Over Money. A relaxed, familiar and amusing mood was already set for artist and crowd alike and ‘Guess You Heard’ finalised the first array of songs from We Were Here, which proved to be very much liked by the

audience. It was back to The Optimist LP next as ‘Future Boy’ followed. A lady can’t contain her excitement and shouts “That was lovely”. “Thank you, we do our best”, replies Olly, and the first flying knickers of the night hit the stage. “I remember you from the last time”, jokes the singer-songwriter. A great sense of humour alongside a music-loving atmosphere accompanied the close-knit gig. It all clicked in tonight at The Kazimier for a really great and enjoyable performance, which reached its peak with the run of ‘Emergency 72’, ‘Rain City’ and ‘Painkiller’. Everyone was having a blast, celebrating the majesty of Turin Brakes live and laughing out loud more than in most stand-up comedy shows in between songs. The band finished the

set with ‘Fishing For A Dream’ and ‘Red Moon’ and the crowd passionately claimed an encore, shouting in unison “Turin… Turin… Turin fucking Brakes!” They came back, obviously, and by the time ‘No Mercy’ had finished they had more than a handful of knickers onstage, which were stocked up on the drums. “I wasn’t expecting that”, says Olly midst laughs. I wasn’t expecting that either. The Optimist hit ‘Underdog (Save Me)’ made a few women and men scream with joy and seemed to be the last song. Was it? Again, “Turin… Turin… Turin fucking Brakes!”, and here they are again, with a lively tune that precedes their last song (now for real), the emotional ‘Goodbye’, which was kindly dedicated to Mr Lou Reed. It was a brilliant gig, an unbeatable ambience and a perfect setlist, started and finished with the opening and closing track of their new album and with an excellent selection of old and new songs. We did have musical fireworks after all, and lots of fun.


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THE CHARLATANS (LIMF) ST GEORGE’S HALL, NOVEMBER 8 text by ORIOL BOSCH photo by LIZ PHILLIPS THE EVENING STARTED off with a regrettable, terrible choice in seeing Reading’s five-piece Violet Class at the Cooking Soup stage instead of By the Sea at the main one. I can’t tell how good their delicate, dream pop was in that huge, still rather empty hall, but I’d guess it wasn’t that bad. Next band onstage was The Tea Street Band, who were once described by a lucid writer as “The Charlatans meeting The Chemical Brothers”. They were supporting the former this time around, in a long-delayed Liverpool International Music Festival show, and at St George’s Hall. No pressure there. They were ready to get the party started and their excitement was palpable, especially bassist Nick Otaegui’s, but they did not get lucky; technical issues and poor sound doomed the act. Not their fault and not their night. They had a great sold out gig at The Zanzibar the very next day however where everyone enjoyed old and new songs alike.

The Charlatans show, postponed from 26th August due to the passing of original drummer Jon Brookes, was much anticipated. Dedicated to him, it was their last of the year. Some rumours even said their last gig ever, and it was expected to be more emotional than usual. Only it was

not particularly emotional. In fact, the first time singer Tim Burgess interacted with the crowd was after the fourth song, saying “Good times, eh?”. The esteemed indie band, formed 24 years ago, offered a solid, upbeat performance to the mainly middle-aged crowd gathered at this big venue, which started impeccably as Tony Rogers and Martin Blunt had a brilliant conversation between their Hammond organ and bass guitar. The blonde, mushroom-haired, 45-year-old-going-on-teenager Burgess jumped in four minutes later; that couldn’t last ‘forever’. An array of their major hits followed including ‘Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over’, ‘North Country Boy’, ‘Blackened Blue Eyes’, ‘Just Lookin’ ’ and the brilliant ‘The Only One I Know’. Everyone was bouncing and singing along having a good time at what really seemed to be a party like, frantic celebration. This is The Charlatans. They might have never been in the British music A-list but they have always been there, producing good tunes, inspiring other musicians and cheering up the masses, all the while overcoming the death of keyboardist Rob Collins in 1996 and holding it together now after the loss of Brookes. The merry, very poppy ‘Oh! Vanity’ followed and soon enough it was time for another classic in ‘One To Another’, however the momentum had dissipated somewhat by this point. But the sound mix didn’t help and perhaps I was already satiated. Either thinking of their late drummer or dedicated to the whole band, the closing tracks before the encore were revealed as ‘This Is The End’ and ‘How High’. Finally the Charlatans turn to their first album to end the show as ‘Sproston Green’ becomes their last song to be played this year. Some nostalgia could be felt then.


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UB40

ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL, NOVEMBER 23 text and photo by GAZ JONES

NOT MANY BANDS can claim to have

started out at the same time as such an iconic venue, yet that’s exactly what UB40 did when they performed a headline show at the Anglican Cathedral. Starting way back in 1978 they have sold millions of records and built quite an army of fans. Opening tonight’s proceedings was a surprise late addition in Gabriella Cilmi. Putting on a support act is a difficult balance; it can’t be too similar to the main act, yet not too different. It can’t outshine the main act but still has to warm up the audience. On this occasion the Australian born Gabriella wasn’t the right choice. Performing her 2008 hit ‘Sweet about me’, it was clear that she has a wonderful and powerful voice (which at times echoed around the magnificent venue to superb effect). But she just wasn’t what was needed to support this large expectant crowd. Slowly meandering around the stage and smiling at the audience she showed that she enjoyed the occasion even if the crowd didn’t. Performing some songs off her forthcoming album she showed enough to suggest we should keep on eye on her over the next year. The night did however belong to the midlands-based UB40. Teasing the audience by coming on stage ‘fashionably late’ they made it clear we were in for a memorable evening. Opening with ‘keep on moving’, the words were belted back to the band just as loud as Duncan Campbell had sung them. UB40 were showing no signs of any

‘hangover’ following Astro’s sudden and shocking departure the night before. Song after song, classic after classic - it’s probably fair to say its easy to forget just how many songs you know about the reggae legends. ‘Kingstown Town’, ‘Homely Girl’ and ‘Boomshaka’ to name a few. Fan favourite ‘1 in 10’ was particularly impressive as it was wonderful to see so many people dancing and clearly having a good time. Often at concerts the audience is very static (or worse talking!) during the show, not tonight. It’s worth mentioning the sound at this venue, as it is always disputed at this arena. Whilst it’s clear it wasn’t perfect, the

closer to the front you are the better the sound is. For obvious reasons the sound is not going to compete with other venues across the city, but where else can compete with the Cathedral in terms of stature and sight. It was interesting to see how much fun the band seemed to have on stage following Astro’s criticism but plenty of jokes were shared between band members. All of that was put to one side for the encore as they left us all speechless. With the lyrics to ‘Red Red Wine’ being crowd surfed to the back of the hall on the day of an enthralling Merseyside Derby, the words “Red, red wine, Stay close to me, Don’t let me be alone, It’s tearin’ apart, My blue, blue heart” seemed very apt. Finishing on ‘Can’t Help Falling’, this was an encore that will rarely seen rivalled by any band this year as Liverpool clearly can’t help falling in love with UB40.


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LOW

ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL, NOVEMBER 18 text by ORIOL BOSCH photo by PAUL TSANOS THERE’S WILD LOW and there’s placid Low. We welcomed the latter for their first ever Liverpool show in a venue that couldn’t be more fitting in The Cathedral, chosen accordingly for their nature both musical and human. Founding members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker are after all both Mormons and they take these things very seriously. Hats off to Harvest Sun for this event, but I wondered if Low were going to be more minimal than usual tonight. Alan did warn us that even they had to be very aware when playing on a stage like that, adjusting their set according to the space. “Cathedrals are really beautiful but they are also the most challenging”, he stated. By the end of the gig, it was obvious that they’d had more than a thought about the set to play. There is even a song crossed out and replaced for another in Mimi’s setlist, and they managed to make the Cathedral enhance their performance by being one with the band and the space, being emotional, delicate and engrossing and making the night with them a delightful, special experience. 

The renowned American indie rock band started off with Words, the opening track from their debut album, which was recorded exactly 20 years ago. The voice of Alan and Mimi accompanied by Steve Garrington’s bass was superlative, and it definitely set the tone for the show. Playing before a seated audience, Low humbly and honestly displayed their slowcore magic, carefully picking songs from their last seven albums, plus Words. After that they got to their newest and tenth record, The Invisible Way, for On My Own (also known as ‘The Happy Birthday Song’), in which Alan dared to play the guitar with his face, and its opening track followed with

the attendees subtly shuddering at its final line: “Maybe you should go out and write your own damn song, and move on”. Majesty/Majestic was slowly but firmly building up while the crowd was getting more and more absorbed by the magnificent, close knit performance. I have never seen a more silent crowd in Liverpool, not even at the movies, and I’m sure most of them left the venue feeling good and fortunate. They became Low’s subjects for the night, and goosebumps were not a rare reaction to what was happening there in The Cathedral.

In between Holy Ghost and Waiting, it was time for one of the fan-favourites in Monkey from The Great Destroyer album. I remember being mesmerised by this song at Primavera Sound Festival two years ago where Low played it gorgeously, intensely and rather dirtily as a four-piece. On this occasion it was more placid, but quite stunning anyway. When the voices are blended together whilst Mimi hits the drums with her orchestral beaters, Alan strums one of his electric guitars and Steve puts in the bass/keyboard lines, Low are invincible. “So far, so good”, Alan said, and the newer Just Make It Stop immediately ratified all of that. Not that someone was even considering standing up, Low were cautious and slowed the pace down with Nothing But Heart and Dragonfly, letting Little Argument with Myself and Pissing help the gradual progression leading to the closing tracks. Firstly, Sunflower, displaying how to perform a pretty, fine and mystical song. I was almost certain that following would be the gem named Amethyst, but instead Mother brought us to their signature live track, Murderer. The best Low came out again for the closing track, Especially Me, which was especially beautiful, possibly touching, definitely passionate, with Mimi’s vocals reaching a fair few souls no doubt. The encore was very strange however. Considering that they hadn’t played new songs like Amethyst, Clarence White and So Blue, nor classics Try to Sleep and Silver Rider, it was surprising when they came back with the rarely played Shots & Ladders and 1999’s Starfire before finishing off the gig with their cover of Rihanna’s Stay. Starfire was lively and very enjoyable and Stay is indeed one of their most popular songs at the moment, but given their repertoire it almost feels wrong to end a gig with a song originally performed by Rihanna. It was neither the perfect place or set to have chosen Canada though, I will give them that.


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ALBUM

ARCADE FIRE · REFLEKTOR

EMINEM · MARSHALL MATHERS LP2

The Canadian alt rockers return with the hype-churned, excessively marketed new release Reflektor. Being their 4th studio album and following the critically acclaimed The Suburbs, anticipation was through the roof. Unfortunately Arcade Fire haven’t managed to deliver and match that hype but they have managed to leave this critic frustrated. When it works it’s great. Kicking off with the title track one might be forgiven for being won over a little prematurely. Hey, it’s an epic track with disco vibes, stirring lyrics and David bloody Bowie. After that it just falls apart. Tracks like ‘We Exist’ and ‘Here Comes the Night Time’ are overly long and just aren’t that interesting, often repetitive and lacking in the passion you come to expect from the band who shook us to the core with ‘Wake Up’ from their debut. There are some rays of light however. ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)’ and ‘Afterlife’ are instant classics, full of energy and emotive punch. Split into two halves and riddled with silly voices and canned audiences (and Jonathan Ross!?), you can’t help but think there’s a grander scheme or concept at play here. Fair enough, but this isn’t Sgt. Pepper’s, it’s a few good tracks and some half baked ideas. SJ

I’ve not been near a Slim Shady release since the steady decline post The Eminem Show, but with the title suggesting a sequel to his millennium masterpiece I figured it was worth a shot. With cripplingly low expectations opener ‘Bad Guy’ was a slow starter but sounded good production wise, but then five minutes in it exploded into a flashback of vintage Shady, full of breakneck aggression. Once the dust settles, the next eight tracks offer a nostalgic trip down early 2000’s Hip-Hop memory lane, the highlight of which being the hugely sincere ‘Legacy’ and the climax coming with ‘Rap God’ which sees Slim silence the critics with ridiculously impressive breath control. The subject matter, rhyming style and production are all vintage Marshal, which left me wondering why (aside from the obvious perks) absolute drivel has been pouring from Aftermath for several years if Eminem is still more than capable of creating Hip-Hop of such high quality whilst remaining commercially viable. The rest of the album is absolutely terrible, no doubt about it, but I’d like to stay focused on the golden first half of this unexpected and hugely enjoyable record that is worthy of the Marshall Mathers LP mantle. NM

JAKE BUGG’S · SHANGRI-LA At the start you might mistake the sound for Jake Bugg’s self-titled debut, but it’s not – it’s his second album Shangri-La… honest. The folk is strong with this one, and there’s no denying Bugg is growing out of his puppy teeth with Shangri-La and embracing his electric-indie personality. I’ll be honest, ‘A Song About Love’ was when I properly started paying attention. The pacing is neat, there’s some cracking guitar work on ‘All Your Reasons’ and ‘Kingpin’, and the song-writing throughout is just damn reliable. A little too la-di-da by ‘Pine Trees’, but ‘Simple Pleasures’ brings it back with a hint of indie-rock in a slow dance setting. It’s a little frustrating actually as it’s a very controlled, even sound throughout the album, but once in a while you just want him to break out and scream something! Considering our Bugg was only just beaten to the number one spot by none other than Robbie Williams, the quality in Shangri-La is assured. It’s no surprise why a lad so young has such a well stitched second album already but there are no surprises in the album. All hail to the Second-Dylan-Coming, or at least the potential of it. JC

NADINE CARINA · THINGS THAT PEOPLE LOVE TO REMEMBER Swiss-born, Liverpool-based 27-yearold singer/songwriter Nadine Carina’s new six track EP is a major step forward, one that brings her to a better place far beyond the land of the cute, light hearted, easy listening, enjoyable qualifyings. It is enjoyable, but not in a mother watching her child playing football and losing way, but more like an adult playing a match, and winning it. Things That People Love to Remember is a victory. The third release of LIPA 3rd year student Nadine Carina this year (7th of her still rather short career), is her best record to date. It is mature, compelling and interesting, and the factual evidence of her constant growth as a musician results in the finding of her voice; the fully displayed expression of herself as an already emerged, talented artist. On the Camper Records use the nonsense term “future folk” to describe her sound. Reminiscent of the likes of Grimes and CocoRosie, call it electronic folk, folktronica or simply folk music with an electronic element. All six songs on the EP are worth mentioning individually and together they form a cohesive, rich record that is textured and sometimes dreamy with a soundscape marked by reverb-soaked vocals and carefully curated electronic lines. It can be beautiful, not cute, and will surely get played more than once. ‘The Love’, ‘Stars’ and especially ‘The Sheep’ are Nadine’s best songs to date. OB


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REVIEWS

LADY GADA · ARTPOP

ERASURE · SNOWGLOBE

When it comes to Gaga’s latest foray into the pop arena, it seems that the clue is definitely in the name; ArtPop appears to be a culmination of musical and artistic nods to Gaga’s own influences, but not quite with the results I was expecting... Indeed this 15-track experiment of dance, synth and Hip-Hop produces some rather catchy pop tracks, most notably ‘Manicure’. It is exceedingly difficult not to dance to the rhythmic clapping that supersedes even Gaga’s powerhouse vocals on this record, but sadly some other songs are a bit hit and miss. Opening track ‘Aura’ seems slightly dated; too laden with robotic effects that make the song slightly uncomfortable to listen too. However, as the album progresses there are some true pockets of musical glory, in particular the fabulous ‘Fashion’. Crossing Bowie with moments of silence that reveal Freddie Mercury-esque acapella, and a guitar riff that harks back to the wonderful ‘Aerodynamic’ by Daft Punk, this is a standalone track that fits perfectly into the pop stratosphere.Not quite the gem that The Fame was, but still a brilliant slice of creativity and worth the listen, even if it is just for ‘Fashion’. SOH

I know what you’re thinking - no, not another band making a Christmas album! Gladly however, Snowglobe isn’t your typical cheesy festive album, It’s different, unique and actually rather good. Full of signature Vince Clark synth melodies, there’s a whole lot to like about Snowglobe. Most of the tracks are original compositions by Clark and Bell, taking heed not to go over the top with seasonal cliches (thankfully there’s hardly the sound of a sleigh bell). Instead we’re treated to beautiful tracks including the traditional meets modern day technology stylings of ‘Gaudete’ (Imagine early Human League singing in Latin). One of my favourites on the album, I’d definitely have this on whilst I was decorating the tree. Of course there’s a helping of old classics including ‘Silent night’, with Bell’s echoed and haunting vocals providing the basis for this gorgeous rendition. It’s enough to give you chills...in a good way. Although some tracks sound slightly 90’s-esque (heavy drum machines on songs such as ‘Make it wonderful’), this is a lot of fun and one of the better Christmas albums to grace my ears over the decade. If you’re looking for something different this December (or if you fancy grooving along to some classic dance) then shake it up with Snowglobe SOH

BEASTMILK · CLIMAX

THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS · LOVE, LUST, FAITH & DREAMS

Born in 2010 during a nuclear winter in Helsinki, the void-mothers of Beastmilk kick out an irradiated dust of what they appropriately dub ‘apocalyptic post-punk’ with their debut full length release in Climax. Brought to life by small Finnish label Svart Records, Climax is already making huge waves for the band, and with it’s ability to branch out far beyond the heavy metal compound whilst retaining a very drab and abstruse core it’s easy to see why. Straight from the off is one of the standout tracks of the entire year in ‘Death Reflects Us’, which displays elements of a drearier Joy Division that continues on throughout the record. Although the standard and pace slow down slightly in parts, the quality and hypnotic nature of the album remain a constant with highlights in ‘You Are Now Under Our Control’ and ‘Love in a Cold World’. Given the exposure and critical acclaim that the album has received, I can only hope that Beastmilk remain with Svart in the future for more brilliant exclusives like the Fallout Party Pack edition of what is Climax; Ghoulish death rock matched with a wicked sense of humour that will have you falling in love with the fallout. NM

It’s no secret that Thirty Seconds to Mars are somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine. Having seen them numerous times live, the news of a new album always entices me - and Love, Lust, Faith & Dreams is the perfect follow up to This is War. Less emphasis on heavy guitars and screaming emotion (as was with previous hits ‘The Kill’ and ‘From Yesterday’), this is a more mysterious and electronic approach first explored on songs such as ‘Closer to the Edge’ from their previous album. Glorious chants of “and the story goes on” fuel the uplifting ‘Do or die’, whilst the harmonious piano and rasping vocals of ‘End of all days’ are a nice reprieve from electro-beats. Although ‘City of Angels’ sounds a little bit too similar to their wellknown hit ‘Kings and Queens’ (sparse verses and slow atmospheric builds to the chorus), my enthusiasm for the album isn’t affected one little bit. Although audiences sit either on the side of love or loathe, its clear at the end of this album that my admiration for Leto and co. remains as strong as ever. Now where’s the repeat button… SOH


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He’s the outspoken cockney comedian who both outrages and amuses the world with political idealism and raucous banter. Having already sold out two dates at the Liverpool Echo Arena (with a third date added for 16th February 2014), it seems that whether you like him or you loath him Mr Brand has certainly got audiences into a frenzy. Here’s our take on the delightfully devious Russell Brand...Saint or sinner?

I’m not sure if he’s a saint, sinner or part of a very big publicity stunt and marketing ploy. I’d like to believe the former, but with his UK tour coming up, it seems he’s certainly picked the right time to bring up such controversies and set everybody’s tongues wagging and of course, putting himself in the spotlight at the same time. Cue ticket sales rising. It’s all well and good giving the “power to the poor” spiel, but lest we forget he is good friends with Jemima Khan, whose family has tight links with the absurdly prosperous Rothschild’s - who some would say are public enemy number one in terms of having the poor and working class over. Another aspect I found odd during the interview was his dismissal of the importance of voting, surely this comment is playing into the Tories and elites hands - point proven with the last election, morale was down so hardly anybody voted, hence giving the vote away to those who did; Tories. It’s a weird one; I like Russell, he’s funny, but there’s no place in politics for someone who’s a multi-millionaire and enjoys the benefits of everything to do with capitalism - how can he speak for us? GED BRENNAN I think maybe we should give Russell the benefit of the doubt. Although his status as a multi-millionaire may cause people to initially frown, maybe his intentions were genuine. At least one positive outcome of the interview was getting the younger generation talking about politics and bringing to light the problems of greed and wealth in the political system. It could also be said that Russell is one of the few big celebrities that isn’t afraid to show enough courage to put his head above the parapet, even if it risks his career at the same time. He has actively spoken out against the powers that be, who in return constantly let us know that Russell is nothing but a drug addict and lothario. Take the Beckhams for example, who are happy to indulge in anything that keeps their reputation at bay. In an era where most celebrities seem desperate to get on the advertising. Bandwagon, it’s refreshing when a comedian like Russell uses his status for something that really does highlight working class realities. Ultimately, even if all this is an effort to boost his career, you can’t deny he has made his fans aware of our countries current situation, which can only be a positive thing. ANNA KENNEDY Initially, I remember watching Russell Brand’s interview with Jeremy Paxman with a massive grin on my face. He was eloquent, witty, and bang on about this country’s political system - voting in bad, badder, or worse. I already rather admired Brand for his comedy but now he was voicing the very problems that the next generation are going to have to wade through, just like our predecessors. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. He had my undivided attention for days after; I posted the interview on Facebook, looked up Brand on Twitter, and raised my fist in the air for change... until I realised one crucial flaw in his ‘revolution’. The flaw, highlighted by Robert Webb’s appeal for Brand to see the light in Labour, was this: “I have never, nor ever will vote, unless we get exactly what we want.” A good cause, but a terrible idea. Unless Brand refines his meaning of ‘revolution’, or offers a solid alternative, the younger generation is going to stop voting... A catastrophe waiting to happen. No voting means no voting AGAINST money-hoarding MPs, no voting AGAINST power-mad toffs with no grip on reality, and no voice AGAINST the same old problems we as a species have faced for hundreds of years. It’s going to take more than a bit of Kicking and screaming against a brick wall of corruption that has stood for hundreds of years to make a real change. My generation sounded off in agreement with Brand because his beaming personality is intoxicating, but if he inspires a whole set of young age groups to stop voting, we’re all going to suffer the consequences of apathy. JOE CRAWFORD


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BY JOVE!

IT’S KEN DODD REVIEW, MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL, UNTIL APRIL ’14

Celebrating the career of the iconic and much loved Liverpool entertainer, By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd is a blast of visual bliss featuring quotations from the man himself and wonderful photographs taken by Stephen Shakeshaft. Taking place at the Museum of Liverpool, I was lucky enough to capture a few minutes with the infamous Doddy SITUATED IN THE skylight gallery of the museum, I was instantly transported through a career from variety performances to fundraising events. Photographs span decades of work, reflecting both the highlights of Dodd’s life on and off stage and the brilliant photographic talents of Shakeshaft who captures memories in time. I was intrigued however to know Dodd’s recollections of the first photo Stephen ever took of him with some turkeys. “Being different is what a sense of humour is. A sense of humour is seeing the subject or the concept from a different angle, seeing the argument or the belief from a different angle. Upside-down or sideways on, that’s what it is.” Novelty it seems is an extremely memorable part of Dodd’s performances, in particular the ticking sticks! Hanging from a wall of the exhibition, you can now witness the prop in person. “Well the tickling sticks go back to the old jesters who used to tickle the Lords or the Dukes, or the King and the Queen. He’d have funny jokes or things that he would say about them and silly little songs. He would have a familiar on a stick, and he would go around playfully dotting everybody on the head with it. It’s a prop and props are very important”. Ken’s enthusiasm for comedy and the Liverpool audience radiated throughout the conversation and in the photographs adorning the walls. He is a true legend and a king of comedy gold Audiences can now listen to revealing conversations between Dodd and Stephen, including his early life in Knotty Ash and preparations for his shows. His early comedy life is

something that seemed to set the benchmark for his unique style of entertainment: “When I first started in show business trying to be an entertainer, I had some cards printed. That’s what you do to make yourself feel terribly important. You have to have a card. The old St John’s market used to have what we called ‘the back’ of the market, a road that went down the side, and down there was a little printer’s shop. I went into this printers feeling very important, about 14 years old, and said that I wanted some cards printed. “Oh yes?” said the printer, and he asked what I wanted. I said I wanted ‘Ken Dodd, the comedian who is different’ but I wanted the word ‘different’ printed upside-down. ‘Oo you can’t do that’ he said, and I said but why? He said “You’ll be a laughing stock” and I said well that’s the idea! Luckily enough I got my own way” Behind his hilarious anecdotes and charm however is an absolutely brilliant man with a heart of gold. Throughout the preview event for the exhibition, two school groups walked past. Stopping all interviews Dodd took the time to speak to the children and their teachers, posing for photographs and making little jokes. These were heartwarming moments that showed no matter how famous he is, Doddy always has the time to speak to his audiences young and old. If you are looking for an exciting exhibition to fill up the weekend or if you are a fan of Doddy and want to find out more about Liverpool’s beloved comedy hero, then visit the Museum of Liverpool and let your journey begin. It’s a wonderful experience I certainly shall never forget. by SARAH O’HARA


COMEDY

STEPHEN SHAKESHAFT Known as ‘The Great Shaky’ to Ken Dodd, Stephen Shakeshaft has been photographing this comedy legend since he was 17. Now on display at the Museum of Liverpool, we about his favourite photos in the exhibition and Ken’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for joke telling...

When did you first meet Ken, as you have been taking these photos for quite some time now? Well as a very nervous young photographer, about 17 years old, I was sent to photograph him for the Liverpool Echo. I was using a very big plate camera and I only had six plates to take a picture of him. I met him in Williamson Square and in those days you could drive into the square. There was a giant granite building full of turkeys as they used to keep all the frozen goods for hotels and shops there. I suggested that we meet there and we could photograph him with some turkeys so he agreed. He came over to me and said “Well young man, what do you want?” jokingly and I introduced myself. He wrote my name down on his hand and we did a silly picture of him with some turkeys, so that was the first time that I met him. I used to collect autographs as a young lad so Ken’s was my star autograph. I’ve always like Ken and I always thought he was a superb entertainer and I love his reaction to the public. He’s a natural jester. He has a natural way of making people feel happy and it’s so wonderful to make people feel happy. I love the pictures in the exhibition that show the other side of Ken in the dressing room because it’s a side that people don’t usually see. So you met Ken when you were 17 - did he get back in contact with you or did you contact him? Well we just met each other throughout different seasons. He’d be doing a summer season or he’d be at an opening in Liverpool or a show at Christmas - wherever he was, I was able to see him. I used to like standing in the wings of the theatre, watching his show from the back and my four favourite photographs in the exhibition were taken from that point of view. It’s a bit like looking at a precious clock with the door open; watching all the workings of it. There was Ken laughing and joking with the audience and it must be fantastic for him to feel that laughter. A quotation besides one of the photographs mentions the reward of audience response and how encouraging it is. Is this evident when you go to see his shows? Well audiences love him, he’s a true Liverpudlian. His roots are in Liverpool and he has stayed loyal to his roots. He did the longest run at the Palladium, and holds the record for the most jokes told in three minutes in the Guinness Book of Records. Wow! Were you there to see that record being broken? What was it like? Exhausting! (Laughs)


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Christmas at

GRAB YOUR HOT chocolate, take a seat and cosy down at FACT with a deluge of festive films this Christmas. From the traditional to the modern, from the classic to the cinematic, FACT’s fabulous range is guaranteed to please even the grumpiest of scrooges! Kicking off with Tim Burton’s macabre and majestic The Nightmare before Christmas, relive Jack Skellington’s quest to bring Christmas to the world (with a horrifying twist!). A staple film of my Christmas season, to enjoy the magic on the big screen once again is a treat indeed. There are plenty of scrooges to behold as we take Ebenezer’s trip into the past, present and future. Adding that holly and jolly cheer to the tale is The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sing-along sensation for young and old to enjoy with the added charm of Kermit’s Bob Cratchit. On a more cynical 20th century note is Scrooged, starring the hilarious Bill Murray as TV executive whose dollar signs over-rule the true meaning of Christmas. Can he ever discover love and true happiness again? We’ll just have to see if he can put a little love in his heart… If festive cheer isn’t really your taste, then FACT have a selection of

films set around the Christmas period (without actually making too much of the season). Revel in a rare screening of the 70mm film version of action-film Die Hard, as John McClane (Bruce Willis) tries to save hostages at a Christmas party. Adding to the suspense is Lethal Weapon, as cops Danny Glover and Mel Gibson work together to stop a criminal gang. Of course no season would be complete without White Christmas. Cheer for Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as they try to save the Vermont Inn, and relive the joys of family with George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life. Films that I relive with my own loved ones every year, these are some truely genuine Christmas classics to treasure forever. With lots more to choose from, including both Home Alone I & II and Will Ferrell’s adorable Elf, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than with FACT’s Christmas season. Now where’s my seat… For full listings and information please visit: www.fact.co.uk Telephone: 0151 707 4464


FILM AND TV

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG FRIDAY 13TH It’s the movie everyone is Tolkien about as The Hobbit returns to our screens December 13th for another fantastical rampage through J R R Tolkiens’s cult classic. Bilbo, now in possession of the One Ring, must battle his way to the Lonely Mountain with his faithful company of dwarves to the resting of place of the most feared dragon in the land Smaug. Martin Freeman will return as Bilbo, with the usual stellar cast of Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, and now the sensational Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug. Under the careful direction of Peter Jackson, excellence is assured as always.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES FRIDAY 20TH Lights. Camera. Anchorman 2! Ron Burgundy and crew return December 20th for a second installment of goofy news antics. It’s the end of the 70s and the news team are assembling in New York after Ron loses his job at San Diego News. Will Ferrel, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and the almighty Steve Carell join forces once more alongside an eye-opening support including; Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman and Liam Neeson. It seems this cult comedy force will be pulling out all the stops in time for Christmas entertainment.

Fact by SARAH O’HARA

The cast of A Muppet Christmas Carol. Michael Caine and a whole host of friendly puppets including Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, Rizzo and Gonzo spread their unique twist on a beloved tale.

Grab your tickets at your nearest movie venue and be sure to buckle up!

FROZEN FRIDAY 27TH

It’s getting colder outside, but Disney’s Frozen is sure to warm the hearts of the whole family! Released on the 27th November, this will be Disney’s 52nd movie, but the magic still looks to be there. The once sunny kingdom of Arendelle is plunged into eternal winter by the Snow Queen Elsa. Her fearless sister Anna must find a way to set things right, with help from the heroic Kristoff. Oh, and there’s a magical snowman called Olaf too. A Disney-spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, this is definitely one for a family outing. It may sound like another chirpy CG flick, but the creators of Tangled and Wreck It Ralph sure do know how to entertain the wider audience.

by JOE CRAWFORD


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THOR

THE DARK WORLD REVIEW, ODEON, OCTOBER 30TH

The past few months have seemed an eternal wait for Marvel’s newest installment of one of our beloved superheroes. We’ve been teased with posters and screamed with excitement during trailers before the day finally came Thor: The Dark World was on the silver screen and quite frankly, it’s marvellous. by SARAH O’HARA

Dark World balances these effects with stellar cast performances and enough plot development to leave you questioning what will happen next and the film’s score only serves to emphasise the tension of events unfolding. However it’s not all fighting and mythology; all that sensational Marvel humour from previous films is more prevalent than ever in this particular installment. Watch out for one of the best battle of wits in ages between Thor and Loki as they travel through Asgard that will leave you crying with laughter. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is more mature than in the previous film. Having lost his sense of arrogance, he knows what it takes to protect his home and the ones he loves. A troubled future King, his characterisation tugs at your emotions many times during the film. Plus for all you Hemsworth fans out there, you can only imagine bumping into Thor on the train as one character in this film does. Speaking of loved ones, our favourite Earthlings Jane, Erik and Darcy are back again. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) takes more of a central role than just Thor’s love interest, and this talented actress is pivotal to how the plot develops. Intelligent, curious and brave, her character is a perfect match for our titular hero.

Thor: The Dark World is the second outing for our titular hero, after the blockbusting Thor in 2011. Following on from the success of The Avengers, we learn more about our favourite Asgardian and the burdens of saving the world.

Taking place straight after 2012’s Avenger’s Assemble and two years after the events of Thor, we’re straight into the action with new villain Malekith(Christopher Eccleston). Eccleston is extremely menacing and exceedingly good as this ferocious Dark Elf, but of course his attempts to recapture the Aether and plunge all nine realms into darkness were certainly going to be challenged. The story is non-stop and epic. Leaving no room for reflection, the plot quickly descends into a visual battleground as the Asgardians try to defend their world and ours. What’s different about this film however is that you get to see more of Asgard than you did previously with long dazzling seas, underground prisons and even a tavern. Beautifully presented and not too heavy on the effects, the setting of Asgard is quite a sight to behold. A lot of films seem to place too much emphasis on the CGI element nowadays, but The

I cannot possibly write this review without mentioning my favourite character Loki, played impeccably by Tom Hiddleston. Loki may be mischievous and untrustworthy, but everybody loves a good anti-hero. Having been locked away in the dungeons after trying to take over Earth, Thor calls upon Loki in Asgard’s time of need. Retaining his great character, one particular highlight includes his prison stay where he casually reads as a fight goes on outside. Tom Hiddleston has to be one of the most lovable wrong doers in a long time and an exceptional actor who can easily switch from brooding evil to shock and upset, and then right back to mischievous again. You never know what to expect, which is part of the whole Loki appeal. I know I haven’t particularly commented on the plot detail too much, but this is such a fantastic film that I don’t want to spoil a moment of its tremendous screen time. It has twists, turns, explosions, breath-taking scenery and never stops until its conclusion. With one of the best Marvel film endings that I have ever witnessed, Director Alan Taylor has created a much darker superhero film with all the key fantasy elements you could wish for. So if you’re looking for something to see this weekend, Thor: The Dark World is awaiting...and trust me, it will leave you wanting more.


FILM · REVIEWS

FULL SAVING AOFSPOON SUGAR HELPS THAT MEDICINE MR BANKS GO DOWN The first image we see of Emma Thompson as Mrs P L Travers is that of a woman with a formidable presence in twinset tweed and headmistress like manner that would wilt roses at ten paces, The flaring of her nostrils and the formation of a deep frown because someone has had the audacity to knock at her door is a joy to behold and Miss Thompson’s performance continues in this vein during the full length of the film. In fact the acting throughout this biopic is excellent, but more of that later... by SELBY STRANGE

REVIEW, FACT, SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER History tells us that Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, “Mary Poppins” by P L Travers. So Walt made them that promise not realising it would take him twenty years to deliver it. Walt Disney’s quest to obtain the rights to the book, had repeatedly come up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who, like J D Salinger before her, had absolutely no intention of letting her novel about her beloved magical nanny get ruined by the machinations of a Hollywood mogul that makes “Ghastly Cartoons”. Famously Travers had rebuffed all attempts to obtain these rights by Disney on an annual basis for two decades, but by then the book had stopped selling and Travers was in danger of losing her much loved house in the middle of London, so she reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. And that is where the film is centred. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney (played to perfection by Tom Hanks) pulls out all the stops including the hiring of the Sherman Brothers to write some chirpy tunes, and proceeds to launch an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. As Travers gives condescending note after note to the young song writers and screenwriter we see their expressions droop whilst they wonder what they have done to deserve such acerbic treatment. Thompson allows her character to remain likable because as the film moves on we begin to understand her convictions. This is helped immeasurably by the Travers time in Hollywood being intercut in flashback to Travers childhood in early 1900’s Australia and provides a much needed heart to Travers character compared to her steely adult

persona. These lush period pieces with sweeping cinematic landscapes and fine performances from Colin Farrell (I know, who knew?) as Travers Father and Annie Rose Buckley as the young Travers are done with care and attention to detail and take me back to Sunday afternoons at home in front of the TV and the warm glow of Little House on the Prairie…aahh It is only when Disney reaches into his own childhood that he discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Somewhat inevitably what you get here is typical Disney fare, stellar cast, lush production values and great storytelling that is second to none with its trademark schmaltzy ending. It does exactly what is says on the medicine bottle. I’ll have two spoonfuls please.


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MY OBSESSION WITH this particular fictional monster is longstanding. When my classmates were reading the latest teen novels to hit the shelves, I was delving more into classical literature and stumbled upon Bram Stoker’s Dracula after making my way through the Anne Rice vampire series. This infamous vampire (and the one reworked countless times in stage productions, films and television) surely begs the question - what could you possible do that hasn’t been done before? Well my skepticism was finally laid to rest upon the premiere of Sky Living’s Dracula a few weeks ago. Usually most interpretations start with the meeting of Harker and Dracula upon the purchase of Carfax Abbey, but this series took an entirely new and exceedingly refreshing direction. Opening with robbery and bloodshed, we see our titular character reawakened by a mysterious figure after being locked in a coffin for centuries. Taking on the persona of American businessman Alexander Grayson, Dracula is intent on destroying those who sealed his fate and took away his beloved wife: The Order of the Dragon. What has this to do with the original story? Quite a lot, actually. Dracula’s infatuation with Mina Murray (later Harker) is linked to her similarities to his sadly departed wife, a theme prevalent in the novel. It seems that anger and despair fuel his motivation for revenge whilst allowing the characters and events of Stoker’s tale to unfold. Rather clever if you ask me. Dark, brooding and extremely tense, I was practically glued to the screen for the premiere and the subsequent episodes that followed. Produced by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (also the leading actor as our titular bad boy), this devilishly good drama is fast paced and intriguing, and just when you think you know what will happen another twist is thrown into the mix. It is quite literally one of the best television novel adaptations of the year, if not the decade. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is a standout Dracula displaying sadness and heartbreak whilst retaining that classic evil through his mesmerising stare. Just when I thought Rhys-Meyers couldn’t top his perfect performance as tyrannical King Henry VIII, his Dracula came and superseded it all. One of the best actors in his generation, if there was ever a film remake of Dracula I would certainly recommend him. Most importantly of course is his obsession - Mina. Played with innocence and intelligence, Jessica De Gouw is a wonderful actress who conveys intrigue and lust without saying a word to Dracula. Accompanying her is the fabulous Katie McGrath (known to us Merlin fans as Morgana) as soon to be vampire seductress Lucy. Her transformation from high society lady to blood thirsty temptress is a well known part of the story, and if it is anything like her portrayal of the Lady Morgana’s downfall then this is one treat in the season I highly await. With all the great elements of perfect storytelling and gripping plots, Dracula is magnificent, majestic and marvellous. Will I keep watching? I certainly will.

DRACULA REVIEW, TV SERIES

by SARAH O’HARA


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SUNDAY 1ST Music Music I Voices of the Valley Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 7.30pm, £21/ £19, 0151 666 0000. The Fron Male Voice Choir performing songs from their million-selling albums, with Kathryn Rudge I Festive Music Evenings Speke Hall, 6.30 & 8pm, £150/ £7, 0151 427 7231. See the Hall at night & enjoy an atmospheric carol concert followed by light festive refreshments I Live Music Sudley House, Mossley Hill, 12 & 2pm, 0151 478 4016. Tony Crotty plays an authentic 19th Century guitar I Jazz Con Fusion The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674. Live jazz with a Latin twist I Metrofest 2013 The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7.30pm, 0151 2360 329. A 3-day festival curated by Metro Manila Aide I Live Music The Cavern Club, Mathew St, from 12pm, free before 8.30pm, then £4 OTD/ £3 adv. Weekly tribute night with Tim Shaw, Madison, The Shakers and The Mersey Beatles I My Life Story O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Hotham St, doors 7pm, £7.05-£13.50, 0844 477 2000. 20th year celebrations for the flamboyant orchestral pop band I Lute Music Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 10am-5pm, at intervals, 0151 478 4136. 16th and 17th Century music with Tony Crotty I Christmas Voices Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, 1pm, 0151 478 4136. Prenton High School choir sing a collection of Christmas songs I Community Choir Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, 2pm, 0151 478 4136. Liverpool Community Choir sing old and new seasonal songs I Tony Mac, Xander & the Peace Pirates The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7.30pm, 0152 236 9091 I The Bay City Rollers Story The Green Room, Duke St, 2pm, £25 incl. champagne, 0151 922 7771. Les McKeown takes audiences back to when the Rollers dominated the charts I Acoustic Recovery The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7pm, 0151 2360 329. A mix of open mic and guest slots I Martin Smith Quartet The

Caledonia, Caledonia St, 0151 709 5909. Mainstream jazz by Liverpool trumpet player & his accompanying musicians I Sunday Sit-Down Session MelloMello, Slater St, 7pm, 0151 708 0510. With Zoe & Misha, smooth piano & voice duet with a French twist I Exit Calm Korova Club, Wood St, doors 7pm/ start 7.30pm, £7/ £6. English alternative rock band I The Late Bluegrass Brunch Sound, Duke St, 4pm-9pm, 0151 707 6363. With The Straight As, a honky-tonk special I Mike Dignam: Heart to Heart Tour The Lantern Theatre, Blundell St, 7pm, £15.50, 0151 703 0000. Intimate evening of songs & songwriting with acoustic solo artist I The Cornerstone Festival Choral Concert Great Hall, Hope Park, 7.30pm, £10/ £8

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I First Class on Titanic Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm, 0151 478 4499. Hear the story of the Titanic from first class passenger I Crime and Punishment The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£23, 0151 709 4776, new adaptation of one of the most extraordinary novels of all time I The Master and Margarita The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, 7.30pm, £8, 0844 873 2888, multilayered story combines the love affair of the century I NT Encore: Othello Fact, 12pm, £13, 01517074444, William Shakespeare's play about the destructive power of jealousy I Comedy Comedy I Fascinating Aïda The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £20/ £26, 0151 709 3789. British comedy singing group/ cabaret act I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £5/ £2.50 concs, 0777 211 2344. Bobby Mair, Binty, Caimh McDonnell I F:Rated Comedy Club Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 6pm, £10/ £22 with meal, 0151 666 0000. Great established stand-up plus up-and-coming young comedians I Jason Byrne's Special Eye Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime St, 8pm, £22.40, 0844 871 3017. Irish comedian & radio host with his

brand new show I Daniel Sloss The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £13.50 Comedy Seated Ticket/ £10 Concs, 0151 227 5946, along with Kai Humphries I I

Arts

I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I The 43 Game: Invitation The Black-E, Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-4pm, 0151 709 5109, open-submission of photographs celebrating the venue's birthday I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm. Display of 4 pleasure and leisure craft that people have used locally to enjoy being out on the water I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 10am-5pm, 0151 478 4136, see how a Pre-Raphaelite master explored ideas and techniques through drawings I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm, explores the experiences of Black British dancers from 1946 to 2005 and highlights their contributions to British dance I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, 10am-5pm, 0151 478 4199. Exhibition of painting and prints focusing on the artist's early work I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, 10am-5.50pm, £8/ £6 concs, 0151 702 7400. How the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, free with exhibition ticket, 0151 702 7400. A working office and education centre located in 'Art Turning Left', exploring the idea of usership back into art I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, School Lane, 12-5pm, 0151 709 4014. Work by Liverpudlian singer-songwriter/ guitarist/ artist/ sculptor I Stained Glass Secrets Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 1-4pm, 0151 478 4136. Local designer/maker Collette Gavin teaches stained glass art I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio,

Birkenhead, 3-6pm, 0790 333 7995. Open exhibition of work from Wirral artists conveying their ideas of Christmas I Palle Nielsen: The Model Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, 10am-5pm, 0151 702 7400. Archival material from the Danish artist's groundbreaking social experiment The Model, featuring audio extracts, documents & photographs I Precious Cargo Bluecoat Display Centre, School Lane, 12-5pm (10am5.30pm Mon-Sat), 0151 709 4014. Multi-media collages of the built environment & landscape by local artist Lynda Robert, with a selection of work by contemporary jewellers

Sports & Leisure Sports I SAE Bootcamp Your Yoga Studio, Wood St, 7-7.45pm, £4.50/ £3.50 NUS per session, 07940 721 122. Fit Fusion I Walk for Health Fazakerly Nature Reserve, 10.30 am; Belle Vale, 11.30am; Albert Dock, 12pm; Croxteth Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description I Black & Blue Aerial Circus The Black-E, Great George St, 8-10pm, £15/ £12, 0151 709 5109. Intermediate/advanced skills workshop

Other Events I Spotify Wednesdays Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 0151 707 7747. Sharing, creating and modifying of playlists I Opinion Service: Archaeology Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 2pm-4pm, 0151 478 4063. For anyone with an archaeological object they wish to know about. Booking essential I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I The Sound Quiz and Punk Rock Bingo Sound, Duke St, 9pm, 0151 707 6363 I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I FIFA 14 Tournament Leo Casino, Chaloner St, 6pm, £3, 0151 709 8878. Play FIFA on the big screens

MONDAY 2ND Music I Live Music The Cavern Club, Mathew St, from 2pm. Weekly acoustic night with Nick Robinson,


LOWDOWN MONTH Jon Keats, Jimmy Coburn, Tony Coburn and Jay Murray I Ian Prowse Monday Club The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 8pm. Different artists perform covers and original material, hosted by Ian Prowse I Liverpool Acoustic Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363. Weekly acoustic open mic night. Book ahead I Electric Six O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Hotham St, doors 7pm, £13.50, 0844 477 2000. Six-piece Detroit garage/ punk/ new wave/ disco band I Roddy Woomble East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7pm, £15 adv, 0844 847 2472. Scottish singersongwriter of Idlewild I James Walsh The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Sq, doors 7.30pm, £10 adv, 0151 709 3789. Singersongwriter, guitarist, pianist & frontman of Starsailor I Monday Marmalade Chameleon Bar, Back Colquitt St, 0151 707 0283. Local acoustic acts perform I Shanty UK Merseyside Maritime Museum, 12-4.30pm, at intervals, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, traditional maritime music I Easy Street Big Band Sefton Park Palm House, 2pm, 0151 726 9304 I Hannah Mclver & Alex McKown Studio 2, Parr Street, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, 0151 707 3727, Acoustic Duo I Chris Mcgann Jam Session Stamps Wine Bar, Liverpool Road, Crosby, 6pm, 0151 286 2662 I The Martin Smith Quartet The Caledonia, 4pm, 07791 041 212 I I Theatre & Dance Theatre and Dance I Aladdin The Playhouse, Williamson Sq, 7pm, £10-£24/ £38-£86 family, 0151 709 4776. The biggest, brightest, most magical rock’n’roll panto in the universe! I Departures The Capstone Theatre, Shaw St, 7.30pm, 0844 8000 410. Work by undergraduate dance, creative writing & performing arts students I Cats Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£43.40, 0844 871 3017. Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s smashhit musical

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, Roe St, 8pm, £18, 0871 787 1866.

LISTINGS

Marty from Fazakerley becomes the first Scouser in Space when he is abducted by aliens I Greg Davies: The Back of my Mum’s Head The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £25/ £31, 0151 709 3789. Stand-up comedian and star of The Inbetweeners I The MelloMello Comedy Knight MelloMello, Slater St, 7pm, 0151 708 0510. Improv and slapstick theatrics. Donation entry

Arts Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Pop Icons: Stage, Screen & Stadium View Two Gallery, Mathew St, 12-4pm, 0151 236 9444 Echo Fact, see 3rd for details Family I Parent and Baby Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, 10am, 0151 478 4199. Join other parents and babies and take part in specially designed activities I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Art Play Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 10-11.30am, 0151 478 4136. Creative play activities for under-5s I Family Art Club Walker Art Gallery, 11am, pre-booking is essential, 0151 478 4171, interactive workshop I I

Other Events

I I Life Drawing with Roy Munday The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.459.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for all levels I Painting with Richard Meaghan The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.459.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for all levels I Clay Sculpture with Marie Canning The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.45-9.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for beginners I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details

TUESDAY 3RD Music I Live Music The Cavern Club, Mathew St, from 2pm. Weekly acoustic night with Tony Coburn, Jon Keats, Jimmy Coburn and Jay Murray I Cavern Bands Entertain The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 9pm. The Cavern resident bands perform I Blue Magnolia Jazz Band Peter Kavanagh’s Pub, Egerton St, 8.45pm I Black Star Riders O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, doors 7pm, £25.31, 0844 477 2000. Thin Lizzy alumni band I The Hoosiers O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Hotham St, doors 7pm, £11.25, 0844 477 2000. The pop/ rock band preview new material from upcoming album I Madeleine Peyroux The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £24/ £30, 0151 709 3789. Parisian singer-songwriter I Peace & Drenge East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7pm, £13.50 adv, 0844 847 2472. Indie rock quartet, with support from blues rock duo Drenge I Olafur Arnalds The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Sq, 8pm, £16.50, 0151 709 3789. Icelandic composer/ performer blends classical, pop & ambient/electronica I Christmas Afternoon with The Savoy Jazzmen Sefton Park Palmhouse, 2pm, £5 incl. tea & cake, 0151 726 9304. Six-piece band playing marches, blues & swing classics from the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s I ParrJazz - Zoe Chiotis Studio 2, Parr St, 8.30pm, £3/ NUS FREE, 0151 707 3727. Jazz and open jam session

I The Smith Quartet The Capstone Theatre, Shaw St, 7.30pm, 0844 8000 410, £10/ £5

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details I The Pied Piper The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, 6pm, £12/ £8 concs, 0844 873 2888. A musical family show with song, dance & fun I Cats Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£43.40, 0844 871 3017. Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s smashhit musical I Little Red Riding Hood The Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre, Seel St, 2pm & 7pm, £12, 07906 279 258. A brand-new modern take of the much-loved tale, suitable for all ages

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Laugh Support Machine Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363. Stand-up comedy night

Arts Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe Walker Art Gallery, 1pm-2pm, 0151 478 4199. Tour focusing on a selection of 1920s daywear, evening wear, coats and hats I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio, Birkenhead, 1pm-5pm, 0790 333 7995. Open exhibition: Light the Muse I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for


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details I Camille Corot Sudley House, Mossley Hill, 1-2pm, 0151 478 4016. Talk on the great French artist I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health Sefton Park. See 1st for details I Liverpool Vs Tottenham 4pm I Tea Dance Sefton Park Palm House, 2pm-4pm, £5 (incl. a cup of tea and piece of cake), 0151 726 9304 Other Events I Retro Sunday Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 11am-5pm, 0151 707 7747. Vintage feast fit for kings I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Nick Cave Night Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363. Film and Nick Cave-themed drinks menu I Ricky’s Christmas Country Show The Green Room, Duke St, doors 12.30/ start 2pm, £15 (incl. champagne reception), 0870 787 1866 Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

WEDNESDAY 4TH Music I Live Music The Cavern Club, Mathew St, from 2pm. Weekly acoustic night with tribute artists including Jon Keats, Tony Coburn, Jimmy Coburn and Steve Howard I The Amazing Kappa Band The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 9.30pm. The Cavern resident band blend rock’n’roll, rockabilly, melodic ballads and lots more I Keith Jarrett and guests Keith’s Wine Bar, Lark Lane, 8pm, 0151 728 7688 I Yo La Tengo East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7.30pm, £16 adv, 0844 847 2472. American dream-pop/ experimental/ indie-electro band I Diversity Limitless Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7.30pm, £26.50/

£37.50, 0844 8000 400. BGT 2009 winners with eye-catching dance routines, incorporating music from classical to hip-hop

I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911

I Three Decker String Band The Caledonia, Caledonia St, 0151 709 5909

I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details

I Skarlett Riot Bumper, Hardman St, 6pm, £6, 0151 707 9902. Four-piece rock outfit from North Lincolnshire

I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details

I Shining The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7pm, £11/ £10, 0151 2360 329. Swedish black metal band, with Sterbhaus and Crest of Darkness

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I Southern The Shipping Forecast, Slater St, 8pm, £5, 0151 709 6901. I Keith Jarrett and guests Keith’s Wine Bar, Lark Lane, 8pm I Loose Moose String Band The Caledonia, 4pm, 0151 708 0325 I

Theatre and Dance I Theatre & Dance I Arts Development Dance Showcase The Brindley, Runcorn, 6.30pm, £5, 0151 907 8360. A celebration of The Brindley’s diverse dance classes I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details I Cats Liverpool Empire Theatre, 2.30 & 7.30pm, £10-£43.40, 0844 871 3017. Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s smash-hit musical I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I The Laughter Factor The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £5/ £3, 0800 177 7575 I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, City Centre, upstairs, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £3/ £1.5 NUS, 0777 211 2344 Stewart Lee: Much A-Stew About Nothing The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £20/ £26, 0151 709 3789, acclaimed writer and comedian I

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I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Narnia The National Trust Formby, 5-7.30pm £5/ £2, 01704 878591. Walk through the woodlands with the magical story of Narnia and meet Santa I Bananas in Pyjamas Echo Arena, The Auditorium, 1pm and 4pm, £13.40 child/ £15.40 adult/ £53.60 family, 0844 8000 400 Arts

I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery, 10am-2pm. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Opinion Service: Social History Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 2pm-4pm, 0151 478 4063. For anyone with a social history object they wish to know about. Booking essential I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

Sports & Leisure I SAE Bootcamp Your Yoga Studio, Wood St, 7-7.45pm, £4.50/ £3.50 NUS per session, 07940 721 122. Fit Fusion I Walk for Health Fazakerly Nature Reserve, 10.30 am; Belle Vale, 11.30am; Albert Dock, 12pm; Croxteth Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description I World Dance Classes: Chinese Dance for Chinese New Year The Black-E, Great George St, 6-7pm, £45/ £25 for 8 classes & event costume or £4.50/ £2.50 per class. Learn exciting moves from around the world & have the opportunity to perform at key events wearing bright costume I Zumba with Body Blast The Black-E, Great George St, 7-8pm, £4.50/ £4 concs. An Express Zumba class ending with 10 mins Body Blast to improve tone and keep muscles

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flexible I Black & Blue Aerial Circus The Black-E, Great George St, 8-10pm, £15/ £12, 0151 709 5109. Intermediate/advanced skills workshop I Liverpool Vs Norwich 7.45pm I Manchester United Vs Everton 7.45pm

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Women’s Organisation Drop-In Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 10am, 0151 707 7747. Free advice and support for aspiring businesswomen I Spotify Wednesdays Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 0151 707 7747. Sharing, creating and modifying of playlists I The House of Memories Museum of Liverpool, see 3rd for details I Philomena The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £6/ £7, 0151 709 3789. Screening of the 2013 drama about a woman setting out to find her long-lost son I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I The Sound Quiz and Punk Rock Bingo Sound, Duke St, 9pm, 0151 707 6363 I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I FIFA 14 Tournament Leo Casino, Chaloner St, 6pm, £3, 0151 709 8878. Play FIFA on the big screens

THURSDAY 5TH Music Music I Musica en Vivo Alma De Cuba, 10.30pm, 0151 702 7394. Spontaneous, high energy night with great live music I Live Music The Cavern Club, Mathew St, from 2pm, free before 8pm, then £3 OTD. Tony Mac, Jon Keats, Nowhere Boys, Ronny Hughes, and Beatles Tribute night at 10.30pm I Tony Mac The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7pm. Solo acoustic artist I Everything Everything O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, doors 7pm, £18, 0844 477 2000. Manchester alternative/ rock/ pop band I Britten and Mozart The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £7-£36, 0151 709 3789. Tribute to Britten with music by composers who influenced him: Schubert,


LOWDOWN MONTH Schumann, Purcell I Belshazzar’s Feast The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £12, 0151 709 3789. Traditional folk music with a touch of classical, jazz, pop, music hall and humour. Sold out I Buddy Holly The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, doors 6.30pm/ start 7.30pm, 0844 888 4411 I The Cavern Today The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 9pm, £4/ £3 adv, 0152 236 9091. Dave Monks presents three of the very best Liverpool bands I Factory Floor The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Sq, 8pm, £10 adv, 0151 709 3789. London based ‘postindustrial’ band using live drums, synthesisers & noise I Michael Buble & Sean Styles The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with the Green Machine live band plus guests I New Jersey Nights Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 8pm, £36.50, 0844 8000 400. Celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons I The Tillerman Open Mic Show The Lomax, Cumberland St, 8.30pm, 0151 2360 329 I One More for the Road Hopskotch, Mathew St, 8.30pm, 0151 908 0098. Weekly open mic night I Open Mic Thursdays Heebie Jeebies, Seel St, 8pm, 0151 709 3678 I Fatherson Korova Club, Wood St, doors 7pm/ start 7.30pm, £5.50/ £5. Four-piece Glaswegian band I As Elephants Are The Shipping Forecast, Slater St, 8pm, £5.50, 0151 709 6901. Four-piece alternative pop band from Bucks I Speakeasy Bootleg Band The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674 I Dead Hedge Trio MelloMello, Slater St, 8pm, 0151 708 0510

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I From The Jam The Brindley, Runcorn, 7.30pm, £20, 0151 907 8360.

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& illusion I Comedy of Errors LIPA, Mount St, 7.30pm, £8/ £4 concs, 0844 873 2888. The trials & tribulations of 2 sets of identical twins, separated as babies & reunited years later I Cats Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£43.40, 0844 871 3017. Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s smashhit musical I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £10/ £5 concs, 0777 211 2344. Tony Jameson, Davey Ash & Ste Harris I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £15, 0800 177 7575

Arts Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details

I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details

I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details

I Christmas Variety Show 2013 LIPA, Mount St, 7pm, £6/ £3 concs, 0844 873 2888. Students, graduates & members of the junior academy entertain with song, dance

I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

Family I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art

Gallery. See 1st for details I Narnia The National Trust Formby, 5-7.30pm £5/ £2, 01704 878591. Walk through the woodlands with the magical story of Narnia and meet Santa

Sports & Leisure Sports I SAE Bootcamp Greenbank Park, 7-7.45am, £4.50/ £3.50 NUS per session, 07940 721 122. Cardio and Interval I Walk for Health Calderstones Park, 10.30am. See 1st for description I Shiva Yoga Beginner Level 1&2 The Women’s Organisation, St James St. Yoga, 7-8pm, £4.50/ £4. A form of Hatha yoga. Bring your yoga mat, water, and a jumper for relaxation. Suitable for over 16 yrs. I World Dance Classes: Chinese Dance for Chinese New Year The Black-E. See 4th for details

Other Events I Late Night Vintage The Shipping Forecast, 5.30-9.30pm, 0151 709 6901 I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Jelly Liverpool Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 9am-5pm, 0151 707 7747. Casual all day work-together I The Liverpool Philharmonic Experience The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St. Sold out I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Creative Process Oh Me Oh My, Water St, 4pm, £25/ £15 NUS. An afternoon packed full of inspiring speakers from tech to illustration

FRIDAY 6TH Music Music I Musica en Vivo Alma De Cuba. See 5th for details I The Lancashire Hotpots O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £13.50, 0844 477 2000. Comedy folk band, with Biscuithead and The Biscuit Badgers I Britten and Mozart The Philharmonic Hall. See 5th for details I Barb Jungr The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £15, 0151 709 3789. Chansonniere sings Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and more, and original songs

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I Mothership The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, doors 6.45pm/ start 7.45pm, £15/ £11 concs, 0844 888 4411. Led Zeppelin tribute band I Live Music The Cavern Club, Mathew St, from 12pm, free before 10pm, then £4 OTD/ £3 adv. Weekly acoustic night with Tim Shaw, Ronny Hughes, Marc Kenny, Tony Mac. With The Rockits at 10pm I The Grey Twins The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 6.45pm, 0152 236 9091. Resident trio band I Bon Jovi Experience The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £10, 0152 236 9091. The ultimate tribute to Bon Jovi I Michael Jackson & Schooner The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with live band & dancers I Radio Merseyside Carol Concert Metropolitan Cathedral, 7.30pm, £4. Christmas concert in aid of Children in Need, will be broadcast on Christmas Eve at 5.30pm I Status Quo Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7.30pm, £43, 0844 8000 400. Britain’s best-loved platinumselling rockers on winter tour I Metal Night The Zanzibar Club, Seel St, 7.30pm, 0151 707 0633 I Wonderlust Korova, Wood St, 7.30pm, £5. Upbeat alt/ indie rock band, with Coffee and Cakes for Funerals plus guests I New Power Soul Club Studio 2, Parr St, doors 7pm for dining and drinks/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727. London-based funk & soul band playing 70s, 80s & more recent hits I Empire Launch Weekend Empire Bar & Club, Seel St, 7pm. Launch of the latest offering to Liverpool nightlife, each room representing a different country I Miles Kane Eric’s, Mathew St, 7.30pm, £18.15/ £16.50, 0151 236 9994. I Miles Kane - Matinee Eric’s, Mathew St, 12pm, £18.15/ £16.50, 0151 236 9994. I Marley Chingus Jazz Explosion The Caledonia, Caledonia St, 9pm, 0151 709 5909 I Cavalry Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details I Comedy of Errors LIPA, Mount St, 7.30pm. See 5th for details


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I Cats Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£43.40, 0844 871 3017. Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s smashhit musical I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I She’s Dead The Lantern Theatre, Blundell St, 7.30pm, £6.50, 0151 703 0000. A dark, twisted, surreal black comedy

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £12/ £6 concs, 0777 211 2344. Phil Chapman, Adam Rowe & Ste Harris I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 6.45 & 9pm, £20/ £22.95, 0800 177 7575

Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I April Ashley exhibition Q&A Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 3pm, 0151 478 4240. Meet the creators and developers of the exhibition

LOWDOWN MONTH Liverpool artists Colin Serjent and Jane Groves. I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health Rice Lane City Farm, 10.30am & Stanley Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description I Active Women’s Running & Walking Group Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 6-7pm, 07545 200 316. Beginners & experienced runners welcome

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Formby’s Footprint Walk The National Trust Formby, £4, 01704 878591, discover the fascinating story of Formby’s prehistoric footprints I Jake Mills Quiz Night House, Bold Street, 8.30pm, 0151 709 7141 I Liverpool Fashion Week The Royal Liver Building, see 14th for details I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

SATURDAY 7TH Music Music I Handel’s Messiah Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, 7pm, £10, 0151 702 7255. More than 130 voices with a 16-piece chamber orchestra perform the masterpiece I Festive Music Evenings Speke Hall. See 1st for details I Live Music The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, from 2.30pm. Artists include Ronny Hughes, The Amazing Kappa Band, Jay Murray I Dreadzone O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £16.87, 0844 477 2000. Dub/ reggae/ techno/ rock/ folk band

I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details

I Happy Mondays O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £31.50, 0844 477 2000. “Bummed” 25th Anniversary Tour

I Nature’s Way The Brink, Parr St, Mon-Fri 9am-11pm (Sat 10am-12pm, Sun 11am-10pm), 0151 703 0582. Nature-based photography by

I Barb Jungr The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £15, 0151 709 3789. Chansonniere sings Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and more, and

original songs I Fatboy Slim: Eat Sleep Rave Repeat East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 10pm, £22.50/ £20 I Sing Christmas Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 1-2pm, 0151 478 4240. Wirral Community Choir sing festive songs I Live Music The Cavern Club, Mathew St, from 12pm, free before 8pm, then £4 OTD/ £3 adv. Weekly live music night with Tim Shaw, Jay Murray, The Shakers, Ronny Hughes, The Verdict, Tom Macfie and The Cave Dwellers I Saturday with The Beatles The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £15, 0152 236 9091. Featuring The Cavern Club Beatles I John Smith The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Sq, 7.30pm, £11/ £10, 0151 709 3789. Folk guitarist & singer I Rod Stewart & Stevie Riks The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with the Green Machine live band I Christmas Concert Metropolitan Cathedral, 7.30pm, £10/ £7, 0151 707 3525. Traditional carols for choirs, audience & orchestra including many favourites I Letz Zep The Citadel, St Helens, doors 7.30pm, £14, 0174 473 5436. Led Zeppelin tribute band I Kusanagi MelloMello, Slater St, 8pm, £4, 0151 708 0510. With 100 Onces (LA) and Halflings Leaf I Iniquity The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7pm, £7.50 adv/ £10 OTD, 0151 2360 329. With Katalepsy, Unfathomable Ruination & more I Jenn Bostic plus support The Zanzibar Club, Seel St, 7.30pm, £10, 0151 707 0633. American country music singer-songwriter I The Vinyls Bumper, Hardman St, 7.30pm, £4 adv/ £3 NUS/ £5 OTD, 0151 707 9902. Energetic fourpiece Brighton band, with Thomas McConnell plus support I Open Soul Hopskotch, Mathew St, 8.30pm, 0151 908 0098. Featuring Katy Bryson, Yarbo & Simeon I New Power Soul Club Studio 2, Parr St, doors 7pm for dining and drinks/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727. London-based funk & soul band playing 70s, 80s & more recent hits I Miles Kane Eric’s, Mathew St, 7.30pm, £18.15/ £16.50, 0151 236 9994. I Demoraliser & Dead Harts

Elevator Bar, Parliament St, 7.30pm, £6.50, 0151 707 1137. Two five-piece hardcore metal bands I Wolf Alice Central Library, William Brown St, 8pm, £7/ £6. Four-piece alternative rock band from North London I Pixel Fix The Shipping Forecast, Slater St, 8pm, £5, 0151 709 6901. With support from Moats I Happy Mondays Official Aftershow O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 11pm, £6/ £5, 0844 477 2000. I Helena Sound, Duke St, 7pm, 0151 707 6363

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I The May’s New Hero Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm, 0151 478 4499. The adventures of Tom the cabin boy on sailing ship The Lady May I The Pied Piper The Unity Theatre, 2pm & 5.30pm. See 3rd for details I Comedy of Errors LIPA, Mount St, 2.30 & 7.30pm. See 5th for details I Cats Liverpool Empire Theatre, 2.30 & 7.30pm, £10-£43.40, 0844 871 3017. Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s smash-hit musical I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I Apps! The Lantern Theatre, Blundell St, 7.30pm, £3.50/ £2, 0151 703 0000. A cyber-adventure into the world of the smartphone with heroic & villainous apps

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, 2pm & 8pm, see 2nd for details I The Very Best of Laughterhouse The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £20-£31, 0151 709 3789. The comedy club’s end-of-year celebration, outstanding comedy bill I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £14/ £7 concs, 0777 211 2344. MC Paul Smith, Andy White, Brennan Reece, Ste Harris I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 6.45 & 9pm, £20/ £22.95, 0800 177 7575 I Dave Spikey plus guests Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £25/ £20, 0800 177 7575

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LOWDOWN MONTH I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery, Mann Island, 10.30am-5pm, 0151 236 6768. Exhibition of work of photographer Alvin Baltrop & ‘anarchitect’ Gordon MattaClark, focusing on abandoned & dilapidated piers in 1970s NYC I Nature’s Way See 6th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

Family I BSL Messy Church Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, 4-5.30pm, 0151 702 7255. Craft, food and celebration, conducted in British Sign Language & spoken English I Parent and Baby Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, 10am, 0151 478 4199. Join other parents and babies and take part in specially designed activities I Magic for beginners World Museum, William Brown St, 11am4pm, 0151 478 4393. Learn magic tricks with the Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle I Inuit snow goggles World Museum, William Brown St, 1-4pm, 0151 478 4393. Inuit craft workshop I Future Tate: Monthly Art Club Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, 2pm4pm, 0151 702 7400. Monthly

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interactive art workshop led by young people for ages 11-14 I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Customs Contraband Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1pm-4pm, 0151 478 4499. Hands-on activity on the theme of smuggling I Winter Storytelling Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 3pm, 0151 478 4240. Suitable for under-8s I Victorian Christmas Weekends Speke Hall, 12.30pm-4pm, 0151 427 7231. Christmas family activities and crafts

Sports & Leisure Sports I Capoeira Club International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, 2-4pm, 0151 478 4046. Capoeira class for all ages and fitness levels. Pre-booking essential I Walk for Health Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve, 10.30am. See 1st for description I Championship Boxing 2013 Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 6pm, from £44.50, 0844 8000 400. Liverpool’s boxing brothers Paul & Liam Smith defend their Lonsdale belts I West Ham Vs Liverpool 3pm

Other Events I Florrie Christmas Market The Florrie, Mill St, 10am-3pm, 0151 728 2323, beauty products, delicious cakes, general bric a brac, books and second hand goods I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Record Fair The Bluecoat, School Lane, 10am-6pm, 0151 702 5324 I Victorian Christmas Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 1.302.30pm, 0151 478 4240. Experience a Liverpool Victorian Christmas in the court I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Winter Arts Market St George’s Hall, St George’s Place. 10am-5pm, £2/ free U-16s. Vintage art fair with handmade artwork & gifts from over 190 artists, designers & makers I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Life Drawing Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 7-10pm, £9 OTD, 0151 707 7747 Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

SUNDAY 8TH Music Music I Festive Music Evenings Speke Hall. See 1st for details I Jazz Con Fusion The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674. Live jazz with a Latin twist I The Waterboys The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £25-£34.50, 0151 709 3789. Album ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ is revisited in a new way. Sold out I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 1st for details I Tony Mac, Xander & the Peace Pirates The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7.30pm, 0152 236 9091 I Liverpool Rocks The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 3pm, £15, 0152 236 9091. Original Merseybeat acts I Tom O’Connor The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £20 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with Asa Murphy I BZ20 Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7.30pm, £40, 0844 8000 400. Boyzone 20th Anniversary Tour I Maghull Wind Orchestra Sefton Park Palmhouse, 2pm, 0151 726 9304. Christmas-themed music in an energetic & fresh style I Acoustic Recovery The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7pm, 0151 2360 329. A mix of open mic and guest slots I Hogans Goat Stamps Wine Bar, Crosby, 6pm, 0151 286 2662. Irish folk outfit I Sunday Sit-Down Session MelloMello, Slater St, 7pm, 0151 708 0510. With Moss & Jones, a melodious multi-instrumentalist funk duo I Strings & Things Xmas Special Studio 2, Parr Street, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, 0151 707 3727. Charity event with various live bands

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I Raccoon - A One-Woman Show The Capstone Theatre, Shaw St, 8pm, 0844 8000 410. A highly imaginative, comic and energetic piece of storytelling theatre I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I The Rise and Fall of the Hamburger Queen The Lantern Theatre, Blundell St, 7.30pm, £9, 0151 703 0000. Ashleigh Owen’s one-woman parody about her life & success

Comedy Comedy I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £5/ £2.50 concs, 0777 211 2344. MC Paul Smith & Steve Harris

Arts Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 12-5pm. See 1st for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

Family I Christmas Crafternoons Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 2-4pm, 0151 478 4240. Hands-on activity making Victorian Christmas decorations I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I All Hands on Deck Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1-4pm at intervals, 0151 478 4499. Discover more about Liverpool’s maritime past I Christmas Crafts Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1pm-4pm, 0151 478 4499. Make festive decorations I Victorian Christmas Weekends Speke Hall, 12.30pm-4pm, 0151 427 7231. Christmas family activities and crafts I The Icebook The Citadel, St. Helens, 12pm/ 12.30pm/ 1pm/ 1.30pm/ 2pm/ 2.30pm/ 3pm/


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3.30pm, £4, 01744 735436, first projection pop-up book Sports & Leisure I Walk for Health Sefton Park. See 1st for details I Arsenal Vs Everton 4pm

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details

I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Mark Thomas: 100 Acts Of Minor Dissent The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£18, 0151 709 477

I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details

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I Winter Arts Market St George’s Hall, St George’s Place. 10am-5pm, £2/ free U-16s. Vintage art fair with handmade artwork & gifts from over 190 artists, designers & makers

I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911

I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I John Lennon Peace Vigil European Peace Monument, Echo Arena. Candlelit vigil marking the anniversary of Lennon’s death

MONDAY 9TH Music I Liverpool Acoustic Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363. Weekly acoustic open mic night. Book ahead I Shed Seven O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £21.93, 0844 477 2000. Popular ‘90s Britpop band, with The Bluetones I Ian Prowse Monday Club The Cavern Pub. See 2nd for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 2nd for details I JLS Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7.30pm, £28/ £37.50, 0844 8000 400. X-factor R’n’B foursome with support from NVS, Hatty Keane & Mike Hough I Monday Marmalade Chameleon Bar, Back Colquitt St, 0151 707 0283. Local acoustic acts perform I The Electric Soft Parade The Shipping Forecast, Slater St, 8pm, £9, 0151 709 6901. English psych pop band from Brighton

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details I Raccoon - A One-Woman Show The Capstone Theatre. See 8th for details I European Opera Centre The Capstone Theatre, Shaw St, 1pm, 0844 8000 410. Singers working with the Centre perform music by Britten, Schubert and Rossini

I Arts Arts

I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details

I Polar the Titanic Bear Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1pm/ 2pm/ 3pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, come and listen to the adventures of Polar the Titanic bear

Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £24/ £30, 0151 709 3789. Singer performs carols from South Yorkshire and variations of old favourites

I The Big Draw Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, fun drawing activities

I The View East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7pm, £13.50, 0844 847 2472. Scottish indie rock band, with support from The Rainband and The Velveteen

I The Big Draw Walker Art Gallery, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4171, fun drawing activities I Children’s Ghost Hunt Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 10.30am4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, fun, annual event for younger visitors

I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details

I Croxteth Farm Pumpkin Trail Croxteth Hall and Country Park, on the Farm, 10.30am-4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, enjoy spotting the pumpkins Sports & Leisure

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I Walk for Health Rice Lane City Farm, 10.30am & Stanley Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description

I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details

I Active Women’s Running & Walking Group Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 6-7pm, 07545 200 316. Beginners & experienced runners welcome

I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy Echo Fact, see 3rd for details I I Family Family I Parent and Baby Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, 10am, 0151 478 4199. Join other parents and babies and take part in specially designed activities I A Christmas Fanfare The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £5, 0151 709 3789. Christmas concert for all ages I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Art Play Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 10-11.30am, 0151 478 4136. Creative play activities for under-5s

I Zumba The Black-E. See 2nd for details I Black & Blue Aerial Circus The Black-E, Great George St, 7.30-9.30pm, £15/ £12, 0151 709 5109. Intermediate/advanced skills workshop I Trapeze & General Aerial Skills The Black-E, Great George St, 7.309.30pm, £15 per session/ £60 for 5 classes, 0151 709 5109

I Cavern Bands Entertain The Cavern Pub. See 3rd for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 3rd for details I The Night Before Christmas Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, 7pm, 0151 702 7255. Multi-dimensional music project performed by primary school children I ParrJazz - Robin Sunflower Studio 2, Parr St, 8.30pm, £3/ NUS free, 0151 707 3727. Jazz and open mic session with harmonica player I Keith Jarrett and guests Keith’s Wine Bar, Lark Lane Sefton Park, 8pm, 0151 728 7688 Freddie Smith Big Band Bebington British Legion, Wirral CH63, 8.30pm, 0151 608 2270 To Kill a King The Blade Factory, Greenland St, 0151 708 2890, folk-inspired five piece Theatre & Dance I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details

I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details

I Sons of the Desert The Royal Court Theatre, City Centre, 8pm, £13-£23, 0870 787 1866, world’s greatest double act, vintage film comedy

I Urban Craft Collective’s Knitting Club Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 7-9pm, 0151 707 7747

I Life Without Oscar The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, 8pm, £10/ £8 Concs, 0844 873 2888

I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details

I Gina Yashere Epstein Theatre, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £16.50, 0844 888 4411, new show full of hilarity and joy

Other Events

I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market

TUESDAY 10TH Music I Katona Twins St George’s Hall, St George’s Place, 7.30pm, £25/ £7 concs, 0151 709 3789. Hungarian guitarist twins with arrangements of orchestral favourites & contemporary classics I Kate Rusby at Christmas The

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I Rob Newman The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £12.50 Comedy Seated Ticket/ £10 Concs, 0151 227 5946

Arts Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see


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1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details

I Children’s Ghost Hunt Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 10.30am4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, fun, annual event for younger visitors I Croxteth Farm Pumpkin Trail Croxteth Hall and Country Park, on the Farm, 10.30am-4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, enjoy spotting the pumpkins I Hickory and Dickory Dock The Citadel, St. Helens, 1pm, £7/ £5, 01744 735436, ingenious, accessible introduction to time with original music and puppetry

I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

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I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I Walk for Health Woolton Woods, 1.30pm. See 1st for description

I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details

I Cycle for Health Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 10-11.30am, 0151 287 4798. A scenic cycle ride around the park, suitable for beginners

I Pointillism on Stage LIPA, Mount St, 10.30am-6pm, 0844 873 2888. Installations and 3D art inspired by pointillism, a 19th Century painting style, by 1st year design & technology students I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

Family I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Tiny Liverpool Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 1010.45am, 0151 478 4240. Parent & baby mornings with singing, story & play sessions I Faces of Change International Slavery Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4046, make and take home your very own badge inspired by our wall of Black achievers I Wizards and Witches Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4136, make a witch’s or wizard’s hat to wear at halloween I The Big Draw Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, fun drawing activities I Mobile Madness Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, create your own mobile

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Sports

I Zumba The Black-E. See 2nd for details I Trapeze & General Aerial Skills The Black-E, Great George St, 7.309.30pm, £15 per session/ £60 for 5 classes, 0151 709 5109

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Leaf’s Festive Pudding Club Leaf Cafe, Bold St, doors 6.30pm/ start 7pm, £15.95, 0151 707 7747. Five separate courses of desserts, mulled wine and tea I Life Drawing with Roy Munday The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.459.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for all levels I Painting with Richard Meaghan The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.459.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for all levels I Clay Sculpture with Marie Canning The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.45-9.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for beginners I Royal Court Theatre Heritage Tour Royal Court Theatre, Roe St, 2pm, £5, 0870 787 1866. A chance to see the Art Deco-style theatre before the Grade II listed building is renovated

I Smoke Jazz & Supper Club MelloMello, Slater St, 8pm, £20, 0151 708 0510. Unique 4-course late-night dining experience I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market

WEDNESDAY 11TH Music I The Amazing Kappa Band The Cavern Pub. See 4th for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 4th for details I Radio City Live Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7pm, from £27.50, 0844 8000 400. To perform onstage: Little Mix, Conor Maynard, Jason Derulo, The Vamps & many more I Winter Revelry MelloMello, Slater St, 8pm, 0151 708 0510. With support from Mother Superior, The Roscoes & more TBA I The Manouchetones Hopskotch, Mathew St, 9pm, 0151 908 0098. Two-guitarist neat gypsy jazz duo I Keith Jarrett and guests Keith’s Wine Bar, Lark Lane, 8pm I James Clark String Quartet The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 1.05pm, £6, 0151 709 3789, part of the Britten Centenary celebration I Musica en Vivo Alma De Cuba, 10.30pm, 0151 702 7394, spontaneous, high energy night with great live music

Runcorn, 7.30pm, £9.50, 0151 907 8360, dance show I

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Sol Bernstein, Steve Shanyaski & Jamie Sutherland The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £12/ £10, 0800 177 7575. I Comedy Central at Albert Dock Baby Blue, Albert Dock, 6pm, £15-£33, 0151 702 5834, Headliner: Jonny Awsum, Compere: Sully O’Sullivan, Supporting: Roger Monkhouse, Rich Wall I Stewart Francis plus guests The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £16 Comedy Seated Ticket, 0151 227 5946, Stewart Francis, Craig Campbell & Glenn Wool are The Lumberjacks I Lumberjacks St George’s Hall, doors 7pm, £16 Comedy seated, 0151 225 6911, UK’s favourite Canadian comedians I

I Arts Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details

I Bowling for Soup O2 Academy Liverpool, doors 7pm, 0844 477 2000

I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details

I Cup Of Tea The Lomax, Cumberland St, 8.30pm, open mic

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I Tony Mac, Jon Keats, Nowhere Boys, Richard Batty, Beatles Tribute, Made In Liverpool The Cavern Club, Mathew St, FREE 2-8pm, then £4/ £3 adv, 0151 236 9091 I Tony Mac The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7pm, 0152 236 9091 I The Cavern Today The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8pm, £4/ £3 adv, 0151 236 9091, with Dave Monks, ft. three of the very best original Liverpool bands

I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details

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I Christmas Tea Dance Sefton Park Palmhouse, 2-4pm, £6.50 incl. fizz, mince pies & more, 0151 726 9304. Winter afternoon of dancing amidst the palms. Book early to avoid disappointment

I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details

and Dance I Theatre Theatre & Dance I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I Alice in Theatreland The Brindley,

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I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Pointillism on Stage LIPA, Mount St, 10am-2pm, 0844 873 2888. Installations and 3D art inspired by pointillism, a 19th Century painting style, by 1st year design & technology students


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I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details

Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 3.00pm, £9, accompanying adult free, 0151 709 3789, a chance to perform with musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Family I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I The Snail And The Whale The Playhouse, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £12 adults/ £8 under 16s, 0151 709 4776, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler I The Elephant BridesmaidEpstein Theatre, doors 6pm/ start 7pm, £8.50 adult/ £7.50 child/ £28 family, 0844 888 4411, magical musical about weddings and wombats I The Big Draw: Cartoon Constellations Tate Liverpool, Education Studio, 1.30-4.30pm, 0151 702 7400, create your own mythical creatures I Family Workshop Victoria Gallery & Museum, 1-4pm, 0151 794 2348, methods of folding and stitching to fill with your own drawing Adinkra Symbols International Slavery Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4456, discover the meaning and importance of Ghanaian Adinkra symbols and make your own colourful decoration I Mobile Madness Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, create your own mobile I Workshop: There be Pirates Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, make your own pirate mask, treasure chest or parrot I Shiver me Timbers Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1.30pm/ 2.30pm/ 3.30pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, find out about a life on the high seas The Big Draw Walker Art Gallery, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4171, fun drawing activities Children’s Ghost Hunt Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 10.30am-4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, fun, annual event for younger visitors Croxteth Farm Pumpkin Trail Croxteth Hall and Country Park, on the Farm, 10.30am-4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, enjoy spotting the pumpkins Music Makers The Philharmonic Hall,

I Little Notes The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 1.15pm, £7, accompanying adult free, 0151 709 3789, workshop developing your child’s creativity I Toddler Tunes The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 11.30am, £6, accompanying adult free, 0151 709 3789, Songs and games for your toddler I Baby Voices The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 10am, £6, accompanying adult free, 0151 709 3789, songs, movement, and active listening for your baby I

Sports Sports & Leisure

I SAE Bootcamp Your Yoga Studio, Wood St, 7-7.45pm, £4.50/ £3.50 NUS per session, 07940 721 122. Fit Fusion I Walk for Health Fazakerly Nature Reserve, 10.30 am; Belle Vale, 11.30am; Albert Dock, 12pm; Croxteth Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description I World Dance Classes: Chinese Dance for Chinese New Year The Black-E. See 4th for details I Zumba with Body Blast The Black-E. See 4th for details I Black & Blue Aerial Circus The Black-E, Great George St, 8-10pm, £15/ £12, 0151 709 5109. Intermediate/advanced skills workshop

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Seven Sessions The Garden at FACT, Wood St, 7.30pm, £4, 0151 707 7747. Series of workshops exploring fiction writing I Spotify Wednesdays Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 0151 707 7747. Sharing, creating and modifying of playlists I Variety Lunch Club Royal Court Theatre, Roe St, 12.30pm, £3/ £6 incl. bowl of Scouse, 0870 787 1866. Featuring the best in local entertainment with comedians & actors I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details The Sound Quiz and Punk Rock

THURSDAY 12TH Music I Musica en Vivo Alma De Cuba. See 5th for details I The Liverpool Jazz Club The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson St, 8pm. Fortnightly jazz session, with varied performers and LIPA student talent I Stephen Langstaff East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7pm, £10 adv, 0844 847 2472. Liverpool singersongwriter, with guests I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 5th for details I Tony Mac The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7pm. Solo acoustic artist I China Crisis The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £16.50, 0152 236 9091. Charttopping ‘80s band I Elvis Clayton & Sean Styles The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts I Tinie Tempah Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7pm, £28, 0844 8000 400. With support from Big Sean I Carols by Candlelight Sefton Park Palmhouse, doors 7.30pm/ start 8pm, £6. Liverpool Community Choir sing a selection of festive songs. Tickets from wegottickets. com I Doktor Combover / Joyce Division MelloMello, Slater St, 9pm, 0151 708 0510 I The Tillerman Open Mic Show The Lomax, Cumberland St, 8.30pm, 0151 2360 329 I One More for the Road Hopskotch, Mathew St, 8.30pm, 0151 908 0098. Weekly open mic night I Open Mic Thursdays Heebie Jeebies, Seel St, 8pm, 0151 709 3678 I Soul4Soul Reach Studio 2, Parr St, 7.30pm, £7, 0151 707 3727. Soulful mix of live music I Acoustic TV (Terrorvision) O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £10, 0844 477 2000. Bradford’s biggest rock stars play an acoustic performance I The Jazzuits The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674

Theatre & Dance Theatre and Dance I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St,

10.15am, 1.15pm, 7pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I For One Night Only The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, 8pm, £10/ £8 concs, 0844 873 2888. Comic two-man show featuring poor puns, attempted magic & ventriloquism I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Aladdin The Citadel, St Helens, 7pm, £7/ £5, 0174 473 5436. Community pantomime filled with songs, slapstick, silliness & audience participation I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £10/ £5 concs , 0777 211 2344. Sam Avery, Adam Rowe, Sully O’Sullivan I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 5.30pm/ start 9pm, £23.95, 0777 211 2344. Three-course meal followed by comedy from Rob Thomas & Sam Avery. I Russell Brand - Messiah Complex Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7.30pm, £31, 0844 8000 400. Comedian, actor & author on his first-ever world stand-up tour I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £15, 0800 177 7575 I Aar Maanta plus guests The Black-E, doors 8pm/ start 9pm, £8 adv, 0151 709 5109, with Eid al Adha I One Up, One Down The Whitby Sports & Social Club, Ellesmere Port, 8pm, £10, 0151 678 9902, brand new stand up show I

Arts Arts

I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see


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1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT, Wood St, Sun-Fri: 12pm-6pm, Sat: 11am-6pm, 01517074444. Exhibition redefining working life as our definitions of consumption & production, work & recreation are increasingly blurred I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Family I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 11am, 1.30pm & 4pm, £12.50/ £11.50, 0151 666 0000, play about friendship and adventures I The Big Draw: Cartoon Constellations Tate Liverpool, Education Studio, 1.30-4.30pm, 0151 702 7400, create your own mythical creatures I Adinkra Symbols International Slavery Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4456, discover the meaning and importance of Ghanaian Adinkra symbols and make your own colourful decoration Children’s Ghost Hunt Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 10.30am4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, fun, annual event for younger visitors I Croxteth Farm Pumpkin Trail Croxteth Hall and Country Park, on the Farm, 10.30am-4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, enjoy spotting the pumpkins I Pumpkin Carving Workshops Croxteth Hall and Country Park, on the farm, 1pm, £6 per child (incl. a pumpkin)/ £3.50 adult, limited,

LISTINGS

I Baby Voices The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 10am, £6, accompanying adult free, 0151 709 3789, songs, movement, and active listening for your baby I Toddler Tunes The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 11.30am, £6, accompanying adult free, 0151 709 3789, Songs and games for your toddler I Mini Maestros The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 1.15pm, £7, accompanying adult free, 0151 709 3789, Compose and perform your own musical story I Music Makers The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 3pm, £9, accompanying adult free, 0151 709 3789, a chance to perform with musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra I I Sports Sports & Leisure I Walk for Health Calderstones Park, 10.30am. See 1st for description I Shiva Yoga Beginner Level 1&2 The Women’s Organisation. See 5th for details

Other Events I Skeptics in the Pub Head of Steam, Lime St, 8pm. Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Royal Court Theatre Heritage Tour Royal Court Theatre, Roe St, 12 & 3pm, 0870 787 1866. See 10th for description I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Cha Bang Halloween Spectacular Huyton Civic Suite, 7.30Pm, £12.50, 0151 443 3761, Ultimate Halloween Party I

FRIDAY 13TH Music Music

I The Gathering The Bluecoat, School Lane, 7.30pm-9.30pm, 0151 702 5324. Monthly space for musicians to meet and improvise together I The Fireflys O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £7.05, 0844 477 2000. Three-piece British alt-rock band

I Flux Pavilion O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £16.31, 0844 477 2000. Producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist I The Bootleg Beatles The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £26-£34.50, 0151 709 3789. Beatles tribute band I Poltergeist East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7pm, £10 adv, 0844 847 2472. Will Sergeant & Les Patterson of Echo & the Bunnymen. Support from Bird I Cohesion Acoustic Night The Pilgrim, Pilgrim St, doors 7.30pm/ start 8.30pm, £5/ £4 concs, 0151 733 7253. Launch of monthly acoustic night, with That Irish Band, Iselin Honningsvag and Joe Maddocks I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 6th for details I The Grey Twins The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 6.45pm, 0152 236 9091. Resident trio band

Theatre & Dance Theatre and Dance I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, Runcorn, 10am & 1.30pm, £17.50/ £11.50/ £56 family, 0151 907 8360. Fun-filled family pantomime I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 10.15am, 1.15pm, 7pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I For One Night Only The Unity Theatre. See 12th for details I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Beauty and the Beast Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, 7.30pm, £9/ £8 concs/ £25 family, 0151 643 8757. A traditional style pantomime I 3 Till Wha? The Black-E, 2pm, 0151 709 5109

I Queen & Stevie Ricks The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with special guests

I Peter Pan Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime St, 7pm, £11.90£32.90, 0844 871 3017. Spectacular journey of wonder & excitement in pantomime

I Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 8pm, £44.50-£99.50, 0844 8000 400. Violin master on his international tour, with film scores, spirituals, musicals & folk songs, combined with humour & surprises

I Aladdin The Citadel, St Helens, 7pm, £7/ £5, 0174 473 5436. Community pantomime filled with songs, slapstick, silliness & audience participation

I Acoustic Dustbowl View Two Gallery, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £5/ £6, 0151 236 9444. Featuring local, national and international Americana, roots & folk artists I Cold Flame Stamps Wine Bar, Crosby, 9pm, 0151 286 2662. An exciting, energetic blues rock band I Antipop Christmas Hullabaloo Elevator Bar, Parliament St, 7pm, £6, 0151 707 1137. All-encompassing Christmas party with live music & DJs I 80p Christmas Party MelloMello, Slater St, 8pm, 80p, 0151 708 0510. With French disco pump act Deux Boules Vanille and more I F.O.E.S. Korova Club, Wood St, dors 7pm/ start 7.30pm, £5. Alt-rock/ post-punk, garage rock’n’roll band from Birmingham I The Downtown Dixieland Band The Caledonia, Caledonia St, 9pm, 0151 709 5909 I Cat Sundies Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363

I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £12/ £6 concs, 0777 211 2344. Sam Avery, Danny Sutcliffe, Sully O’Sullivan I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 6.45 & 9pm, £20/ £22.95, 0800 177 7575 I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, City Centre, upstairs, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £10/ £5 NUS, 0777 211 2344 Christian Schulte-Loh plus guests The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £17.50 Comedy Seated Ticket, Meal Deal Options from £28.50, 0151 227 5946, MC Chris Cairns introduces Christian Schulte-Loh along with Gavin Webster and Andy Askins Andy Askins plus guests The Slug and Lettuce, City Centre, 8pm, £17.50 Comedy Seated Ticket, Meal Deal Options from £29.50, 0151 236


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event, 0151 478 4456, discover the meaning and importance of Ghanaian Adinkra symbols and make your own colourful decoration That Felt Good Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, make your own felt creation from real sheep’s wool

I Sean Lock: Purple Van Man The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £22/ £28, 0151 709 3789, Lock is one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed and original comedians I

Arts Arts

I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I Children’s Ghost Hunt Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 10.30am4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, fun, annual event for younger visitors I Croxteth Farm Pumpkin Trail Croxteth Hall and Country Park, on the Farm, 10.30am-4pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.70 Concs, 0151 287 4798, enjoy spotting the pumpkin

I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Family I Parent and Baby Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, 10am & 1pm, 0151 478 4199. Join other parents and babies and take part in specially designed activities I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Adinkra Symbols International Slavery Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in

I Live Music The Cavern Pub. See 7th for details

I Saturday with The Beatles The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £15, 0152 236 9091. Featuring The Cavern Club Beatles

I Shiva Yoga The Black-E. See 6th for details I Aston Villa vs Everton 3pm Liverpool vs West Brom 3pm I SAE Bootcamp Greenbank Park, off Smithdown Road, 8.30-9.15am, £4.50/ £3.50 NUS per session, 07940 721 122, Cardio and Interval

I Nightmare before Christmas Calderstones Mansion, 8-10pm, £17 incl. mulled wine & nibbles, 0759 0849 360. Listen to stories of Christmas hauntings & ghosts of Liverpool’s past, before stepping into the shoes of a ghost hunter

I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details

I Goldblade East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 6.30pm, £10 adv, 0844 847 2472. Manchester punk rock band

I Walk for Health World Museum, 11am & Walton Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description

I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details

I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details

I John O’Connell The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £12, 0151 709 3789. Acoustic/ folk guitarist-singer

I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 7th for details

I Sports Sports & Leisure

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I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details

I Winter Wonderland The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £17-£40/ £7 concs, 0151 709 3789. The Orchestra and star vocalists perform Christmas classics, conducted by Carl Davis

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I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Sudley House, Mossley Hill, 1pm2pm, 0151 478 4016. Talk on the influential brotherhood, looking at various paintings

I Echo and the Bunnymen O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £18.50, 0844 477 2000. Liverpool post-punk group

I Other Events Other Events

I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Royal Court Theatre Heritage Tour Royal Court Theatre, Roe St, 12 & 3pm, 0870 787 1866. See 10th for description I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Christmas Salsa Party under the Palms Sefton Park Palmhouse, 8pm-1am, £10 adv/ £12 OTD. The ultimate salsa experience for all levels, with belly dance performance. Tickets from wegottickets.com

I Jay Murray The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 11pm, 0152 236 9091 I Military Wives Choir Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, 7pm, £16/ £13, 0151 702 7255. A feast of music by the choir with The Formby Band, in support of SSAFA I Whitney Houston & Kylie The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with special guests I A Dickensian Christmas Metropolitan Cathedral, 7pm, £5/ £10 family, 0151 709 9222. A selection of school & professional choirs sing seasonal music I Deacon Blue Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7.30pm, £21.25-£40, 0844 8000 400. 1980s Scottish pop band, with support from The Hazey Janes I The Sophie Magee & Abbey Stanley Band Studio 2, Parr St, doors 7pm/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727. Great young aspiring singersongwriter I Natalie McCool Korova Club, Wood St, doors 7pm/ start 7.30pm. Awardwinning English singer, songwriter & guitarist I

Comedy

I Comedy

SATURDAY 14TH Music Music I The Val3ntine Brothers O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £9.05, 0844 477 2000. Three-piece Liverpool pop act

I F:Rated Comedy Club Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge, New Brighton, 8pm, £10/ £22 plus Meal, 0151 666 0000, Danny Mcloughlin, Tony Simpson, Steve Shanyaski I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, City Centre,

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upstairs, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £3/ £1.5 NUS, 0777 211 2344

Arts Arts I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details I Echo Fact, see 3rd for details

Family I Parent and Baby Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, 10am, 0151 478 4199. Join other parents and babies and take part in specially designed activities I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Art Play Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 10-11.30am, 0151 478 4136. Creative play activities for under-5s

Sports Sports & Leisure I Walk for Health Rice Lane City Farm, 10.30am & Stanley Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description I Active Women’s Running & Walking Group Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 6-7pm, 07545 200 316. Beginners & experienced runners welcome I Black & Blue Aerial Circus The Black-E, Great George St, 7.30-9.30pm, £15/ £12, 0151 709 5109. Intermediate/advanced skills workshop I Trapeze & General Aerial Skills The Black-E, Great George St, 7.309.30pm, £15 per session/ £60 for 5


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Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market

MONDAY 16TH Music I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 2nd for details I Ian Prowse Monday Club The Cavern Pub. See 2nd for details I Monday Marmalade Chameleon Bar, Back Colquitt St, 0151 707 0283. Local acoustic acts perform I Liverpool Acoustic Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363. Weekly acoustic open mic night. Book ahead I Spread the Jam The Brink, Parr St, 8pm, 0151 703 0582

LISTINGS

Special The Lantern Theatre, Blundell St, 1.30pm (£5.50) & 7.30pm (£10.50), 0151 703 0000. Comedy show featuring a stellar cast

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details

Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details

I Revolution O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, doors 11pm, £3.55, 0844 477 2000

I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy

I Esben and the Witch, Teeth of the Sea, Thought Forms The Kazimier, doors 7.30pm, £8.50, 0151 709 3789, Gothic

I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I Paul Jones, Jon Keats, Jimmy Coburn, Tony Coburn, Steve Howard The Cavern Club, Mathew St, live music from 2pm, 0151 236 9091 I The Amazing Kappa Band The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 9pm, 0152 236 9091 I Keith Jarrett and guests Keith’s Wine Bar, Lark Lane Sefton Park, 8pm, 0151 728 7688 I Freddie Smith Big Band Bebington British Legion, Wirral CH63, 8.30pm, 0151 608 2270 I

Theatre and Dance

I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, 10am & 1.30pm. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 5.30pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 10.15am, 1.15pm, 7pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Peter Pan 10.30am & 7pm. See 13th for details I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I Tommy Cooper Christmas

I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Sports & Leisure Sports I Capoeira Club International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, 2-4pm, 0151 478 4046. Capoeira class for all ages and fitness levels. Pre-booking essential I Walk for Health Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve, 10.30am. See 1st for description I Cardiff Vs Liverpool 12.45pm

Other Events I Victorian Christmas Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 1.302.30pm, 0151 478 4240. Experience a Liverpool Victorian Christmas in the court I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details

I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Salsa Night The First National Wine Bar, James St, 8pm, £5 adv/ £7 OTD, 0151 236 6194. Salsa/ Kizomba/ Bachata Christmas party night I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Art & Craft Market The Old Police Station, Lark Lane, 10am-3pm. Crafters and artists sell their handmade items

TUESDAY 17TH Music I Organ Recital St George’s Hall, St George’s Place, 12.45pm, £2.50 OTD, 0151 233 3020. Popular lunchtime recital series on the magnificent Wills organ I Angelite St George’s Hall, St George’s Place, 7.30pm, £20/ £25. 0151 709 3789. The Bulgarian Voices Angelite with their singular blend of classical and folk traditions I The Spirit of Christmas The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £17-£40/ £7 concs, 0151 709 3789. The Orchestra and Youth Choir perform a feast of Yuletide music old and new, presented by Classic FM’s John Suchet I Kerfuffle The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 8pm, £14, 0844 888 4411. UK folk group I Cavern Bands Entertain The Cavern Pub. See 3rd for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 3rd for details I NSPCC Christmas Carol Concert Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, 7.30pm, £8/ £5 concs, 0151 702 7255. Featuring school choirs and bands I Fanfare for Christmas Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, 7.30pm, £12/ £10 concs, 0151 643 8757. The award-winning Haydock Silver Band play modern songs & old Christmas favourites I Christmas Singalong Afternoon Sefton Park Palmhouse, 2-4pm, £6.50 incl. fizz, mice pies & more, 0151 726 9304. Sing along to old favourites such as The Beatles & Abba I ParrJazz Xmas Studio 2, Parr St, 8.30pm, £3/ free NUS, 0151 707 3727. Jazz and open mic session, with The Bobby Swing Band plus more

Theatre Dance Theatreand & Dance

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I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, 2pm & 7pm. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 2pm & 6pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I The Pied Piper The Unity Theatre, 2pm & 5.30pm. See 3rd for details I For One Night Only The Unity Theatre. See 12th for details I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm & 7pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Beauty and the Beast Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, 2.30 & 7.30pm, £9/ £8 concs/ £25 family, 0151 643 8757. A traditional style pantomime I Peter Pan 2pm & 7pm. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Citadel, St Helens, 2pm & 7pm, £7/ £5, 0174 473 5436. Community pantomime filled with songs, slapstick, silliness & audience participation I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I Wrong ‘Un The Lantern Theatre, Blundell St, 7.30pm, £10.50/ £8.50, 0151 703 0000. A onewoman musical about the life of a Suffragette

Arts Arts I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details


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I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Family I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Tiny Liverpool Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 1010.45am, 0151 478 4240. Parent & baby mornings with singing, story & play sessions

Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health Woolton Woods, 1.30pm. See 1st for description I Cycle for Health Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 10-11.30am, 0151 287 4798. A scenic cycle ride around the park, suitable for beginners I Trapeze & General Aerial Skills The Black-E, Great George St, 7.309.30pm, £15 per session/ £60 for 5 classes, 0151 709 5109

Other Events I Life Drawing with Roy Munday The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.459.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for all levels I Painting with Richard Meaghan The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.459.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for all levels I Clay Sculpture with Marie Canning The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.45-9.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for beginners I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market

WEDNESDAY 18TH Music I Carols by Candlelight The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £17-£38, 0151 709 3789. Handel, Bach, Corelli, Cullen, with the Mozart Orchestra in full period costume, choir Canzonetta and soprano Laura Mitchell I The Amazing Kappa Band The Cavern Pub. See 4th for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 4th for details I Tom Spence at Christmas Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 12.30pm, £10, 0151 666 0000. Special concert of Christmas classics, musical theatre favourites &

tracks from his forthcoming album I Fanfare for Christmas Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, 7.30pm, £12/ £10 concs, 0151 643 8757. The award-winning Haydock Silver Band play modern songs & old Christmas favourites I Starz The Garage, Greenland St, 7pm, £20, 07790 004124. Influential 70s rock band I Keith Jarrett and guests Keith’s Wine Bar, Lark Lane, 8pm I The Manouchetones The Caledonia, Caledonia St, 9pm. Twoguitarist neat gypsy jazz duo

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Finding Wonderland Blackburne House, Hope St, 1.15 & 7.45pm, £8.25, 0844 888 9991. A magical winter tale full of circus, illusion, dance & adventure I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I Tommy Cooper Christmas Special See 16th for details

Arts

I Nature’s Way See 6th for details I Echo Fact, see 3rd for details

Sports & Leisure Sports I Capoeira Club International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, 2-4pm, 0151 478 4046. Capoeira class for all ages and fitness levels. Pre-booking essential I Walk for Health Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve, 10.30am. See 1st for description

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Victorian Christmas Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 1.302.30pm, 0151 478 4240. Experience a Liverpool Victorian Christmas in the court I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details

THURSDAY 19TH Music Music I Jazz Con Fusion The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674. Live jazz with a Latin twist I Loom East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7pm, £6 adv, 0844 847 2472. London indie rock band I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 1st for details

I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details

I Live Music Sudley House, Mossley Hill, 12 & 2pm, 0151 478 4016. Tony Crotty plays an authentic 19th Century guitar

I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details

I Tony Mac, Xander & the Peace Pirates The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7.30pm, 0152 236 9091

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I A Christmas Festival Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2.15pm, £10/ £5-£8 concs, 0151 666 0000. The Wirral Symphony Orchestra & children's choir play Tchaikovsky, TV & film music, popular classics & carols

I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

I Just Midnight Sefton Park Palmhouse, 1pm, 0151 726 9304. Award-winning group of a cappella singers with jazz, 50s revivals, Beatles classics & more I Acoustic Recovery The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7pm, 0151 2360 329. A mix of open mic and guest slots I Martin Smith Quartet The Caledonia, Caledonia St, 0151 709 5909. Mainstream jazz by Liverpool trumpet player & his accompanying musicians

I Slam Jam Stamps Wine Bar, Crosby, 6pm, 0151 286 2662. An opportunity to get onstage and perform with a live band I Music in the Afternoon Studio 2, Parr St, doors 3pm/ start 4pm, 0151 707 3727. With Steve MacFarlane I The Late Bluegrass Brunch Sound, Duke St, 4pm-9pm, 0151 707 6363. With The Straight As, a honky-tonk special I Singing Showcase The Lantern Theatre, Blundell St, 7.30pm, £7.50/ £5.50, 0151 703 0000. A range of singing performances from the students of Van Netten Performing Arts I Bonobo O2 Academy Liverpool, doors 7pm, £18 adv, 0844 477 2000 Whales In Cubicles The Shipping Forecast, 8pm, 0151 709 6901 I

I Theatre & Dance Theatre and Dance I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 1pm & 5pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm & 7pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Beauty and the Beast Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, 2.30pm, £9/ £8 concs/ £25 family, 0151 643 8757. A traditional style pantomime I Peter Pan 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Citadel, St Helens, 2pm, £7/ £5, 0174 473 5436. Community pantomime filled with songs, slapstick, silliness & audience participation I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I I

Comedy

I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £5/ £2.50 concs, 0777 211 2344. Some of the best up-and-coming talent from across the UK I Stand Out On Radio 4 Extra BBC Radio 4 Xtra, 4pm, brand new Stand Out Pilot for 11-14 year olds I Liverpool Comedy Festival Various Venues, 0870 787 1866 I Jamie Sutherland The Crown Hotel Pub, City Centre, upstairs, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £5/ £2.50 NUS, 0777 211 2344, "You B@nker!" I The Laughter Factor The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm,


LOWDOWN MONTH £5 Comedy Seated Ticket/ £3 Concs, 0151 227 5946 I Tony Law The Kazimier, doors 7pm, £10/ £8, 0151 709 3789, Part of Comedy Festival I Sara Pascoe vs The Truth The Kazimier, doors 8.45pm, £8, 0151 709 3789 I

I Arts Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details

LISTINGS

7.30pm, 0151 707 7747, Film and Music - the wedding of the century Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

FRIDAY 20TH

I Music Music

I Musica en Vivo Alma De Cuba. See 5th for details I Ocean Colour Scene O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £28.12, 0844 477 2000. Britpop band on 'Marchin' Already' tour

I Electric Nights, Plugged In Camp and Furnace, Greenland St, 9pm, £5. Up-and-coming Liverpool acts I Swingology The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674 I Lotharios Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363 I Theatre & Dance Theatre and Dance I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 10.15am, 1.15pm, 7pm, £10, 0844 888 4411

doors 12am, £10/ £8, 0151 709 3789 May and Ivan: The Reunion The Kazimier, doors 8.45pm, £8, 0151 709 3789 I

Arts

I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details

I For One Night Only The Unity Theatre. See 12th for details

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I Finding Wonderland Blackburne House. See 17th for details

I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details

I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime

I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy

I Peter Pan 2pm & 7pm. See 13th for details

I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 5th for details

I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details

I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I Tony Mac The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7pm. Solo acoustic artist

I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I Tommy Cooper Christmas Special See 16th for details

I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 12-5pm. See 1st for details

I Cash for Kids Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, £10/ £5, 0151 702 7255. Radio City charity Christmas carol concert

I

I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details

I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details

I Christmas Singalong The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 1.05pm, £6, 0151 709 3789. Lunchtime musical interlude to your day

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I The Spirit of Christmas The Philharmonic Hall. See 17th for details

I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy

I The Tea Street Band East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7pm, £10 adv, 0844 847 2472. Five lads making sound waves for people to dance to, support from Filter Distortion

I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details

I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature's Way See 6th for details I I Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health Calderstones Park, 10.30am. See 1st for description I Shiva Yoga Beginner Level 1&2 The Women's Organisation. See 5th for details I

Other Events

I Other Events

I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Women's Organisation Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 10am-12.30pm, drop-in event, 0151 707 7747, support in business ideas Soundtrack at the Garden The Garden at FACT,

I Abba & Sean Styles The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with special guests I Carols by Candlelight Sefton Park Palmhouse, doors 7.30pm/ start 8pm, 0151 726 9304. Enjoy Mostly Madrigals and Formby Brass Band perform, with mulled wine & mince pies I The Tillerman Open Mic Show The Lomax, Cumberland St, 8.30pm, 0151 2360 329 I David Ford The Zanzibar Club, Seel St, 7pm, £12, 0151 707 0633. The great musical minstrel with his Cookies & Cream show I One More for the Road Hopskotch, Mathew St, 8.30pm, 0151 908 0098. Weekly open mic night I Open Mic Thursdays Heebie Jeebies, Seel St, 8pm, 0151 709 3678 I Rare Christmas Showcase Studio 2, Parr St, 9pm, 0151 707 3727. Various live musicians

Comedy I Comedy I The Hitchhiker's Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7.30pm, £26, 0844 8000 400. 'Scouse Scrooge' comedy crammed with classic hits from the soul legend I Reg D Hunter, Steve Harris & Paul Tonkinson The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £18, 0800 177 7575 I Liverpool Comedy Festival Various Venues, 0870 787 1866 Jongleurs Comedy Club St. Helens Theatre Royal, 8pm, £12, 01744 756 000, superb lineup from the best of the British stand-up circuit. I Comedy Central at Albert Dock Baby Blue, Albert Dock, 6pm, £15-£33, 0151 702 5834, Headliner: Philberto, Compere: Katie Mulgrew, Supporting: Dan Nightingale, Phil Chapman Chris Cairns The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £12 Comedy Seated Ticket/ £10 Concs, 0151 227 5946 I Simon Munnery The Kazimier,

I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details

I JMW Turner Sudley House, Mossley Hill, 1-2pm, 0151 478 4016. Talk on Turner's childhood and the Industrial Revolution I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature's Way See 6th for details

Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health World Museum, 11am & Walton Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Film: Red 2 The Brindley, Runcorn, 1.30Pm, £4, 0151 907 8360, starring Bruce Willis & Helen Mirren


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I Lunchtime Learning The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 11.40am, £15 - £40 / £10 - £30 (students), 0151 709 3789, composer and lecturer Ian Stephens hosts a daytime series of inspiring music and relaxed learning I The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2.30pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000, singers, hilarious comedy, speciality acts, live band I National Poetry Day The Bluecoat, School Lane, 10am-5pm, 0151 702 5324, poets from all over Merseyside will be reading their own work I Jelly Liverpool Leaf Cafe, Bold St, first floor, 9am-5pm, 0151 707 7747, casual all day work-together I The Spoke Poetry Night Gallaghers Pub and Barbers, Birkenhead, Wirral, 8pm, 0151 649 9095, group of local poets I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

SATURDAY 21ST Music I Winter Wonderland The Philharmonic Hall. See 14th for details I Take Phat & (Christmas) Party The Brindley, Runcorn, 7.30pm, £12.50, 0151 907 8360. Not your average Take That tribute act. In aid of Alzheimers Research UK I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 6th for details I The Grey Twins The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 6.45pm, 0152 236 9091. Resident trio band I Connie Lush & Blues Shouter The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £12, 0152 236 9091. One of the UK's finest blues singers I Liverpool Echo Christmas Carol Concert Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, 7.30pm, 0151 702 7255. Popular annual concert raising funds for Alder Hey Children's Hospital I Tom Jones & Schooner The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with the Green Machine live band I Honeyfeet Studio 2, Parr St, doors 7pm/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727. Ethio-trad, folk-hop band from

LOWDOWN MONTH Manchester I The Real People O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £10, 0844 477 2000. Liverpool rock band I Pearl Jammer The Zanzibar Club, Seel St, 7.45pm, £11, 0151 707 0633. Liverpool-based Pearl Jam tribute band I Marley Chingus Jazz Explosion The Caledonia, Caledonia St, 9pm, 0151 709 5909 I Disco Stew Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363 I Tonight Alive O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, doors 7pm, £14.06 adv, 0844 477 2000, pop-punk The Grey Goose Band Studio 2, Parr Street, doors 7pm/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727, Deeply Authentic Blues Hip Hop Event The Zanzibar, Seel St, 7.30pm, £5 Guns 2 Roses The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £10, 0151 236 9091, Tribute to Guns & Roses Theatre & Dance I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 1.15pm & 7pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I For One Night Only The Unity Theatre. See 12th for details I The Pied Piper The Unity Theatre, 2pm & 5.30pm. See 3rd for details I Finding Wonderland Blackburne House. See 17th for details I Peter Pan 2pm & 7pm. See 13th for details I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I Tommy Cooper Christmas Special See 16th for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker's Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, 2pm & 8pm, see 2nd for details I Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 7.30pm, £26, 0844 8000 400. 'Scouse Scrooge' comedy crammed with classic hits from the soul legend I Reg D Hunter, Steve Harris & Paul Tonkinson The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £18, 0800 177 7575 I Bill Bailey: Qualmpeddler The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 8pm, £25 / £31, 0151 709 3789, comedy legend Bill Bailey performs his latest stand-up Comedy Central at Albert Dock Baby Blue, Albert Dock, 6pm, £15-£33, 0151 702 5834,

Headliner: Philberto, Compere: Dave Twentyman, Supporting: Dan Nightingale, Stuart Goldsmith I Chris Cairns plus guest The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £15 Comedy Seated Ticket, Meal Deal Options from £26 0151 227 5946, MC Neil Fitzmaurice introduces Chris Cairns along with Keith Carter as Nige and Daliso Chaponda I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, City Centre, upstairs, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £8/ £4 NUS, 0777 211 2344 I

Arts

I Arts

I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details

SUNDAY 22ND Music Music I Jazz Con Fusion The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674. Live jazz with a Latin twist I The Spirit of Christmas The Philharmonic Hall. See 17th for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 1st for details I Tony Mac, Xander & the Peace Pirates The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7.30pm, 0152 236 9091 I Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 8pm, £44.50-£99.50, 0844 8000 400. Violin master on his international tour, with film scores, spirituals, musicals & folk songs, combined with humour & surprises I Liverpool Barbershop Harmony Club Sefton Park Palmhouse, 2-4pm, 0151 726 9304. Joined by the Liverpool Ladies’ Barbershop Chorus & singing a wide range of Christmas songs I Acoustic Recovery The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7pm, 0151 2360 329. A mix of open mic and guest slots I Rock & Roll Mello Mello, Slater St, 8pm, Lovecraft, Matt Barton & the Carers, Tom George I Hawklords O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, doors 7pm, £18 adv, 0844 477 2000 I DJ Four Tet The Shipping Forecast, 10pm-3am, £12 adv, 0151 709 6901 I Cup Of Tea The Lomax, Cumberland St, 8.30pm, open mic

I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details

I Tony Mac, Jon Keats, Jay Murray, Richard Batty, Beatles Tribute The Cavern Club, Mathew St, FREE 2-8pm, then £4/ £3 adv, 0151 236 9091

I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details

I Tony Mac The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7pm, 0152 236 9091

I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

I

I Nature's Way See 6th for details

I Theatre & Dance Theatre and Dance

I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details

Other Events Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Futureprimed The Kazimier, doors 9pm, £5, 0151 709 3789, networking and entertainment Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

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I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 1pm & 5pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm & 7pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Peter Pan 1pm & 5pm. See 13th


LOWDOWN MONTH for details I Zagmuth See 21st for details I The Producers Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 7.30pm, £15, 0151 666 0000, funny musical ComedyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, 2pm & 8pm, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £14/ £7 concs , 0777 211 2344. Pete McCole, Lewis Calvert & Duncan Oakley I Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 2pm & 7.30pm, £20.75/ £26, 0844 8000 400. ‘Scouse Scrooge’ comedy crammed with classic hits from the soul legend

LISTINGS

I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health Sefton Park. See 1st for details I Swansea City Vs Everton 4pm

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Rick’s Royle Variety Show The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £15 (incl. champagne reception), 0870 787 1866. Christmas special

I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £22.95, 0800 177 7575

I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details

I A Stand The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £10 Comedy Seated Ticket/ £7 Concs, 0151 227 5946, in Partnership With LFC Action For Health

I Creative Conservation Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4136, meet conservator Janet Wilson as she reveals how she cares for ceramic tiles and glass

I Arts Arts

I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market

I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

MONDAY 23RD Music Music

I Fossil Collective Leaf Cafe, Bold St, First floor, 7.30pm, £8, 0151 707 7747, alternative /folk I American Four Tops The Green Room, doors 6.30pm/ start 8pm, £15, 0870 787 1866 I Our Imbalance O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, doors 7pm, £7.05 adv, 0844 477 2000 I Forty4 Band Studio 2, Parr Street, doors 7pm/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727, Rhythm & Groove Blues I Craig Charles The Citadel, St. Helens, 9pm, £13/ £11, 01744 735436, Funk and Soul I Traumtour The Kazimier, doors 8pm, £3, 0151 709 3789 I DJ Aeroplane The Shipping Forecast, 10pm-3am, £10 adv, 0151 709 6901 I Tim Shaw, Richard Batty, Jon Keats, Tony Mac, Marc Kenny, The Rockits The Cavern Club, Mathew St, FREE till 8pm, then £4/ £3 adv, 0151 236 9091 I Cavern Bands plus The Robert Mather Band The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 6pm, 0152 236 9091 I Oasiz The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £10, 0151 236 9091, Tribute to Oasis I Marley Chingus and guests The Caledonia, 9pm, 0151 708 0325 I

Theatre & and Dance Theatre Dance

I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, 2pm. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details

I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details

I The Spirit of Christmas The Philharmonic Hall. See 17th for details

I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy

I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 2nd for details

I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 2pm & 7pm, £10, 0844 888 4411

I Ian Prowse Monday Club The Cavern Pub. See 2nd for details

I The Pied Piper The Unity Theatre, 11am & 2pm. See 3rd for details

I Liverpool Acoustic Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363. Weekly acoustic open mic night. Book ahead

I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm & 7pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime

I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Titanic Fashions Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1-4pm, 0151 478 4499. Interesting look at fashions & fortunes onboard the Titanic I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details

I Bon Giovi Eric’s, Mathew Street, 7.30pm - 11.30pm, £8, 0151 236 9994, UK’s premier Bon Jovi tribute band I John Reilly with Lewis Nitikman The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 8pm, £12, 0151 709 3789, an intimate acoustic set I The Hollies The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £23.50 / £29.50, 0151 709 3789, The Hollies play their hits I Acoustic Dustbowl View Two Gallery, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £8 adv/ £9 OTD, Eef Barzelay & Chris Otepka

I Peter Pan 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details I Zagmuth See 21st for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Marcel Lucont The Brindley, Runcorn, 8pm, £13, 0151 907 8360, witty and intelligent stand-up from the Frenchman Comedy Central at Albert Dock Baby Blue, Albert Dock, 6pm, £15-£33, 0151 702 5834, Headliner: Gary Delaney, Compere:

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Ray Peacock I Markus Birdman plus guest The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £15 Comedy Seated Ticket, Meal Deal Options from £26 0151 227 5946, MC Ste Porter introduces Markus Birdman along with Keith Carter as Nige and Allyson Smith . I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, City Centre, upstairs, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £8/ £4 NUS, 0777 211 2344 I

Arts Theatre and Dance Arts

I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 12-5pm. See 1st for details I Titanic Fashions Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1-4pm, 0151 478 4499. Interesting look at fashions & fortunes onboard the Titanic I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Other Events I Did I Mention The Free Wine? Epstein Theatre, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £20/ £10 Concs, 0844 888 4411, The Cut-Throat Tour, poet I An Evening of Mediumship and Clairvoyance Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge, New Brighton, 7.30pm, £15, 0151 666 0000, Donna Robinson.tv I TS Eliot Prize for Poetry Twentieth Anniversay Tour The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.307.30pm, £5/ £3, 0845 017 6660, previously shortlisted poets read their work


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I Archive Tour International Slavery Museum, 11am-12pm, pre-booking is essential, 0151 478 4046, join archivist for a look at the fascinating collections in the Maritime Archives and Library I Rocking to Rhythm International Slavery Museum, Lecture theatre, 4th floor, 6.30-8pm, pre-booking is essential, 0151 478 4046, lecture and demonstration looking at the journey of Jazz dance I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool I

TUESDAY 24TH Music

I Cavern Bands Entertain The Cavern Pub. See 3rd for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 3rd for details I Andy Irvine The Philharmonic Hall, Rodewald Suite, Hope St, 8pm, £12 adv/ £15 door, 0151 709 3789, Part of Liverpool Irish Festival I Jim and Delia The Casa, 29 Hope Street, City Centre, 8pm, 0151 709 2148, Part of Liverpool Irish Festival I Acoute VII The Bluecoat, School Lane, 7.30-9.30pm, £5/ £3, 0845 017 6660, 7 of the finest musicians in the northwest I Pete Wade’s Acoustic Open Mic Night Gallaghers Pub and Barbers, Birkenhead, Wirral, 7.30pm, 0151 649 9095 I Revolution O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, doors 11pm, £3.55, 0844 477 2000, Emergency Services Uniform Party I Public Image Ltd (PiL) O2 Academy Liverpool, doors 7pm, £29.81 adv, 0844 477 2000 I Royal Blood plus support The Shipping Forecast, 8pm, £5, 0151 709 6901 I Paul Jones, Jon Keats, Jimmy Coburn, Tony Coburn, Richard Batty The Cavern Club, Mathew St, live music from 2pm, 0151 236 9091 I The Amazing Kappa Band The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 9pm, 0152 236 9091 I Keith Jarrett and guests Keith’s Wine Bar, Lark Lane Sefton Park, 8pm, 0151 728 7688 I Freddie Smith Big Band Bebington British Legion, Wirral CH63, 8.30pm, 0151 608 2270 I The Original Panama Jazzband

The Irby Club, Thingwall Road, Wirral, 8.30pm

and Dance I TTheatre heatre & Dance I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, 1pm. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 10.30am, 2.30pm, 7pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 1pm & 5pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Peter Pan 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details I

Comedy I Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details

Arts Theatre and Dance Arts I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 10am-2pm, 0151 478 4136. See how a Pre-Raphaelite master explored ideas and techniques through drawings I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, 10am-2pm, explores the experiences of Black British dancers from 1946 to 2005 and highlights their contributions to British dance I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-2pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details I Echo Fact, see 3rd for details

4798. A scenic cycle ride around the park, suitable for beginners

Other Events Other Events I It’s a Wonderful Life The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 2.30pm, £6/ £7, 0151 709 3789. Screening of the timeless festive classic I Life Drawing with Roy Munday The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.459.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for all levels I Painting with Richard Meaghan The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.459.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for all levels I Clay Sculpture with Marie Canning The Bluecoat, School Lane, 6.45-9.30pm, 0845 017 6660. Suitable for beginners I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Spotify Wednesday Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 8pm, 0151 707 7747, Enabling the sharing, creating and modifying of each other’s playlists I Liverpool Fashion Week The Royal Liver Building, see 14th for details I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

THURSDAY 26TH Music Music I Musica en Vivo Alma De Cuba. See 5th for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 5th for details I Tony Mac The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7pm. Solo acoustic artist I Steve Charles & Mick Miller The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. With special guests I Lost Voices View Two Gallery, Mathew St, 8.30pm till late, £6/ £4, 0151 236 9444. Laid-back, lamplit music night to lift the spirits and refresh the soul I The Tillerman Open Mic Show The Lomax, Cumberland St, 8.30pm, 0151 2360 329

I Walk for Health Woolton Woods, 1.30pm. See 1st for description

I One More for the Road Hopskotch, Mathew St, 8.30pm, 0151 908 0098. Weekly open mic night

I Cycle for Health Croxteth Hall and Country Park, 10-11.30am, 0151 287

I Open Mic Thursdays Heebie Jeebies, Seel St, 8pm, 0151 709

Sports & Leisure Sports

3678 I Boxing Day Studio 2, Parr St, doors 7pm, £20 incl. drink & canapés, 0151 707 3727. Great funk band plus DJ I Circus Boxing Day Party East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 10pm, £25, 0844 847 2472. With Yousef, Loco Dice, Appollonia, Shadow Child and more I The Grapes Band The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674 I Liquidation DJ Set Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 1pm & 5pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 1pm & 5pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Peter Pan 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details I Crime and Punishment The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7.30pm, £12-£23, 0151 709 4776, see 1st for details Complete Works Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 7pm, £12, 0151 666 0000, Performance School NT Encore: Othello FACT, Wood Street, 7.30pm, £17.50, 01517074444, William Shakespeare’s play about the destructive power of jealousy Translunar Paradise The Citadel, St. Helens, 7.30pm, £10/ £8, 01744 735436, piece without words, told instead with music, masks and movement ComedyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 6pm/ start 9pm, £45, 0777 211 2344. New Year’s Eve special with a 3-course meal & comedy from Paul Smith, Steve Harris & more I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 7.30pm, £25, 0800 177 7575

Arts Theatre and Dance I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details I Judy Chicago: Voices From The Song of Songs The Black-E, see 1st for details


LOWDOWN MONTH I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I Photography Competition Exhibition Liverpool Cathedral, St James’ Mount, 9am-5.30pm, 0151 702 7255 I You Never See Them Like This Open Eye Gallery, see 1st for details

LISTINGS

FRIDAY 27TH Music I Horizon Christmas Party O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, doors 9pm, 0844 477 2000. With M-Zone live, MC Storm, Joey Riot, Mark Eg and more I Glenn Miller Orchestra The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 2.30pm, £16.50-£29.50, 0151 709 3789. The UK’s most renowned big band with wartime chart-toppers & ‘40s hits

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 6th for details

I Pop Icons: Stage, Screen & Stadium View Two Gallery, Mathew St, 12-4pm, 0151 236 9444

I The Grey Twins The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 6.45pm, 0152 236 9091. Resident trio band

I Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery, see 11th for details . Echo Fact, see 3rd for details

I Liverpool Acoustic Live View Two Gallery, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £5/ £6, 0151 236 9444. Some of the best acoustic performers from Liverpool and further afield

I Sports & Leisure Sports

I Shiva Yoga Beginner Level 1&2 The Women’s Organisation. See 5th for details I Liverpool Vs Man City 5.30pm I Everton Vs Sunderland 3pm

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I ‘Adam and Paul’ and Lenny too FACT, Wood Street, 6.30pm, £7, 01517074444, Part of Liverpool Irish Festival I Language, Resistance and Revival: From Prison to Community The Bluecoat, School Lane, 7pm, £4/ £2 Concs, 0845 017 6660, Part of Liverpool Irish Festival I Scrips The Bluecoat, School Lane, 1pm-2.30pm, drop in event, 0151 702 5324, informal space for creative writing, from poetry to short stories I Talk: LNRS Merseyside Maritime Museum, 12.30pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, Liverpool Nautical Research Society I The Spoke Poetry Night Gallaghers Pub and Barbers, Birkenhead, Wirral, 8pm, 0151 649 9095, group of local poets I Liverpool Fashion Week The Royal Liver Building, see 14th for details I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

I Rare Live Lounge Studio 2, Parr St, doors 7.30pm/ start 9pm, 0151 707 3727. A variety of superb musicians perform I Blind Monk Trio The Caledonia, Caledonia St, 9pm, 0151 709 5909 I Dallas Mile Studio 2, Parr Street, doors 7pm/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727, Blues, Rock, Country Trio I Route One Stamps Wine Bar, Liverpool Road, Crosby, 9pm, 0151 286 2662, covers from the 60’s to present day I M-Zone The Citadel, St. Helens, doors 6.30pm, £2.50, 01744 735436, social event for young people aged 10-18, live bands and DJ

2pm & 7pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm & 7pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Peter Pan 2pm & 7pm. See 13th for details I Zagmuth See 21st for details Puppetry of the Penis Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 7.30pm, £19.50, 0151 666 0000, non-sexual show featuring full frontal male nudity I

Comedy Comedy

I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £22.95, 0800 177 7575 I Micky D plus guest The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £15 Comedy Seated Ticket, Meal Deal Options from £26 0151 227 5946, MC Neil Fitzmaurice introduces Micky D along with Ste Porter and Philberto I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, City Centre, upstairs, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £8/ £4 NUS, 0777 211 2344

Arts ArtsTheatre and Dance I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details

for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health World Museum, 11am & Walton Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Book Fair The Bluecoat, School Lane, 10.30am-5pm, 0151 702 5324, collectors’ and bargain second hand books I On the Verge: ARTea pARTy The Bluecoat, School Lane, 9.30am12pm, £5/ £3, 0845 017 6660, support early career artists in the performing arts I Rules of the Moon: Philip Jeck and Rebecca Sharp The Bluecoat, School Lane, 8-9pm, £7/ £5, 0151 702 5324, multi-layered experience in sound, words, images and light I Liverpool Fashion Week The Royal Liver Building, see 14th for details I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

SATURDAY 28TH Music Music I Live Music The Cavern Pub. See 7th for details

I Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band The Kazimier, doors 8pm, 0151 709 3789

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I Richard Batty, Jon Keats, Tony Mac, Marc Kenny, The Rockits The Cavern Club, Mathew St, FREE till 8pm, then £4/ £3 adv, 0151 236 9091

I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details

I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 7th for details

I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy

I Saturday with The Beatles The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £15, 0152 236 9091. Featuring The Cavern Club Beatles

I Cavern Bands plus The Robert Mather Band The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 6pm, 0152 236 9091 I The Modfathers The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £10, 0151 236 9091, Paul Weller Tribute I

Theatre & Dance Theatre and Dance

I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, 2pm & 7pm. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St,

I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st

I Live Music The Cavern Plub. See 7th for details

I Jay Murray The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 11pm, 0152 236 9091 I Lionel Richie & Stevie Wonder The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £15 (incl. champagne reception), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, plus Schooner & special guests I Rare Live Lounge Studio 2, Parr St, doors 7.30pm/ start 9pm, 0151 707 3727. A funk and soul band I Deptford Goth Leaf Cafe, Bold St, First floor, 8pm, £8, 0151 707 7747, Electronica/ R’n’B


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I The Ultimate Divas The Green Room, doors 6.30pm/ start 8pm, £15, 0870 787 1866, tribute show, Diana Ross, Whitney, Tina Turne I r Sixties Gold - The 50th Anniversary Tour The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £27.50-£35.50, 0151 709 3789, featuring record breaking Merseybeat band Gerry & The Pacemakers I The Smyths O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, doors 7pm, £11.25 adv, 0844 477 2000 I Celebrating Subversion: The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow Sefton Park Palm House, doors 7pm, £10, 0151 726 9304, collective of singers and songwriters I Anthony Strong Studio 2, Parr Street, doors 7pm/ start 9.30pm, £5, 0151 707 3727, singer and pianist I Underdogs Stamps Wine Bar, Liverpool Road, Crosby, 9pm, 0151 286 2662, Rock I Midge Ure The Citadel, St. Helens, doors 7.30pm, £16/ £14, 01744 735436, varied set list I The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown The Kazimier, doors 8.30pm, £15, 0151 709 3789, English psychedelic rock band I DJ Jeremy Underground, James Morgan and Jimmy Allen The Shipping Forecast, 10pm, £10, 0151 709 6901 I Tim Shaw, Jay Murray and The Shakers, Ronny Hughes, Richard Batty, The Verdict, The Cave Dwellers The Cavern Club, Mathew St, FREE till 8pm, then £4/ £3 adv, 0151 236 9091 I Ronny Hughes, The Amazing Kappa Band, Jay Murray The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, live music from 2.30pm, 0152 236 9091 I Gary Murphy The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 2pm, £2 OTD, 0151 236 9091, solo acoustic artist I Saturday With The Beatles ft. the Cavern Club Beatles The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £15, 0151 236 9091, Beatles Tribute Show I Seán Keane St Michael’s Irish Centre, 8.30pm, Part of Liverpool Irish Festival, traditional Irish, folk, country and blues songs I Oxjam Liverpool Takeover Various venues around Liverpool city centre, 2pm, £10, music festival I

Theatre and Dance I Theatre & Dance I Beauty and the Beast The

Brindley, 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 6pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm & 7pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Peter Pan 2pm & 7pm. See 13th for details I Zagmuth See 21st for details I Fear The Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £6-£8, 0151 709 9034, four short one-act plays full of dark humour and fear I

Comedy I Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, 2pm & 8pm, see 2nd for details I Ken Dodd’s Happiness Show The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7pm, £16-£25, 0151 709 3789. Hilarious Christmas show I The Houghton Weavers at Christmas Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, 7.30pm, £14, 0151 643 8757. An evening of Christmas folk music & comedy I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £22.95, 0800 177 7575

Arts Theatre and Dance Arts I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Liverpool Poetry Cafe The Bluecoat, School Lane, 7.30pm9.30pm, £3/ £2, 0151 702 5324. Readings by local and national poets, plus music I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate

Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Family Family I Parent and Baby Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, 10am & 1pm, 0151 478 4199. Join other parents and babies and take part in specially designed activities I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Narnia The National Trust Formby, 5-7.30pm £5/ £2, 01704 878591. Walk through the woodlands with the magical story of Narnia and meet Santa I M-Zone The Citadel, St Helens, 4pm, £2.50, 0174 473 5436. Monthly social event for ages 10-18, with live music, DJs, performances and more I Luna The Citadel, St. Helens, 11.30am, £7/ £5, 01744 735436, about friendship. I

Sports Sports & Leisure

I Walk for Health World Museum, 11am & Walton Park, 1.30pm. See 1st for description I Shiva Yoga The Black-E, Great George St. 10-11am, £4. Subsidised Shiva Yoga class for people who are over 65, students or not in employment. Suitable for over 16 yrs I An Evening with Guillem Balague & Jamie Carragher Walkabout, Concert Sq, 7pm, £11/ £10. Famous Spanish sports journalist & football expert I Newcastle vs Liverpool 12.45pm SAE Bootcamp Greenbank Park, off Smithdown Road, 8.30-9.15am, £4.50/ £3.50 NUS per session, 07940 721 122, Cardio and Interval I I Other Events Other Events I Late Night Vintage The Shipping Forecast, 5.30-9.30pm, 0151 709 6901 I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st

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for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I 3am Explore Session The Bluecoat, School Lane, 1-4pm, 0151 702 5324, They will be making UV artwork using textiles and paints linked to constellation myths I Getting the Word Out: Forum Event The Bluecoat, School Lane, 11am-1pm, £5/ £3, 0151 702 5324, marketing and communications experts advise on how to market performance work with limited resources I Quilt Code Patterns International Slavery Museum, Anthony Walker Education Centre, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4456, learn the meanings and codes behind the patterns on African American quilts I Lucid, by 12 Degrees North Outside Maritime Museum, dockside, 1pm and 3pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4046, inspired by Capoeira, a unique Brazilian martial art I Tales of Titanic Objects Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1-4pm, at intervals, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, find out more about the facts and myths surrounding the sinking of the Titanic I The Big Draw: Identity Merseyside Maritime Museum, 1-4pm, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, create an artist’s impression of yourself I Merseystyle Artists’ Talk Museum of Liverpool, 11am, drop-in event, 0151 478 4545, have a look at the Merseystyle exhibition with The Caravan Gallery I Liverpool Fashion Week The Royal Liver Building, see 14th for details I The Martini Lounge Burlesque and Variety Show Epstein Theatre, doors 7.30pm/ start 8.30pm, £20, 0844 888 4411 I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool I Bingo Sound, Duke St, 9pm, 0151 707 6363 I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool I

SUNDAY 29TH Music Music


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LISTINGS

I Jazz Con Fusion The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674. Live jazz with a Latin twist

I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details

I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 1st for details

I You Never See Them Like This Open Eye Gallery, see 1st for details

I Tony Mac, Xander & the Peace Pirates The Cavern Pub, Mathew St, 7.30pm, 0152 236 9091

I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details

I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details

I Acoustic Recovery The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7pm, 0151 2360 329. A mix of open mic and guest slots

I Pop Icons: Stage, Screen & Stadium View Two Gallery, Mathew St, 12-4pm, 0151 236 9444

I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details

I Martin Smith Quartet The Caledonia, Caledonia St, 0151 709 5909. Mainstream jazz by Liverpool trumpet player & his accompanying musicians I The Rioters Stamps Wine Bar, Crosby, 4pm, 0151 286 2662. Dixieland jazz band I Freddie Smith Big Band Bebington British Legion, Wirral CH63, 8.30pm, 0151 608 2270 I

Theatre and Dance I Theatre & Dance I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley. See 13th for details I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 10.15am, 1.15pm, 7pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Finding Wonderland Blackburne House. See 17th for details I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Peter Pan 10.30am & 2.30pm. See 13th for details I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I Tommy Cooper Christmas Special See 16th for details I I Arts Arts Theatre and Dance I The Games of Art The Black-E, see 1st for details I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I The 43 Game: Invitation The Black-E, see 1st for details I Judy Chicago: Voices From The Song of Songs The Black-E, see 1st for details I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details

I Deaf School Liverpool John Moores University, see 19th for details I Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery, see 11th for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Echo Fact, see 3rd for details

Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health Sefton Park. See 1st for details I Chelsea Vs Liverpool 4pm I Everton Vs Southampton 1.30pm

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool

MONDAY 30TH Music Music I Mancini Magic & Hollywood Greats The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, 7.30pm, £13-£36/ £7 concs, 0151 709 3789. The Orchestra and vocalist Whitney Claire Kaufman perform music by Hollywood composer Henry Mancini I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 2nd for details I Ian Prowse Monday Club The Cavern Pub. See 2nd for details I Liverpool Acoustic Sound, Duke St, 8pm, 0151 707 6363. Weekly acoustic open mic night. Book ahead I Tom Odell O2 Academy Liverpool, doors 7pm, 0844 477 2000 Speakeasy Bootleg Band Studio 2, Parr Street, doors 7pm/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727, Mix of Jive and Harlame Swing Cup Of Tea The Lomax, Cumberland St, 8.30pm, open mic Tony Mac and Nowhere

Boys The Cavern Club, Mathew St, FREE 2-8pm, then £4/ £3 adv, 0151 236 9091

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance

I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 1pm & 5pm, £10, 0844 888 4411 I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm & 7pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Peter Pan 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details I Zagmuth See 21st for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, 2pm & 8pm, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £14/ £7 concs, 0777 211 2344. Adam Rowe, Rob Thomas, Sully O’Sullivan I Dave Spikey plus guests The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £25/ £20, 0800 177 7575 I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 6.45 & 9pm, £20/ £22.95, 0800 177 7575

Arts Theatre and Dance I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Social with Tate Collective

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Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, 11am4pm, 0151 702 7400. Monthly drop-in event for young people aged 15-25 I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature’s Way See 6th for details

Family I Christmas Crafts Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, 11am4pm, 0151 478 4199. Hands-on seasonal craft activity I Close-up magicians World Museum, William Brown St, 11am4pm, 0151 478 4393. Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle perform close-up magic I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details I All Hands on Deck Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1-4pm at intervals, 0151 478 4499. Discover more about Liverpool’s maritime past I Christmas Crafts Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1pm-4pm, 0151 478 4499. Make festive decorations I Music for the Classes Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1, 2 & 3pm, 0151 478 4499. Find out about the music surrounding the Titanic I Winter Storytelling Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 3pm, 0151 478 4240. Suitable for under-8s I Sudley Family Christmas Sudley House, Mossley Hill, 11am-4pm, 0151 478 4016. Seasonal craft activities and storytelling I The Elf that forgot about Christmas Sefton Park Palmhouse, 1.30pm & 4pm, £7. Interactive kids’ show with music, storytelling & magic. Tickets from wegottickets. com

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2-4pm, 0151 478 4046. Capoeira class for all ages and fitness levels. Pre-booking essential I Walk for Health Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve, 10.30am. See 1st for description I Coldwell Boxing Liverpool Olympia, West Derby Road, 7-11pm, £30/ £50, 0151 263 6633 I Everton Vs Fulham 3pm

Other Events I Victorian Christmas Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 1.302.30pm, 0151 478 4240. Experience a Liverpool Victorian Christmas in the court I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Car Boot Sale Metropolitan Cathedral, 8am-12pm, £10 per vehicle/ 20p entry, 0151 709 9222. Bring & sell your unwanted items I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, Tickets from www.cavernclub.org, 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool I Buddy Holly The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, doors 6.30pm/ start 7.30pm, 0844 888 4411 I The Cavern Today The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 9pm, £4/ £3 adv, 0152 236 9091. Dave Monks presents three of the very best Liverpool bands I Factory Floor The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Sq, 8pm, £10 adv, 0151 709 3789. London based ‘postindustrial’ band using live drums, synthesisers & noise I Michael Buble & Sean Styles The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with the Green Machine live band plus guests I New Jersey Nights Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 8pm, £36.50, 0844 8000 400. Celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons I The Tillerman Open Mic Show The Lomax, Cumberland St, 8.30pm, 0151 2360 329 I One More for the Road Hopskotch, Mathew St, 8.30pm, 0151 908 0098. Weekly open mic night I Open Mic Thursdays Heebie Jeebies, Seel St, 8pm, 0151 709

3678 I Fatherson Korova Club, Wood St, doors 7pm/ start 7.30pm, £5.50/ £5. Four-piece Glaswegian band I As Elephants Are The Shipping Forecast, Slater St, 8pm, £5.50, 0151 709 6901. Four-piece alternative pop band from Bucks I Speakeasy Bootleg Band The Grapes, Roscoe St, 9pm, 07950 828674 I Dead Hedge Trio MelloMello, Slater St, 8pm, 0151 708 0510

Theatre and Dance Theatre & Dance I From The Jam The Brindley, Runcorn, 7.30pm, £20, 0151 907 8360. I Aladdin The Playhouse. See 2nd for details

International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details

I Christmas Variety Show 2013 LIPA, Mount St, 7pm, £6/ £3 concs, 0844 873 2888. Students, graduates & members of the junior academy entertain with song, dance & illusion

I Santa’s Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery. See 1st for details

I Comedy of Errors LIPA, Mount St, 7.30pm, £8/ £4 concs, 0844 873 2888. The trials & tribulations of 2 sets of identical twins, separated as babies & reunited years later

I Narnia The National Trust Formby, 5-7.30pm £5/ £2, 01704 878591. Walk through the woodlands with the magical story of Narnia and meet Santa

I Cats Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£43.40, 0844 871 3017. Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s smashhit musical I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details

Comedy Comedy I The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £10/ £5 concs, 0777 211 2344. Tony Jameson, Davey Ash & Ste Harris I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £15, 0800 177 7575

Arts Arts I Face to face with the statues of the great hall The Great Hall, 10am-5pm, admission £1, 0151 225 6911 I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes

I Precious Cargo See 1st for details

Family

Sports & Leisure Sports I SAE Bootcamp Greenbank Park, 7-7.45am, £4.50/ £3.50 NUS per session, 07940 721 122. Cardio and Interval I Walk for Health Calderstones Park, 10.30am. See 1st for description I Shiva Yoga Beginner Level 1&2 The Women’s Organisation, St James St. Yoga, 7-8pm, £4.50/ £4. A form of Hatha yoga. Bring your yoga mat, water, and a jumper for relaxation. Suitable for over 16 yrs. I World Dance Classes: Chinese Dance for Chinese New Year The Black-E. See 4th for details

Other Events I Late Night Vintage The Shipping Forecast, 5.30-9.30pm, 0151 709 6901 I Magical Mystery Tour See 1st for details I Jelly Liverpool Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 9am-5pm, 0151 707 7747. Casual all day work-together I The Liverpool Philharmonic Experience The Philharmonic Hall, Hope St. Sold out I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. See 1st for details I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord

St, Church St. International market I Creative Process Oh Me Oh My, Water St, 4pm, £25/ £15 NUS. An afternoon packed full of inspiring speakers from tech to illustration

TUESDAY 31ST Music Music I Cast O2 Academy Liverpool, Hotham St, 7pm, £20.25, 0844 477 2000. '90s Brtipop band are back with support from The Hummingbirds I The Spirit of Christmas The Philharmonic Hall. See 17th for details I Do Robots Dream of Christmas? East Village Arts Club, Seel St, 7pm, £5 adv, 0844 847 2472. I Live Music The Cavern Pub. See 7th for details I Live Music The Cavern Club. See 7th for details I Saturday with The Beatles The Cavern Live Lounge, Mathew St, 8.30pm, £15, 0152 236 9091. Featuring The Cavern Club Beatles I Tina Turner & Stevie Riks The Green Room, Duke St, doors 6.30/ start 8pm, £25 (incl. champagne & festive platter), 0870 787 1866. Tribute acts, with the Green Machine live band I Kahuna The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7pm, 0151 2360 329. Five-piece Southport soul band I New Power Soul Club Studio 2, Parr St, doors 7pm for dining and drinks/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727. London-based funk & soul band playing 70s, 80s & more recent hits I Up Through the Atmosphere View Two Gallery, Mathew St, 8pm, £6, 0151 236 9444. An acoustic/ folk music celebration of all things festive and dreamy I SheBeat Sound, Duke St, 6pm, 0151 707 6363 I The Spirit and Sound of Steely Dan Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge, New Brighton, 8pm, £16, 0151 666 0000, less tribute and more homage Shanty UK Merseyside Maritime Museum, 12-4.30pm, at intervals, drop-in event, 0151 478 4499, traditional maritime music The Ultimate 80's The Green Room, doors 6.30pm/ start 8pm, £15, 0870 787 1866, Tribute Lawson Echo Arena, Echo Two, 8pm, £21.75, 0844 8000 400 Beans On Toast Mello Mello, Slater St, 7.30pm, £6 adv, Sean McGowan, Seven Years Behind, Spiritbear Ones To


LOWDOWN MONTH Watch O2 Academy Liverpool, doors 5.30pm, £11.25 adv, 0844 477 2000 I Madina Lake O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, doors 7pm, £16.87 adv, 0844 477 2000 I Good Times Studio 2, Parr Street, doors 7pm/ start 9.30pm, 0151 707 3727, Funk and Soul I Shamona Stamps Wine Bar, Liverpool Road, Crosby, 9.30pm, 0151 286 2662 I The Restarts The Kazimier, doors 7pm, £6, 0151 709 3789, Punk Rock I Wilson Minds Album Launch The Zanzibar, Seel St, 7.30pm, £5 I DJ Rahaan and James Morgan The Shipping Forecast, 11pm-3am, £5, 0151 709 6901 I Dig Deeper Williamson Tunnels, 7pm-4am, £13 NUS/ £15, Hernan Cattaneo (Four Hour set), Danny Howells (Dig Deeper Set) and many more I

Theatre and Dance I Theatre & Dance I Beauty and the Beast The Brindley, 1pm & 5pm. See 13th for details

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a variety of comedians, actors and entertainers I The Hitchhiker's Guide to Fazakerley Royal Court Theatre, see 2nd for details I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime St, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £10/ £5 concs, 0777 211 2344. Pete McCole, Lewis Calvert & Duncan Oakley I Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas Echo Arena, Kings Dock, 2pm & 7.30pm, £20.75/ £26, 0844 8000 400. 'Scouse Scrooge' comedy crammed with classic hits from the soul legend I Neil Fitzmaurice, Ste Porter & Keith Carter The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick St, 8pm, £15, 0800 177 7575 I Comedy Central at Albert Dock Baby Blue, Albert Dock, 6pm, £15-£33, 0151 702 5834, Headliner: Philberto, Compere: Dave Twentyman, Supporting: Dan Nightingale, Stuart Goldsmith I Hot Water Comedy Club The Crown Hotel Pub, City Centre, upstairs, doors 7pm/ start 8pm, £10/ £5 NUS, 0777 211 2344

I For One Night Only The Unity Theatre. See 12th for details

I Daliso Chaponda plus guests The Slaughter House, Fenwick St, 8pm, £17.50 Comedy Seated Ticket, Meal Deal Options from £28.50, 0151 227 5946, MC Neil Fitzmaurice introduces Daliso Chaponda along with Guest Comedian and Chris Cairns

I The Pied Piper The Unity Theatre, 2pm & 5.30pm. See 3rd for details

I Liza (on an E) Echo Arena, 8pm, £16.90-£33.50, 0844 8000 400

I Finding Wonderland Blackburne House. See 17th for details

I Kunt and the Gang The Lomax, Cumberland St, 7.30pm, £5, music and comedy

I Aladdin The Playhouse, 1.30pm & 7pm. See 2nd for details I Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs The Epstein Theatre, Hanover St, 2pm & 6pm, £10, 0844 888 4411

I Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, 2pm & 7pm, £14.50/ £12.50, 0151 666 0000. A magical giant of a pantomime I Peter Pan 2pm & 7pm. See 13th for details I Little Red Riding Hood See 3rd for details I Zagmuth The Lantern Theatre, Blundell St, 1pm & 7pm, £10/ £8, 0151 703 0000. A mesmerising, magical Christmas show for the whole family I Tommy Cooper Christmas Special 7pm. See 16th for details

Comedy Comedy I Variety Lunch Club The Royal Court Theatre, City Centre, 12.30pm, £3/ £6 incl. bowl of Scouse, 0870 787 1240. Featuring the best in local entertainment with

Arts I Messing about in boats Merseyside Maritime Museum, see 1st for details I The Drawings of Edward BurneJones Lady Lever Art Gallery, see 1st for details I British Dance: Black Routes International Slavery Museum, see 1st for details I David Hockney: Early Reflections Walker Art Gallery. See 1st for details I Magic Worlds World Museum Liverpool, 10am-5pm, enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy I Fireworks Rathbone Studio. See 3rd for details I Art Turning Left Tate Liverpool. See 1st for details I The Office of Useful Art Tate

Liverpool. See 1st for details I Mike Badger Bluecoat Display Centre, 10am-5.30pm. See 1st for details I Time and Motion FACT. See 12th for details I Advent in Art Rathbone Studio. See 1st for details I The Piers from Here Open Eye Gallery. See 7th for details I Palle Nielsen: The Model See 1st for details I Precious Cargo See 1st for details I Nature's Way See 6th for details

Family Family I Strange but True World Museum, William Brown St, 11am-4pm, 0151 478 4393. An unusual sideshow - a Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities I Eye for Colour World Museum, William Brown St, 1-4pm, 0151 478 4393. Find out about how animals use colour I Christmas Crafternoons Museum of Liverpool, The Waterfront, 2-4pm, 0151 478 4240. Hands-on activity making Victorian Christmas decorations I Santa's Post Room Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 10am-2pm, 0151 478 4136. Handson activity, writing & posting letter to Santa I Angelic Creatures Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 11am-4pm, 0151 478 4136. Drop-in event, hands-on activity making wings to wear I Sketchy Santa Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 11am4pm, 0151 478 4136. Kids can meet Santa who can draw! I Tales of Titanic Objects Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, 1pm-4pm at intervals, 0151 478 4499. Find out more about the facts and myths surrounding the sinking of the Titanic I Victorian Christmas Weekends Speke Hall, 12.30pm-4pm, 0151 427 7231. Christmas family activities and crafts I I've Seen Santa The Citadel, St Helens, 11.30am & 2pm, £7/ £5, 0174 473 5436. Funny, festive show with music, puppetry & high energy storytelling & an appearance from Santa

Sports & Leisure Sports I Walk for Health Sefton Park, 11am, 0151 295 3230. A series of short,

guided walks around Liverpool's parks and open spaces led by qualified walk leaders I Hull Vs Liverpool 2.05pm I Liverpool vs Crystal Palace 3pm SAE Bootcamp Greenbank Park, off Smithdown Road, 8.30-9.15am, £4.50/ £3.50 NUS per session, 07940 721 122, Cardio and Interval

Other Events I Magical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 11.30am & 2pm, £15.95, tickets from www.cavernclub.org. 2h tour of Beatles Liverpool I Christmas Buffet Lunch & Dance St George's Hall, St George's Place, 12.30-4pm, £18, 0151 428 2631. Annual event, all dancing levels and spectators welcome I Life Drawing Leaf Cafe, Bold St, 7-10pm, £9, 0151 707 7747. Model drawing; all levels welcome I Sarah Morpeth Papercutting Workshop Bluecoat Display Centre, School Lane, 11am-4pm, £39, 0151 709 4014 I Ice Festival Liverpool ONE. Attractions include ice rink, Apres Bar, Real Ice Bar, Santa's Workshop & Grotto. Go to www.liverpool-one. com for more information I Artisans in the Palm House Sefton Park Palmhouse, 11am-6pm. Hand-crafted items that don't cost the earth available for just one day I Midwinter Merriment Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 11am-4pm, 0151 478 4136. A celebration of seasonal art activities, music and song I Liverpool Christmas Market Lord St, Church St. International market I Santa Dash City centre wide. 8,000 Dashing Santas race through the city centre


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