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NOVEMBER12

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ENJOY THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS WITH LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC

PACO ˜ PENA: QUIMERAS

Directed by Jude Kelly

Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm £19.50-£28.50

Featuring Maddy Prior, Wonderful Christmastime, Spirit of Christmas, Frosty and Friends, It’s A Wonderful Life, Ken Dodd, Messiah, Anton & Erin and much more!

‘The flamenco and high energy African movement is superb’ The Daily Telegraph

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JOAN ARMATRADING plus special guest

DON McLEAN

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN PIE TOUR

CHRIS WOOD Friday 9 November 7.30pm £29.50, £35.50

Sunday 28 October 7.30pm £27.50-£38.50 The Cheap Flights Tour

AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD

The Only Way Is Epic

Monday 19 November 7.30pm £25.50, £31.50

FASCINATING AÏDA

Wednesday 21 November 7.30pm £19, £35

MARTY WILDE’S ROCK N ROLL PARTY

ADAM ANT & THE GOOD THE MAD & THE LOVELY POSSE Thursday 15 November 8pm £25-£32

Tuesday 13 November 7.30pm £22-£30

KEN DODD ELIZA CARTHY & NORMA WATERSON

Thursday 27 December 7.30pm Saturday 29 December 7pm £16-£25

Monday 3 December 7.30pm £18.50, £25

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WELCOME

It’s November! Traditionally the month where we celebrate the torture and burning of Guy Fawkes much to the bemusement of our foreign visitors who enjoy the fireworks but can’t quite understand what’s going on.

THIS MONTH

We have a wonderful interview with the legendary Van Morrison where he talks about his new album. We also have an eclectic mix of incredible homegrown talent including singer/songwriters Stephen Langstaff and Eva Petersen and the amazing Parkour and Freerunning Champion Ryan Doyle whose abilities have to be seen to be believed. We also welcome Frank Carlyle to the mix who is an authority on the facts and stories of old Liverpool and is an absolute mine of information.

PREVIEWS 08 Snarky Puppy, Lucy Rose

From further afield we have interviews with Becky from the Unthanks and comic Paul Tonkinson and we talk to Andrew Lancel about his upcoming role in Epstein : The Man Who Made The Beatles. So be careful with your fireworks while you burn your effigies and enjoy the beautiful autumn colours and the wealth of wonderful events taking place throughout November. PAUL

HIGHLIGHTS 04

Lowdown selections for October

NEWS 06 Mobo Awards, Snap Happy, GIT Awards SPORT 10

Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere

COMPETITIONS 14 Van Morrison, Adam Ant, High Flying Birds, Ultimate Blondie COVER STORY 16 Van Morrison

INTRODUCING 34

Ryan Doyle

COMEDY 22 Paul Tonkinson

THEATRE 30

Andrew Lancel

ALBUM REVIEWS 32 FILM REVIEWS 36 LISTINGS 41

What’s on this month

CLASSIFIEDS 58 EDITORIAL Paul Tsanos DESIGN Jason Powell CONTRIBUTORS Louis Dowling Liam Newman Kev Dixon Laura A. Hurst Dan Brennan John Robinson Allan Cosgrove Ged Magicwater

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HIGHLIGHTS 1st November Maximo Park O2 Academy

4th November Kevin Bridges Liverpool Empire

9th November The Killers Echo Arena

10th November Snarky Puppy The Kazimier

1st The Civil Wars

Philharmonic Hall

3rd Mobo Awards Echo Arena

11th November Andrea Bocelli Echo Arena

15th November The Man Who Made The Beatles Epstein Theatre


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15th Adam Ant

Philharmonic Hall

18th November Paul Tonkinson Slaughterhouse

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22nd November International Guitar Festival Floral Pavilion

25th November Larger Than Live - The Hairy Bikers Liverpool Empire

In Conversation With Stephen Graham St Georges Hall

27th November Van Morrison Philharmonic Hall

29th November Elbow Echo Arena


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NEWS Little Show of Horrors Snap happy for cancer charity A North West based photographer is inviting people to sit for business portraits which will help raise funds for a local cancer charity.

Andrew Collier will host ‘The Feel Good Factor’ on Tuesday 13 November at Liverpool Medical Institute. Andrew Collier said: ”Having got to know about the research projects funded by NWCRF and the dedication of those involved with the charity I was keen to contribute so decided upon £15 donations from each individual’s session. North West Cancer Research Fund provides funding to support essential cancer research here in the North West of England and Wales. One of the oldest independent charities in the North West, NWCRF funds research at University of Liverpool as well as Lancaster University and Bangor University. Business portraits cost £125 with £15 donated to the charity. ‘The Feel Good Factor’ is at Liverpool Medical Institute, 114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SR starting at 9am. Guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their appointment. Following post-production, images will be uploaded onto a private online gallery and two retouched shots are included in the price. Additional images can also be purchased. For more information about the committee and to hear about future events please visit www.nwcrf.co.uk

Petit Papillon De Nuit is a North-West based Alternative fashion blog specialising in punk, gothic, vintage, burlesque and Lolita fashion, events and beauty. They started as a blog but on the 2nd of November they will be launching their new site as an online alternative magazine. To celebrate they are throwing a huge night of style, glamour and terror. The Little Show of Horrors will feature a catwalk show of some of the most exciting local fashion brands, and you’ll be able to purchase lots of things from cupcakes to couture from the stalls. To top it all off entertainment includes a glitzy-horror costume contest, some of the best local punk-ska talent and a cheeky bit of burlesque. The event will be held at MODO in Liverpool’s concert square on the 2nd of November, doors will open to VIP guests at 6.30pm and doors will open at 7pm for everyone else. Tickets are £3 in advance and £5 on the door. VIP Tickets are available at £3 for the first 30 guests! VIP tickets include a free drink on entry. www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4337487542

MOBO Awards

The MOBO Awards 2012 returns to Echo Arena, November 3rd. Wiley, Emeli Sandé and Trey Songz have been added to the line-up for the 17th annual MOBO Awards at Echo Arena Liverpool, joining Labrinth and Conor Maynard – with yet more names still to come. This year’s Awards are shaping up to be the best yet and nominees include Rizzle Kicks, Rebecca Ferguson, Tulisa, Maverick Sabre and Conor Maynard. You can check out the full list of nominees and vote at www.mobo.com


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What’s on in November

Day of the dead

The Day of the Dead ‘Día de los Muertos’ is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and many other parts of the world. It takes place on 1st and 2nd November, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. During the festival families celebrate the passing of relatives and friends by building elaborate altars decorated with skulls and flowers and cooking the favourite dishes of their lost ones. Vigils are held, and families often go to cemeteries to fix up the graves of their departed relatives, usually babies and children on the first day and adults on the second. The origins of the festival can be traced back thousands of years and during the time of the Aztecs a month long summer celebration was overseen by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead. After Catholicism became the dominant religion the customs became mixed with the Christian traditions.

Get Into This

The GIT awards returns for a second outing to showcase all that’s good about the Liverpool music scene. The ‘Scouse Mercury Prize’ teams up with MOBO Award winner and former GIT Award nominee Esco Williams for November 16 launch party at Leaf’s Grey Space Collaborating with over 80 companies from Merseyside and the national music industry, the Award showcases Liverpool’s rich musical diversity, from the thriving hip hop scene to its electronica artists, from its long-established country and roots community to punk, folk and metal.

Friday 2nd COCKPIT Saturday 3rd RED ROCK Friday 9th BUMPER BLUES Saturday 10th SPACE CADETS Wednesday 14th SHOELACE BAND Friday 16th QUDOS Saturday 17th SELECTION BOX Friday 23rd INSANITY BEACH Saturday 24th KAPPA Friday 30th THE HEXMAN Saturday 1st THE CRUNCHED 5 CASK ALES ALWAYS AVAILABLE

Musicians, bands and creative types who would like to enter for this year’s prize are asked to send four tracks to getintothis@gmail.com or alternatively post to Peter Guy, The GIT Award, Liverpool Daily Post & ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. The closing date for entries will be Spring 2013 with the overall winner of the GIT Award and Inspiration Award to be announced in April 2013.

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PREVIEWS The best little whorehouse in Texas

Dancers from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) are taking a highkicking look at hypocrisy and politics, American-style. The third-year students are staging The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a musical, set in the 1970s, about a small-town brothel that is at once privately accepted and publicly shunned by politicians. This slice of Americana, performed from November 1 to 3, is fuelled by a country and gospel music-inspired score and explores what happens when a TV watchdog from the city becomes hell-bent on shutting the popular venue down. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is being performed at 7:30pm on November 1, 2, 3 in the Paul McCartney Auditorium, LIPA. There is a 2:30pm matinee on Saturday November 3. Tickets are priced at £8 adults/£4 concessions and can be purchased via Unity Theatre Box Office by telephoning 0844 873 2888 or by visiting the events and public performances of lipa.ac.uk.

Snarky Puppy

With the release of their last two live CD/DVDs on Ropeadope Records and GroundUP Music, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. The 3-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group (“Best Jazz Act” 2008, 2009, 2010) will be performing at The Kazimier on 10th November. Over the last four years of touring they have gained a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and musicianship. They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical or most carefree audience. Tickets £10 NUS/£12 full Price www.brownpapertickets.com/event/268752 For all you muso’s out there! As a prologue to their evening gig at The Kazimer , Snarky Puppy will host a 90 minute masterclass in the cosy surroundings of Studio 2. SNARKY PUPPY Masterclass: November 10th 2-3:30 pm, Studio 2, Parr Street, £5 NUS/£8 full price. Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/event/279089

Lucy Rose Johnny’s Acoustic Caravan Club Local singer songwriter Johnny Sands is taking his popular open mic night into Camp & Furnace. The event will take place every Thursday from 8pm.

The songstress from rural Warwickshire has built up a big reputation in a short amount of time. At the tender age of 23, Lucy is being tipped for great things and she can include Fearne Cotton and Edith Bowman amongst her rapidly growing fanbase. Don’t miss the opportunity the catch her this time round. The Kazimier Tuesday 6th November www.lucyrosemusic.com


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Everton FC: The Month That Was… In last month’s edition of Lowdown, I discussed the apparent ‘Toffee curse’ and whether Everton were finally showing signs of breaking the run of poor early season form which has plagued them in many recent seasons. Well, September was undoubtedly a fantastic month for the Blues, with David Moyes being rewarded for his work by winning the Premier League Manager of the Month. Following an impressive 3-0 victory over Swansea, Everton moved into the top four in the early season table. Signs were very much pointing towards an uncharacteristically strong start to Everton’s campaign. However, as September drew to a close, Moyes took the decision to choose fitness over form in the club’s Capital One Cup tie with Leeds, to give some of the club’s mainstays a rest. After a muted display, the Blues succumbed to a 2-1 defeat, ending one of this year’s potential cup runs before it had even begun. Moyes received a fair amount of stick on some social media sites, with criticism towards his negative squad choice and apparent lack of ambition in the tournament. Yet the squad themselves should take a large portion of the responsibility for their shock exit. In my opinion, with all due respect to the Elland Road outfit, Everton’s starting eleven included enough talent, such as Coleman, Fellaini and Mirallas, to see off a Championship team. Six minutes into Everton’s next Premier League fixture, it seemed that the ramifications of the cup defeat would spill over into their league form, after Gastón Ramírez

fired newly promoted Southampton into the lead. These fears, however, were emphatically silenced when the Blues responded with one of their best performances of the campaign so far, with Osman and a Jelavić brace ensuring a 3-1 victory. Following the win, Moyes was quoted as saying he would be happy to pay to watch Everton in their current form.

were limiting his performance.

However, quite rightly so, he was also quick to warn that the squad should not get dizzy from their positive results, especially when considering their Capital One Cup loss.

After the international break, Everton’s next league fixture was away at QPR, a team who had yet to register a win so far in the league and were rooted to the foot of the table. A largely dismal affair started off terribly for the Toffee’s, when a mistake by Phil Neville allowed Junior Hoilett to burst forward and score.

A trip to Wigan’s DW Stadium followed, where Everton had the opportunity to top the table going into the international break. However, the sense of fluidity between the players and their build-up play, which had been key to their previous impressive performances against Swansea and Southampton, seemed absent, as strikes from Arouna Koné and Franco Di Santo twice forced Everton onto the ropes. Fellaini seemed less of a key man, and more of a potential accident in the making, as various petulant outbursts seemed to threaten his chances of lasting the whole game. The most controversial of these was an aerial battle with Maynor Figueroa just before half-time, in which Wigan fans complained that the midfielder had led with an elbow. Personally, I believe the Belgian’s challenge did not warrant a red card, but it was obvious his frustrations

The once again exceptional Leighton Baines rescued a point for the Blues with a late penalty, after Nikica Jelavić had equalised in the first half. Incidentally, Baines’ successful conversion from the spot meant he has now scored all nine penalties he has taken in the Premier League.

The goal was admittedly fortuitous, only beating Tim Howard thanks to a nasty deflection, yet considering the time Hoilett was gifted on the ball and the space he was allowed to run into, the chance was one which should have been snuffed out earlier. Pienaar’s dismissal was of course a major talking point of the game, with Everton’s Facebook page erupting with Toffee fans angry at the unjustified second yellow card. However, despite his second booking being very harsh, he had moments before been warned for a challenge on Hoilett, one which could have easily have been the second yellow which ruled him out of the game and out of the Merseyside derby.


11 The impressive form of Baines, culminating in his first-team call up to the England squad, was something for Blues fans to cheer about in the past month. Baines’ nod for the start at left-back, a position held with a vice-like grip by Ashley Cole, indicated his possible contention for the position in the near future. Yes it was against San Marino, a team ranked dead last in the FIFA rankings, and it was also in the aftermath of Cole’s bust up with the FA over his offensive tweet, but I personally believe that, regardless of opposition calibre and surrounding incidents, Baines’ inclusion as starting left-back in the England team was thoroughly deserved. Realistically, Baines’ selection does not indicate a full transition as new first-team full back for England, but more likely a chance for Roy Hodgson to experiment with alternatives. Yet Baines’ form this season has helped cement his status as heir to Cole’s seemingly ever-present role in the England team. His performances in the league have thus far been key for Everton’s positive run. According to

the EA Sports Player Performance Index, the official rating system of the Premier League, Baines is judged as the third best performing player in the entire division. Of course, Baines is not the only Toffee feeling confident about his possible international future. Since the retirement of England captain John Terry, an unexpected opportunity has arisen for a centre back to inherit his place. Phil Jagielka, currently with 16 caps, has himself admitted that there is strong competition for the available role, but he is very much putting his name in the hat. Hodgson’s decision to start him against Poland indicated that his chances look good for permanent selection. At thirty, Jagielka must take his opportunity now to stamp his international legacy, considering younger alternative compatriots Gary Cahill and Ryan Shawcross are also ready to pounce, yet a strong season both domestically and on the international stage (when he is offered the chance) could allow him to make the transition from heir presumptive to permanent centre-back.

By and large, Everton’s performances through October, and in their entire season thus far, can be judged with cautious optimism. The EA Sports PPI rated Everton as the best performing team in the entire division prior to the international break, based on the combined performances of their players. Furthermore, two of Everton’s squad featured in the top five performing Premier League players, the previously mentioned Baines (3rd) and Steven Pienaar (5th). The team’s form has ranged from impressive highs (the performance against Southampton) to disappointing lows (Pienaar’s dismissal and the team’s subsequent draw with QPR). However, Everton’s results, coupled with Moyes’ managerial award, means that the Toffee’s will go into November in a very strong league position and, hopefully for fellow Blues fans like myself, the ability to carry on their current success. LIAM NEWMAN || @liamanewman

Tranmere FC: Wheels on the bus… Have the wheels come off at Tranmere Rovers? The first defeat of the season away at Bournemouth followed closely by the first home defeat in 18 matched against Doncaster. Actually there’s no cause to panic and hell, we’re still top of the league. We should have beaten Donny, we had all the possession. Perhaps the invention to unlock

their defence was sat injured on the side lines. It’s going to feel like a long 3 months wait for Jean Louise Akpa Akpro to come back, a team with our meagre resources simply can’t sustain losing one of our best players. The next game at home to Preston is a big one now, it’s vital we get back to winning ways and learn from these two defeats. After all a

quarter of the season has passed now and it’s been a belter for the Super White Army, anything less than a real challenge for one of the two guaranteed promotion places will be a terrible disappointment after our glorious start. IAN PROWSE ||


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Liverpool FC – Keep On Running… There’s a certain inevitability you face as a Liverpool supporter when watching a match this season. You know that we will play attractive football. You know that we will dominate possession, regardless of opposition – and you know that we will create chance after chance. Unfortunately, you also know that (inevitably) you’ll leave Anfield or wherever your travels have taken you thinking “if only we had someone to put the ball in the net...” It’s something I touched on in the previous column, and a theme I’m sure we’ll be revisiting over the course of the season unless a striker is signed in the January transfer window. Ignore the nonsense about “lack of value” in January that you hear from some quarters. Liverpool have concluded some great business over the years with Agger, Arbeloa, Mascherano, Rodriguez and Skrtel joining the club during the month of January. It’s imperative that reinforcements are made, or it’s going to be another long season culminating in the now familiar “if only...” On the pitch, Liverpool faced West Brom for the second time in just over a month -- the first instance being the Premier League season opener which Liverpool lost 3-0. On this occasion, it was the less glamorous Capital One Cup with Brendan Rodgers fielding a side consisting of academy graduates and fringe players -- both with their remit being “show me

you deserve a place in the team.” Oussama Assaidi and Samed Yesil both linked particularly well, with Assaidi being the main outlet for much of the game, and involved in all that was good about Liverpool’s play. Nuri Sahin scored 2 wonderful goals -- his first, a strike from 30 yards being the pick of the bunch. Seb Coates and Andre Wisdom once again gave assured displays in defence, with the latter already looking a safer bet than Jose Enrique who’s had an alarming dip in form over the last few months. The game finished 2-1 to Liverpool and the difference in performance compared to the opening day defeat was heartening. The 5-2 victory against Norwich was the clearest indication yet of just how Rodgers wants this Liverpool team to play. Metronomic with their passing, incessant in their pressing and strong in the tackle -- every player making himself available for the ball at all times. There’s no room in this project for players who like to “hide”, with work rate and a willingness to be positive in possession key elements of the formula. Suarez (rightly) took the plaudits after scoring a hat-trick, Allen is never anything less than an 7/10

and Sterling continues to develop at a staggering rate, but for me -- once again, Suso caught the eye. At only 12 months older than Sterling, it’s hard to understand why the national press aren’t giving the same attention to Suso as to Sterling, but rumours of Real Madrid watching the player indicate that it won’t be long until he’s an established name. A 3-2 defeat against Udinese in the Europa League was disappointing as Liverpool had completely controlled the first half, with Jonjo Shelvey scoring the opening goal. Shelvey has been touted as the heir apparent to Steven Gerrard by many at the club, but it’s only been this season that his performances have matched the promise. Assaidi picked up where he left off, Henderson and Downing were much improved, and Joe Allen again pulled the strings at the heart of midfield. It all went wrong in the second half. De Natale showed his undoubted class, scoring after a mistake by Glen Johnson. Udinese were suddenly a yard quicker, closing down with more purpose and it wasn’t long before the pressure told. Seb Coates scored an own goal to make the


13 game 2-1 to Udinese before Pasquale made it 3-1 just two minutes later. Suarez scored from a free kick making the game 3-2, and the introduction of Sterling from the bench turned the game back in Liverpool’s favour. For the last 15 minutes, it was all Liverpool with Sterling the fulcrum for wave after wave of attack. Initially it was seen by some fans as a negative, that Sterling -- a 17 year old was our “great hope”, but with every assured display he gives, that jaded view gives way to hope that Liverpool may have produced their best crop of youngsters since the MacManaman/Fowler days thanks to the changes made at the academy by Rafa Benitez. A game against Stoke City is always tough. Tony Pulis sets his team up to play a certain way. It’s just a shame that “way” doesn’t involve more football and less of what I can only describe as borderline assault. Stoke have been consistently in the top 6 spenders in football the last few years, so to have spent £80 million pounds on a side whose only discernible way of playing is to play long ball and kick your opponents off the pitch, is as disappointing as it is classless. Pulis’ comments after the match about Suarez showed that lack of class starts at the top, and trickles down. The game finished 0-0.

A 1-0 victory against Reading was the perfect antidote to the anti-football on display last time out. Suso made his first start after signing a new long term contract, Wisdom once again got the nod over Enrique and Brad Jones replaced Pepe Reina in goal. Liverpool, after a slow start, moved through the gears and took control of the game. Sahin showed further signs of adjusting to life in the Premier League, linking play superbly and almost opening the scoring after four minutes. Glen Johnson got forward at every opportunity, Suso played some Alonso-esque passes around the pitch, and Joe Allen was diligent as ever. Suarez turned provider, and sent Raheem Sterling clear on goal to score his first League goal after 28 minutes. 1-0 Liverpool, and the celebrations from the players and crowd cemented the view that we’re watching a very special player at the beginning of a long journey into Liverpool folklore. The ironic cheers on 37 minutes that greeted Suarez winning a free kick, were as loud (if not louder) than those that rang out for Sterlings goal previous. There’s a growing sense from all connected to Liverpool FC that the treatment of Suarez has now gone beyond a simple dislike of the player.

Let’s get one thing straight. Suarez dives. Absolutely. No Liverpool fan would suggest otherwise. But then so does Ashley Young, Gareth Bale and a whole host of British players, and therein lies the problem... At a time when the FA and PFA are furiously trying their best to be seen to uphold the “Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football” campaign, they’re ignoring a case of (at the very least) Xenophobia. The FA rules are such that offences by or against a player should be judged on their individual merits. This is clearly a situation where an individual’s “reputation is now before him” at the expense of a fair and equal treatment. This is nothing new, as players have suffered from this for as long as I can remember. Maybe it’s time to now look at the nationality of those who’ve suffered most, note the pattern and make the change. KEV DIXON ||

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Ultimate Blondie Adam Ant Adam Ant was the leader of iconic New Wave/post-punk group, Adam and the Ants, and one of the most original and innovative stars of the ‘80s. The Blueblack Hussar Tour brings him back to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Thursday 15 November. To win a pair of tickets answer the following:

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High Flying Birds

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Ultimate Blondie are a hot new act showcasing Blondie in their heydey. They will be in Eric’s on 15th December performing all the hits and more. We have two pairs of tickets up for grabs. To win just answer the following question:

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It’s been another huge year for Noel Gallagher and we have a copy of his new live DVD up for grabs. To win a copy of ‘International Magic Live at the O2’ just answer the following:

Northern Ireland’s very own prodigal son with a unique combination of compositional ability and raw vocal talents needs no introduction. To win a copy of his latest album just answer the following question:

Gentleman’s Dub Club are a 9-piece band from Leeds with a style based in dub, ska and roots reggae, combining tight grooves and a heavyweight sound, along with a super highenergy show. To win a pair of tickets answer the following question:

What was the name of the person who signed Oasis to Creation Records?

What job did Van Morrison do before his career took off?

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VAN MORRISON

An incredible career spanning over six decades, six Grammys, a Brit, an OBE, induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and he’s still releasing records. ‘Van the Man’ is one of the most enduring legends of popular music. John Bennett met Van Morrison at the Culloden Hotel in Belfast and asked him about his new album ‘Born To Sing/No Plan B’ – Blue Note Records/EMI). VAN, ‘BORN TO SING/NO PLAN B’. THAT HAS BEEN THE WORKING-TITLE, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, RIGHT FROM THE START OF THE ALBUM. THAT’S THE ONE YOU HAVE SETTLED ON. IT’S GOING OUT AS THAT THEN? Yeah, but I don’t really want ‘No Plan B’ to be a distraction or a red herring. It seems that people have a lot of questions about that. There isn’t really any question. ‘Born To Sing/No Plan B’. It is what it says it is. There’s no hidden meaning or anything. I don’t know why people are always looking for hidden meanings or something else. It is what it says on the tin.

I wasn’t really aware until I was looking at the Alan Lomax Folk Guitar book, do you know that one? I didn’t really know until that point because I was trying to work out, you know, what Leadbelly was doing on a 12 string, on a 6 string, so I didn’t really know until then because before then I wanted to be a vet. A VET? Yeah.

JUST INCIDENTALLY, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE WEAVERS VERSION OF IRENE? I don’t like it. I don’t like The Weavers version because I had heard the original by Leadbelly. Leadbelly actually did several versions. The one I like best is the one with Sonny Terry on harmonica and there is also one he did with Paul Mason Howard on zither, I like those two versions best but there are other people that have covered it, like Little Richard. He did a version that is interesting too.

ELABORATE ON THAT A BIT. HOW DO YOU MEAN THERE IS NO PLAN B? Well that’s my profession. Singing is my profession. There is no plan B. Maybe there might be one later on? I don’t know! There could be a plan B later but there isn’t one right now.

I DON’T KNOW WHY I SHOULD FEEL THAT THAT’S STRANGE BUT GIVEN THAT YOU ARE NOW A SINGER, THE TWO?... (Interjects) Well they didn’t think it was strange in school. When the teacher went around and said, ‘Well, what do you want to be when you leave school?’ and ‘What do you want to be?’ I said ‘a vet’ and the teacher didn’t think it was strange at all. He said ‘Oh yes, jolly good!’

YOU WERE BORN TO SING, DO I TAKE THAT LITERALLY? Yeah, well I think so.

DO YOU HAVE AN AFF NITY WITH ANIMALS? DO YOU LIKE ANIMALS? Well yeah of course I do, yeah.

EVEN FROM WHEN YOU WERE GOING TO SCHOOL? Well apparently before that. What they tell me is that I was singing in the pram. That’s what I was told.

WELL NOT EVERYBODY DOES? I didn’t know that, I thought most people did. I didn’t know that.

‘BORN TO SING/NO PLAN B’ IT IS THEN. I HAVE TO SAY VAN, LISTENING TO THE ALBUM, IT TOOK ME ON THE ALMOST PROVERBIAL JOURNEY THROUGH A LOT OF MY EMOTIONS BUT I SUPPOSE AS AN ARTIST, WHETHER YOU’RE A VISUAL ARTIST OR A MUSICAL ARTIST, THAT’S THE IDEA, TO PUSH AS MANY EMOTIONAL BUTTONS AS YOU CAN? Well its all about doing what you’re meant to do and no frills, like Mose Allison said about me, if you want to look it up, ‘There’s no smoke or mirrors, there’s no lights. It is what you get.’ That’s basically what you get. I’m not a tap dancing act. It’s just singing and songwriting.

SO AT WHAT STAGE DID YOUR VETERINARY ASPIRATIONS GIVE WAY TO THE MUSIC? Well, when I heard ‘Irene Goodnight’ by Leadbelly, the version with Sonny Terry on harmonica. When I heard that, that was it. Everything else went out the window I suppose.

AS I, AND AS MOST FANS, WOULD HAVE EXPECTED IT IS AN ECLECTIC MIXTURE AND, GOING BACK TO THE EMOTIONS, I FOUND MYSELF LISTENING TO SOME OF THE TRACKS AND I WAS UPLIFTED BY THEM. IN SOME OF THEM I WAS AGREEING WITH

AT WHAT AGE WERE YOU AWARE THEN THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE YOUR LIVELIHOOD?


LOWDOWN ON MUSIC YOU WHEN YOU WERE HAVING A GO AT MATERIALISM AND HOW THE BANKERS AND THE WORLD ELITE ARE RULING US AND THEN IN OTHER ONES?… (Interjects)Well I’m not really having a go. It’s like, as Lenny Bruce said. ‘It’s observation baby!’ It’s not having a go. It’s just observing what’s going on. BUT IF YOU PUT IT AS POWERFUL AS YOU DO IN YOUR MUSIC, THAT SURELY CONSTITUTES A PROTEST, WOULD YOU NOT ACCEPT THAT? A what? A protest? No, it is just observation. It’s just what’s around you on its most mundane level. If you turn on the box you get it, if you turn on the radio you get it. It’s money, money, money, money for several years now non-stop. I TAKE YOUR POINT. COMING BACK TO MY POINT, IF YOU SHOW THIS DISCREPANCY OR THE WAY THIS THING OPERATES AND YOU SHOW IT PATENTLY IN YOUR MUSIC PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ASSUME, RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, THAT YOU ARE MAKING A PROTEST AND THEY ARE GOING TO LABEL YOU, I THINK IT’S A LABEL YOU WOULD FIGHT AGAINST STRONGLY, THEY ARE GOING TO LABEL YOU SOME SORT OF PROTEST SINGER ARE THEY NOT? No. So that means everyone that talks about financial crisis and how people are getting screwed and losing all their money is protesting? Is a protestor? Is that what you’re saying? So that means that everybody that comes on the news or reads out the news is protesting? BUT THEY ARE NOT PUTTING IT IN AS POWERFUL A MEDIUM AS YOU MIGHT BE DOING WITH YOUR MUSIC? THAT’S THE POINT I’M MAKING. Well it all depends on your viewpoint but I don’t see it as protest. I just see it as song writing. It’s simply observation. You can write an essay about this or write a piece about it or a journalist can write about it. Journalists write about this stuff so say Stephen Glover is writing for whichever paper, is he protesting? No, he’s not protesting. He’s just writing a piece, so I don’t think it’s protesting. COMING BACK TO THE ALBUM, I SUPPOSE IF YOU WERE TO FOLLOW THE TEMPLATE OF COMMERCIALISM AND YOU WANTED TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY OUT OF IT YOU COULD SIMPLY PUT OUT 10 CLONES OF ‘BROWN EYED GIRL’ AND ALMOST BE ASSURED OF IT BEING A SUCCESS? Well I’ve ‘been there, done that’, but that’s not what it’s about. You start off young and then you get older and then hopefully along the way you gain more experience and you kind of absorb stuff and then you regurgitate that as songs. You’re not going to be the same as when you started out, no one is. Also, why would you want to clone ‘Brown Eyed Girl’? That already exists

and, on a different track, it’s not easy to clone ‘Brown Eyed Girl’s anyway, even if you wanted to because songs are unique within themselves. Some of them become more popular but you just can’t clone another one of those because there’s only one of them, you know what I’m saying? So later on I got into writing more about my experiences because the songs I learned to write were the songs that were written during say, the 50’s, early 60’s period. They were usually kind of love songs so I learned to write from listening to those old fashioned love songs, you know, 2 verses, middle 8, verse, instrumental solo, go back into the bridge. I learned songwriting from the stuff I heard when I was growing up and listening to my fathers record collection and stuff like that and listening to Folk, people like Leadbelly, a lot of the blues singers, although the blues singers didn’t usually use middle 8’s, very rarely, they just used 12 bar but there was a lot of poetry in blues, so that was my kinda MO (modus operandi) for song writing and they were usually blues type of songs. Blues, well that is more protest than anything if you think about it? Black guy singing about what he’s going through? They are real protest songs in the real sense of the word. So I learned to write from that point of view, Sam Cooke, that type of thing. They are mainly kind of love songs, so later on then I started to write more about all the shit that you have to go through just to be and exist and keep doing what you are doing, which is more philosophical. CAN YOU ISOLATE A POINT VAN ALONG YOUR CAREER, OR MAYBE EVEN ALONG THE CHRONOLOGICAL TRACK OF YOUR ALBUMS, WHERE YOU CEASED TO IMITATE THE TEMPLATE OF THE 50’S AND 60’S AND WHEN YOU BECAME VAN MORRISON THE SINGER/ SONGWRITER DOING HIS OWN THING? Well, I’m always doing my own thing. I still use the 50’s template to write songs, even now. BUT WAS THERE A POINT WHEN YOU STARTED ACTUALLY PUTTING YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES INTO THE SONGS? Well that’s what I’m getting to. That started later on with… I don’t remember the exact date… I think more going into the 90’s. WAS THERE ONE ALBUM THAT MAYBE STARTED THIS TREND? I think there is one in particular with about 6 songs on it. I think it’s ‘What’s Wrong With This Picture’ but it probably started before that. There were a couple of songs before that, a song called ‘Fame’ (fame, they’ve taken everything and twisted it), so somewhere around there. ECLECTIC IS THE WORD THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN I DESCRIBE YOUR ALBUMS, OR HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, AND THIS

ONE ISN’T ANY EXCEPTION. THERE IS SOUL IN THERE, BLUES, IT’S JAZZ, IT’S A VAN MORRISON COLLECTION, SO YOU HAVE?.... I DON’T KNOW IF RESISTED IS THE RIGHT WORD, BUT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN CHANNELLED INTO ANY ONE DIRECTION ALONG THE WAY? No, you see I was lucky because Ray Charles was like my role model and he always said he did everything. It’s all music and he did everything and he reinvented a couple of things too while he was at it. And there were guys like Bobby Darin who did everything, I mean Bobby Darin was song writing before anybody even knew what that was but he could also do other stuff. He could do folk, he could do Frank Sinatra, you know, so there’s people like that who covered all the bases. I SUPPOSE ONE OF THE DANGERS OF WRITING YOUR OWN SONGS AND PUTTING YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, YOU CALL THEM OBSERVATIONS, THE DANGER MIGHT BE VAN THAT YOU LEAVE YOURSELF VULNERABLE TO PEOPLE SAYING ‘AH WELL THAT’S WHAT HE ACTUALLY FEELS AT THIS MOMENT’, THAT’S HIM HONESTLY SAYING ‘THIS IS ME’. IS THIS FAIR? CAN I ACCEPT THAT WHAT YOU’RE PORTRAYING IN THIS ALBUM, THESE ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AT THIS MOMENT? No, it’s not this moment, but that moment. THE MOMENT WHEN YOU RECORDED THEM? Well when I was writing them and leading up to recording them. They were my observations then but it doesn’t even mean that, you know, it’s like a guy asks me a question about… he said ‘In that song you mention God and this other one you call it Pagan soul?’ and I said ‘Well, look, just because you write about something you don’t have to believe in it’, you know what I mean? It’s a bit reductionist to say ‘Yeah, that’s Van Morrison and that’s his life and that’s what he believes’. That’s very reductive, what the academics call reductive. So, it’s not your life because something can happen a week later that totally changes everything that you thought then, you know? It doesn’t work that way. BUT DO YOU NOT SEE THE PARADOX HERE VAN BECAUSE YOU ARE, BY ALL ACCOUNTS, A VERY PRIVATE PERSON AND YET WHEN YOU WRITE AND WHEN YOU SING YOUR SONGS?…… (Interjects) Yes, but I am not singing about me specifically. Just because I wrote a song called ‘Pagan Heart’ it doesn’t mean I’m a pagan. BUT THE DANGER IS THAT PEOPLE MIGHT ASSUME THAT YOU ARE? But that’s their problem. You see, this is what the problem is. Whatever people want to take out of it, that’s it. Everybody has got their own interpretation of what they are going to take


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out of any song, by anybody. Whether that be nostalgia and they remember where they were or it reminds them of something else, everyone has got their own interpretation of what they are going to take out of any given song anyway and that’s the whole point, that’s the whole point. I mean, if you have a painting, 20 people can look at that painting and go ‘It’s about this’, or ‘It’s about that’. It’s what you get out of it. That’s what it’s about. So these are ideas, people are going to take out of them what they need or what they want and if they don’t need it they are not going to take it, they won’t buy into it but obviously they want to get something that they can put their interpretation on, that’s the whole point, I think, of songs. BUT WOULD YOU ACCEPT THEN THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN SONGS THAT SHOULDN’T BE OPEN TO INTERPRETATION, WHERE THE MESSAGE IS SO STRONG AND SO CENTRAL THAT YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO BE PICKED UP AS YOU TRANSMITTED IT OR WOULD YOU BE HAPPY THAT ALL YOUR SONGS CAN BE TAKEN FROM VARIOUS PERSPECTIVES? Well, it’s both. It can be both. I don’t know if you are referring to any specific ones? NO, NOT PARTICULARLY. WELL… YES I AM. ‘PAGAN HEART’ LEFT ME FEELING… MUSICALLY IT’S SUPERB BUT IT LEFT ME FEELING A BIT UNEASY (VAN MORRISON LAUGHS) BECAUSE I WASN’T SURE

WHETHER YOU WERE A) WRITING FROM EXPERIENCE, OR B) WHETHER YOU HAVE A VERY VIVID IMAGINATION IN THAT DIRECTION, SO THERE YOU SEE I’VE GOT A DICHOTOMY ALREADY? Well I just read a lot. If you read enough books you’re going to get ideas and they’re going to come out in songs, it all comes out somewhere. I have also read a lot about Christianity too and I’ve written about Christianity but it doesn’t mean I’m a Christian. TRACK ONE: ‘OPEN THE DOOR (TO YOUR HEART) I TAKE YOUR POINT. LETS JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE ALBUM PER SAY AND START WITH THE TITLE TRACK ‘OPEN THE DOOR (TO YOUR HEART)’ WHICH IS QUITE CLEARLY ANTI-MATERIALISTIC. ‘MONEY DOESN’T FULFIL’ YOU SING, IT’S A STATEMENT OF THE HUMAN CONDITION I SUPPOSE? WHERE ARE WE HEADED? WHAT WOULD WE WANT THE GOAL TO BE? WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS COME FROM? WAS IT ONE PARTICULAR INCIDENT OR A PHRASE SOMEWHERE? Well no, it’s not one particular incident. It’s just looking at greed. Greed has been around for a long time. I don’t know about your business but it’s been in my business. My business is just all based on total greed. People, they can’t seem to get enough, so what I’m saying is ‘enough is enough’. You only need enough to survive and

live your life, that’s basically what I’m saying. YOU HAD FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE OF THIS, PARTICULARLY IN YOUR EARLY DAYS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS? Not just the early days. Even now. It doesn’t go away. You can get more on top of it if you are around long enough and you don’t die, then you can get on top of a lot of this stuff and you can come to grips with it but in the early days, I mean, I didn’t know anything! What did I know? I had to educate myself in all of this but the music business is predominantly based on greed and that’s what it attracts and fame attracts strangeness into your life. You can’t really get away from that, it just does. IT’S A GREAT OPENING TRACK; IT’S ALMOST LIKE A RETRO SOUL BACKING? Well, I don’t want to give the whole game away and I don’t want to give away trade secrets (laughs) but there was a song called ‘Open The Door To Your Heart’ by Darryl Banks, which I like very much. My song is different but sometimes other songs inspire songs so that was part of the inspiration. It’s a different song. BUT THE ARRANGEMENT, THE BUSY BASS LINE AND THE CLIPPED GUITAR? Well that’s just Motown, see that’s a take on Booker T and the MG’s which is… no I’m giving away too many secrets here. Can we cut that out? (Laughs)


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TRACK TWO: ‘GOING DOWN TO MONTE CARLO’ ‘GOING DOWN TO MONTE CARLO’. I’M SLIGHTLY CONFUSED HERE VAN BECAUSE THERE’S THE BEAUTIFUL ‘ULSTERISM’ IN IT, ‘GIVE MY HEAD PEACE’ WHICH MIGHT BE A BIT CONFUSING TO INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES (VAN LAUGHS). EXPLAIN WHAT YOU MEAN BY ‘GIVE MY HEAD PEACE’? It’s a local saying. People from here will get it and other people won’t, but basically it’s like, it’s seems very strange that you could go to Monte Carlo and find peace but yeah, hey, that happened to me. THAT WAS THE PARADOX I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND. WHY GO FROM NICE TO MONTE CARLO? MONTE CARLO IS PROBABLY THE RIP-OFF CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, ISN’T IT? Yeah that’s probably the only place I could have got it at that point and probably the only kind of places I can get peace now would be places like that which is a paradox but it’s true. HOW DO YOU GET PEACE IN MONTE CARLO? WHAT DO YOU DO TO? … (Interjects) For one thing nobody cares. They are too busy with their own lives and they have enough money so nobody really gives a damn about who you are really so that’s part of it. They’re not going to approach you because they are all… kind of stars in their own way so I can be anonymous there. AH SO YOUR HEAD GETS PEACE WHEN PEOPLE DON’T NOTICE YOU? Exactly. Absolutely. Anonymity. People don’t realise what a gift it is. They don’t realise what they have. People wanting to be famous, they don’t know what they’re getting into. Anonymity is a gift from God and people don’t realise what they have. THIS IS THE BIGGEST PARADOX OF ALL VAN. YOU’VE SPENT YOUR LIFE SEEKING PUBLICITY FOR YOUR BUSINESS? No, no I haven’t been seeking publicity at all. That came along with the job. YEAH, BUT YOU HAD TO DO IT? Yeah, but I was doing it for survival reasons. I wasn’t doing it because I wanted to be famous. I was doing it because that’s what they told me you had to do, ‘If you want this cheque son you have to do this’. So it was like the carrot and the stick all the time. This was how the business was so until you can work your way through all of that to some other place that’s the way it is and that’s the way it still is for a lot of people who have not worked through that. A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD WILLINGLY SWAP PLACES. THERE’S AN OLD SONG THAT SAYS, ‘WHATEVER YOU WANT, WHENEVER YOU GET IT, YOU DON’T WANT IT’, OR WORDS TO

THAT EFFECT. I THINK THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION FROM THAT END OF THINGS WOULD WANT TO BE FAMOUS? No, they don’t know what they want. They’re brainwashed to think that’s what they want. It’s just brainwash because this is another distraction. They are brainwashed into thinking that they want fame. They want to buy that paper that tells them they want fame or they want to watch the TV shows that tells them that they want fame or they want to see the magazine that tells them they want that because they can’t think for themselves. Their thinking mechanism has been short circuited so its like what other people think and what other people implant in their heads because they don’t know how to think for themselves. It’s that simple. YOU HAVE A QUOTE FROM JEAN PAUL SARTRE IN THE SONG ‘GOING DOWN TO MONTE CARLO’ WHICH SAYS ‘HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE’. Yeah. AND HE MAKES THE POINT THAT WE CAN’T ASSERT OURSELVES OR WE CAN’T GIVE A JUDGEMENT ON OURSELVES WITHOUT OTHER PEOPLE. SO WE ALL NEED OTHER PEOPLE, BUT YOU SEEM TO BE SAYING OTHERWISE? Well, but why did he say ‘Hell was other people’? BECAUSE WE CAN’T EXIST WITHOUT THEM? Exactly, but you can’t get away from that hell and you need them so again it’s another paradox. YEAH, THE BASIC PARADOX HERE IS THAT THE HARDER YOU HAVE WORKED, THE MORE SUCCESSFUL YOU’VE BEEN AND THE MORE RECORDS YOU’VE SOLD, THE MORE YOU CRAVE ANONYMITY, THE MORE YOU CRAVE THE LICENCE TO BE ALONE WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT. DO YOU SEE THIS AS THE PARADOX IT IS? Yeah, it is a paradox, but you see, I didn’t know this then. I didn’t know back then, I didn’t think it was going to last. I didn’t think all this stuff would still be out there with people saying ‘Oh yeah, I saw you on YouTube last night with such and such…’ and I don’t even remember doing it! But somebody has filmed it and I probably don’t even own the thing. So I didn’t know this stuff was going to be regurgitated later on. I thought it was just then! I thought, ‘this record is coming out then so that’s going to die out in a while, those pictures are going to disappear’. I didn’t know that all this stuff was still going to be around, I had no idea. I thought that at some point you could just stop doing this and you could go back to normal life. That’s how naive I was. But in the kind of world we’re living in all of this stuff keeps getting

regurgitated and regurgitated and that wasn’t happening when I started. They didn’t have the Internet, they didn’t have YouTube, they didn’t have Twitter, they didn’t have any of this stuff. You had a record player. When I started, that was it! That was a different world. THE MUSIC FOR ‘GOING DOWN TO MONTE CARLO’, I AM INTRIGUED BY IT BECAUSE OF ITS ‘MINOR’ KEY SOUND; IT LEAVES ME WAITING FOR IT TO RESOLVE ITSELF ALMOST? Well it’s not actually a minor key. It may sound like a minor key but it’s a Major 7th but I know what you mean. Yeah, resolve? Well, that’s it … To be continued. (Smiles) BUT I MUST SAY I LOVE THE ENDING, IT GOES ON FOR OVER 8 MINUTES (VAN LAUGHS) AND I GET THE IMPRESSION THAT THE RECORDING WAS DONE ‘AS LIVE’ ALMOST? Totally. Everything was ‘Live’, it was all done live. BUT IT SOUNDED AT THE END VAN AS THOUGH, YOU KNOW, YOU’VE GOT THE BASS COMING IN AND YOU HAVE WHAT SOUNDS LIKE A MUTED TRUMPET WITH THE ORGAN AND THE SAX? (VAN: ‘THAT’S RIGHT’) AND I GOT THIS FEELING OF SERENITY ALMOST AT THE END, AS THOUGH YOU HAVE GOT YOUR HEAD SHOWERED. IS THAT RIGHT? DID I READ THAT RIGHTLY? Absolutely. It goes into the meditation process at the end, that’s right. Some sort of nirvana is achieved there. IN A LIVE PERFORMANCE THAT COULD GO ON FOR 10 OR 15 MINUTES, COULDN’T IT? Yeah. Easy. TRACK THREE: ‘BORN TO SING’ BACK TO ‘BORN TO SING’, THE TITLE TRACK. YOU SAY IT COMES WITH A ‘STING’? The sting is fame because you’re not told about that when they tell you… ‘You were singing in the pram and your granny used to sing these little Scottish melodies to you’ …. and you think ‘Yeah, well that makes sense’, but you don’t know about all this other crap that you’re getting into when you’re just starting out. When you’re starting out you have no idea. The sting is, having to deal with all the shit that this attracts. AND IT’S IN INVERSE PROPORTION TO THE SUCCESS AND THE FAME ISN’T IT? THE MORE SUCCESS YOU GET, THE MORE THE PAIN BECOMES? IS THAT THE WAY IT WORKS? Well it all depends on who you are. See, I’ve always done this because I love the music. It’s like what they say about jazz. You don’t do jazz for money, you do it for love. Same kind of thing, I’m doing this for love. Not fame, not money and that’s always been the M.O.(modus operandi) and that’s why I got into it because I heard people and they did something to me. They changed my consciousness, they changed my


21 thinking. Something changed within me when I heard these people. So, I was like, ‘yeah, that’s what I want to do because I love it. I want to do that because that is something really’…. I don’t know what it is, Spiritual? It’s something that takes you somewhere else so that’s why I want to do it and that’s my whole modus operandi for doing this. But it has taken me into these other areas. I’ve tried to do it without getting into these areas but because of where we are in history and because we have all this internet, all these magazines, all this hype like fashion, fame, all this fuckin’ crap, it’s only recent. All of this stuff is very recent. People used to be into music in my day. They didn’t care if someone was like wearing a shiny jacket or something so people usually got into it, why? Because they loved the music. If you wanted to do it you had to love it. It was all focused on the music if you were doing what I was doing. It wasn’t focused on anything else. So that became manipulated by “Oh yeah, blues! We can sell that!” I came in on that. People tend to forget that’s where I came in, as a blues singer. The guy that came from London to ‘The Maritime’, he came to hear a blues singer and they wanted to sign a band that had a blues singer. So that was my calling card and this is all forgotten now but that’s the reality of how then I got to make records, Phil Solomon, and all that kind of stuff. That was the premise for kicking this off. They wanted to sign a blues singer from Belfast. They had several from London, one from Newcastle, a few from other places and they wanted one from here. So my calling card was as a blues singer. I was doing that music because I loved it. Nobody else here was doing it. They didn’t want to know. If you mentioned blues in Belfast people were like, “yeah, what are you talking about? You’re away in the head. You need a gig in a show band”. That’s the way it was. It was a different world. So I actually came out of a different era, different time, different consciousness, different everything. THAT’S SURPRISING BECAUSE YOU’RE SAYING, IF I GET YOU THE WAY YOU MEAN ME TO GET YOU, YOU CAN DIVORCE THE FAME FROM THE ACTUAL ARTISTRY AND THE MUSIC, BUT WHEN YOU THINK TO THE 60’S, THERE WAS BEATLE MANIA AND THAT WASN’T … (Interjects) Yeah I know but how many people from that era, apart from the Beatles, can you now name? There were hundreds and hundreds of people and a lot of them were really good .You used to see guys in Germany that were amazing. Where are they now? You never hear about them. You only hear about the ones that made

it. You don’t hear about the other hundreds of people that were good that didn’t have a manager like Brian Epstein that gave everything away so that he could get airplay. It’s like horses for courses but you’re talking about the mainstream. I’m not in the mainstream, I never was, I never wanted to be in the mainstream. That’s not what I wanted to do. IN TERMS OF RECORD SALES YOU ARE? No, I sell enough for them to name check me. I sell enough and I’ve sold enough and there has been enough for them to bring me in because I’m actually credible. So they bring me in for credibility factor, not because I’m selling millions of records ‘cause I don’t. You know, some of them have done that over like, I think, 30 years or something? But, they don’t name check me because of that. They name check me because they want credibility there with all the non-credible people. They need credibility, that’s where I come in. BANKABLE IS THE WORD THEY USE I THINK, IS IT? I don’t know. I’m bankable to a certain degree but I’m more bankable for gigs than I am for selling CD’s. There are more people come to the gigs than buy the CD’s. ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THAT ARRANGEMENT? Yeah, sure I’m happy. I don’t want to be in the mainstream. I’m not in the mainstream. If people think I am, that’s their fuckin’ problem. That’s not my problem, that’s theirs. I know who I am, I know what I’ve done, I know what I’m doing, so I don’t have to buy into other peoples baggage. I know what’s going on, I know what the game is, I know where I fit, I know where I don’t fit, I know all this. GOING BACK TO ‘BORN TO SING’ AND THE BACKING HERE, I GOT SUN RECORDS INTO MY HEAD LISTENING TO THIS. I GOT CARL PERKINS, ELVIS AND JOHNNY CASH? Well Elvis wouldn’t be in there but Carl Perkins, yeah. I got to know Carl Perkins actually later, a really nice guy. I cut four tracks with him. One came out on a tribute to Sun compilation. It’s a version of ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’, not the show song, the blues song. Ahmet Ertegun produced it and there are 3 other tracks that haven’t come out yet. IT HAS THAT NEW ORLEANS, ALMOST LIKE A SLOW MARCH, A BIG INSISTENT BEAT TO IT. IT’S SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO, ISN’T IT? (VAN LAUGHS) YOU CAN’T IGNORE THAT BEAT, CAN YOU? IT’S A FEEL GOOD SOUND, IT’S A GOOD SONG AND THAT ONE WILL GET A LOT OF AIRPLAY I WOULD SAY. That’s the one I would pick and you, being in that business, would know.

WELL I WOULD PICK IT FOR THE REASON THAT IT’S A GOOD RADIO SONG. IT’S PROBABLY A GOOD SINGLE RECORD AS WELL? I just said that yesterday as a matter of fact. IT JUST SHOWS YOU WHAT BRILLIANT INTELLECTS WE BOTH HAVE (BOTH LAUGH) Yeah. JUST TO REITERATE THE POINT THAT YOU’VE MADE A COUPLE OF TIMES IN OUR CHAT, REVIEWERS OF THE RECORD AND INDEED YOUR FANS MIGHT ASSUME THAT WHAT YOU ARE SINGING ABOUT HERE IS A STATEMENT OF YOUR STATE OF MIND AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THESE THINGS BUT YOU WOULD MAINTAIN THAT YOU ARE MERELY THE OBSERVER PASSING ON WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE MOMENT. I THINK IT’S WORTH REITERATING THAT? THAT IT IS NOT NECESSARILY YOU PREACHING TO ANYBODY ABOUT ANYTHING? No I’m not trying to get, or put myself, in that kind of position. That would be, you know, that would be a suicide mission. No, like I said, songs are merely observations. Not just these songs, but any songs. They are merely observations and ideas. It’s called the world of ideas. That’s what it’s called so ideas end up in songs. They go into your subconscious mind and they come out in some way but I’m not going to set myself up to be something I’m not. BUT IF IT STARTS A DEBATE ABOUT THE SUBJECTS I SUPPOSE YOU’D BE HAPPY ENOUGH THAT MAYBE YOU STARTED IT OFF? (VAN LAUGHS) IT MIGHT EVEN START A ROW? (LAUGHS) (Laughing) Maybe get to go on ‘The Nolan Show’ or something? Is that it? (LAUGHING) VAN MORRISON, ‘BORN TO SING/NO PLAN B’ THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED. Thanks John. Van Morrison is at The LIverpool Philharmonic on Tuesday 27th November. You can read the extended interview at www.thelowdownmagazine.com


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Paul Tonkinson is a comic with a polished line in mimicry who manages to ridicule most of the UK, and abroad, at the same time. Time Out Comedian of the Year and Channel 4 star, best known for his time as a Big Breakfast presenter THIS IS YOUR FIRST HEADLINING TOUR, WHAT TOOK SO LONG? I’ve done little tours and forays but i suppose it’s just because i’ve been doing other stuff really, especially radio and telly. I’ve been sufficiently busy that it’s never really opened up to me but now seems like the right time to do a proper UK tour.

forget them. The column keeps me running as well, a lot of people really enjoy the column and it’s something I always wanted to do when i used to read the magazine.

YOU WON SOME HIGH PROFILE AWARDS EARLY ON IN YOUR CAREER AND MOVED QUICKLY INTO TV. HOW DID YOU START OUT? I was the joker of the class but i never really considered it as a profession. Then i got into University in Manchester to do drama, more of a fluke really. I was going to do politics in Leicester and they called me first so i did that and i just started performing my own stuff to other students and quickly realised i could do it aged 18/19. From then on i just thought ‘lets do it’ but i wanted to be a footballer and loads of other things but it just developed. There wasn’t that many people around when I started off so if you were any good you just sailed through very quickly.

YOU DID THE THE FIRST GIG IN IRAQ AFTER THE WAR OFFICIALLY FINISHED. IS IT DIFFICULT TO BE FUNNY IN PLACES LIKE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN? It was actually quite surreal. I was out in the desert on stage with tanks on either side. There was me, Bjorn Again and a Bee Gees tribute. The atmosphere then was quite buoyant but as morale fades and these conflicts get more complicated it undoubtedly gets harder. I’m not pro-war at all, i’m interested in people. I’ve done gigs where it’s stopped because theres a mortar attack and literally half way through a gag everyone hits the floor including me and then the gig stops for a few minutes and when the siren lifts you just get up and start telling jokes again. It’s unusual but mostly I’ve felt safe. I’m no hero, sometimes you’ll land with no lights on the plane or helicopter because of security risks or the helicopter lands and you have to sprint out before it takes off again. Things like that don’t come naturally to me but the guys there live like that every day so you just muck in for a few days.

YOU WRITE A COLUMN FOR ‘RUNNERS WORLD’ I’M ASSUMING YOU LIKE RUNNING? Yes i do a monthly column. I run because it’s really easy to be unhealthy when you do stand up, when you walk off stage and start boozing or drive home and eat loads of rubbish food and late nights. A lot of people just get a bit lardy and unhealthy. I play football and i ran loads as a kid but it’s just something i started doing 6 or 7 years ago. I enjoy it and feel loads better and it’s undoubtedly good for your head. You have some really good ideas when you’re running but you havn’t got anything to write them down onto so you have to run home fast before you

SO YOU CAN’T STOP NOW EVEN IF YOU WANT TO? Yeah! exactly. I’m committed.

AND AT LEAST YOU’RE A GOOD RUNNER. Exactly, bit of interval training. Get your head down and leggit! I BELIEVE YOU ARE WORKING ON A NEW SITCOM. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT? It’s called Insecurity and it’s about two guys who work in security. Two night security guards. I really enjoyed making the pilot and it’s

in development at the moment so I hope we can do something. My main focus is always on stand up really because it’s so immediate and it’s something you can control. You can think up funny ideas and tell them that night. YOU ARE AN AVID MAN U SUPPORTER ARE YOU EXPECTING ANY HECKLERS? As I get older I must admit I take it a bit less seriously than I used to which is probably a good thing. I’ve always enjoyed gigging in Liverpool. There are some great comedy clubs there. The Slaughterhouse and Rawhide are great clubs and just fantastic crowds. Very honest, genuine crowds and with a natural wit themselves of course. It’s always good fun to gig in Liverpool. YOU GET NAMECHECKED BY A LOT OF OTHER COMEDIANS WHO SPEAK HIGHLY ABOUT YOU. WHO DO YOU ADMIRE YOURSELF AND IS THERE ANY UP AND COMING TALENT? Theres a kid coming through called Josh Widdicombe who’s a funny lad with really good gags and theres a funny comedian from Oldham called Steve Shanyaski who’s very funny, like Peter Kay but with a bit more edge but the standards generally very high at the moment. AND WHO INSPIRED YOU WHEN YOU WERE LEARNING? The first comic i actually saw live was Jimmy Tarbuck in scarborough when i was 8 years old and i remember thinking ‘this is quite good fun’ and when i got older Richard Pryor was the main one just because he was so natural and physical and just hilarious and British comics like Billy Connolly who is just a master story-teller. You can catch Paul Tonkinson at The Slaughterhouse on Sunday 18th November


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LIVE REVIEWS Twisted Wheel ERIC’S OCTOBER 16

Raid, riot – call it what you like. The Twisted Wheel gig on Tuesday 16th October was like The Clash or The Pistols all over again. The sheer aggression of the band’s last number, You Stole the Sun, sent an already hyped crowd into overdrive and sparked a chaotic swarming of the stage. It was incidentally at this point that I saw a Frisbee flying in my direction. Well, I say Frisbee; it turned out to be a cymbal and now I’m in A+E. But a sore mouth and a long wait in The Royal aside, I still regard it as a quality night of music. Through a showcase of their most recent material from the Do It Again LP, Twisted Wheel demonstrated a real step up in both maturity and class. Front man Johnny Brown delivered his vocals with typically Mancunian attitude whilst new bandmates Eoghan Clifford and Stephen Evans came across equally confident. The biggest cheers of the night, however, were saved for classics We Are Us, Strife and Oh What Have You Done. The reaction to these songs was a spectacle in itself and proved that Twisted Wheel provide one of the best punk rock experiences around. LD

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For a migrant student like myself with a passion for music and politics Sheffield in the early 1980’s was a good place to be. The now legendary Leadmill club was still in its infancy and local bands including The Human League and Heaven 17, were emerging. David Blunkett was also forging a career for himself as ‘leader’ of the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire. For the locals however, the decline in the local steel and mining industries and the increasing spectre of Thatcherism was making life very tough. Against this backdrop, Heaven 17, released their second and breakthrough album The Luxury Gap in the spring of 1983 just a couple of months before Margaret Thatcher led the Tories to their clearest win in a general election since the end of the Second World War. Last year they played the Luxury Gap live in its entirety for the first time at the Roundhouse in London and buoyed by the success of those gigs they decided to take the same show out on tour. Last night was the first gig of that tour. To be honest, Heaven 17 have never been one of my favourite bands and the Luxury Gap was not my favourite album by them and despite the left wing tendencies of some of their songs I had always dismissed them and their music as being a bit light weight. But last night they won me and an enthusiastic, near capacity, audience over. Backed by a great five piece band and a suitably retro neon lit backdrop, original members Glenn Gregory and Martin Ware played a set that actually sounded pretty contemporary, including two different barnstorming versions of Temptation as well as downbeat but really effective covers of two of my favourite songs, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by the Righteous Brothers and Party Fears Two by the Associates. We even forgave them for having to restart (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang and Geisha Boys & Temple Girls. Heaven 17 have clearly bridged the musical gap between 1983 and 2012. In the light of the last weekend’s march against the austerity cuts we would all do well to do the same politically. JR


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PHILHARMONIC HALL SEPTEMBER 24 A number of years back Kevin Rowland was offered the chance to join one of the many 80’s revival shows touring the UK performing Dexy’s Midnight Runners greatest hits for the benefit of middle aged nostalgia enthusiasts and his soon to be cracked pension pot. He got as far as attending one show but felt it wasn’t something he could involve himself with stating that if he had nothing new with the wear of anyone listening to then he would rather remain in the relatively obscurity that past years had brought him to. An obscurity that involved drug addiction, homelessness and a loss of self belief. So off he went reforming and rebranding his old band ‘Dexy’s’ The first studio album for 27 years duly followed. The critical acclaim it received proved Rowland’s decision to swerve the cabaret circuit a wise one. The Philharmonic lent itself splendidly to the evenings performance. The album is very concept like. A gentleman of a certain age (not we are assured Mr Rowlands himself) reflects on his past and muses on life. His melancholy tone is suddenly interrupted when he notices and is attracted to a woman, ‘She’s got a wiggle” and he falls for her, dueting with her image on a large tv screen. He woos her, wins her and they declare undying love as she materialises from the wings to appear on stage. ‘I’m always going to love you’ follows, an upbeat self explanatory declaration of their mutual attraction. Suddenly our protagonist has a change of heart. She is furious and he attempts to placate her with the offer of a less exclusive relationship. She leaves and our unrepentant hero celebrates with the thumping ‘I’m Free’ before finishing the album with the beautifully sad ‘It’s OK John Joe’ Rowland is a renowned perfectionist so it’s no surprise that he surrounds himself with highly accomplished musicians who brought the album to life with Mick Talbot, Big Jim Paterson and Dave Ruffy et al playing faultlessly throughout. Rowland was his usual, intense, animated self inhabiting the role of protagonist perfectly, all swagger and belligerence. His unique voice as powerful and as fascinating as ever. The obligatory hits ended the evening “ Come On Eileen’ ‘From A to E’ and a finale of ‘What She Like’ which saw Rowland leave the stage only to appear amid the crowd to lead them into a singalong. The evening concluded with a prolonged and richly deserved standing ovation. GB

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FRANK’S TALES OF OLDLIVERPOOL

The Last Duel Just before dawn on a cold frosty December morning in 1805, two army officers, Colonel Bolton and Major Brookes along with their seconds and a surgeon, made their way to waste land in Pembroke Place to fight out a duel of honour. However, this type of honour, was going to be the very last to be fought out in Liverpool. The duel came about when Major Brookes asked Colonel Bolton what salary he was receiving. The Colonel flatly refused to tell him. The Major found the answer to his question to be very insulting and challenged him to a duel. Whilst filming Liverpool’s last duel in Pembroke Place, something wonderfully strange occurred that could only happen in Liverpool. I was talking into the camera and demonstrating how Colonel Bolton took aim and fired his pistol at his

adversary Major Brookes, killing him instantly! I could see three elderly ladies out the corner of my eye, looking and listening to what I was saying. As I was finishing what I was saying, I could see the ladies becoming more agitated with me! Finally I finished, by saying ‘The Major, fell, right here, dead’. After emphasising the word dead, one of the elderly ladies, came up to me and in no uncertain terms, said ‘ Here, no murders or shootings go on, this is a nice place and news people like you make up stories about us, the only things that happened here

was the bombs through ‘Itler’’. I tried to tell her that this particular shooting had taken place over 200 hundred years ago. Obviously, they wouldn’t have it! And as the three elderly ladies disappeared down Gill Street, they kept repeating ‘No shootings ever happen here, only them ‘Itler’ bombs… Wonderful stuff, and it could only happen here in Liverpool FRANK CARLYLE LiverpoolUnravelled.com


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NEVERENDING STORIES

It’s been another busy year for The Unthanks as they continue to mix their brand of English folk storytelling with a range of other musical genres. They have also made the foray into movie soundtracks. Tales from the Shipyards is the beautiful and moving film tracing the story of shipbuilding, accompanied by a soundtrack performed live by The Unthanks. It’s also the title of Vol. 3, a studio album containing the best of the music from the soundtrack. We spoke to Becky Unthank about the band and taking over pubs in the North East for a singalong. FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T LISTENED TO YOUR MUSIC YET HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT IT IS YOU DO? It’s tricky, but me and my sister essentially sing North east folk songs bit we are lovers of music in general so we always look for a great story to sing about and then try and tell that story with music using harmonies and pianos and string quartets and brass bands, whatever we fancy really. We like to have a go a different things. YOU ARE OFTEN DESCRIBED AS COUNTRY AND FOLK BUT IT’S MUCH MORE THAN THAT... I’m proud of calling myself a folk singer and love to sing a great folk song but we don’t worry about being bound by what a folk band should sound like or any stereotypes we just love to play music and sing and we just find different interesting ways that stimulate us and find a good way to tell that story. The story is always king, that’s our role.

WORK WITH? I like singing with my sister and we have loads of ideas of what we would like to do in the future but we are quite relaxed about it. I don’t know what i would say if i met some of my idols. We’ll just see what happens. YOU HAVE A BIG FOLLOWING IN THE UK HOW IS IT IN OTHER COUNTRIES? You never know what to expect. We do really well in Australia, the last time we went the amount of people had tripled and they just seem to really get it. we did quite a big tour of Europe and some places were quiet and others were brilliant so it’s hard to get your head around how your music gets out there. Obviously the internet is amazing for that.

YOU ORIGINALLY STARTED OFF AS AN ALL GIRL BAND. It just happened that way but then we liked it. Me and my sister singing has always been the basis of the group. The reason we allowed boys to be in the band is because Adrian (our manager and Rachel’s husband) plays piano and would mediate what we wanted to the players with me and my sister not really being trained in music. Piano players left for various reasons and we said ‘why don’t you just do it instead of trying explain it to somebody else’ so we dragged him into the band kicking and screaming and it went from there and we let a few more boys in.

YOU HAVE STARTED SINGING WEEKENDS, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM? We Absolutely love touring but one thing we miss is communal singing that we do to celebrate the passing times of the year, birthdays, folk festivals and things so we decided to try and recreate that and link it in with some harmony workshops and a passion of cooking. Basically there’s five of us and we invite forty people via our mailing lists first and then put it on general sale, but it never usually gets past the mailing list, we cook for everyone and we do harmony workshops but they are all about singing together not like a singing lesson. Then we walk along the beach singing and go to the pub and take over singing songs all night. It’s so much fun. We have one in November and another in December and four booked in the new year.

YOU HAVE ALREADY COLLABORATED WITH ROBERT WYATT AND ANTONY HEGARTY. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WOULD LIKE TO

ANY PLANS TO TAKE IT ON THE ROAD? We thought about it but we have a really good spot in Northumberland and all of our

parents get involved with the singing and that’s something we would miss but we have thought about doing them abroad which might be amazing so we’ll see. THE NEW ALBUM IS A MOVIE SOUNDTRACK, WAS IT A DIFFERENT APPROACH? It’s a totally different album from what we would usually do because we wrote the music for the shipyard film. It was a really organic process between the filmmaker and us and us and what songs would dictate the images and what images would dictate the songs so we arranged that music and arranged the songs in a way that would complement the images and not override the film. So it wasn’t really about us performing as much, it was about the film. It was a different way of recording and it does sound different, it’s really calm. What’s really nice is we were able to use some of the sounds from one of the films by Amber films called The Romantic Tees. But yes it’s a totally different process, on the next studio album i wonder if that will influence how we make it. IS IT SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO MORE OF? Yeah definitely, I loved watching the film. We spent a week sitting in the dark learning when to come in and get the timing right and you really get to know the characters that embody the whole film, those characters are the film, they are the people that ran the industry and made it what it was. So yes i would love to do more. The Unthanks are at The Epstein Theatre – Saturday 3rd November


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HIDE YOUR LOVEAWAY Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles opens soon in Liverpool. The multi-media play with live music forms part of the official programme of Liverpool’s 50th Anniversary of The Beatles, is a highlight of Liverpool’s annual Homotopia International Arts Festival and the first major production at the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre named after Brian. Acclaimed actor and TV star Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill, Queer as Folk) plays the lead role of Brian Epstein and newcomer Will Finlason takes on the fictional role of ‘This Boy’ – a character that embodies the soul of 60s Liverpool. The play play charts Brian Epstein’s adult life and illustrious career from his drama school days to managing the world’s biggest pop group. Lancashire-born Andrew Lancel most recently played the high profile part of Frank Foster in ITV’s Coronation Street and has also had notable roles in ITV’s The Bill (as DI Neil Manson), Channel 4’s Queer as Folk (Harvey Black) and BBC1’s Cardiac Arrest (Dr Andrew Collin). I HEARD THAT THE PRODUCERS WERE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL TO TAKE THE ROLE. THIS IS YOUR FIRST PLAY FOR SEVERAL YEARS. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO TAKE THIS PARTICULAR ROLE? After 10 years in television I had a lot of choice. However when the role in the bio play of a guy I thought I knew came along I knew I had something special – I have never read a bio play with so much integrity. The play is a part of the Homotopia festival and has made me laugh and made me cry and I think it will have the same effect on audiences. Playing the part of the guy who changed the world in a show which has its world premiere in Liverpool is a real buzz. WAS ACTING A DELIBERATE CAREER CHOICE? It just happened, really. Through school to youth

theatre to theatre it was a gradual thing. I was always singing as a boy and acting went kind of along side it. Acting is a highly enjoyable but exhausting, but this Jen Heyes and Andrew Sherlock product is the reason I act and in this role I want to remind myself, and everyone else exactly who Brian was, warts and all. DO PEOPLE EVER MISTAKE YOU FOR YOUR CHARACTERS IN REAL LIFE? Not really - I’ll sometimes get “Hey Frank” and my co-star Will Finlason calls me “Eppy” but i’ve had no situations where people get confused. I think the whole “old ladies attacking actors with umbrellas” is a bit of a myth. YOU SEEM TO SEEK OUT MORE INTERESTING ROLES INCLUDING SOME DARKER CHARACTERS. WHAT DRAWS YOU TO THESE? I’ve never actively sought these type of roles. Controversy has been with me since Cardiac Arrest but only about 50 percent of the roles have been controversial. There are benefits to taking on these kinds of roles but the publicity can also cause problems. I’ve worked solely on TV since 2003 and this role not only gives me the chance to return to the stage and work in my home city but also play a much loved (if misunderstood) person whereas the Frank Foster was a hated figure. ARE YOU A BIG FAN OF THE BEATLES? When Celebrity Mastermind asked me to appear on the show I wanted my chosen topic to be The Beatles but I wasn’t allowed it as they said

I knew too much! To me The Beatles are the heartbeat of Liverpool and my life. Being part of this has allowed me to learn more about the man who Paul McCartney referred to as “The Fifth Beatle.” HOW DID YOU PREPARE? I am still preparing now. I initially prepared through research and through talking to those who knew Brian. Jen Heyes & Andrew Sherlock also have been an immense help as there are so many fascinating stories around this iconic figure. I am aiming not to impersonate or create a tribute to a tortured soul – instead I want to bring the essence of Brian, deliver a worthy performance and bring this man back to the forefront of people’s minds again. HAS IT GIVEN YOU A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE OF THE BAND AND MANAGER? This is an interesting question. No matter what I learn about the band and the manager nothing can could waiver my love of the band. What people don’t realise is what a massive achievement it was. Nowadays, with all our Facebook, Twitter and internet, it is inconceivable that The Beatles fame was on a similar scale to that of Princess Diana. But Brian achieved that success, all through the end of a telephone. Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles runs at The Epstein Theatre from 15th Nov-1st Dec.


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ALBUMREVIEWS VAN MORRISON NO PLAN B

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This is Van Morrison’s 35th album. It sounds like he has had a return to his late 60’s jazzy blues sound, possible influenced by his recent touring of Astral Weeks. The album was recorded live at the studio and features a six piece band of musicians, with Morrison on vocals, piano, guitar and alto-saxophone.

In a little over 12 months, Jake Bugg has gone from unassuming troubadour to British music’s great hope with an appearance on the ‘BBC Introducing’ stage at Glastonbury in 2011 serving as the catalyst to launch this 18 year old on an unassuming public. The opening track “Lightning Bolt” on his eponymously titled debut album, is an unabashed homage to the greats of yesteryear, with a Creedence Clearwater Revival/Bob Dylan influence shining through, and sets the tone for most of the album.

English singer-songwriter Natasha Khan, otherwise known as “Bat For Lashes” returns with her self-produced third album “The Haunted Man”, staying true to the style she established on her debut “Fur and Gold”, refining furthermore with the follow up “Two Suns” and pushing the envelope further towards an almost 80’s electro vibe with this latest offering. The album kicks off with “Lilies” -- a song that wouldn’t sound out of place on an Annie Lennox album, with soaring reverb soaked vocals living happily next to the volume swells made by the guitar. “All Your Gold” is straight from the Gotye school of songwriting, with it’s staccato-like rhythmic feel, layered percussion and unusual instrumentation forming the bedrock of the song for Khan to perform an almost falsetto vocal throughout.

Open The Door (To Your Heart) begins with a bass rhythm, organ and an off-beat electric guitar. In Goin’ Down To Monte Carlo he complains about ‘phoney jazz’ and in End of the Rainbow he growls about capitalism, materialism and social climbing. A highpoint is the eight-minute If in Money We Trust with a wonderful piano solo by Paul Moran. It’s a soft and easy listen but underneath there is a cantankerous grumble that is waiting to erupt. Some of the songs are quite long but as he seems to be returning to his love of blues and jazz it’s not really surprising that the three minute pop hit has gone out the window. A laid back but cranky Van Morrison sits back and philosophises about the world as he sees it. Who needs a plan B when you’ve a career like this. 8/10 PT ||

“Two Fingers” clearly harks back towards the 60’s Merseybeat era, with an uncanny George Harrison-esque vocal delivering a lyrical take on marijuana use as a means of escape from the daily grind and outright boredom, that many of today’s almost forgotten youth experience. “Taste It” keeps the standards high, but it’s “Simple As This” where Bugg really hints that he might just be the finest British songwriter of a generation, delivering an album that could have the same impact as “Definitely Maybe” did almost 20 years ago, maybe not culturally but certainly musically. The song wouldn’t sound out of place on “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel, with Bugg allowing the song the same amount of space within the music for the almost melancholic vocal to carry the melody. The highlight of the album for me. “Fire” bookends the album perfectly, and again serves as a reminder to the listener that in this day and age where everything is over performed, over produced, over hyped and overpriced, a man and his guitar can be just as powerful, and twice as affecting. 8/10 KD ||

It’s a theme that runs through most of the album, which at times borders on repetition only being saved by the obvious “nod” towards a true great of female alternative pop -- Kate Bush. The influence is obvious, though clearly not a bad thing -- and I’m sure Khan would be more than flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as a true genius like Bush. Could Khan achieve that same level of musical mastery and mystique as Kate Bush? Probably not, but it’s heartening that there are still artists out there prepared to forge their own path instead of walking the more travelled one of disposable pop for the masses. For me, The Haunted Man is quite a bold and ambitious album by all accounts, and whilst it keeps the listener invested through lush soundscapes, smart production values and clever arrangements, it lacks the melodic sensibilities of the aforementioned Lennox or Bush to make it ultimately pay off. 7/10 KD ||


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Ryan Doyle is a Freerunner and Parkour practitioner from Liverpool and is one of the founding athletes of the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation. He is two-time winner of the Red Bull Art of Motion freerunning competition, and is officially sponsored by Red Bull. Doyle was also a cast member of MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge in 2010 and played the role of Finch in the 2011 movie Freerunner.


35 CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT PARKOUR AND FREERUNNING. Parkour and Freerunning are kind of the same thing. Parkour in the global community is seen as the most efficient way of getting from point A to point B or philosophically, to achieve your goals in the most efficient way. You can set a target or a destination and connect the dots efficiently to get there. Freerunning is different in that there is no destination, you are just expressing yourself through movement. You don’t have to go from point A to point B, you can spend the entire day on a park bench or playground just figuring out how your body moves.

SO HOW DID YOU BECOME KNOWN INTERNATIONALLY? Red Bull starting the tournament The Art of Motion in 2007 in Vienna. I booked my own ticket and flew out there and this was just 4 days after i had made my first Parkour video ‘The Crazy Park Day’ and when i got there everyone knew my name and i realised i had an underground international following building on the UK following from being the 4 times tricking champion. It was the first Art of Motion and i won 1st place but at the same time on the very last trick i broke my leg and ended up in hospital with metal plates and 14 screws in my leg.

It’s basically creative movement because you can’t be efficient unless you’ve explored what the body is capable of first. If i go to a class and the teacher is teaching me to copy him then you get a watered down version of the teacher. You don’t get anything more creative but if you teach the basics and teach to learn from mistakes they figure out how their body works. Your environment affects how you approach problems and how you are going to overcome them. Your style is a reflection of your life and what you’ve been through. I hung around with gymnasts and breakdancers and doing capoeira and you can see how it’s influenced my style of parkour.

SO THE EXPOSURE CAME FROM YOUTUBE? Yes, Parkour has exploded through Youtube. Wherever there is internet there is Parkour.

HOW DID YOU START AND HOW DID YOU BECOME SO GOOD AT IT? I was a bit of a crazy kid and i was always doing parkour/freerunning but i just didn’t know that it had a name. I broke my wrist when i was three so i knew about gravity and it’s consequences and when i was about seven i was teaching myself backflips. I didn’t really have much fear and i just used to jump off stuff and my parents wanted to get me into something so they got me into martial arts which wasn’t really for me but i mixed it with basic gymnastics from primary school and then when i got a bit older started hanging around on the hip hop scene and started getting into martial arts tricking. In secondary school it was just football, the teachers didn’t know how to teach anything else. We had basketball and tennis courts and rugby pitches but we just used them for football.I just became this little fat kid who would stand in goal and do backflips. I got into martial arts tricking, mixing martial arts and gymnastics and I met JP who is here now and he took me and introduced me to agents and showed me how to make a career out of the skills that you have and we working together on my first job. I’d heard about this Parkour movement and it was getting a lot of exposure and it influenced our own Airborne Academy to be Parkour and Freerunning as well as martial arts tricking. I was studying media at university so i would do websites and showreels and fight scenes together so that it wasn’t just course work it was collateral that could be used after i got a degree.

YOU MENTIONED BREAKING YOUR LEG. Until then i’d never really had a serious injury and the worst injury for a Parkour athlete is breaking your leg, that’s your tool. I thought my career was over and the doctor said it was a limb threatening break. It was scary and the loneliest time of my life but i met Victor out there who became my manager out there. He came and talked about doing an MTV series and i’m saying ‘dude i’m f*****, my leg’s gone’ and he said no and gave me a book on American history and even to this day I can name every fact because it’s all I had at the time and it’s funny how your mind works in a crisis. So i got back on my feet and within a year i had all my skills back. Red Bull kept in touch and offered me sponsorship and i was the very first Parkour athlete sponsored. We wrote the MTV series and we scouted the best athletes to come together including some Americans and it got our names exposed, me and also Daniel Ilabaca from Birkenhead, Tim Shieffe from Derby who is another world champion, so the MTV series really did loads for us. MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge - you can see it online. That led to Freerunner the movie which is more a comedy than a serious film but Danny Dyer and Sean Faris are in it. It was a great experience learning how it all works. TELL US ABOUT THE WORLD WONDER TOUR I have a massive interest in ancient history and Red Bull wanted to do a world series, a world tour and we ended up talking about the 2012 Mayan calendar and and they said that’s on the list because we are thinking about doing a world wonder tour. So basically i was hosting my own TV series with a production crew and Red Epic cameras. Basically i go to these world wonders and meet up with local Parkour team and we work together and talk about styles and the effect of their environment and we discuss this in the documentary. The first episode was filmed here and we shot all around Liverpool and at the Airborne Academy and even at my parents house.

YOU MENTIONED THE AIRBORNE ACADEMY. WHAT IS THAT? This is something me, my brother and JP and a few other guys have been doing workshops in secondary schools around Merseyside. We have a coaching qualification that my brother wrote and we can now safely teach Parkour with an insurance and governing body and qualifications so we can get into schools during curriculum time and make a proper program. Everyone internationally knows Parkour is in Liverpool but no one here does. We want to get the Academy off the ground and target more local people. SO IF SOMEONE IS INTERESTED WHAT DO THEY DO? We have 5 instructors who teach at two locations and we teach people safe ways to do movements but we allow them to figure out how their bodies work so it’s very loose. We also do private sessions, workshops in schools so you book us. JP : It’s basically the concept teaching Parkour and Freerunning in a completely sfae environment. A lot of parents a sceptical but also know their kids are so interested in this so they are in fear of having terrible injuries and a lot of schools and education departments won’t put their kids into this unless their is some legislation in place. But it’s better to have trained people showing them than jumping off bins and landing on their heads. Yes, so my brother wrote the curriculum that’s been accepted by UK Gymnastics so we can now teach coaches how to teach this stuff safely. JP : It’s the first group in the UK who are fully insured, fully qualified and are about to open their own practice centre. We’ve had to do it all right with all the checks and safety. AS WELL AS ALL OF THIS YOU HAVE MANAGED TO MAKE A FEATURE FILM. It’s called Shinobi Code. We wanted to do a low budget movie using homegrown talent and new technology helps achieve great results. The films are filled with fight scenes, tricking, stunts, free running, and Parkour; the cinematography and storylines only add to the excitement. Ryan Doyle, Anthony Doyle, Del Ronan, and Mark Slater make appearances in the films as well. You can read more about Ryan, Airborne Academy, Shinobi Code and see some amazing videos at www.thelowdownmagazine.com


FILMREVIEWS Written and directed by Rian Johnson, ‘Looper’ is an intelligent and emotionally charged sci-fi drama which is injected with far more moral complexities than your usual fantasy fodder. Set in the near future where time travel is illegal, Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as Joe, a young man with hopes of moving to France who earns his living as a ‘looper’, a job which consists of killing criminals who have been sent back from the future by a tightly guarded criminal ring. The drama unfolds when Levitt is faced with his older self (Bruce Willis), who he must kill in order to relieve himself of his ‘looper’ duties. Although it ranks amongst films such as ‘Inception’ in terms of the convoluted, high concept plot; the raw moral questions that arise throughout the film give it a more human and therefore accessible dimension. Bruce Willis holds up surprisingly well and Emily Blunt is as reliable as ever as the love interest but it is Joseph Gordon Levitt impresses the most, his raw emotion and versatility carrying the film with ease and confidence. A must-see.

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Beats of the Southern Wild

The directorial debut of Benh Zeitlin, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is a stunning poem to childhood and innocence, as well as a commentary on the destruction of human communities and interaction through the rise of technology and man’s quest for power. The film tells the story of a young girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her father on a fictional island known as the ‘Bathtub’ which is often struck by hurricane Katrina style storms. The vivid natural imagery of the film is given a distinctive raw edge due to it being shot on 16mm film, as opposed to digital, giving the film a strong resonance with viewers as we see the uncompromising brutality of nature which is one of the film’s most important qualities. Much

of the film’s focus is on the differences between life and technology, with a striking motif of the beating heart present throughout. Having the story told through the eyes of a child also gives the thematic qualities an interesting angle as we are questioning the world with childhood innocence and inquisitiveness. One scene in particular near the start of the film in which Hushpuppy’s house is set alight and she simply hides in a cardboard

box illuminates this innocence and is what truly makes this film unique. The previously unknown Quvenzhané Wallis truly stuns in her role as the young Hushpuppy, perfectly capturing the very essence of childhood with intelligence way beyond her years. This use of unprofessional actors also contributes to the film’s originality. A truly beautiful, poetic and vibrant film. LAURA A. HURST ||


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Taken 2 The first ‘Taken’ was the type of film you would watch and then ask everyone else if they’ve seen it. With its riveting drama and archetypal action hero, it was immensely popular with US/UK audiences and left the movie’s French producers with the perfect opportunity to cash-in on a sequel. The start of ‘Taken 2’ seeks to reacquaint us with the protagonist Bryan Mills (Neeson), who has now moved closer to his former wife and daughter. A trip to Istanbul is arranged but lurking in the midst of this vast Turkish metropolis are relatives of those Albanians killed in the previous adventure. As is typical in the genre, they’re all foreign and they’re all evil. However, they’ve all obviously overlooked one thing: Bryan Mills is a very hard man! What ensues is basically what you’d expect from such a film; pulsating car chases, scrupulously choreographed fight sequences and beyond belief intuition. You’ve seen this all before, of course, but you are still somehow gripped to the screen in what is arguably the movie’s greatest achievement. Comparisons with the predecessor are inevitable but the truth is that ‘Taken 2’ is a highly exhilarating and entertaining picture worthy of its own acclaim. LOUIS DOWLING ||

Holy Motors ‘Holy Motors’ is for all intents and purposes an art-house movie, meaning it is inherently difficult to review without making an in-depth analysis of it, however I will try to keep it brief. In short the story follows a man who travels around Paris taking on the personalities of various characters in order to act out scenes for an unknown audience, although trust me when I say that there is much more to the film than this simple premise. Rather than a traditional story-structure, the film only uses this idea as a device to loosely connect a series of events which range from amusing character-pieces to larger-than-life displays of cinematography and sound design, all of which are beautifully crafted and enhanced even further by an outstanding lead performance from Denis Levant, who manages to bring life and individuality to each of his characters, which is an amazing feat considering the sheer number of them. Unfortunately, because of the film’s artistic status there is a prominent atmosphere of silliness that could easily turn the average viewer away. However I still strongly urge you to give it a chance as once it draws you in, it quickly becomes one of the most engaging and satisfying films of the year and I promise that by the time the end credits roll you’ll only be left wanting more. DAN BRENNAN ||

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There’s something very special about Stephen Langstaff’s writing and musical spirit. He has a way of holding you in the moment while eloquently reflecting many of your own life’s emotions back at you. Stephen cites Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos, Tracy Chapman and Neil Young as his peers His writing and live performance deliver both intimacy and energy. His vocal has the ability to hold you close while his lyrics infuse your psyche. It feels like recognition may just be around the corner for one of our city’s new emerging talents. LowDown hooked up with Stephen to map out his past, present and future. HOW DID IT ALL START FORYOU? I think I first picked up an acoustic guitar at about the age of eleven. I tried to feel my own way for a while but eventually took a few lessons with a friend who sketched out a few basic chords. Nothing too intense back then, just strumming out a few of my favorite artists tracks to get my voice working. SO HOW DID YOU BEGIN CRAFTING YOUR LIVE PERFORMANCE, INITIALLY SOLO? Yeh, singer songwriter performing on ‘open mic’ nights around the city testing my songs out. It’s been really productive performing alone as there’s no place to hide, there’s just you, your song and your guitar. The song is always key so I’m always mindful of simplicity and space. ALWAYS A DIFFICULT QUESTION BUT WHERE WOULD YOU PLACE YOUR MATERIAL IN TODAYS VAST CATALOGUES OF GENRE? Folk, Pop, and Indie! It’s kind of a mash of all three of them. I’m obviously trying to produce my own signature sound. There seems to be a new genre a day emerging but I’m happy to be generally defined as Folk/Pop. I’d like to think I write meaningful songs and always try to perform with conviction. SO HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT THERE AS A SOLO PERFORMER? Has to be a couple of years to date. Just been out there trying my material out building my live set. I’ve had a good mix of small intimate gigs to main artist supports opening for The Bangles, Deacon Blue and Lighting Seeds. Live is where I find the real emotion of my songs. I play them a little differently every time, hopefully moving them to new levels. DO YOU THINK YOUR SOLO PERFORMANCE DAYS HAVE HELPED YOU CRAFT YOUR CURRENT LIVE SPIRIT AND CONFIDENCE? It’s been my training ground really. I learned to relax into my performances over the years. It’s so important to feel comfortable in the lonely zone.

It’s paid me well and I seem to be able to focus and let the songs flow without distraction. I’m now at a place where the intimate venues and main-stages kinda all feel the same place! I’m just at ease in my space. That’s a good place to be. YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING AS INTIMATE. DO YOUR SONGS REFLECT YOUR OWN LIFE EXPERIENCES? It’s 50/50 I think. Some songs are very intimate and really couldn’t be more personal and some songs are other people stories… stories I can empathise with. I’m drawn to the idea of writing songs that have a lot of energy but also hit on intimacy. DO YOU FEEL IT’S ‘DEAL TIME’ YET OR ARE YOU STILL NURTURING YOUR MATERIAL? I’m really concentrating on writing at the moment and formulating my live sound. I think it will always be about staying focused and true to your material and your message. A deal is so very important but I think I’ll be coming from a much stronger place when I worked a few things out for myself and focused to evolving my sound and songs. That done, the path to take, hopefully, will be obvious to me. I just want to get my music right and do live shows. YOU’RE EVOLVING FROM SOLO TO BAND AS PART OF THIS! WHAT’S THE NEW LINEUP? Drums, Bass, Cello and little old me! I feel this line up really works well for retaining my performance intimacy. I’m used to my own zone.. it’s kinda great to be able to lose myself a little more, safe in the hands of my band now. The songs are going to evolve… cant wait! Our basic mantra is ‘the song is king’ no over playing or distractions… space is everything. I’m really excited about my band they’re great flexible players with heart. SO HOW’S YOUR PLAYING NOWADAYS? Still learning and putting in the hours… WHAT ARE YOUR PARENT’S FAVORITE ARTISTS?

Nick Drake, John Martyn and my Nan introduced me to Irish Traditional LETS HAVE A FEW SECRETS… A FEW SONG MEANINGS? There’s a track called ‘Call Me’. Came to me over a sleepless night at 3am whilst, of all things, waiting for the kettle to boil! I picked up my guitar to see if there was anything flowing out! Couldn’t sleep with things on my mind, as you do occasionally. The line ‘‘call me when you’re ready to be loved’’ came to me. Must have been feeling emotional at the time… Simple riff and hook followed. The track hasn’t changed much since that 3am cuppa! There’s also a song called ‘Smile’. Again, it’s a simple message, a simple song of happiness! I think we all need to smile a bit more these days. It’s a song that’s been picked up by Janis Long so getting quite a bit of Radio 2 airplay at the minute. We have a new video coming out shortly to accompany the track. We’ve got a really cool idea for the video…stay tuned. WHAT ABOUT YOUR WORKING DAY? Can’t make music before 11 (John Lennon). We’re rehearsing 4 hours a day; I’m playing another 3 hours daily as I get home. Spend nights up updating my Web site FB Twitter. Getting real organic growth with fans across Europe, Canada, USA. It’s a slow flow but feel I’m building relevant followers. SO WHAT’S NEXT FOR STEPHEN LANGSTAFF? We have a big gig coming up at the Epstein Theatre Liverpool. It’s the new line-up and we can’t wait to play the new set. That’s Friday 9th November. I’ve also got my solo dates across the country I think I’ll always need to perform solo… it’s a place I’m comfortable in. There’s a certain complete freedom about playing alone so don’t really want to ever loose that. The less is always more! I’m also over to Dubai for a ‘one night only’ that’ll be a real blast. You can check my date runs over at www.stephenlangstaff.co.uk AC ||


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THE EYESHAVE IT Liverpool born Eva started her first band, The Little Flames in 2004 who were signed to Delta Sonic Records. The band recorded their debut album ‘The Day Is Not Today’ in 2005 – they also toured the UK and Japan with bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, The Zutons & The Coral.

Following her band mates departures to other worlds, Eva began writing and recording her own songs with Will Sergeant from Echo & the Bunnymen. With a love of dark cinematic sounds, particularly those of Ennio Morricone, soundtracks of 60’s and 70’s and Italian Horror films – and influenced by the likes of Os Mutantes, Astrud Gilberto, Can, Daft Punk and Air, Eva began writing her first solo album, ‘Emerald Green Eyes’.

TELL US ABOUT THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN YOURSELF AND WILL? We both like 60’s music but the more unusual stuff like Krautrock and that side of it. When we met it was a good collaboration because we are both into weird stuff.

I write the lyrics but don’t play an instrument so i sing ideas of tunes, melodies and even drum beats and record them. I send them to Will and he works on the music. We turn the ideas around really quickly. It’s a perfect way for me to work. I’m really interested in sounds, i’m a sound obsessive. I collect records of sound effects from the BBC and other places. We are both into Roxy Music so theres a bit of Eno in there and Kraftwerk and you hear Will all the way through with his distinctive sound. You can read more at www.thelowdownmagazine.com Eva Petersen’s debut album “Emerald Green Eyes” is available now on Porcupine Records. www.evapetersen.co.uk


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THURSDAY 1ST Music IIMusica En Vivo Alma De Cuba, 10.30pm, Live music featuring the hippest bands from the North West IIThe Orange Show The Brink, 7.30pm Open mic poetry, comedy, music and much more IIThe Civil Wars Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £17, £23, SOLD OUT IIMellowtone Presents: Samson & Delilah Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 8pm, £5 adv, 0151 707 7747 IIT Rextasy O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £12 IIMaximo Park O2 Academy, 7pm, £16 IIComus The Kazimier, 7pm, £15 IIThe Lafontaines Shipping Forecast, 7.30pm, £5 IIRonny Hughes, Richard Batty, Jon Keats, Tony Mac Cavern Club, from 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IIBeatles Tribute Night Cavern Club, 10pm, 0151 236 9091 IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace...Special guests/ Open Mic 8PM ACE! IIOutline Original Eclectic Beats Live DJs Studio 2, 9pm, 01517073727 IIFlight of Arrows The Lomax, 7.30pm, £3, 0151 2361834 IIThe Vynals Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIJam Night Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IITaffy The Compass, Chester, 7.30pm, £7, 01244 313965 Tokyo fronted four-piece delivering the best bits of fuzztone bubblegum and Britpop

Theatre & Dance IIComplete Works Performance School Rendition 2012 Floral Pavilion, 7pm, £12/£10 IIJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Floral Pavilion, £26/23.50/£21.50 7pm II1 Unity Theatre, 6pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, £8 (£6 conc) 1 Dancer, 1 Audience, 1 Song, 1 Experience IIThe Girl I Left Behind Me 7:30pm (Wed) & 2pm (Thu) £12 / £10 concessions. £7 / £6 conc (2pm) Homotopia IIJigsy starring Les Dennis Royal Court Theatre, check website for times/prices

IIDangerous Corner Little Theatre Southport, 7.45pm, IIEnglish National Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£40 IIRight Ballerina Unity Theatre, 7.30pm, £12, £10 concessions IIThe Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£21, 0151 709 4776, a long distance race, real time, follow one runner, alone with his thoughts

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012

- Sun 12pm-4pm, exploring themes of the uncomfortable within our natural cultural landscapes

IICockpit Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093

Other Events

IIThe Currents The Lomax, 7.30pm, £3, 0151 236 1834

IISalsa Night at the Casa The Casa, 29 Hope Street, City Centre, £5, 8pm-2am, 0151 709 2148, 8pm Beginners, 9pm Intermediates, 10pm Salsa Party with DJ Martinsalsa IICapstone World Cinema Series: Nosferatu The Capstone Theatre, 7.30pm, £5, £3 concessions IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IIBeginners Salsa and Merengue Liverpool University, Mountford Hall, 5-6pm Dance classes with Bodysoc Dance Society and Latin Revolution, Everyone Welcome!

FRIDAY 2ND

IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta

IIJackie Oates Liverpool Philharmonic, 8.30pm, £12

IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8

IILiquidation The Shipping Forecast, in The Hold, expect Electro, Motown and Rock n Roll Classics. 11pm %u2013 3am / Free in before Midnight

IIA Pre-Raphealite Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale Lady Lever art Gallery, Port Sunlight, 10am-5pm The first show in more than 40 years to showcase the work of one of the most successful artists of the Edwardian period

IIThe Mono LP's - Album Launch Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 8pm, £5, 0151 707 7747

IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, Thur

Music

IIBrothers 'N' Bandits O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £6 IIAlexander O'Neal The Green Room, 6.30pm, £25 IITigran The Capstone Theatre, 7.30pm, £15 IINorrie 'Snakebite' Burnett & Dave Raphael Band Marina Bar & Restaurant, 8.45pm, £12 adv, £13 door IIHarvest Sun Presents: Loved One's Single Launch Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 8pm, £5, 0151 707 7747 IIDirty Rivers Zanzibar Club, 7pm, 0151 707 0633 IIRichard Batty, Tony Mac, Jon Keats, Ronny Hughes, Tim Shaw Cavern Club, from 12pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Grace, Marc Kenny Cavern Pub, from 5pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Rockits Cavern Club, 10pm, 0151 236 9091 IITechno/House DJ's Studio 2, 9pm, 01517073727

IIQuake Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIStrings and Things Heebies Basement, Seal Street, £3, 7/11pm, 0151 708 7001, The newest and most exciting new Liverpool talent.

Theatre & Dance IIJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Floral Pavilion, £26/23.50/£21.50 5pm & 8pm II1 Unity Theatre, 6pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, £8 (£6 conc) 1 Dancer, 1 Audience, 1 Song, 1 Experience IIJigsy starring Les Dennis Royal Court Theatre, check website for times/prices IIDangerous Corner Little Theatre Southport, 7.45pm, IIEnglish National Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£40 IIRight Ballerina Unity Theatre, 7.30pm, £12, £10 concessions IIGhost Stories - A Night Opera St Mary's Centre Chester, 9pm, £13, 01244 972513, Neil Campbell and Anne Taft performing. Delicate, slow and elegiac covering Brian Eno, Pat Metheny, Steve Hackett... spooky IIThe Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£21, 0151 709 4776, a long distance race, real time, follow one runner, alone with his thoughts IISecret Cellar Party Shiva, Unit 27, Stanley Street, 0870 2365, 9pm/4am, Deep Water and 4Mation presents ultimate Tech House and Techno

Comedy IIMatt Reed, Jamie Sutherland, Ian Moore The Laugh Inn, Chester, 8pm, £15, 0800 612 9714, Energetic and engaging, loaded with cheek. Will make your eyes water. IIHot Water Comedy Club Comedian Of The Year The Crowne Plaza Liverpool City, £4, 7/10.30pm, 0151 243 8000, Hot Water comedy club

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IIMercury 13 Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm

IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm

IISkytrain Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893

IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum,


43 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIA Pre-Raphealite Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale Lady Lever art Gallery, Port Sunlight, 10am-5pm The first show in more than 40 years to showcase the work of one of the most successful artists of the Edwardian period IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIJourney Of The Psychopomp/ Opening Night The Williamson Tunnels, 7.30pm-12pm, £2 donation, 0151 709 6868, subterranean art installation with music

Other Events IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IIRocky Horror Picture Show Fancy Dress Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564

SATURDAY 3RD Music IIThe Virtuoso Cello Liverpool

Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 IICatfish Keith Blues Guitar Workshop Liverpool Philharmonic, 8.30pm, £12 IICooking Soup Records presents Mercury 13 single launch Studio 2, Parr Street, 8.30pm IIThe Unthanks - Songs from the Shipyard Epstein Theatre, 6pm, £12.50 IINeil McSweeney Lantern Theatre, 7pm, £8 IIThe Ultimate Divas The Green Room, 6.30pm, £15 SOLD OUT IIGlen Matlock & The Philistines Erics Club, 8pm THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED IIMOBO Awards 2012 Echo Arena Liverpool, £29, £44, £59, Gold Circle Standing £100 IICatfish And The Bottlemen Shipping Forecast, 8pm IIJacobi Zanzibar Club, 7.30pm, £5 IIChibuku: Annie Mac The Masque, 10pm, £15 IITwo Choirs Standing: Ysgol Glanaethwy Choir, Sense of Sound Singers Liverpool Cathedral, 7.30pm, £16.50, £14.50 IITom Hingley & Wretched Pearls The Lomax, 7.30pm, £7 IIJacobi's Rock n' Roll Circus Zanzibar Club, 7.30pm, 0151 707 0633 IIRockin' Saturday with Jay Murray and The Shakers Cavern Club, 2.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Amazing Kappa, Ronny Hughes Cavern Pub, from 2.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IITony Mac, Richard Batty, Tim Shaw Cavern Club, from 12pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Cave Dwellers, The Cavern Club Beatles Cavern Club, from 9pm, 0151 236 9091 IIBeatles & Beer Weekend Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893 IIRed Rock Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093 IITom Hingley and Band The Lomax, 7.30pm, £7 adv, £8.50 door, 0151 236 1834 IIFirefly Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIFriends of Birkenhead Council Kennels Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, £5, 0151 6478564 IIChester Chamber Orchestra - The Dimitri Quartet Wesley Church

Centre, Chester, 7.30pm, £10, 01829 751302 IICarpe Diem; 1st Birthday The Shipping Forecast, Slater Street, 11pm/3am, 0151 709 6901 Featuring Alex Niggemann from Berlin, Celebrating in style

Theatre & Dance IIJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Floral Pavilion, £26/23.50/£21.50 11am 2pm & 7pm IIJigsy starring Les Dennis Royal Court Theatre, check website for times/prices IIEnglish National Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£40 IIThe Elves and The Shoemakers Unity Theatre, 11.30am, 2pm, £8, £6 children IIThe Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£21, 0151 709 4776, a long distance race, real time, follow one runner, alone with his thoughts

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIA Pre-Raphealite Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale Lady Lever art Gallery, Port Sunlight, 10am-5pm The first show in more than 40 years to showcase the work of one of the most successful artists of the Edwardian period IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is

sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIJourney Of The Psychopomp The Williamson Tunnels, Thu-Sun 10am5pm, £2 donation, 0151 709 6868, subterranean art installation

Other Events IIVoodoo 19th Birthday Party O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 11pm, £16.50 IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091

SUNDAY 4TH Music IICharlie Landsborough Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £18.50, £23 IICatfish Keith Liverpool Philharmonic, 8.30pm, £12 IIEasy All Stars Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £15.50, £17.50 IICatfish Keith - Blues Guitar Workshop Liverpool Philharmonic, 12pm, £30 IIThe Next Big Thing Competition - Heat 1 O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £6 IIThrillah: Easy Star All-Stars Floral Pavilion Theatre IITim Shaw Cavern Club, 12pm, 0151 236 9091 IIMadison Sunday Show Cavern Club, 2.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Quangos Cavern Club, 5.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIRonny Hughes, Tony Mac Cavern Pub, from 5.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Shakers Cavern Club, 8.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIPerry and Neil Campbell Studio 2, Parr Street, 7pm, 01517073727 IIBeatles & Beer Weekend Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893 IIBrightside Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIMellowtone and See The Sound presents: Terra Naomi Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 8pm, £7 adv, 0151 707 7747


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Theatre & Dance IIJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Floral Pavilion, £26/23.50/£21.50 1pm & 5pm

Comedy IIKevin Bridges Live Liverpool Empire Theatre, 8pm, £22 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIA Pre-Raphealite Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale Lady Lever art Gallery, Port Sunlight, 10am-5pm The first show in more than 40 years to showcase the work of one of the most successful artists of the Edwardian period IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

The Williamson Tunnels, see 3rd for details

Family IITalk: Getting to know your Museum of Liverpool Museum of Liverpool, 11am IIPillbox Vintage Fair The Woodcote House Hotel, Hooton, Ellesmere Port, 11am/4pm Contact 07976 905173 A mix of stalls selling vintage/retro clothing, fashions, jewellery, accessories and retro inspired cakes and bakes.

Other Events IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm 0151 236 9091

MONDAY 5TH Music IIThe Liverpool Philharmonic Experience Liverpool Philharmonic, 12.30pm, £15, £7 (groups or individuals living within the Liverpool City Council district), Group Discount available IIHail Hail Rock 'n' Roll - The Hey Pedros Sound Food And Drink, Duke St, 7pm songs of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Surfaris, Bill Haley and more, plus resident DJ Little Rachard IIThe Two of Us Cavern Club, 6pm, 0151 236 9091 IIIan Prowse Monday Club Cavern Pub, 8pm, Original material only 0151 236 9091 IIJay Murray, Jon Keats, Paul Jones Cavern Club, from 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IIUltramagnetic Studio 2, Parr Street, 9pm, 01517073727

Arts

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012

IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room

IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta

IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIJourney Of The Psychopomp

IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8

IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIJourney Of The Psychopomp The Williamson Tunnels, see 3rd for details IIWhat's your Story? Workshop Parenting 2000, The Lodge, 6pm8pm,places must be booked, 0151 928 1919, run by published writer and poet Colin Watts IITales on The Tracks The Northern Line, The Northern Line, Lime Street - Southport, 01704 533333, features stories and verse from local writers IISefton Celebrates Writing: Nancy and The Bonfire Derby Park, 6pm8pm, 01704 53333

Other Events IIJonny Bongo's Monday Night Quiz & All Night Dirty Disco The Shipping Forecast, 8pm-12am £1 IIHalloween Special: Nosferatu with Live score by Minima Picturehouse at Fact, 6.30pm IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Gun Powder Plot with Frank Carlyle Croxteth Hall and Country Park, £12, 7/9pm, 0151 233 6922 Join Frank on a trip through the real history behind the story of Guy Fawkes and The Gun Powder Plots

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TUESDAY 6TH Music IIBrodsky Quartet St Georges Hall Concert Room, 7.30pm, £25 IIAly Bain, Ale Moller & Bruce Molsky Liverpool Philharmonic, 8.30pm, £16 IICAPA Extra - Ian Reddington Lantern Theatre, 6pm, £29.50 IILiverpool Guitar Society presents Berta Rojas The Capstone Theatre, 7.30pm, £12.50 IILucy Rose The Kazimier, 8pm, £9 IIOut of The Bedroom Acoustic Open Mic: Johnny Sands Leaf on Bold Street, 8.30pm IIJay Murray, Jimmy Coburn, Jon Keats Cavern Club, from 4pm, 0151 236 9091 IIGary Murphy, Ronny Hughes Cavern Pub, from 7.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIParrJazz feat Breach Trio Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727

Theatre & Dance IISteptoe And Son The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£21, 0151 709 4776, two men, two world wars, two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock

Comedy IIA Right Pair Unity Theatre, 8pm, £8, £6 concessions

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring


45 the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIJourney Of The Psychopomp The Williamson Tunnels, see 3rd for details IITales on The Tracks The Northern Line, see 5th for details IISefton Celebrates Writing: Poetry across The Pond The Civic, Crosby, 7.30pm, £6/£4, 01704 533333, with Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz and Sommerset Maugham award winner Paul Farley

Other Events IICreate and Write Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 7pm, £4, 0151 707 7747 IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091

WEDNESDAY 7TH Music IISound the Trumpet Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 IIAly Bain, Ale Moller & Bruce Molsky Liverpool Philharmonic, 8.30pm, £16 IIRLPO Lunchtime Concert Series Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm, £4 IIAriel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Live The Kazimier, 7.30pm, £12.50adv IIMicah P. Hinson Lantern Theatre, 7pm, £15 IIRevolution O2 Academy Liverpool, 10.30pm IISpotify Wednesday Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 8pm, 0151 707 7747 IITony Coburn, Jimmy Coburn, Jon Keats, Paul Jones Cavern Club, from 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Amazing Kappa Cavern Pub, 9pm, 0151 236 9091

IIBelicious Beats Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727

Theatre & Dance IIThe Sound of Music Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£24 IISteptoe And Son The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£21, 0151 709 4776, two men, two world wars, two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

Bowersdale Resource Centre, 2pm4pm, places must be booked, 0151 928 1919, run by published writer and poet Colin Watts IISefton Celebrates Writing: Poles Apart Southport Town Hall, 7.30pm, £5/£3, 01704 533333, Magdalena Tulli and A.M. Bakalar exploring life for Poles in the 21st century at home and abroad

Family IIObject Opinion Service Museum of Liverpool, 2pm

Sports & Leisure IICycle for Health Walton Hall Park, 10am-11.30am Meet at Walton Hall Sports Centre car park. Guided cycling scheme, to reserve a bike or for more info contact Jeannette Smith 0151 285 4975 / jeannette. smith@liverpoolch.nhs.uk

Other Events IISpotify Wednesday LEAF 8pm Enabling the sharing, creating and modifying of each other's playlists IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091

THURSDAY 8TH Music IIMusica En Vivo Alma De Cuba, 10.30pm, Live music featuring the hippest bands from the North West IIThe Orange Show The Brink, 7.30pm Open mic poetry, comedy, music and much more IIEnsemble of St Luke's Liverpool Philharmonic, 1.05pm, £6 IISound the Trumpet Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 IIInternational Guitar Festival of Great Britain Floral Pavilion, 7pm IIJohn Etheridge, Arild Anderson and John Marshall Trio Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge, 8pm, £18

IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room

IIThe Wedding Present (Performing Seamonsters in full) O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £13

IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

IIGood Feelin' Tour: Paul Carrack Floral Pavilion Theatre, 7.30pm, £28.50, £38.50

IIJourney Of The Psychopomp The Williamson Tunnels, see 3rd for details

IIRonny Hughes, Richard Batty, Jon Keats, Tony Mac Cavern Club, from 2pm, 0151 236 9091

IITales on The Tracks The Northern Line, see 5th for details

IIXander & The Peace Pirates, Screaming Citizens, Tony Mac Cavern Pub, from 2pm, 0151 236

IIWhat's your Story? Workshop

IISaint Saviour Erics Club, 8pm

9091 IIBeatles Tribute Night Cavern Club, 10pm, 0151 236 9091 IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace...Special guests/ Open Mic 8PM ACE! IIMichael Emmerson Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727 IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace, 8pm, 0151 708 2890 IIThe Felony Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIJam Night Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IIPaul Cox Alexanders, Rufus Court, Chester, 8pm, £5, 01244 340005 'Britain's finest blues/soul vocalist' Paul Jones BBC radio 2

Theatre & Dance IIThe Sound of Music Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£24 IIBlackouts: Twilight of the Idols Unity Theatre, 9pm, £10, £8 concessions IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, 7.45pm, £10, 0151 709 4776, a captivating story of the weave and weft of family life IISteptoe And Son The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£21, 0151 709 4776, two men, two world wars, two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock

Comedy IIThe Antics: Fart Jokes Are Funny Lantern Theatre, 8pm, £5 IIAmy Lame: Unhappy Birthday Unity Theatre, 8pm, £12, £10 concessions

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of


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Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIJourney Of The Psychopomp The Williamson Tunnels, see 3rd for details IITales on The Tracks The Northern Line, see 5th for details IISefton Celebrates Writing: Fifty Shades of Wahey! Wayfarers Arcade, Southport, 7.30pm, £8/£6, 01704 533333, three leading female scribes discuss the publishing phenomena of the century

Other Events IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm 0151 236 9091

FRIDAY 9TH Music IIJoan Armatrading Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £29.50, £35.50 IIGary Murphy's Guitar Legends: The Story Continues Floral Pavilion Theatre, 7.30pm, £16 IILiquidation The Shipping Forecast, in The Hold, expect Electro, Motown and Rock n Roll Classics. 11pm %u2013 3am / Free in before Midnight IIMetal Hammer Razor Tour O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £8 IIStephen Langstaff Epstein Theatre, 7pm, £10 IIDiabel Cissokho Lantern Theatre, 7pm, £12 IIThe Stylistics (Tribute Night) The Green Room, 6.30pm, £15

IIEduardo Niebla Experience The Capstone Theatre, 7.30pm, £12.50 IISandi Thom Erics Club, 8pm IIThe Killers Echo Arena Liverpool, £32.50, £42.50 IICharli XCX & Evol The Shipping Forecast, 8pm, £8 IIMad Dog McRea Mello Mello, 8pm, £10 IILazy Habits The Kazimier, 8pm IIZanzibar Presents... Zanzibar Club, 7pm, 0151 707 0633 IIDouble Denim - Clubnight Zanzibar Club, 11pm, 0151 707 0633 IITony Mac, John Keats, Tim Shaw, Ronny Hughes Cavern Club, from 12pm, 0151 236 9091 IIRichard Batty Cavern Club, 8pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Grace, Marc Kenny Cavern Pub, from 6pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Rockits Cavern Club, 10pm, 0151 236 9091 IIMagnet/Level Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727 IIFuzz Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893 IIBumper Blues Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093 IIThe Know The Lomax, 7pm, £3, 0151 236 1834 IIThe Lowtones Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIFireball Fridays Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IIBroken Hands and Deaf Club The Compass, Chester, 8pm, £6, 01244 313965 'Broken Hands' classic original rock and then some. 'Deaf Club' for fans of Beach House and PJ Harvey

Theatre & Dance IISalsa Libre Floral Pavilion, 8.15pm, £8 IIThe Sound of Music Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£24 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IISteptoe And Son The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £12-£21, 0151 709 4776, two men, two world wars, two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock

Comedy IIZoe Lyons, Romesh Ranganathan, Carl Donnelly The Laugh Inn, Chester, 8pm, £15, 0800 612 9714, Fearsome reputations with absolute screamer sets

IIThe Huyton Poet Huyton Royal British Legion, 8/11pm, £6, 0151 292 2053, Comedy night featuring The Huyton Poet. Profits to Help for Heros

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIJourney Of The Psychopomp The Williamson Tunnels, see 3rd for details IITales on The Tracks The Northern Line, see 5th for details IIWhat's your Story? Workshop Crosby Library, 2pm-4pm, places must be booked, 0151 928 1919, run by published writer and poet Colin Watts IISefton Celebrates Writing: Sweet Home Broadhursts of Southport, 5.30pm, 01704 533333, Carys Bray

Book Launch IISefton Celebrates Writing: Rhymin' on The Ramps Rampworx Skatepark, 7pm, £2 on door, 01704 533333, Manchester´s finest spoken word artists & performance by Liverpool´s rapper singer/ songwriter KOF, Open Mic slots available IIBob Barker - Artist at Rennies Art Gallery Rennies Art Gallery, 61 Bold Street, 6/8pm 0151 708 0599, Bob will be giving a painting demonstration and presenting his new collection of prints.

Other Events IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091

SATURDAY 10TH Music IICharley Pride Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £35, £40, £45 IIAmira: Amulette St George's Hall Concert Room, 7.30pm, £18 IIAndy Fairweather Low & The Lowriders Floral Pavilion Theatre, 7.30pm, £20 IIWSO - Songs of Life Floral Pavilion Theatre, 7.30pm, £5, £10, £12 IIEsmond Selwyn Band feat Jean Toussaint Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £18 IICelebrating Subversion: The Anti Capitalist Roadshow Sefton Park Palm House, 7pm, £10, £6 unwaged. Peggy Seeger, Frankie Armstrong, Robb Johnson, Grace Petrie, Janet Russell, Ian Saville, and Jim Woodland. IIGong ft. Daevid Allen O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £20 IIThe Mersey Beatles Epstein Theatre, 8pm, £13.50 IICelebrating Subversion - Concert Sefton Park Palm House, 6.30pm, £7 (unwaged) IIDiabel Cissokho Lantern Theatre, 7pm, £12 IIRod Stewart Night The Green Room, 6.30pm, £15 SOLD OUT IIIan Boddy The Capstone Theatre, 7.30pm, £12, £10 concessions IILionel Richie: Tuskagee Tour 2012 Echo Arena Liverpool, £40, £50, £65 IILiverpool Band Night: The Tea Street Band, The Hummingbirds, Luke Fenlon Liverpool Olympia, 6pm, £10 IINow & Then: Seb Fontaine The


47 Dome, 10pm, £8 IIFrances Wood The Brink, 7pm, £4 IISnarky Puppy The Kazimier, 7pm IISea Of Bees & Barbarossa Erics Club, 7pm, £10 IICelebrating Subversion: The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow Sefton Park Palm House, 7pm, £10, £6 unwaged, 0151 726 9304 IIFamiliar Looking Strangers Zanzibar Club, 7.30pm, 0151 707 0633 IITim Shaw Cavern Club, 12pm, 0151 236 9091 IIRockin' Saturday Cavern Club, 2.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Amazing Kappa, Ronny Hughes Cavern Pub, from 2.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IICavern Club Beatles Cavern Club, 9pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Cave Dwellers Cavern Club, 10pm, 0151 236 9091 IIPaul Straws Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727 IISnarky Puppy - Masterclass and Clinic Studio 2, Parr Street, 2pm, £5 NUS, £8 full, 01517073727 IISnarky Puppy plus support The Kazimier, 7pm, £10 NUS, £12 full, 01517073727 IIThe Vitals Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893 IISpace Cadets Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093 IIHellwave The Lomax, 7.30pm, £3, 0151 236 1834 IIThe Radi8tors Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIThe Lowtones Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IISefton Celebrates Writing: Double Bass Special The Civic, Crosby, 8pm, £8/£6, 01704 533333, bass player 'Sir Horace Gentleman' Panter with Two-Tone band The Specials devoted to a celebration of a life Ska´d by music IIMokoomba The Picket, Jordan Street, 0844 477 1000, 8pm, £12.50 The hottest young band in Africa ... Dont miss this!

Theatre & Dance IIThe Sound of Music Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£24 IIThe Sound of Music Liverpool Empire Theatre, 2.30pm, £10-£24 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IISteptoe And Son The Playhouse,

7.30pm, £12-£21, 0151 709 4776, two men, two world wars, two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock IIA Pair Of Blue Eyes The Lantern Theatre, 57 Blundell Street, £5, 7.45pm 0151 703 0000 The story of a love triangle.

Comedy IILavender Girls Unity Theatre, 9pm, £10, £8 concessions IIJames Mullinger Alexanders, Rufus Court, Chester, 9pm, Tickets 01244 340005 Jimmy Carr comedy idol finalist ''a dashing comic''

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIJourney Of The Psychopomp The Williamson Tunnels, see 3rd

for details IITales on The Tracks The Northern Line, see 5th for details

Family IIEgg Unity Theatre, 11.30am, 2.30pm, £8, £6 concessions IISefton Celebrates Writing: Suitcase Stories The Civic, Crosby, 12am-2pm, £4 per child (discounts for 2 or more), limited tickets, 01704 533333, interactive storytelling show designed to unleash the imagination of children from 3-8 years (and their parents too!)

Other Events IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091

SUNDAY 11TH Music IIPirates Ahoy! Liverpool Philharmonic, 2.30pm, £10, £14, £6 children IIThe Phil Chisnall Band Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge, 12.30pm IIGeorgie Fame Floral Pavilion, 7.30pm, £18 IIEugene McGuinness O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, £7pm, £8 IILiverpool Guitar Society Concert Sefton Park Palm House, 2pm IIDan Reed Erics Club, 8pm IIAndrea Bocelli Echo Arena Liverpool, £45, £65, £90, £120 IIGeorgie Fame Floral Pavilion Theatre, 7.30pm IITim Shaw, Tony Mac Cavern Club, from 12pm, 0151 236 9091 IIMade in Liverpool (Tribute to The Beatles) Cavern Club, 2.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIThe Quangos Cavern Club, 5.30pm, 0151 236 9091 IIRonny Hughes, Tony Mac Cavern Pub, from 5.30pm, 0151 236 9091

2pm, 0844 871 7660, Bringing dance groups together to compete in an electric atmosphere! IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

IIThe Shakers Cavern Club, 8.30pm, 0151 236 9091

IIJourney Of The Psychopomp The Williamson Tunnels, see 3rd for details

IISome Say Nothing Studio 2, Parr Street, 9pm, 01517073727

IITales on The Tracks The Northern Line, see 5th for details

IIMellowtone Djs Shipping Forecast, 4pm-8pm, funk, soul, blues, jazz, hiphop, reggae and downtempo beats

Theatre & Dance IINorth West Dance Challenge 2012 Liverpool Empire Theater,

Family IITalk: Getting to know your Museum of Liverpool Museum of Liverpool, 11am IIThe Liverpool Shanty Kings Museum of Liverpool, 1pm, 2pm


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Other Events IILife Drawing Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 7pm, £9, 0151 707 7747 IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IISefton Celebrates Writing: Sefton Writing Competition Awards Evening Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Tickets: Competition entrants only (free Admission), 01704 533333, hosted by Southport´s David Lonsdale ft. a performance by award-winning dub poet Levi Tafari

MONDAY 12TH Music IIMellowtone: Dave Owen Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIShakespeare Schools Festival Floral Pavilion, 7pm, £8 IIHail Hail Rock 'n' Roll - The Hey Pedros Sound Food And Drink, Duke St, 7pm songs of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Surfaris, Bill Haley and more, plus resident DJ Little Rachard IIThe Two of Us Cavern Club, 6pm, 0151 236 9091 IIIan Prowse Monday Club Cavern Pub, 8pm, Original material only 0151 236 9091 IIJay Murray, John Keats, Paul Jones Cavern Club, from 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IIUltramagnetic Studio 2, Parr Street, 9pm, 01517073727

Theatre & Dance IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIWe Are Three Sisters Little Theatre Chester, £8, 7.30pm, 01244 322 674 Sensitive but unsentimental picture of the Bronte family - has humour and pathos. IIDe Bogman The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, 7.30pm, £10, 0151 703 0000 Fantastic Irish tale of the village idiot that travels to America to become the heavyweight boxing champion

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns:

Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Other Events IIJonny Bongo's Monday Night Quiz & All Night Dirty Disco The Shipping Forecast, 8pm-12am £1 IIUrban Craft Collective Knitting Club Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 7pm, 0151 707 7747 IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091

TUESDAY 13TH Music IIMarty Wilde's Rock n Roll Party Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £22, £24, £30 IIMellowtone: Laura James Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIShakespeare Schools Festival Floral Pavilion, 7pm, £8 IIFrank Turner & the Sleeping Souls O2 Academy, Liverpool, 7pm, SOLD OUT IIDingus Khan O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £6 IITea Dance amidst the Palms Sefton Park Palm House, 2pm, £4

IINeil Halstead Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 7.30pm, £9

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IIParrJazz feat Bruce Adams Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

IIJon Keats, Jimmy Coburn, Jay Murray Cavern Club, from 4pm, IIRonny Hughes, Gary Murphy Cavern Pub, from 7.30pm

Theatre & Dance II42nd Street Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£45 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIA Government Inspector The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £17-£21, 0151 709 4776, absurdly funny, clever and strangely familiar, you'll never trust your local authority again IIWe Are Three Sisters Little Theatre Chester, £8, 7.30pm, 01244 322 674 Sensitive but unsentimental picture of the Bronte family - has humour and pathos. IIDe Bogman The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, 7.30pm, £10, 0151 703 0000 Fantastic Irish tale of the village idiot that travels to America to become the heavyweight boxing champion

Comedy IIJohnny Come Lately Unity Theatre, 8pm, £10, £8 concessions

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Other Events IICAPA Extra - Ruth Carney Lantern Theatre, 6pm, £29.50 IIRushee Presents: Henna Hand Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 7pm, 0151 707 7747 IIMagical Mystery Tour Albert Dock, 2pm, 0151 236 9091

WEDNESDAY 14TH Music IITheatre of Attractions The Conerstone, Hope University Campus, 7.30pm, £10 IIPaco Pena: Quimeras Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £19.50, £22.50, £28.50 IIMystery Jets The Kazimier, 8pm, £14 IIRevolution O2 Academy Liverpool, 10.30pm IIMatraca Berg Floral Pavilion Theatre, 7pm IIMellowtone: Lewis Fieldhouse Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIMatraca Berg Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £16 IIPaul Jones, Jon Keats, Jimmy Coburn, Tony Coburn, The Amazing Kappa Cavern Club, from 2pm, 0151 236 9091 IIShoelace Band Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093 IIMellowtone Presents: Paper Aeroplanes & All We Are Shipping Forecast, 8pm, £7 adv IIFocus The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn, 8pm, £18, 0151 907 8360 Thijs van Leer - Hammond-orgel, flute and vocals, Menno Gootjesguitar, Bobby Jacobs - bass, Pierre van der Linden - drums. Classic legends.


49 Theatre & Dance IIPaco Pena Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £19.50, £22.50, £28.50 II42nd Street Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£45 II42nd Street Liverpool Empire Theatre, 2.30pm, £10-£45 IIEnsemble 10/10: Theatre of Attractions The Capstone Theatre, 7.30pm, £10 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIA Government Inspector The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £17-£21, 0151 709 4776, absurdly funny, clever and strangely familiar, you'll never trust your local authority again IIWe Are Three Sisters Little Theatre Chester, £8, 7.30pm, 01244 322 674 Sensitive but unsentimental picture of the Bronte family - has humour and pathos. IIDe Bogman The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, 7.30pm, £10, 0151 703 0000 Fantastic Irish tale of the village idiot that travels to America to become the heavyweight boxing champion

Comedy IIJohnny Come Lately Unity Theatre, 8pm, £10, £8 concessions

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe.

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Sports & Leisure IICycle for Health Walton Hall Park, 10am-11.30am Meet at Walton Hall Sports Centre car park. Guided cycling scheme, to reserve a bike or for more info contact Jeannette Smith 0151 285 4975 / jeannette. smith@liverpoolch.nhs.uk

Other Events IISpotify Wednesday LEAF 8pm Enabling the sharing, creating and modifying of each other's playlists IIWar and Peace Home Cafe, Woodside Ferry, 2pm IIWar and Peace Home Cafe, Woodside Ferry, 2pm

Liverpool, 7pm, £12 IIShabazz Palaces (live) The Kazimier, 8pm, £10 IIMark Morriss Lantern Theatre, 7pm, £10 IIMumiy Troll Mello Mello, 8pm, £10 IIMellowtone: Dave O'Grady Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIThe Idiot Bastard Band Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £20 IISad Cafe Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £19 IISarah Gillespie and Gilad Atzmon Alexanders, Rufus Court, Chester, 8pm, £8, 01244 340005 Unique mix of blues, urban folk and jazz. Five stars from 'The Independent' IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace...Special guests/ Open Mic 8PM ACE! IIBelicious Beats Studio 2, Parr Street, 9pm, 01517073727 IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace, 8pm, 0151 708 2890 IIRed Rock Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIJam Night Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564

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IIMagical Mystery Tour Cavern Club, 2pm, 0151 236 9091

II42nd Street Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£45

IIWriters Showcase Hannahs Bar, 2 Leece Street, 7.45/11pm, £3, A night of music, comedy and poetry showcasing the cultural diversity in Liverpool

IIEpstein - The Play Epstein Theatre, 2.30pm, 7.30pm, £10-£24

IIBecome a more confident you The Women's Organisation, St James Street, 10am/3pm, 0151 706 8111 Learn positivity, confidence and assertiveness techniques. We're GOING!

THURSDAY 15TH Music IIMusica En Vivo Alma De Cuba, 10.30pm, Live music featuring the hippest bands from the North West IIThe Orange Show The Brink, 7.30pm Open mic poetry, comedy, music and much more

IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

IIJulian Lloyd Webber (Cello) John Lenehan (Piano) St George's Hall Concert Room, 7.30pm, £25

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IIMike Peters of The Alarm - Red Poppy Tour O2 Academy 2,

IIAdam Ant & The Good The Mad & The Lovely Posse Liverpool Philharmonic, 8pm, £25, £27.50, £32

IIL.O.V.E Unity Theatre, 8pm, £12, £10 concessions IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIA Government Inspector The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £17-£21, 0151 709 4776, absurdly funny, clever and strangely familiar, you'll never trust your local authority again IIWe Are Three Sisters Little Theatre Chester, £8, 7.30pm, 01244 322 674 Sensitive but unsentimental picture of the Bronte family - has humour and pathos. IIDe Bogman The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, 7.30pm, £10, 0151 703 0000 Fantastic Irish tale of the village idiot that travels to America to become the heavyweight boxing champion

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display

exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Other Events IIGillette Soccer Saturday Live! Echo Arena Liverpool, £29.50, An Evening with Jeff Stelling and the Sky Sports Presenters

FRIDAY 16TH Music IILast Night of the Autumn Proms Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £19.50, £24.50, £27.50, £31.50, £36.50 IISam Carter Liverpool Philharmonic, 8.30pm, £12 IILiquidation The Shipping Forecast, in The Hold, expect Electro, Motown and Rock n Roll Classics. 11pm %u2013 3am / Free in before Midnight IIAbsolute Bowie - The No.1 Tribute to David Bowie O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £12 IIMick Miller The Green Room, 6.30pm, £15


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IIThe Stradella Project The Capstone Theatre, 7.30pm, £10, £8 concessions IIJogging The Shipping Forecast, 8pm, £4 IIThe Moulettes Mello Mello, 8pm, £7 IIUgly Duckling The Kazimier, 8.30pm, £10 IIBuzzcocks Erics Club, 7.30pm, £20 IIAC/DC UK Cavern Club, 8.30pm, £10 IIMellowtone: Natalie McCool Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIToploader plus support - The Mono Floral Pavilion, 7.30pm IIWoody Mann Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £13 IINick Ellison Floral Pavilion, 10pm IIStand Strong - Showcase Night Zanzibar Club, 7pm, 0151 707 0633 IILevel Live Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727 IIEasy Like Sunday Afternoon with Steve Macfarlane Studio 2, Parr Street, 4pm, 01517073727 IIAfraid of Mice Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893 IIQudos Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093 IIJoe Symes & The Loving Kind The Lomax, 7.30pm, £3, 0151 236 1834 III Panic Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIKings of Lyon Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IICarlos Bonell Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, 7.30pm, Tickets 0151 666 0000 A programme of Spanish and Latin American music. IIClub Smith The Compass, Chester, 8pm, £5, 01244 313965 Credible Indie Pop. New-minted artists with a freshness and conviction

Theatre & Dance II42nd Street Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£45 IIL.O.V.E Unity Theatre, 8pm, £12, £10 concessions IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIA Government Inspector The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £17-£21, 0151 709 4776, absurdly funny, clever and strangely familiar, you'll never trust your local authority again IIWe Are Three Sisters Little Theatre Chester, £8, 7.30pm, 01244 322 674 Sensitive but

unsentimental picture of the Bronte family - has humour and pathos. IIBottled Wasps and AfterWords The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, 7.30pm, £10, 0151 703 0000

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8

6.30pm, £15 IIOnce in a Lifetime 2012 featuring David Cassidy, Leo Sayer, Hot Chocolate and Smokie Echo Arena Liverpool, £38.50 IIChibuku: Simian Mobile Disco (Live) The Masque, 10pm, £15 IIGravenhurst The Scandinavian Church, 8.30pm, £8.50 IIGuardians plus support The Picket, 7.30pm, £6 IIZappa Plays Zappa Floral Pavilion Theatre, 7.30pm, £32.50 IIWoody Mann - Fingerstyle Blues Floral Pavilion, 11am, £10 IIThe Chris Corcoran Trio Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm, 10pm IIBobby Valentino, BJ Cole and Tom Doughty Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £14 IIThe Songbook Sessions Zanzibar Club, 7.30pm, 0151 707 0633

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe.

IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe.

IISelection Box Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093 IIApplication Generation The Lomax, 7.30pm, £3, 0151 236 1834

IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

IISpace Cadets Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IIGravenhurst The Scandinavian Church, 8.30pm, £8.50

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

SATURDAY 17TH Music IITasmin Little's Delius Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 IIUndiscovered Society O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £6 IIElton John & George Michael (Tribute Show) The Green Room,

IIEezee Street Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893

Theatre & Dance II42nd Street Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10-£45 II42nd Street Liverpool Empire Theatre, 2.30pm, £10-£45 IIMilapfest presents Kaavish The Capstone Theatre, 7pm, £10 IIL.O.V.E Unity Theatre, 8pm, £12, £10 concessions IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIA Government Inspector The Playhouse, 7.30pm, £17-£21, 0151 709 4776, absurdly funny, clever and strangely familiar, you'll never trust your local authority again IIWe Are Three Sisters Little Theatre Chester, £8, 7.30pm, 01244 322 674 Sensitive but unsentimental picture of the Bronte family - has humour and pathos. IIBottled Wasps and AfterWords The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, 7.30pm, £10, 0151 703 0000

Comedy IIThe Tickled Rib Comedy Club Lantern Theatre, 8.30pm, £10

IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Other Events IIThe Village The Camp & Furnace, Greenland Street 6pm - 4am II£5/3 (NUS adv.inc. booking fee) Tickets: Bido Lito/Skiddle II"An indoor festival celebrating independent Music, Art, Fashion & Food..." IIIntroduction to Butchery The Can Cook Studio, The Matchworks, Garston, 11am/5pm £25, 0151 650 6444 An introduction to butchery showing simple at home techniques

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51 SUNDAY 18TH Music IILiverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £9 adults/£6 under 25s II£2 Liverpool Young Musician Pass holders IILevellers O2 Academy, Liverpool, 7pm, £22.50 IIThe Milk O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £10 IIRicky's Country Special The Green Room, 12.30pm, £10 IISimon McBride Erics Club, 8pm IIBroken Links, The Possibles, Bombshock Zanzibar Club, 8pm, £6 IISteve Oakes Quartet Floral Pavilion, 6.30pm IIThea Gilmore Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £15 IIAtlantic The Lomax, 7.30pm, £3, 0151 236 1834 IINobody's Hero's Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IISouthport Melodic Jazz: Enrico Pieranunzi Trio The Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport, 8pm, £15/£14 members/£8 NUS

Theatre & Dance IIEssence of Ireland: Bigger and Better! Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £23-£25 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere

& Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details IIThe Merseybeat Story Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, 1.30/4.30pm, Tickets 07976282120 A reflection of the 60's Beat Era

Family IITalk: Getting to know your Museum of Liverpool Museum of Liverpool, 11am

Other Events IICapstan's Bazaar Arts & Crafts Market Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 12pm, 0151 707 7747

MONDAY 19TH Music IIIan Prowse's Monday Night Club Cavern Pub, all welcome - original material only. 0151 236 9091 IIThe Rifles (Acoustic) O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £11 IIGerry Murphy Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIHail Hail Rock 'n' Roll - The Hey Pedros Sound Food And Drink, Duke St, 7pm songs of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Surfaris, Bill Haley and more, plus resident DJ Little Rachard IIUltramagnetic Studio 2, Parr Street, 9pm, 01517073727 IIBroom Bezzums Prospect Inn, Runcorn, 8.30pm 01928 731567 Leading German folk duo. Engaging, humorous and brilliantly performed.

Comedy IIAl Murray The Pub Landlord The Only Way is Epic Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £25.50, £31.50

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8

Music IIGreg Lake - Songs of a Lifetime Liverpool Philharmonic, 8pm, £26.50, £31.50 IIMagnum O2 Academy, Liverpool, 7pm, £18.50 IIOut of The Bedroom Acoustic Open Mic: Johnny Sands Leaf of Bold Street, 8.30pm IIRob Gough Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIParrJazz feat Ben Clatworthy Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727 IITalent Contest Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496

Theatre & Dance IIWelsh National Opera's Jephtha Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7pm, £5-£25

IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe.

IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details

IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

IITotal Football Unity Theatre, 8pm, £12, £10 concessions

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Other Events IIJonny Bongo's Monday Night Quiz & All Night Dirty Disco The Shipping Forecast, 8pm-12am £1 IIRevolutionary Road by Richard Yates The Railway Pub, Tithebarn Street, 6pm

Theatre & Dance IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details

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Comedy Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm

IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm)


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Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Other Events IICreate and Write Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 7pm, £4, 0151 707 7747

WEDNESDAY 21ST Music IIKids We Used To Be O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £6 IIRevolution O2 Academy Liverpool, 10.30pm IINick Ellison Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIGary Potter Floral Pavilion, 7.30pm, £15 IIOpen Mic Studio 2, Parr Street, 7pm, 01517073727 IIUrban Folk Quartet Alexanders, Rufus Court, Chester, 9pm, £8 01244 340005 Globally influenced, electrifying acoustic Folk

Theatre & Dance IIWelsh National Opera's La boheme Liverpool Empire Theater, 7.15pm, £5-£25 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details

Comedy IIFascinating Aida Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £19, £25 IIKenny Larch is Dead: Paul Foot The Laugh Inn Chester, 8pm, £12.50, 0800 612 9714, Expect the unexpected from the man The Independent described as 'sublime, original and brilliant

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International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

IIThe Orange Show The Brink, 7.30pm Open mic poetry, comedy, music and much more IIRodriguez and special guests Liverpool Philharmonic, 8pm, £20, £25 IIDJ Fresh presents FRESH/LIVE O2 Academy, Liverpool, 7pm, £15 IIThe Vaccines Mountford Hall, Liverpool, 7pm, SOLD OUT IIJane Taylor & The JT Band Lantern Theatre, 7pm, £8 IIInternational Guitar Festival of Great Britain: Galina Vale Floral Pavilion Theatre, 8pm, £12, £14 IIThe Survivors Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IIJack Bruce's Big Blues Band Floral Pavilion, 7.30pm, £28.50

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

IIGalina Vale Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £14

IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room

IIThe Revival Hour Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727

IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Family IIObject Opinion Service Museum of Liverpool 2pm IIPortable Antiquities Scheme Museum of Liverpool, 2pm

Sports & Leisure IICycle for Health Walton Hall Park, 10am-11.30am Meet at Walton Hall Sports Centre car park. Guided cycling scheme, to reserve a bike or for more info contact Jeannette Smith 0151 285 4975 / jeannette. smith@liverpoolch.nhs.uk

Other Events IISpotify Wednesday LEAF 8pm Enabling the sharing, creating and modifying of each other's playlists

IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace...Special guests/ Open Mic 8PM ACE!

IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace, 8pm, 0151 708 2890 IITeasing Demons The Lomax, 7.30pm, £3, 0151 236 1834 IIHush Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIJam Night Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IIRoachford The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn, 8pm, £20, 0151 907 8360 Its Roachford... say no more!

Theatre & Dance IIWelsh National Opera's Cosi fan tutte Liverpool Empire Theater, 7pm, £5-£25 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details

Comedy IIMichael McIntyre Echo Arena Liverpool, £35

Arts

IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm

IIAn Evening with Mike McCartney Unity Theatre, 8pm, £12

IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012

IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm

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IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012

IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi

Music IIMusica En Vivo Alma De Cuba, 10.30pm, Live music featuring the hippest bands from the North West

IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi

International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

FRIDAY 23RD Music IILiverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge View Two Gallery, 7.30pm, £5 IILiquidation The Shipping Forecast, in The Hold, expect Electro, Motown and Rock n Roll Classics. 11pm %u2013 3am / Free in before Midnight IIThe Merseybeats The Green Room, £6.30pm, £15 IIMr Scruff The Masque, 10pm, £12 IISam And The Womp The Kazimier, 7.30pm, £8 IISoul & Mowtown Night The Huyton Suite, 7.30pm, £12.50 IIDave Floyd Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IINine Below Zero Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £15 IIHarvest Sun Presents: Mathews Southern Comfort Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 8pm, £13.50, 0151 707 7747 IISundowners Zanzibar Club,


53 7.45pm, 0151 707 0633 IIDouble Denim - Clubnight Zanzibar Club, 11pm, 0151 707 0633 IILevel Live Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727

Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

IIJade Tremarco Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IIInsanity Beach Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093

IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe.

IIThe Real People The Lomax, 7.30pm, £10, 0151 236 1834 IIThe Pickups Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIFireball Friday's Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IIEnrico Pieranunzi Trio Royal Clifton Hotel, Promenade, Southport, 8pm, £15, 01704 541790 One of Europe's leading jazz stars. Miss at your peril.

Theatre & Dance IIWelsh National Opera's La boheme Liverpool Empire Theater, 7.15pm, £5-£25 IIWe Hope That You're Happy (Why Would We Lie?) Lantern Theatre, 8pm, £12 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIThe 39 Steps Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton Street, Southport, 7.30pm £9.50 01704 530521 A gloriously witty new version of the Hitchcock classic.

Comedy IINext! Unity Theatre, 8pm, £10, £8 concessions IIMichael McIntyre Echo Arena Liverpool, £35

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIAn Age of Confidence:

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Other Events

IINeil Mellor and The Slow Trade Floral Pavilion, 10pm IIThe Sums Zanzibar Club, 7.30pm, 0151 707 0633 IIHarvest Sun Studio 2, Parr Street, 7pm, 01517073727 IISoul 4 Soul Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727 IIJunkhouse Dog Refreshment Rooms, 8pm, 0151 644 5893 IIThe Amazing Kappa Stanley's Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093 IINick Harper The Lomax, 7.30pm, £10 adv, £11.50 door, 0151 236 1834 IIThe Foundry Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIKazabian Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IIMichael Mayer The Williamson Tunnels, 10pm/4am, £13, 0151 709 6868 DJ, Dance label owner and remixer. Michael's Mantasy Album Tour live in the Tunnels.

Theatre & Dance

IIChris Moyles Live O2 Academy, Liverpool, 7pm, £17.50

IIWelsh National Opera's La boheme Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.15pm, £5-£25

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IIWe Hope That You're Happy (Why Would We Lie?) Lantern Theatre, 8pm, £12

Music IIDvorak's Te Deum Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 IIRoom for Rent O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £6 IIMotown Special The Green Room, 6.30pm, £15 IIMilapfest presents Music for the Mind and Soul The Capstone Theatre, 1pm IIThe Sums Zanzibar Club, 7.30pm, £6 IIGary Louris, Thomas J Speight The Bluecoat, 7.30pm, £14 IINick Harper The Lomax, 7.30pm, £10 IIRory Gallagher Convention: Sinnerboy, Barry Barnes Cavern Club, 8pm, £15 IIShow Of Hands, Miranda Sykes, Matt Gordon, Leonard Podolak Floral Pavilion Theatre, 7pm IIThe Mike Robins Jazz Trio Floral Pavilion, 12.30pm IIChina Crisis Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £17.50 IIShow of Hands Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £17

IIThe Vagina Monologues Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, 7.30pm, £18.50/£16.50, 0151 356 6890 Hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back! IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIThe 39 Steps Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton Street, Southport, 7.30pm £9.50 01704 530521 A gloriously witty new version of the Hitchcock classic.

Comedy IINext! Unity Theatre, 8pm, £10, £8 concessions IIMichael McIntyre Echo Arena Liverpool, £35 IICrissy Rock Liverpool Navel Club, Bowring Park Road, £10, 7.30pm/2am, 0151 280 5051 Charity night 'Poppy's Path' in aid of Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display

exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IITabitha Moses - Threshold: The Sublime Skin Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10am-5pm Exhibition inspired by the gallery's former function as the female students' common room IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

SUNDAY 25TH Music IIThe Manfreds Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £23, £25, £31 IIThe South London Jazz Orchestra Sefton Park Palm House, 2pm IIWild & Intimate: Fiddlers in Flight Lantern Theatre, 3pm, £10 IIJacobi The Lomax, 7.30pm, £3, 0151 236 1834 IIFilter House Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496 IIPhil Cooper (NuNorthernSoul) joined by Mellowtone Djs Shipping Forecast, 4pm-8pm

Theatre & Dance IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIThe 39 Steps Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton Street,


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Southport, 7.30pm £9.50 01704 530521 A gloriously witty new version of the Hitchcock classic.

Comedy IISam Avery - Rock N Dole Comedy Show Floral Pavilion, 8pm, £7.50 IIHairy Bikers - Larger Than Live Liverpool Empire Theater, 7.30pm, 0844 871 7660

Arts

Street, City Centre, 6/10pm, £8, 0151 709 3498 An evening of psychic mediumship with Neil Munnerley

MONDAY 26TH Music IIIan Prowse's Monday Night Club Cavern Pub, all welcome - original material only. 0151 236 9091

IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm

IITherapy? - A Brief Crack of Live Tour O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £15

IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012

IIHail Hail Rock 'n' Roll - The Hey Pedros Sound Food And Drink, Duke St, 7pm songs of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Surfaris, Bill Haley and more, plus resident DJ Little Rachard

IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IILiverpool Love Museum of Liverpool Works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake, Noel Fielding and Stuart Sutcliffe. IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games' IIInhospitable Landscape Wolstenholme Creative Space, see 1st for details

Family IITalk: Getting to know your Museum of Liverpool Museum of Liverpool, 11am

Other Events IIRicky's Royle Variety Show The Green Room, 12.30pm, £10 IILife Drawing Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 7pm, £9, 0151 707 7747 IIRetro Sunday Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 11am, 0151 707 7747 IIPsychic Sundays Envi, Fleet

IIUltramagnetic Studio 2, Parr Street, 9pm, 01517073727

Theatre & Dance IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIThe 39 Steps Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton Street, Southport, 7.30pm £9.50 01704 530521 A gloriously witty new version of the Hitchcock classic.

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

Other Events IIJonny Bongo's Monday Night Quiz & All Night Dirty Disco The Shipping Forecast, 8pm-12am £1 IILeaf Book Club Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 7.30pm, 0151 707 7747

TUESDAY 27TH Music IIThe Complete Schubert Cycle St George's Hall, 7.30pm, £25 IIVan Morrison Liverpool Philharmonic, 8pm, £45, £65, £75 IIDr. Acula O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £10 IISing-a-long Afternoon - Singing Our Socks Off Sefton Park Palm House, 2pm, £4 IIOut of The Bedroom Acoustic Open Mic: Johnny Sands Leaf on Bold Street, 8.30pm IIMuffy UK Tour: Wonk Unit, Slaves, Elmo & The Styx Mello Mello, 8pm, £4 IIPeace The Kazimier, 8pm, £6.50 IIParrJazz Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727

Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

Other Events IILeaf Pudding Club Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 6.30pm, £11.95, 0151 707 7747

IIWonk Unit The Lomax, 7.30pm, £4, 0151 236 1834

IIBranching Out Networking Event Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 9am, 0151 707 7747

IIGary Skyner & Ricky Tomlinson Olde Red Lion, 8pm, £15, 0151 3392496

WEDNESDAY 28TH

IINine Below Zero Telfords Warehouse Chester. Britain's most respected R&B band. 8.30pm £13.50 01244 390090

Theatre & Dance IIDance Fever 2012 Floral Pavilion, 7pm, £8 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIThe 39 Steps Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton Street, Southport, 7.30pm £9.50 01704 530521 A gloriously witty new version of the Hitchcock classic.

Comedy IIRobin Ince: Happiness Through Science Lantern Theatre, 8.30pm, £15 SOLD OUT

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border

Music IIPurity Ring The Kazimier, 8pm, £8 IIRevolution O2 Academy Liverpool, 10.30pm IIBen Ottewell (Gomez) Erics Club, 7.30pm, £10 IISolitaire - Tom Speight presents Live Acoustic Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727 IIChristmas With The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas Liverpool Empire Theatre, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, £10.00 - £33.50, 0844 871 7660

Theatre & Dance IIDance Fever 2012 Floral Pavilion, 7pm, £8 IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIThe Legend Of Robin Hood The Brindley Theatre Runcorn, 7pm, £8/£6, 0151 907 8360 A surreal and funny family pantomime based on the famous legend. IIThe 39 Steps Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton Street,


55 Southport, 7.30pm £9.50 01704 530521 A gloriously witty new version of the Hitchcock classic.

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930 IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

Family IIObject Opinion Service Museum of Liverpool 2pm

Sports & Leisure IICycle for Health Walton Hall Park, 10am-11.30am Meet at Walton Hall Sports Centre car park. Guided cycling scheme, to reserve a bike or for more info contact Jeannette Smith 0151 285 4975 / jeannette. smith@liverpoolch.nhs.uk

Other Events IISpotify Wednesday LEAF 8pm Enabling the sharing, creating and modifying of each other's playlists IIHope Springs Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £6, £7

THURSDAY 29TH Music IIMusica En Vivo Alma De Cuba, 10.30pm, Live music featuring the hippest bands from the North West

IIThe Orange Show The Brink, 7.30pm Open mic poetry, comedy, music and much more IILunchtime Learning Liverpool Philharmonic, 12pm, Each series £45 per person IIConcessions £30 per person II(claimants/students and community groups - minimum 5 people) IIJames Clark (Violin) Jonathan Aasgaard (Cello) Liverpool Philharmonic, 1.05pm, £6 IIA Fairy's Kiss Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 IIBarb Jungr - Stockport to Memphis Liverpool Philharmonic, 8.30pm, £15 IIAsa Murphy The Green Room, 6.30pm, £15 IIShearwater Erics Club, 8pm IIElbow Echo Arena Liverpool, £29.50 IIChain and The Gang & Evol The Shipping Forecast, 8pm, £10 IIIn The City: 35th Anniversary 1977-2012: From The Jam Cavern Club, 8pm, £20 IIMellowtone Presents: Dave O'Grady Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, 8pm, £5, 0151 707 7747 IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace...Special guests/ Open Mic 8PM ACE! IIMichael Bird Studio 2, Parr Street, 7pm, 01517073727 IIChristmas With The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10.00 - £33.50, 0844 871 7660 IIJohnny's Acoustic Caravan Club Camp and Furnace, 8pm, 0151 708 2890 IIJam Night Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564 IIMark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2 Broadcaster, author and folk performer, 9pm, £6, 01244 390090

Theatre & Dance IIThat'll Be The Day Christmas Show Floral Pavilion, 7.30pm, £20, £22 IIJack And The Beanstalk The Playhouse, 7pm, £10-£23, 0151 709 4776, most magical Rock 'n' Roll Panto in the universe IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details IIThe 39 Steps Southport Little

Theatre, Hoghton Street, Southport, 7.30pm £9.50 01704 530521 A gloriously witty new version of the Hitchcock classic. IIWaiting for Lefty The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, £5, 8pm, 0151 703 0000 In the 1930's a fledgling socialists theatre group decided to put on a play about a NY taxi drivers strike. Classic!

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum, 10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012 IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

Capstone Theatre, 7.30pm, £10, £8 concessions IIAlanis Morrissette Echo Arena Liverpool, £32.50, £42.50 IIRnli Red Carpet Fundraising Event: Joe Longthorne & Asa Murphy Anfield Stadium, 7.30pm, £32.50 IIEnglish Frank, Innuendo, Papa J, DJ Dalema Zanzibar Club, 7pm, £6.50 IIConnie Lush and Blues Shouter Cavern Club, 8.30pm, £12 IIA Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala Floral Pavilion, 7.30pm, £20, £18 IIThe Lovely Job Zanzibar Club, 7.45pm, 0151 707 0633 IIDouble Denim - Clubnight Zanzibar Club, 11pm, 0151 707 0633 IIHarvest Sun Studio 2, Parr Street, 8pm, 01517073727 IINeil Campbell and Friends in Concert St George’s Concert Room with some very special guests Doors - 7pm, Performance - 8pm Tickets £12.50 0844 8000 410 IIChristmas With The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas Liverpool Empire Theatre, 7.30pm, £10.00 - £33.50, 0844 871 7660 IIThe Hexmen Stanley’s Cask, 8pm, 0151 6911093 IIMetrofest The Lomax, 7pm, £3, 0151 236 1834

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IISoul Patrol Olde Red Lion, 8pm, 0151 3392496

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'

IIKorn Again Revolver Venue, 2 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, 0151 6478564

FRIDAY 30TH Music IIThe Stylistics Liverpool Philharmonic, 7.30pm, £22.50, £28 IIBarb Jungr - Stockport to Memphis Liverpool Philharmonic, 8.30pm, £15

Theatre & Dance IITales Around The Fire - War and Peace Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, 7.45pm Tickets 07976282120 IIJack And The Beanstalk The Playhouse, 7pm, £10-£23, 0151 709 4776, most magical Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto in the universe IIHeld The Playhouse Studio, see 8th for details

IILiquidation The Shipping Forecast, in The Hold, expect Electro, Motown and Rock n Roll Classics. 11pm %u2013 3am / Free in before Midnight

IIThe 39 Steps Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton Street, Southport, 7.30pm £9.50 01704 530521 A gloriously witty new version of the Hitchcock classic.

IIThe Doors Alive O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 7pm, £10

IIWaiting for Lefty The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, £5, 8pm, 0151 703 0000 In the 1930’s a fledgling socialists theatre group decided to put on a play about a NY taxi drivers strike. Classic!

IIBuddy Holly And The Crickets The Green Room, 6.30pm, £15 IIJoanna MacGregor’s Beethoven Piano Sonata Series The


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Comedy IIDanny McLoughlin, Silky, Martin Mor, Carey Marx The Laugh Inn Chester, 8pm, £15, 0800 612 9714, Four of the best on a kill for a seat comedy night.. dont miss IIHot Water Comedy Club Temperature’s Rising The Crown Hotel Pub, Lime Street, £5, 7pm, 0151 707 6027 MC Paul Smith introduces Ben Schofield, Martin Semple, Jack Edmonds and Red Redmond

Arts IITitanic and Liverpool: The untold story Merseyside Maritime Museum 10am-5pm IIA Sporting Celebration Merseyside Maritime Museum,

10am-5pm A small Olympic display exploring the role of the UK Border Agency in London 2012

IIDLA Piper Series: This is sculpture TATE, 10am-5.50pm

IIOil Boom, Delta burns: Photographs by George Osodi International, 10am-5pm Ten photographs exploring the realities of daily life along the Niger Delta

IIThe Games of Art The Black-E, 9am-5pm (weekends 10am-4pm) Exhibition presenting artworks created over the last 40 years of ‘Artful Games’

IIToxteth 1981 International Slavery Museum, 10am-5pm A community exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8

IIFeathercuts and Flares The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool City, Daily, 0151 207 0001 Display of original fashions of the 1970’s currently having a revival on the high street

IIAn Age of Confidence: Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co Sudley House, 10am-5pm Photographic exhibition featuring the work of the leading English firm of architectural photographers between 1870 and 1930

Other Events IISkeletons Lantern Theatre, 8pm, £3

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PARLOUR FLAMES Incredible new collaboration between Bonehead (ex-Oasis) and Vinny Peculiar. Single/Album/ Tours coming soon. follow @ parlourflames sign up for mailing list at www.parlourflames.com

BAILIFF BUSTERS Problems with bailiffs. Get in touch genuine help available www.bailiffbusters.co.uk

KARMA KABARET Superb covers band. Weddings, Corporate, Special Events. Full entertainment packages available. Neil 07809 380639 www.karmakabaret.com ATTENTION ORIGINAL ARTISTS/BANDS/POETS The Ian Prowse Monday Club is at Cavern Pub 8-11pm every week (Mon - just in case...) No covers strictly original material. PETE WADE & THE LIFEBLOOD BAND Debut album ‘Fired Up’ available on itunes and www.petewade.co.uk

BLEACH Whether you want to feel good, look good or just be totally pampered. Bleach Hair and Spa has it all! Specialising in all aspects of ladies and gents hairdressing, beauty treatments and spa facilities you can treat your mind body and soul. www.bleach-liverpool.co.uk

PARRJAZZ is a night based in Studio 2 for the enjoyment of jazz music, we like to spread the umbrella of jazz far and wide! There is a resident house band and weekly featured International special guests . The last set of each week is a jam so come and join the fun! www.parrjazz.co.uk

Music/Entertainment

VINYL EMPORIUM (Formerly Hairy Records) We still specialise in old and new vinyl, rock and roll memorabilia, as well as provide tickets for a variety of major music events in Liverpool and beyond. The Music Consortium’s Vinyl Emporium is open Mon – Sat from 11:00 am-5:00 pm and Sun from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

GUITAR TUITION Beginner to intermediate guitar tuition situated on the Wirral with many years of teaching experience. Teachings in line with the Rock School examinations. Emphasis on music theory and practical playing. 07545830316 davidtully13@ googlemail.com

FOREVER TRUE TATTOO 23 Cheapside, LIVERPOOL, England L2 2DY. Open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. Telephone enquiries: 0151-255 1982 www.forevertruetattoo.co.uk

WEDDING VIDEOS Professional hi-def videos. Weddings and special occasions. SuperDrive filmic quality and friendly service. Dave 07756 805894 www. cinietta.com

Holidays JERSEY ESCAPE Alister Guest House - offering fine bed and breakfast accommodation in Jersey, Channel Islands. We are a family-run establishment, offering a warm welcome to travellers. quote LOWDOWN alisterguesthouse.com alister@jerseymail.co.uk (+44 1534) 720887

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signed before lesson. classifieds@ thelowdownmagazine SMART GUY Late 30’s looking for a wife. Just need the right woman behind me to scale the dizzy heights of success. Good looks obviously a massive bonus but extra marks for rich parents or independent wealth. classifieds@ thelowdownmagazine.com DOMINATRIX SCHOOL Clients wanted for student practicals. Full range of implements from specialist to household. classifieds@ thelowdownmagazine.com ALTERNATIVE BONFIRE NIGHT We will be burning effigies of Savile, Bettison, Bankers, Politicians and others. Newsham Park 5th Nov. classifieds@ thelowdownmagazine.com PYSCHOLOGY EXPERIMENT PART 2 Send £10 to anonymous strangers for a happy life with lots of good luck. sort 090126 acc 89407614 no returns but we send you prayers and positive vibes. SILVIO BERLUSCONI LOOKALIKE Wanted urgently for acting role. Paid position and work guaranteed for several years. Excellent rates of pay and large bonus at end of job in approx 4 years. Confidentiality agreement must be signed. classifieds@ thelowdownmagazine.com BADGER HATS. We have recently secured large numbers of badger hats. Nice condition but at least one bullet hole in each one. Could be a nice present for the right person. classifieds@ thelowdownmagazine.com SECRET WEIGHT OPERATIVES Looking to shed a few pounds before Xmas. Our trained operatives will follow you secretly and scare you half to death whenever you buy junk food from a shop or takeaway. Basic programme lasts for a month. Reasonable prices. classifieds@ thelowdownmagazine.com


Thu 15 November – Sat 1 December 2012 BILL ELMS & JEN HEYES PRODUCTIONS Ltd present

Starring ANDREW LANCEL as Brian Epstein (Coronation Street & The Bill)

Fri 7 Dec 2012 – Sun 6th Jan 2013

Introducing WILL FINLASON as ʻThis Boyʼ www.epsteintheplay.com



LowDown - issue 9 - November 2012