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Issue 56, September 2019

Welcome to the September 2019 edition of 'The Swoop' - our monthly newsletter featuring the best of what's happening across Liverpool and Merseyside. Covering everything from music to theatre, films, clubs and comedy, The Swoop provides a range of handpicked highlights from the region's cultural calendar.

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Dance festival LEAP returns for 26th year in Liverpool taking over city's music venues

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In its 26th year, Liverpool-based festival LEAP will take over venues across the city, in a landmark change to how dance is programmed in the North West.

Taking a lead from MDI’s new Director Martina Murphy, LEAP will feature sited and staged work along Hope Street and in major venues including Invisible Wind Factory, Unity Theatre and the Bluecoat.

Launching on Thursday 3 October, LEAP will first bring dance to the bustling music venue, and Baltic Triangle favourite, Hinterlands, which will play host to WILD, a new show from masters of dance-circus production, Motionhouse.

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Africa Oyé call on people of Liverpool to help keep festival free and open to all


The Africa Oyé team are hard at work throughout the year to ensure the festival can stay free and open to all for years to come and are now asking those who enjoyed the weekend celebration this year to help by donating any amount they can via the Paypal button on the homepage.

Those wanting to go the extra mile can become an official ‘Friend of Oyé’! This includes rewards such as:

- Oyé t-shirt of your choice
- Oyé tote bag of your choice
- Oyé lanyard
- Limited edition Africa Oyé festival programme
- 2 tickets to an Oyé-promoted show each year
- ‘Oyé 25’ commemorative enamel badge
- Your name listed on the Africa Oyé website and in next year’s festival programme

To become a ‘Friend of Oyé’, you can purchase your 12-month membership for a one-off, non-recurring fee of £100 from
or email for more information and details.


More Acts Announced For KREWE LIVERPOOL: The Mardi Gras Experience

Friday 7th February, 2019
The Palm House, Sefton Park

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The next wave of acts have been announced for KREWE LIVERPOOL 2020 - The Mardi Gras Experience, taking place at Sefton Park’s iconic Palm House in February.

First up are The Jubilee Stompers - a Liverpool-based ragtime 5 piece, brought together by their mutual love and fascination of early jazz music. Expect joyous dance music from the depression era!

Long-term Mellowtone resident DJ and New Orleans' afficionado, DJ Jonnie O'Hare will also be joining the party, bringing an aural cocktail of jazz, soul, r’n’b, blues, funk and hip hop influenced New Orleans’ music, from Dixieland to the present day.

Organisers are also delighted to announce the involvement of dance aficionados Mersey Swing, the Liverpool-based Social Enterprise. They’ll be offering dance classes in the run up to the event - as well as on the night! - continuing their mission of sharing the joy, excitement and creativity of swing dancing and vintage dance performance.


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Matisse: Drawing with Scissors

Opens 25th October, 2019
Lady Lever Art Gallery


Matisse: Drawing with Scissors will feature 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that the artist produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed, including many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour and his spectacular paper cut-outs were his final triumph.

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre.

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Kirkby Gallery: Made on Merseyside

Opens 23rd September, 2019
Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley

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This original new exhibition has been developed from Prescot Museum’s collection, with additions from the ARK at Knowsley Archives, National Museums Liverpool, and the personal collections of local individuals.

Colourful displays of products, packaging and photographs of staff and factories are brought to life by a specially-commissioned montage of film and audio clips from various local history projects, promotional footage and personal interviews. Some of these interviews have been conducted in the months leading up to the exhibition, capturing more recent experiences and memories not previously documented, preserving them for the future.

This fascinating exhibition, a mix of local, social and design history, sparks both nostalgia and hope for the future.

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Static Bar & Mellowtone Pub Quiz

Thursday 12th September 
Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane, Liverpool

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The Mellowtone Quiz is back, and this time it’s in a new guise - a collaboration with new city centre Craft Beer & Cocktails bolthole, Static Bar.

Every second Thursday of the month come and pit your wits against some of Merseyside's finest minds across 50 questions - ranging through general knowledge, popular culture, music, art, film, food & drink, history, science & geography. Each month will feature a fantastic prize pot for the triumphant teams, including GPO Record Boxes // Gig & Theatre Tickets // Beer // Prints and Posters // Mellowtone Records Vinyl & CDs // American Pizza Slice // Bar Tabs // And whatever else they can lay their hands on!

Space is limited to 8 teams of 6, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

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General Levy's Jungle Club comes to Liverpool for Constellations spectacular

Friday 20th September, 2019
Constellations, Liverpool

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Legendary Junglist General Levy is heading to Liverpool this September with his nationwide Jungle Club tour to celebrate 25 years of his huge hit 'Incredible'.

Following their birthday celebrations this summer, Fiesta Bombarda will take over Constellations on Friday September 20th with a Baltic Triangle spectacular headlined by the legendary ragga deejay, General Levy.

With support from Spektrum DJs and Rum Riddimz Run, the night in the Baltic Triangle promises to be one to remember.

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NQ64 – An Arcade Bar For Liverpool Opens This Month

Colquitt Street, Liverpool 

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Liverpool will be getting its very own video game and arcade bar when NQ64 opens its doors this September.

Located in the former Aloha site, on Colquitt St, just off Seel St, NQ64 will be an underground drinking den where you can expect to find the best retro arcade games and classic consoles.

Alongside the games will be a drinks list with specially selected beer and themed cocktails. Revelers can try a Princess Peach, a Bubble Bubble or even a Root Beer Tapper!

Inside the arcade will be a game for everyone - retro 80’s lovers can try their luck on Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and the classic Space Invaders. For the 90’s kids, consoles such as the N64, Mega Drive and SNES come with a range of old school games to take you on a trip down memory lane.

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Deep Cuts #29

Thursday September 5th
Jacaranda Phase One, Liverpool

The September installment of Getintothis' Deep Cuts returns and it’s certainly shaping up to be another stellar evening for all involved.

Abergele quintet, Gintis (pictured above), headline the evening and will be joined by, Inhaler Collective, Bandit, and Pelican Band.

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Michael Chapman & Nick Ellis: A special evening of song and storytelling at St Bride's Church

5th October, 2019
St Bride's Church, Liverpool

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Mellowtone and Nothingville Music collaborate for Michael Chapman's return to Liverpool, plus special guest Nick Ellis.

Michael Chapman first became known on the London and Cornish folk circuits in mid-1966. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. While living in Hull, East Yorkshire, in late 1969, he signed to EMI's Harvest label & recorded a quartet of classic albums. LPs like ’Fully Qualified Survivor,’ 'Rainmaker' , ‘Window’ and 'Wrecked Again' defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound. 

Nick Ellis is dedicated to the concept of “Song” and “Melody”. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old fashioned song craft. Currently based in Liverpool, Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn.”

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Bongo’s Bingo welcomes back Ms Dynamite for September show

6th and 7th September, 2019 
Content, Liverpool

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The original Bongo’s Bingo, founded by Jonny Bongo and Joshua Burke in Liverpool in April 2015, is now celebrating being in its brand new and purpose-built home in the city.

Content will host all Bongo’s Bingo shows, as the phenomenal and inclusive concept starts its next chapter. And with most dates already sold out months in advance - all the way through to November - there’s now a very special guest returning for a double date weekender on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September.

Ms. Dynamite is the brilliant singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer who is one of the UK’s most iconic performers. She is the winner of the Mercury Music Prize, two Brit Awards and three MOBO Awards, and in 2018 received and MBE for her services to music. The dynamic and explosive star makes a very welcome return to Bongo’s Bingo in Liverpool after over 3 years, headlining two back to back dates where she will perform live.

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