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Issue 36, January 2018

A belated 'Happy New Year' and welcome to the January 2018 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...

Africa Oyé 2018: Save The Date

16th & 17th June 2018

Sefton Park, Liverpool

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Following an incredible 25th anniversary year for the organisation, Africa Oyé have announced the dates for their annual summer festival in Liverpool this year.

On 16th & 17th June 2018, Sefton Park will once again be taken over by the music and culture of Africa and the diaspora, for two free days of fantastic live music, DJs, dance, workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village.

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Across the Threshold 2018

13th & 14th April 2018
The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

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Following the success and building on the legacy of seven consecutive years of their Festival of Music & Arts, Threshold are returning to the Baltic Triangle on April 13th & 14th to present a scaled down mini-festival and industry event. 

Over 2 days with long-term partner venues District, Unit 51 and Baltic Creative, Across the Threshold will showcase a snapshot of some of the North West’s and UK’s best grass roots music, visual arts and innovative performance.

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Mim Suleiman live in aid of MRANG

9th March 2018

Buyers Club, Liverpool

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All-female nightlife collective, SisBis, return to Buyers Club for their first live booking to date with Mim Suleiman, a leftfield afrobeat star who fills dancefloors with her mix of drum machines, percussion, synths and ukulele. 

The show will raise funds for MRANG, Merseyside Refugee & Asylum Seekers Pre & Postnatal Support Group. Support comes from SisBis resident DJ, Giovanna.

In assocation with Africa Oyé.

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Positive Vibration presents...Mykal Rose

17th February, 2018
District, Liverpool

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One of Jamaica's most distinguished singers, Mykal Rose, performs The Sounds of Black Uhuru (1977-1985).

As a member of Black Uhuru, Rose was one of the foundation stones of the roots movement, before launching a successful career in the modern dancehalls. 

His work with Uhuru helped bring the group a Grammy, while his distinctive vocals launched an entire musical style - the Waterhouse sound.

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Runcorn to welcome award-winning Cabaret From The Shadows

2nd February, 2018
The Brindley, Runcorn

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Following sell-out shows across the North West last year, Teatro Pomodoro are taking 'Cabaret From The Shadows' to Runcorn, at The Brindley, for their first show of 2018.

This date is part of a tour that comes after the show won the Nordic Fringe Network Award in Brighton.

"taking on one issue after the the most bizarre, entertaining and original ways possible" - North West End

Cabaret From The Shadows has been developed entirely in Liverpool receiving support by the Lantern Theatre, the Unity Theatre, Merseyside Arts Foundation, Hope Street Limited, Physical Fest and the Arts Council England. It is a fresh and shameless show with an eclectic mix of theatre, dark comedy and live music.

★★★★ Broadway Baby ★★★★ North West End


Ping Pong House Party

31st January, 2018
Constellations, Liverpool
FREE (Booking required)

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Ping Pong House Party returns after the Christmas break. With free-to-use ping pong tables, giant jenga, house party vibes, beer pong, and fantastic drink offers, this will be the place to be on a Wednesday night!

Imagine teaming a club night with a ping pong social...well now you can! So expect bats, beats and beverages and bring your stamina, as the tournaments are set to get heavy.

Free entry but register your attendance through Skiddle.

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Fairport Convention 2018 UK Tour

(with support from Winter Wilson)

25th January to 25th February, 2018

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The folk-rock legends follow a successful Golden Anniversary year in 2017 by doing what they do better than anyone else: getting back on the bus, covering the length of the UK over 28 dates and breathing new life into old and new material on the road.

Winners of the coveted ‘BBC Lifetime Achievement Award’, Fairport were also delighted to see their ground-breaking ‘Leige & Lief’ record voted Radio 2’s ‘Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’ by listeners.

Support on the tour comes from the brilliant duo of Winter Wilson, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road.

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Edgar 'Jones' Jones at Jacaranda Club

31st January 2018
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

Singer songwriter Edgar Jones is set to perform an intimate gig upstairs at the Jacaranda Club as part of Independent Venue Week, in association with Mellowtone.

Tickets are very limited so book early to avoid disappointment!


Sound City heads for the Baltic Triangle this May

5th-6th May, 2018
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

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The first ten artists playing at Sound City 2018 have now been revealed! They are...Peace, Slow Readers Club, Ibibio Sound Machine, Baxter Dury, Idles, Jaws, Low Island, Cassia, The Orielles and Zuzu.

This first wave features alt-psych rockers
Peace as well as Baxter Dury who weaves sparse but eclectically funny and touching lyrics through his music, with his recent Prince of Tears album garnering great acclaim.

Applications are still open for artists to apply to play at Sound City until 19th January 2018.

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Swarb! It Suits Him Well

28th January, 2018
British Music Experience, Liverpool

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The Official UK Tribute Tour 2018 celebrating the music of England's finest folk fiddler Dave Swarbrick will visit Liverpool's British Music Experience on 28th January.

Starring the sensational Jason Wilson Band (Toronto, Canada), Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick & Simon Swarbrick (plus very special surprise guests throughout the tour); 'SWARB! It Suits Him Well' will be a fitting tribute to a folk legend.

A member of Fairport Convention from 1969-79, Dave Swarbrick is regarded as a founding member of the British folk music movement and has been described as 'the most influential [British] fiddle player bar none'.  He led a prolific career right until his death in June 2016.


Music for the Mind and Soul

29th January, 2018
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
FREE (Booking advised)

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First Half: An Inner Voice by Kobini Ananth and Yarlinie Thanabalasingham 

Two young, talented and upcoming vocalists come together to create an innovative piece experimenting with a notion rarely used within Carnatic music - harmonies. Pulling away from improvisation with a focus more on composition, An Inner Voice allows the artists to explore their individual identities, ideas and journeys.

Second Half: Perseverance by Jonathan Mayer 

A dialogue between Indian classical and Western instrumentation, Perseverance explores the vulnerability of hope in a world embroiled in harsh severity. Keen to explore this theme, composer and sitarist Jonathan Mayer insists that “Music should allow you think about the world around you, not just sound pretty.”

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