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Issue 57, October 2019

Welcome to the October 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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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, with 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 and 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.”

Tickets Available Here


Annual Halloween Parade Returns To Liverpool City Centre

26th October, 2019
Beginning 8pm at the corner of Bold St. and Colquitt St, Liverpool

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Katumba, the largest drum ensemble in the North West, is preparing to bewitch the public's senses with an all-immersive spectacle, a hybrid of visual performance, theatre and music this Halloween.

Having secured funding from Arts Council England for the first time for this unique event, Katumba has promised the parade to be the biggest to date, with more artists contributing and more musicians taking part than ever before.

This year’s theme - From Darkness to Light: Where the Worlds Meet - has taken artistic steer from ancient traditions such as Gaelic Samhain, Indian Diwali and Brazilian Dia de Finados. The parade will create a truly magical environment resplendent with astounding puppetry, dazzling light effects and tribal drumming.

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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 here or email for more information.


Liverpool's floating cinema returns for a special Halloween edition

24th October - 1st November, 2019
Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool 

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After a hugely positive summer response, this October sees the return of Liverpool's sell out pop-up floating cinema; this time with a spooktacular twist!

The Halloween Pop-up Cinema, in association with Independent Liverpool, invites children and adults to enjoy their favourite scary films on a floating pontoon, with refreshments provided by a diverse selection of Dockside bars and restaurants.

Expect your favourite Halloween movies including the likes of Hocus Pocus, Casper, Addams Family and Beetlejuice. If something a little spookier is what you are after then look out for the adult-only evening screenings, featuring Rocky Horror Picture Show, Scream, Psycho and Nightmare on Elm Street.

There will also be a selection of relaxed morning screenings where guests can enjoy the experience with low lighting and volume and no trailers, as well as allowance for increased levels of movement and noise.

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Fiesta Bombarda Present...Mungos Hi Fi Halloween Special 

31st October, 2019
Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool 

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Join Fiesta Bombarda and Worried About Henry at the Invisible Wind Factory as they kick-start their SPOOKY Mungo's Hi Fi Halloween Tour!

Lineup includes: 

Mungos Hi Fi ft. Charlie P 
Omen Breaks ft. Lady Soul (UK Jungle Records) 
Run Riddimz Run 

Expect a night of DUB, REGGAE and JUNGLE with some surprises in store...fancy dress is encouraged!

Tickets available here 

Give Poetry A Chance!

28th October, 2019
The Jacaranda, Liverpool


Give Poetry A Chance is a Liverpool-based initiative providing a platform for local poets.

Their aim is to try and create and maintain a community for aspiring poets to thrive in, instead of seeing many one-off events come and go. Liverpool was once the forefront for revolutionary poets, a revival is well overdue.

This free event will take place downstairs in The Jacaranda. Poets from all walks of life are welcome and all styles of poetry can be performed.

Please note that this is not an open mic event so get in touch on if you're interested in performing.

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World-renowned Bluesman, Son of Dave, Heads To The Wirral

11th October 
West Kirby Arts Centre, Liverpool

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World-renowned Bluesman Son of Dave will be bringing his unique style of beatbox grooves, harmonica playing, foot stomping and infectious songs to the Wirral this month when he drops by the West Kirby Arts Centre on 11th October.

Son of Dave hails from Winnipeg, Canada and has been based out of London for over twenty years. He’s toured all over Europe and North America as well as performing in Uganda, South Africa, Lebanon and Russia.

As a young harmonica player, he worked in the blues and biker bars of Manitoba. Being nurtured in the tradition of Midwest Blues and Canadian folk music, he joined Crash Test Dummies at its beginnings and rode that wave for four albums and ten years until returning to his more humble, rhythmic desires and the tunes he’d been working on through those dizzying years.

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Jimmy's live music calendar this October 

130 Bold Street, Liverpool
Open Everyday (12pm till late)

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Showcasing familiar and up-and-coming talent from Liverpool and across the UK, be sure to check out some of Jimmy's highlights for October below. 

Saturday 5th October, Argh Kid: Championed by Janice Long and John Kennedy, ARGH KiD are an Alternative Hip-Hop Band led by frontman/poet David Scott. Lyrics of life in austerity UK with all it’s flaws and lingering beauty are laid on top of a backdrop of eclectic mix of music – fusing Hip-Hop with Punk, Jazz and Ska samples. 

Saturday 12th October, The Howlers: Formed in May 2018, London’s Desert Rockers The Howlers have gone on to receive critical acclaim for their ferocious live performances and determination to uproot the current foundations of popular music, and are quickly emerging as one of the UK’s must see bands.

Friday 25th October, The Modern Strangers: Fronted by brothers Max & Archie Davenport, the Tunbridge Wells band first sprang to life off the back of debut single ‘Vanilla’, earning them early support from BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 1. Their unique brand of spiralling, euphoric electronic indie pop is continuing to inject a sense of fun back into guitar music

Full list of events here 


Liverpool Tattoo Convention returns

18th - 20th October 2019 
Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool

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Liverpool Tattoo Convention returns to the city this October, celebrating its 12th year with another three days of world class tattooing, live music and entertainment. 

Widely perceived as the most prestigious and innovative tattoo event in the UK, the show takes place on the 18th, 19th and 20th October 2019 at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in the heart of the city centre.

Renowned for its innovation, non-stop entertainment and atmosphere, the 3-day event will include over 250 UK and international tattoo artists, the UK Tattoo Awards, tattoo competitions, 2 stages of non-stop live music from some of the country's finest bands (including a Foo Fighters tribute), stunt shows, fire shows, burlesque glitz, glamour and tantalising performance.

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LEAP 2019: Rosie Kay presents "Fantasia”

Tuesday 8th October 
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

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Rosie Kay’s newest work takes ballet and tutus into the 21st Century, using dance and science to create an exquisite performance of pleasure, beauty and finesse. Fine-tuning choreography with neuroscientific research, Kay questions what it is that makes dance beautiful to watch and experience. Delve deeply into a soundtrack of Vivaldi, Purcell, Beethoven and Bach and revel in the vision of three bold female dancers as they discover love, loss, emotion and joy.

The performance is part of this year's LEAP Festival programme; MDI's annual festival of dance. LEAP is a platform for the year-round work undertaken by MDI in collaboration with local Dance Artists, internationally renowned companies and performers, and community programme strands.

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Fiesta Latina 2019: An Exciting celebration of Latin American Culture

18th October 2019 
The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University 

Free Entry 

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LUMA CREATIONS presents a vibrant and diverse programme of music, dance, storytelling, crafts and workshops! With performances from Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and Peru; Fiesta Latina will have something for everyone.

Expect shows from groups such as the mesmerising Mestisa, playing popular songs from across South America, Los Hermanos performing a cross-genre fusion of original and traditional songs from Latin America, and Candombe drum and dance as well as the colourful exquisite Colibri Mexican Dance Troupe presenting dances from all of Mexico.

Fiesta Latina will also feature magical, mystical storytelling, taking the audience across the Andean mountains and tropical Rain Forests, as well as a showcase from Edge Hill University Dance company, choreographed by Estibaliz Moure Abad and Francisco Carrasco. The weekend will also give audiences a chance to participate in drum and dance workshops, arts and craft activities and a set of Latin American craft stalls.

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Music for the Mind and Soul with Kousic Sen and Jonathan Mayer

9th October, 1pm
VG&M, The University of Liverpool

Free Entry 

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As part of the University of Liverpool's Autumn Lunchtime Concert Series, Milapfest present Kousic Sen (Tabla) and Jonathan Mayer (Sitar) live in concert. 

Composer and sitar performer Jonathan Mayer’s versatility and distinctive approach are tribute to his education in both Indian and Western classical music, and his studies in composition with his father, the late Indo-Jazz artist John Mayer.

He will be joined by Kousic Sen, the master-drummer from Kolkata. An expert in accompaniment and duets in Hindustani music, Kousic Sen is a tabla player whose intense and energetic performances add a new dimension to the traditional concert experience. His rhythmic mastery has become known around the globe through his performances with leading musicians in many of the world’s most famous venues.

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Three Seminars In Three Graces For Engage Liverpool's Autumn Season

Wednesday 2nd, 17th & 31st October, 2019 

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Expert speakers from Strasbourg, Hamburg and Bordeaux will discuss how cities can make the most of their UNESCO World Heritage Status. 
Building on its incredibly successful, sold out, 2017 Seminar series exploring Liverpool's then critically "under threat" UNESCO World Heritage status, local social enterprise Engage Liverpool will host three seminars across October 2019, focusing on the inspirational experiences of 3 European UNESCO Cities – Strasbourg, Hamburg and Bordeaux. 
Each seminar will take place in one of Liverpool's "Three Graces", which sit on the city's famous, and UNESCO recognised, waterfront – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building. 

Static Bar & Mellowtone Pub Quiz 

10th October
Static Bar, 23 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, revelers are invited to come and pit their 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 the team can lay their hands on!

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

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Toxteth Day of the Dead: Hereafter Party 

Saturday 23rd November, 2019
District, Liverpool

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The Liverpool Arts Lab is delighted to present the Hereafter Party for this year's Toxteth Day of the Dead!

In 2018, people flocked from far and wide to pay reverence to those no longer with us who left a significant impact on Toxteth. This year will see fresh plans from Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond, a new route for the Beating Of The Bounds and more MuMufication bricks laid in The People's Pyramid.

Acts include Paddy Steer / Moody Boyz / Kermit and The Super Weird System / The Cryptide / Eva Crystaltips meets The Esoteric Discotheque / Dolly Dollycore meets Horton Jupiter / Busk With Us / He Hove Space Programme meets The Skiffle Factory.

Visuals by TVLUX with Design & Decor by Katy-Anne Bellis, Myra Stuart & Lal. 

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Launch Night: LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 

17th October, 2019
6-8pm, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

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Focusing on exchange with China, LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 will use the evolving language of photography to unlock international dialogue. Staged across Liverpool, The Wirral and Shanghai, the programme - put together by Open Eye Gallery - sets out to bring different cultures into conversation.

At the centre of the biennial is PEER TO PEER at Open Eye Gallery, a major new exhibition bringing together 14 rising artists from the UK and China, selected by 14 leading curators around the world. PEER TO PEER sets out to reflect on shifting global identities, worldwide environmental issues and how we can use images to communicate effectively: across borders, technologies and cultures.

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European Opera Centre brings award-winning architect to Liverpool on eve of Stirling Prize

Starting 7th October, 2019

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The European Opera Centre is bringing leading experts and much-loved stars to Liverpool for The Audland Talks, a brand new series of evening talks exploring the extravagant world of opera this autumn.

Presented in venues on the city’s iconic waterfront, and forming part of the Liverpool-based Centre’s wider commitment to developing audiences for opera, the season launches on Monday 7 October at RIBA North with a talk at 6.15pm on country house opera by music historian Dr Sophie Redfern and the architect behind the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize-shortlisted Nevill Holt Opera theatre, Christopher Watson, of Witherford Watson Mann. Watson previously won the prestigious prize in 2013 and the talk comes on the eve of this year’s award ceremony in London.

Carefully planned to relate to the operas and opera companies visiting Liverpool over the coming year, the season continues at RIBA North through October and November with thought-provoking and entertaining talks by some of the country’s most distinguished opera experts.

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