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Issue 38, March 2018

Welcome to the March 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.

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Africa Oyé announces first wave of artists

16th and 17th June 
Sefton Park, Liverpool

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Artists from Guinea Bissau and the Gambia are all set to take to the Africa Oyé stage this summer.

Kicking off the first wave of artists is singer-songwriter Binhan, who broke through in Guinea Bissau back in 2008 with his refreshing songs of love and hope. PLUS pioneering kora player, Sona Jobarteh will be returning to Africa Oye following her 2016 performance at the festival.

Mark the dates in your diaries as 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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Esme Bridie - 'Today it Rains' Album Launch

22 March
Part Street Studios, Liverpool

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Esme Bridie's style combines flowing angelic vocals and clear finger picked guitar. She draws influences from classic singer-songwriters such as Carole King, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen.

Esme recently started working with Liverpool-based Klee music in the creation of her debut album. At just 19 years of age, Klee describe her style as “mature beyond her years” and as having “a rare quality of songwriting craftsmanship”.

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Mim Suleiman LIVE

9 March
Buyers Club, Liverpool
£8 / £10

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All-female nightlife collective, SisBis, return to Buyers Club on Friday 9 March 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 event, produced in association with Africa Oyé, will raise funds for MRANG, Merseyside Refugee & Asylum Seekers Pre & Postnatal Support Group. 

Support comes from SisBis resident DJ, Giovanna.

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Mad Pride – Circus of the Absurd

21st April
District, Liverpool


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Festival organisers, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, have teamed up with Freefall Aerial Circus, Bring the Fire Project, The Secret Circus and other organisations to bring you Circus of the Absurd – a spectacle packed to the rafters with music, burlesque, cabaret and fun.

Mad Pride arrived in Liverpool 2 years ago as a creative, passionate and political platform to celebrate madness in all its forms. It aims to educate on potential causes of mental illness and the experiences of those who use mental health services; but most of all, it celebrates and stands in solidarity with those who experience any form of mental distress.

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Horseman & The Upper Cut Band

30th March, 2018
District, Liverpool

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Following three decades of working with the creme de la creme of the reggae world, Winston Williams aka Horseman steps into the spotlight with The Upper Cut Band.

As fearsome a drummer as he is an MC, Horseman has worked with musicians and producers Tippa Irie, Max Romeo, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, Barrington Levy, Eek-A-Mouse and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with John Holt – to name but a few – most recently performing with Hollie Cook and Prince Fatty.

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New performance piece puts astrophysics research centre stage

3rd April, 2018
ACC Liverpool

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A new project combining cutting edge space science with performance is underway and will be premiered at the European Week of Astronomy & Space Science (EWASS) in Liverpool on 3rd April.

The work is being developed by Liverpool John Moores Astrophysics Research Institute, working in collaboration with arts collective Operation Lightfoot.

The performance will consist of a number of smaller pieces, each themed on a particular aspect of the work done at the ARI, such as remotely operating the Liverpool Telescope based in La Palma, developing a clearer understanding of star and galaxy formation, and even applying techniques used in astronomy to improve wildlife conservation.

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Across The Threshold - Mini Festival and Industry Event

13th - 14th April, 2018
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 bring you a special, scaled down mini-festival and industry event, and now the first acts have been announced.

Held over two days in conjunction 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.

The weekend will combine industry workshops, supported by Liverpool Sound City and Off The Record among others, with bands, solo acts, duos and DJs.

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WRONG reveal full line-up for April festival

28th April, 2018
Various Venues, Liverpool Docklands

WRONG Festival have announced the full line up for their unmissable second-year outing of the vital oddball rock music festival. Set to take place on the 28th of April 2018 at Liverpool Docklands, they’ll be shining a spotlight on talent from both the burgeoning local, and UK-wide, Freakscene.

Joining the already-announced 2018 headliners, cult Cardiff rock band FUTURE OF THE LEFT (feat. members of Mclusky and Million Dead), organisers are pleased to reveal that MUGSTAR will be performing alongside DAMO SUZUKI as his backing band for the evening.

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Ceremony Concerts presents…
Lee “Scratch” Perry

13th March
Arts Club, Liverpool

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Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time.  

From his early days in the 1960’s as a singer and engineer for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in Kingston, through his production of the seminal Wailers’ classics African Herbsman and Soul Revolution, Perry’s innovative style marks him as one of reggae’s original treasures.

Don't miss this chance to catch a true legend at Arts Club this month. Support comes from Richie Vegas (Beaten Tracks).

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China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

Runs until 28th October
World Museum, Liverpool

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For over 2,000 years, an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanished empire.

Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history and includes a number of objects that have never been on show in the UK before.

This exhibition will be a major part of Liverpool’s 2018 celebrations and the city will be embracing its Far East links during the exhibition’s run, with a special China Dream season.

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Nick Ellis

7th April
Unitarian Church, Liverpool

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Liverpool-based musician, Nick 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.”

Support on the night will be from Reid Anderson, Campbell L Sangster, Ali Horn and Roy. There will also be an exhibition of photography from John Johnson and Robin Clewley on display.

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Hobo Kiosk launch 'The Pub' crowdfunder 

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Already well established as a treasure trove of weird and wonderful vintage homewares, clothes, records and oddities, plus a premier space for local artists to showcase and sell their work, Bridgewater Street based, Hobo Kiosk has long been a natural meeting place for those with creative flair and a passion for art.

Despite being a well known one stop shop for gifts and a good natter, there has been distinct lack of footfall in the area and the shop is now surrounded by apartments buildings rather than other shops. Proving their commitment to the area, Hobo Kiosk owners, Delia and Tristan Brady-Jacobs have launched an ambitious crowdfunder campaign to create Hobo Kiosk the Pub, a social place dedicated to the concept of community, with its own unique take on design, character, charm and good company.

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