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Issue 37, February 2018

Welcome to the February 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...

First artists announced for Across the Threshold

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

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The first wave of artists for 'Across the Threshold' have been announced, including Mersey Wylie, Peter J Smyth and Tabitha Jade.

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. See the full list of artists on the link below:

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Africa Oyé to announce first acts for 2018 festival this month

16th & 17th June 2018

Sefton Park, Liverpool

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The first acts heading to Sefton Park for Africa Oyé this year are to be announced later this month.

Following a record-breaking 25th anniversary year for Oyé, which saw returning legends play across both days, this year expect plenty of new faces from across Africa and the wider diaspora.

Mark your diaries on 16th & 17th June for two free days of fantastic live music, DJs, dance, workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village.

And if you can't wait til then, be sure to check out leftfield afrobeat star, Mim Suleiman when she plays Buyers Club on 9th March in association with Oyé.

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Dance company telling local stories of addiction recovery

12th Feb - Storyhouse, Chester
13th Feb - Pilgrim Arts Centre, Birkenhead
15th Feb - Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

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A dance company transforming the lives of people struggling with addiction through theatre and performance, will hold a series of FREE performances in Merseyside and Chester this February.

Dark Night Ends is an interactive dance theatre performance from Fallen Angels Dance Theatre (FADT) featuring live dance, spoken word and real life authentic stories of recovery from addiction.

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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.

Support on the night comes from Liverpool-based sound system, One A Penny.

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Live Drawing: Boccioni’s Lost Sculpture

5th February, 2018
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

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Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement (1913) was one of the futurist Umberto Boccioni’s plaster sculptures that was allegedly smashed to pieces in 1917. Almost 100 years later, it has been re-created by artist Matt Smith using rare photos, digital tools and 3D printing technologies.

This drawing session in an interesting opportunity to sketch from an uncommon and characteristic model. Its shape is undefined, yet despite its ambiguity is is recognisably human. The sculpture attempts to portray the structure of a human body in movement. Rather than try and recreate the way that the human eye sees fast movement – a series of flickering still images – Boccioni here presents human motion as something fluid and unbroken.


The Spare Rib: Valentines Burlesque raising money for RASA

16th February 2018
Constellations, Liverpool

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Join The Spare Rib for a valentine's burlesque special!

There'll be something for everyone at this show with a spectacular line up of burlesque and cabaret, featuring a whole host of perofmers including, Arielle Firecracker, Betsy Bop and Harlow Kitty.

The event will be raising money for RASA Merseyside, which supports victims of rape and sexual abuse. They offer emotional support, counselling, advocacy and other services to help survivors in ways that work for them.

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Cabaret from the Shadows heads to Runcorn

TOMORROW: 2nd February, 2018
The Brindley, Runcorn

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After winning the "Nordic Fringe Network" award at Brighton Fringe, mesmerizing audiences at Norway Fringe and selling out at Unity Theatre in Liverpool, Cabaret From The Shadows lands in Runcorn, at The Brindley Studio.

Political, comic, sexy and strange, Cabaret From The Shadows is a kaleidoscope of dark comedy, satire and live music that will take you on a journey through a crazy hall of mirrors.

In an increasingly hostile world, Teatro Pomodoro offers a cathartic escape into the crazy, twisted and perverse. Tonight no subject is taboo.

"For fans of Tim Burton and Rocky Horror - Cabaret From The Shadows is an absolute must!" Bn1 Magazine

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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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Sound City announce more artists and day splits

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

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Sound City is making its hugely anticipated return to the city centre, kick-starting the UK's 2018 festival season into life on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May

The festival is incredibly proud to now reveal the headline day splits and many of the artists joining the bill this spring. Saturday's headliners DMA's have just been revealed, alongside the previously announced Slow Readers Club. Alt-psych rockers Peace headline the Sunday, with Sunset Sons now confirmed to appear amongst 100s of other acts across two days.

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Two record launches at Parr Street
(in association with Mellowtone)

Emilio Pinchi - 'High Times' Single Launch

Thurs 15th February, 2018
Parr Street Studios, Liverpool

Emilio Pinchi is a 24 year old human being living in Liverpool. His music is ‘beautiful, authentic’ and ‘never sounds like it’s trying too hard, yet carries absolute conviction’ (Tom Robinson).

With previous releases picked up by BBC 6 Music, Pinchi announced his latest single “High Times”, available on all digital platforms from 15th February 2018. Influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith and Courtney Barnett, Pinchi examines the big themes of modern life, juxtaposed with the influence we can have as individuals day to day.

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Esme Bridie - ‘Today it Rains’ Album Launch (Klee Music)

Thurs 22nd March, 2018
Parr Street Studios, Liverpool

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 takes great pride in her lyrical content as she was a writer before she began to play music.

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”.


Liverpool International Jazz Festival

22nd-25th February, 2018
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

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The sixth Liverpool International Jazz Festival (LIJF) will take place from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February 2018. Supported by sponsors and collaborators that include LiverpoolJazz, Milapfest, The Anti-Social Jazz Club, Curly Music, Trevor James and Jazz North, the most recent incarnation of the festival looks to be as dynamic and forward thinking as ever.

The emphasis as ever is on contemporary instrumental jazz in a variety of styles, taking audience members on a musical journey that traverses numerous genres including Funk, Acid Jazz, IndoJazz and Jazz Rock.

Along the way, there are support sets from North West artists, masterclasses and workshops from Festival performers and after-events organised by the Anti-Social Jazz Club in Liverpool City Centre. 

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