OUR PICKS: 24 – 30 May 13

Warships, Candy Floss, Mini Music Festivals and (literally) underground raves… here’s our top things to see and do this week.

proms-in-the-parkFrom 26-27 May, Chavasse Park will come alive with the sound of orchestral music with Proms in the Park. Forming part of the city-wide commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, Proms in the Park features performances from bands and orchestras from across the North West. Talented musicians from Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral will play music for every taste. From the Harry Potter theme tune to instrumentals from hit musical Les Miserables there will be something for everyone to enjoy.


The Battle of the Atlantic main event on May 24-28 is jointly organised by the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Liverpool City Council, with activities at the waterfront and in the city. These will include a memorial service at the Anglican Cathedral on Sunday, May 26, followed by a veterans’ parade along Hope Street to the RC Metropolitan Cathedral.

Twenty five warships will be at the Cruise Terminal, Albert and Canning Docks, with some open to visitors. They will represent both sides of the conflict with vessels from the UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia and the US. All warships will depart in a parade together on Tuesday May 28.


oxjam-hoylakeOxjam is an event set up to raise money for Oxfam to help those who need it most. it is also an opportunity for local acts to raise their profile whilst doing their bit for charity. It’s a day out for all the family to enjoy and discover the up and coming talent from all around Merseyside.

Hoylake Oxjam 2013 takes place on Saturday 25th May. They’ll be showcasing more than 70 acts over 12 hours across 5 venues – Tides, Vanilla Lounge, Glassfire, Panache and Jack Rabbit Slim’s. The day starts at 12 noon and everyone is welcome to head down early to see as much as you can. WEBSITE


Milk:Presents… Experiment 61 brings another eclectic mix of international experimental pioneers your way for the Bank Holiday weekend. Floridian brothers TONSTARTSSBANDHT (say tone-starts-band-hut if you don’t want to look silly) have a passion for psychedelic pop and something they like to call “boogie rock.” Signed to indie label Arbutus Records along with Grimes, the part country, part jam band, part Of Montreal synth-pop group have quietly been gathering a loyal following since 2008.

Sat 25 May at 61 jordan Street (the New Picket) 11pm. With Eola, Cube Face and Nadine Carina. TICKETS



The day after sees 303 showcase the very best in techno and acid house past and present in Liverpool’s coolest underground venue, with Justin Robertson and Oliver Lieb partying 9pm-4am in the Williamson Tunnels. Liverpool Live TV will be there to record the antics and it’s the bank holiday too, so there’s no excuse for going home early. £12 TICKETS



four-candlesFour Candles Comedy is based at House on Bold Street, the café/bar that has established itself as a great place to get away from the madness of town at the weekend. The night has deliberately set out to avoid stag dos, hen dos and large groups of people who are more interested in drinking and talking than watching the show, while the acts are a mix of comedy circuit heroes and acts that people would otherwise have to travel to London or the Edinburgh Festival to see.

There will be dinner available before the show with the chef at House providing a mix of modern and traditional food. Meals are just £10 each and can be booked when buying tickets, which are £15. Every Saturday from 9pm at House, Bold St. WEBSITE


And finally, they may have stirred a little bit of controversy with the “ciggies in slot machines” scandal, but the Blackpool Comes to… Liverpool fun fair is still worth a visit for a sunny slice of the seaside until 26th May at Walton Hall Park. Child Wristbands from £5.99 TICKETS


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