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Hub festival, Jon Head, Beatles memorabilia and International Pop Overthrow

Scrutinise some of Dave Thackeray's bits of the wheee-kend kind in a bank holiday best events round up

Published on May 27th 2010.


Hub festival, Jon Head, Beatles memorabilia and International Pop Overthrow

Ollie, ollie, ollie...
Ladies, get gnarly. It's time to celebrate street culture with HUB Festival's first-ever female skateboarding competition.

Held on Otterspool Promenade against the stunning backdrop of Mersey maritime activity, this festival of urban youth culture features no end of bonkersmiths on devices from boards to BMXs hurling themselves off lofty platforms, mostly in the name of expression.

Inevitably a few specimens will also end up on You've Been Framed and YouTube – but that's what happens when you mistakenly fall off Europe's highest gravity-defying vertical ramp in this day and age.

St John's Ambulance busykeepers aside, the Soul Powered International Break Dancing competition promises backflips and caterpillars aplenty from a posse spanning Europe and Asia.

Future Banksy botherers will compete in Europe’s biggest graffiti competition, while a soundtrack for the event comes courtesy of a bunch of live bands and DJs indulging in the plethora of musical genres you'd expect at Youth Club 2010.

While this monster-sized free shebang is aimed at the less adult end of the market, there's no reason why you shouldn't go and show them up by sharpening your board skills on the skate park. You know it has to be done...

Hub Festival, Otterspool Promenade.
Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm.

Beats international
As the echoes of Sound City retreat into the night, music lovers needn't date despondency: All hail the cacophony of International Pop Overthrow, a week-long courtship of chords on Liverpool music's most famous strip. Until Tuesday, dozens of acts are descending on the Cavern Pub and Cavern Club noiseboxes for a jam-packed, rowdy rollercoaster of a shindig.

From noon they come, and what a smorgasbord of class we have among us. Hailing from as far afield as America, and as close as round the corner, IPO boasts a wild array of tunesmiths from university favourites and techno-pop wizards The Ragamuffins (Monday afternoon, gig times invariably may vary) to a comely bunch of sound champions assembling to celebrate what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday with a two-hour ear trembler from about 4pm on Saturday on the 'Club's front stage.

Did I mention it's all free, bar the booze? It's like Christmas for your ears round here!

*International Pop Overthrow 2010, to Tuesday June 1.
Cavern Pub and Cavern Club, Matthew Street, L1. Admission free. Click here

Beatles for saleA massive exhibition of all-American Fab Four-abilia goes on show at the Beatles Story's Pier Head site this weekend.

And if you happen to have a stash of your own, there a sort of Antiques Roadshow in the shape of of Tracks, the UK's largest specialist of Beatles memorabilia, who will be valuing your treasured items between 1 – 4pm and hoping to do a deal. Beatle wigs from Beatles Day? Thanks, but you can hold on to them.

As for the exhibition, it's a collection owned by American Jeff Thelen and is the accumulation of 46 years of idolatory. It includes the rare banned Butcher sleeve from the band's Yesterday and Today album. The one where the sight of the Fab Four dressed in butcher's aprons, adorned with raw meat and dismembered dolls proved too much for the US mainstream. Silly US mainstream.

Expect Fab Four bubblegum wrapper, a rare record player, talcum powder, plasters, a Beatles lunch box set and a rare Beatles 'Flip Your Wig' board game, as well as many other mint condition nick-nacks.
*The Beatles Story exhibition of rare American memorabilia, Pier Head, L3. Tickets: Adult £12.95; Concession £8.50; Child £6.50 (Aged 5-16years); Under 5yrs Free.

Christians and a Head The Christians headline a lively affair in Crosby Village this weekend.

Not to be confused with a relatively insignificant Austrian political party of the same name, or the evicted fruit stall family – The Christians were relaunched in their new iteration last year with no Henry Priestman but with original frontman Garry Christian on vocals. The group's latest - a cover of Cat Stevens' 'Where Do The Children Play?' - was out in March. They play at 6pm on Sunday, just before the Jon Head band (pictured) who are on at 5pm and should not be missed.

The three-day session, starting Saturday, features 80 bands including The Lazy Guns, They Walk Among Us, The Big Fish and The Ratty Little Fingers. Empathise with shelf-stackers on Saturday when local foodstore Sainsbury's hosts a supermarket sweep at 9am.

While the main stage is in Moor Lane itself, fringe gigs take place across the town at a range of venues including Stamps, Cads, Blues Bar, Harry’s Bar, The Crosby Pub, The Birkey and The Village pub.
*Crosby Music Festival. Saturday to Monday, 29th to 31st May. Free.

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