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Pick of the weekend (July 8-10)

Oh let's see: Lancashire Hotpots, Futureheads, Jerry Dammers, a UK film premiere, Beatles Day and an Arab bazaar

Written by . Published on July 7th 2011.


Pick of the weekend (July 8-10)

Love music, hate racism?
IT’S six years since black teenager Anthony Walker was brutally murdered in Huyton.

In that time, the Anthony Walker Foundation has been formed and this Saturday marks its 2011 festival in Liverpool in collaboration with Love Music Hate Racism.



Taking place at the University of Liverpool campus the daytime line-up features live music performances from among others, the excellent Buffalo Clover, from Nashville, who we had the pleasure to tip our Stetsons at when they played the Shy Lowen horse sanctuary, in Thornton, last Sunday.

Anthony WalkerAnthony WalkerThere will be an Outdoor Sound System Party, DJs, dance and carnival routines, circus performers, African drumming workshops, sports events, cultural foods and much more.

It will be followed by a Love Music Hate Racism event from 7pm onwards at Mountford Hall. Heading up the night will be The Christians, grime collective Roll Deep, London rapper Kano and the legendary Jerry Dammers. Then an afterparty at Mello Mello with Pete Bentham and his Dinner Ladies.

Garry from The Christians, said: "Love Music Hate Racism and Anthony Walker Foundation are campaigns that we are proud to be a part of. We want to encourage people to stand against racism and fascism – and encourage them to celebrate our diverse culture."

*Anthony Walker Music Festival, Saturday 9 July, Liverpool University campus, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool 1, Noon onwards, free. Evening show, 7pm. Mountford Hall. Tickets £7, £5 concs from ticketweb. Afterparty, Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies, Mello Mello, Slater St, L1. Call 0844 477200 or contact Liverpool Guild of students box office.


Spiralling into insanity
Bringing the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival to a spectacular finale is the Lycamobile International Family Day this Sunday featuring performances from Algerian Rai band Abdelkader Saadoun and Libyan Tuareg singer-guitarist Danto Aiyya. 

Palm House funPalm House funSefton Park’s Palm House will come alive with the sounds, scents and colour of an Arabian bazaar with all visitors welcome to indulge in food, stalls, workshop activities, dance and live music. Watch out for Egyptian Dance Master Shafeek, the UK's only professionally trained Arabian folklore dancer. who will captivate crowds with his mesmeric whirling dervish. Ooer.

But if a surreal UK film premiere is more your bowl of cous-cous, then try The Man Who Sold The World at Fact on Friday (main picture, top)

Directed by Swel and Imad Noury, this is nothing to with David Bowie, but an interpretation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's A Weak Heart. It is set in a war-torn, anonymous city and tells of a young man who seems to have it all - doting fiancée, impending marriage and a great life stretching out ahead of him. Unable to cope with this idyllic existence he begins a nightmarish spiral into insanity. It’s followed by a Q&A with the film’s makers.

*The Man Who Sold The World (18), UK Premiere. Friday July 8, 6pm. Picturehouse at Fact, Wood Street, L1. Tel: 08717 042 063 2009, £6/£5 (members & concessions).  Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival Family Day, Sefton Park Palm House, Sunday July 9, noon-5pm. Free.


Wig out
From one kind of Mecca to the tourist mecca that is the Albert Dock will be celebrating all things Fab Four on Sunday.

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Yep, Beatles Day is back, brought to you by Chas Cole’s CMP and all those businesses by the river.



There’s a Beatles-themed treasure hunt, with clue sheets available from the Albert Dock Visitor Information Centre, Beatles tribute and a prize for the best 60s dress in a competition judged at 3pm in Anchor Courtyard.

And if you have money to spend on an exciting toy for your dog, you can purchase a Beatles wig.

Beatles Day, Sunday  July 10, 2011, Albert Dock, Liverpool. Noon, Free.


May the force be with you
Another festival in memory of someone who died too early.

Southport Rocks started out as the Jedi festival in 2007 - a tribute to Chris Haw, a local young man with a huge passion for music, who was a victim of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Now it carries a more commercial title and raises funds for research into the little-understood condition. Taking place over two days, SR claims to be the only camping festival in the North West.

Hotpotting
The Lancashire Hotpots and The Futureheads headline a big indie bill on Friday and Saturday respectively, a “Beautiful Glamping” area will be made up of luxury Mongolian yurts and tepees but for those with a pop-up, you can also BYO.

Outdoor climbing walls, cage football, face painting, a vintage market, a homeopathic tent and a massive toddler play area will also be entertaining family festival goers.

*Southport Rocks, Friday and Saturday, July 8 and July 9, Victoria Park, Southport. Tickets from £20 through Ticketline. See this for more info. 

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