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Pick of the weekend (June 17-19)

Africa Oye; Clint Eastwood & General Saint; Deaf School in Chester, Emily and the Faves and Tom Jones at Haydock

Written by . Published on June 16th 2011.

Pick of the weekend (June 17-19)

Africa Oye plus reggae legends
This weekend, Liverpool goes wild for Africa once more, but will the weather hold up for Africa Oyé, the UK's largest celebration of African music and culture , in Sefton Park.

And its free, yes free, after organisers announced earlier this year that it would be ticketed.

You will find nothing but a fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make Africa one of the most vibrant and inspiring places on the planet.

Crowned with performers like Marcia Griffiths, Bonga and Fatoumata Diawara, this promises to bring the heat of Africa to Liverpool, no matter of this weekend’s forecast..

Clint Eastwood %26#38%3B General SaintClint Eastwood & General SaintAnd on Saturday night, don't miss Clint Eastwood & General Saint at the Picket for the Oye after party.

The reggae-deejay duo infamous for their energetic live shows and theatrical performances, will be headlining the evening backed in full by the mighty RuffCutt band. Releasing their early work through the legendary 'Greensleeves' imprint, both their studio albums made it into the top five of the UK Independent Chart and featured such enduring classics as 'Last Plane', Two Bad DJ', 'Jack Spratt' and of course 'Stop That Train'. This really is one not to be missed. It sold out last year, so bag a ticket today.
*Africa Oyé , Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June, Sefton Park. Free entry. After Partt featuring Clint Eastwood and General Saint, The Picket, New Bird Street Liverpool 3. Tickets £8 from 3-Beat or here


Emily and the FavesEmily and the FavesFave rave
If you haven’t heard of them yet, it’s about time you do. Meet Emily & her Faves. Mixing 60’s psychedelic attitude into catchy psych-pop melody frilled songs, the band are launching their debut album this Friday. The namesake singer and songwriter Emily controls the electric guitar. Her faves on kooky drums and bass supply the backbones to her airy tunes.

To celebrate the album, The Faves, the group have assembled a highly impressive bill for the launch night. Stealing Sheep, The Wild Eyes and It’s Murder Beams. A lot of people are looking forward to this.
*Emily and the Faves album launch Friday 17th June, Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane. Tickets £5


Deaf School in Chester
A lot can be expected from a band that states that the first thing you need to know is that they are quite simply the greatest band you've never seen... and argue that if you have seen them live you probably already know.

But if you missed your chance to get the tickets to Deaf School’s gigs in Liverpool, fear not.

Enrico CadillacEnrico CadillacThere is a second coming.

Their two Liverpool gigs at Everyman this Friday and Saturday are sold out but, tickets are available for their appearance in jolly Chester, just a 40 minute train ride away.

Emerging from the Liverpool College of Art as winners of the Melody Maker Rock Contest in 1975, Deaf School made three LPs between 1976 and 1978 and were one of the most popular live acts of their time. Langer, Cadillac et al still throw a top gig today.

The Laugh Inn is just across the road from the train station, and the last train back to Liverpool leaves at 11 PM. Taxi! £25

*Deaf School at The Laugh Inn, Homer House, Station Road, Chester, CH1 3DR, Sunday 19th June, from 7.30 PM, tickets £10-£12. 01244 401 626


Big Welsh Tom
It’s not unusual... no, wait, it is a bit. Tom Jones in St. Helens.

The singing legend is indeed at Haydock Park Racecourse this Saturday.

The Welsh Tiger, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, will perform a dynamic show that includes classic hits, special selections and songs from his celebrated latest work Praise & Blame after horse racing on Saturday 18 June.

Tom JonesTom JonesSomehow, Tom has managed to keep audiences interested in him as a live performer and recording artists for more than four decades. Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval for both the recorded work and the performance of Praise & Blame in concert. All except the record company boss who felt differently, which kind of says it all about the state of the music industry really.

*Tom Jones, Saturday 18th June, Haydock Park Racecourse, St Helens, tickets from £30.  0844 579 3006

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