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Pick of the weekend (May 27-30)

John Cleese, breakdancing, Quadrant Park and WoW winds up

Written by . Published on May 26th 2011.


Pick of the weekend (May 27-30)

One foot in the rave
DID you used to rave on at Quaddy Park in Bootle?

Whether you did or not, there's a chance to twist your melon all the way into Bank Holiday Monday at the latest Quadrant Park Reunion. This time taking place in the appropriately industrial setting of the Picket.

K-Klass.13511jpg.jpgSpecial guest PA is K-KLASS. Responsible for some of the biggest house tracks ever made, K-Klass will be performing all their hits, including Let Me Show You and Rhythm is a Mystery.

Mike Knowler, Andy Carroll and John Kelly , the original QP and State DJs will be steering the decks with all those anthems that are guaranteed to get the crowd moving. T

They say: “Dig out your dancing shoes and tell your mates, cos we’re on a mission to bring back the feeling we had when we first played the tunes back in the day … we’re all set for a great night - all we need now is YOU!”

*Quadrant Park Reunion, Sunday, May 29, The Picket, New Bird Street, Liverpool L1 OBW. 10pm – 3am. Tickets: £10 (more on the door) from Ticketline: 0871 424 444 or 3 Beat Records, Slater Street, Tel: 0151 353 7027.


WOW's about that then?
Institutionalised racism in the police is in the news again, after the Stephen Lawrence retrial was announced last week.

philscraton.jpgIt's also the closing weekend of the Writing on the Wall festival and, in a timely bit of programming, Phil Scraton, author of Hillsborough: The Truth and professor of criminology, Queen’s University, Belfast) talks about the context, circumstances and impact of – and resistance to - institutionalised racism within the police. You can see him at The Casa (29 Hope Street) on Friday 7.30PM.

Saturday, at Leaf Cafe (Bold Street), offers the finale of Pulp Idol, Writing on the Wall’s unique competition for new and unpublished writers. Hopefuls will be reading from the first chapter of their novels, with the other eye on the prize of a possible big publishing deal. The performers can expect a grilling from the judges, X-factor style, at 7PM.

The festival ends with a bang in their after party, featuring DJs, spoken word and a performance by the talented Cecille Grey. 

*Entry fees between £4 and £2 to each event.


Don't mention the war
The most senile member of Monty Python will be bringing his performance "An Evening With The Legendary John Cleese” to Liverpool this extended weekend.

BasilFawlty.jpgJohn Cleese has achieved a lot in his career which started as a sketch writer for BBC Radio’s Dick Emery Show and then The Frost Report. High point: Fawlty Towers, low point: A Fish Called Wanda. Now he wants to tell you about his jam packed life in his first ever gig in the city.

He says: "It is an evening of well honed anecdotes, psychoanalytical tit-bits, details of recent surgical procedures, and unprovoked attacks on former colleagues, especially Michael Palin".

*Alimony, Liverpool Empire, Monday May 30. Tickets (£21-£33 ex booking fee) are on sale at the usual outlets or call 0844 847 2525.


Break it up
St Helens is bidding to attract the best break dancing groups and individuals from across the U.K and Europe this weekend.

The ‘Break It’ event, on Saturday, May 28, in Church Square, will create one of the largest break dancing competitions in the UK.

Nemesis.jpg“Bboys” and “Bgirls” will battle it out to win the competitive dance offs and will wow the crowds with their lightning moves. The competition will be judged by Pocket from Street Life Crew (Germany), Tawfiq from Soul Ripperx Crew (Holland) and Flo from Ghetlow Pirates (France). The event will be co-hosted by top MC Flowrex (organiser of Tear It Up Championship at the Hub Festival, Liverpool), DJ P-Nuts (regular competitor at UK DMC DJ Championship events) and DJ Wispa.

The event, part of the less with-it-sounding Comprehensive Town Centre Programme, will also feature show performances from Britain’s Got Talent finalists Nemesis, street entertainment and a huge graffiti wall with interactive workshops. Boarders, skaters and BMX-ers will also be encouraged to show off their skills on the ramps provided by RampRiders.

Darkstar Laser will be hosting a pre-event break dance party with DJ Rasp on Friday 27th May, from 6PM.

If any of the above means anything to you, you will probably enjoy this.

*Break It, Church Square, St Helens, Saturday May 28. Free.

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