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Something for the Weekend (13-15 June 08)

The Zutons, theatre in the park, DJ competitions and tunnel walking. We'll let Heather Smith explain...

Published on June 12th 2008.


Something for the Weekend (13-15 June 08)

A Walk Around the Bridewell...
THE Grade II-listed ex-police station, now owned by artists, opens its doors to the public tonight for an atmospheric tour by story-teller John Hughes. The promising performance blends fact, fiction, memory and speculation. Think Most Haunted where you can actually see where you're going and there's a bit of substance.

There is time before and after the performance to grab a peek at the current exhibition, The Liar, The Witch and The Wardrobe, all for a £2 entry fee, which is a bit of a bargain. If you are the sort to be easily spooked, make sure you're not the last out when paying the notorious cells a visit, we wouldn't want anyone getting left behind.

Storytelling with John Hughes @ The Bridewell Gallery, 101 Prescot Street,
Friday 13th June, 8pm, Tickets £2

If you go down to the woods tonight....
FOLLOWING a fantastic set at Anfield two weeks ago, The Zutons are out on the road as headliners for the first time in ages, embarking on a tour of the forests of the land.

Delamere is the one for us and if storytelling at the Bidewell didnt tickle your fancy for Friday 13th, what about a walk in the woods after dark? Imagine how good anthems like Pressure Point, Valerie adn You Will You Won't will sound when, unlike at Anfield, their not “all a bit nervous really.”

The Zutons know how to play these fan-faithful gigs, expect favourites like Remember Me and Hello Conscience to be on the list as well as more dodgy dancing from frontman Dave McCabe.

The Zutons @ Delamere Forest, Cheshire.
Fri 13th June, 6.30pm
Tickets £26. Ticket hotline: 01842 814612

Alice Al-fresco...
WE'VE seen a fair few cracking outdoor productions so far in '08 and the return of Theatre in the Park remains a must-see. Alice in Wonderland is on the cards this year, and with a 40-strong cast to make up Tweedledee and Tweedledum and general tea-party tipplers, it could be the best yet. The al-fresco success stems from Spike Theatre who work with local volunteers as well as professional actors and students. Allerton Towers is on the venue bill again for this weekend, followed by Stadt Moers Park, Knowsley and Wigg Island, Halton consecutively. If the rave reviews of 2007's rural Robin Hood are anything to go by, we're in for a Wonder-full treat. Pack a picnic and enjoy.

Theatre in the Park presents Alice and Wonderland,
Allerton Tower, Woolton Road/Menlove Avenue, L18.
Performances: Sat 2pm, 7pm/Sun 2pm, 6pm
Tickets: £7, £5 concs, £20 family ticket, call 0151 233 2457

Carling Crazy...
THE Rascals gig earlier in the week saw a packed-out Carling Academy 2, cramming in the most bodies for months. Lesser-known unsigned Liverpool band, Jajuka, look to bring more of the same to the Carling as they take to the stage on Saturday night for their third headline slot at the venue. Formed only in 2006, Jajuka are incredibly tight live and their shows in and around the city are fast becoming show-stoppers. Their infectious bluesy-indie vibe also makes the gig a must for all those warming up for this years festival season.

Jajuka @ Carling Academy, £4
Sat 14th June, Doors 7pm, Call ticketweb 0844 477 2000

Under and Over the Mersey...
When cruising through the Queensway tunnel in your car, have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the freedom to walk through on foot? No? Well, get wondering because on Sunday we're being given the chance. Merseytravel are welcoming walkers through the tunnel from Liverpool to Birkenhead for the first time in over ten years. A full entertainment programme has been planned to see pedestrians through the afternoon including an appearance from the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Participants receive a commemorative medal and a trip to or from the event on the Ferry. Genius.

Under and Over the Mersey, Sun 15th June, 11am-4pm
Tickets: £5, £15 family ticket, Children under 5 go free,
Call 01695682020 or visit www.penineevents.co.uk

The Final Countdown…
Six hopefuls could be hailed Babycream’s brand spanking new resident DJ. The mammoth competition, which has seen no less than 6 heats and two semi-finals, comes to a head on Sunday night. The prize is a gig at Creamfields itself later in the year, which basically guarantees success across the country’s club scene. The competition, now in its third year, has produced many big talents such as Cassette Jam who are on the judging panel alongside Cream guru’s Andy Mac and Tony Barton. A definite if you’re up on your decks, or even if you just want cheap drinks. With the event being free, there aren’t many reasons not to go, really.

Babycream DJ Competition @ Babycream, Atlantic Pavillion, Albert Dock
Sun 15th June, 7.30pm, Free

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