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Something for the Weekend (31 October-2 November)

There's something a little spooky about Heather Smith's weekend tips...

Published on October 31st 2008.

Something for the Weekend (31 October-2 November)
When better to stage a Bestival reunion gig than on Halloween? Mud-ridden images from this summer’s festival in the Isle of White prove that every day is dress up day, the wilder and wackier the better.

Rob da Bank, who will be holding the event together, has assembled a fresh motley crew for Friday’s outing as part of MTV’s Liverpool Music Week. The Mystery Jets top the bill bringing with them their delightful indie-pop straight from an impressive stadium tour supporting the Kooks. DJ Kissy Sell Out will be bringing his full live band to the city for the first time and the ever crowd-pleasing Cuban Brothers will no doubt strip the headliners of some glory, or just strip to their ever so tight Y-fronts as usual.

Expect the best fancy dress, the best music and the best-ival Halloween atmosphere to be going down at Nation from 8pm.

Bestival Reunion @ Nation, Fri 31st Oct, 8pm, tickets £15, available from Probe Records

This Halloween, the Philharmonic Hall is showing a late night screening of Terrence Fisher’s classic British horror, Dracula, commemorating its 50 year anniversary.

The chilling tale sees Jonathan Harker attack Dracula (Christopher Lee), prompting the vampire to prey on his fiancées family and friends. Will they and fellow student of vampires manage to destroy Dracula? Well, we might know how it ends but the film never gets old, or less scary, so why not spend Halloween in front of the big screen?

If you’re brave enough to attend the midnight show don’t forget to dress the part because the best costume will win a pre-film dinner in the Side Door restaurant as well as free tickets for a few future films at the Phil.

Dracula @ the Philharmonic Hall, Fri 31 Oct, midnight, tickets £6.50-£4.50 (5 for the price of 4), call 0151 709 3789.

Ghost Stories
Neil Campbell, the local experimental/classical composer launches the release of his new album this weekend and he is inviting all guys and ghouls along to celebrate at the thematic St. Brides Church.

The album, Ghost Stories, follows on from Campbell’s 2004 effort Night Sketches and features acoustic/electro soundscapes from German composer Michael Beiert and the odd soaring soprano courtesy of Anne Taft. The typically dark mood is enhanced by Campbell’s own pensive classical guitar playing.

In an event more treat than trick, guests are advised to bring their own drinks to the event as the Grade II listed building is not licensed.

Neil Campbell’s Ghost stories launch @ St. Brides Church, Fri 31st

Connie Lush
Ending on something not nearly as scary but just as exciting, our husky-voiced Blues singing sensation Connie Lush is coming home this weekend, performing a special small-scale gig with her band Blues Shouter at the Carling Academy on Saturday. Small-scale for Connie that is, who has already sold out three December dates in the Echo Arena and has over the years won just about every prestigious Blues award going.

Little Anthony and the Boss Tones will not only be supporting but lead singer Tony Brown will be exhibiting his impressive artwork alongside Stephanie de Leng. Talk about cultural feast. This extraordinary event places the cherry perfectly on top of the music-week-come- biennial-filled cultural cake. You’d be mad to miss it.

Connie Lush @ the Carling Academy, Sat 1st Nov, 7pm, tickets £10, call ticketweb on 08444 77 2000

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