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Something for the weekend...

Time to move on from that Milan malaise and cheer yourself up at one of the marvellous happenings on the city's event horizon over the next few days.

Published on May 25th 2007.


Something for the weekend...

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Carling Academy, Monday (May 28)
No, they don't play flamenco. But they do play some of the most extraordinarily electrifying acoustic live sets, with nary a castanet in sight. Carling Academy plays host to the fleet-fingered Mexican duo on Monday night as part of their largest UK tour to date.

Self-confessed trash metal heads, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero draw their influences from classic rockers like Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, as well as the inevitable Latin music.

The result is not as schizophrenic as you'd think, but utterly surprising: beautifully structured, hugely rhythmic guitar music plays tribute to, and lyrically reinterprets, some of the classics while tipping a sombrero to flamenco (yes) and salsa. It's impossible to explain unless you've heard R&G's version of Stairway to Heaven. They rock. And are extremely cool.

Honest. Last spring Rodrigo y Gabriela beat the Arctic Monkeys and Johnny Cash to number one in the Irish charts (they're based in Dublin). And reportedly struck the fear of flamenco into Travis's Fran Healy in April this year when he found out that his band were due to go on after an R&G set in Los Angeles. "There's no way we can follow that," he panicked.

Dubious? Pay YouTube a visit. Try "For Diablo Rojo", for a start. Or just go on Monday. You'll love it. (£12.50)

Circus Bank Holiday Special, The Masque, Sunday (May 27)
Ah, bank holidays. Sunshine, day trips, DIY. And spending all day Monday in bed recovering from a mash up at Circus.

This bank holiday is no exception. True to form, Circus presents an evening of fun, funky, chunky house music on Sunday guaranteed to have people queuing to get in till the wee hours (and some turned away).

We all like a good Circus. Founder and DJ Yousef's been gathering followers from further and further afield, taking his night to places like Miami and, er, Creamfields and picking the slickest DJs to draw the crowds. Sunday's line-up includes himself (of course) Darren Emerson and Steve Angello.

Get there early. Or book a ticket or something. And write off Bank Holiday Monday.

The New Picket's first birthday bash, Saturday (May 26) 7pm till 1am
Remember The Picket? Remember the tireless - and national - campaign to save it from closure? It might have, essentially, failed, but this Saturday sees The New Picket celebrating its first birthday in its new home on Jordan Street.

The Picket was the champion of dry bar nights for under 18s, a huge supporter of fresh local talent and the venue that's attracted the likes of The La's, Happy Mondays, Billy Bragg and Noel Gallagher. Now it is throwing a birthday bash to put Coleen's 21st to shame.

Fire breathers, live graffiti artists and a barbecue, not to mention a DJ set from The Farm, an acoustic set from Ian Prowse (of Amsterdam fame) and visuals by VJ Ninowis. Wayne Rooney hasn't been confirmed yet, but we'll let you know as soon as it happens. (£7/£5)

The Phil's first podcast
If you do all of the above this weekend you'll be knackered. For those who'd prefer a more relaxed bank holiday, The Royal Liverpool Phil has come to the rescue. They've just launched their first podcast in association with Classic FM.

In among the classical chat, from Executive Director Andrew Cornall and Principal Conductor Vasily Petrenko, there's music from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and an Elgar piece too.

Download it from the Phil's website or pay a visit to iTunes where you can subscribe to the series.

That'll give you something nice to listen to while you try to put up those shelves.☻

Compiled by Charly Paige

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