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Something for the weekend (19-21 December)

Festive tips and festive tipples from the girl in the know, Heather Smith

Published on December 19th 2008.


Something for the weekend (19-21 December)

Stocking trade
The Blue Stocking Social Club is an innovative, experimental organisation whose dramatic weavings of film, music and dance usually get an outing at the Bluecoat performance space on the first Sunday of every month.

But the expert and amateur performers are bringing the shifting stories and sagas back to the venue for an alternative Christmas cabaret this Sunday. Alongside the show, you can expect ‘yuletide tuck’ and ‘seasonal tipples.’ Ho ho!

According to Wikipedia, the most reliable of sources, The Blue Stocking Society - which dates back to the mid-eighteenth century, when stockings were the done deal (they still are, ed) - conducted gatherings where politics was to be left at the door in favour of a deeper exploration of literature and the arts. It’s all about tolerance and variety, you see.

Perhaps we should stress that blue stockings are not essential attire for Sunday’s party, but hey, feel free.

The Blue Stocking Social Club Christmas Party @ the Bluecoat performance space, Sun 21st Dec, 6pm, tickets £7, £5 (free for senior citizens) to book online, visit

Titter ye not
The one and only (thank God) Terry Titter is back for more off-the-wall madness at the Unity Theatre. Well, it just wouldn’t be Christmas otherwise.

Terry’s absurd but much celebrated annual show, this year named “Yule Log,” is perfect for borderline bah Humbuggers who can’t bear all the glittery gaff of panto, yet revel in festive cheer when a) they’ve had a few pints and b) when the babbling-baloney is more blatantly ‘blue.’

Born Terry Kilkelly, the scouse comic has a remarkably loyal following and tickets for his crowd-winning Christmas shows are always snapped up sharply. Book yours today, if you think you can handle it.

Terry Titter’s Yule Log @ the Unity Theatre, until Sat 20th Dec, 8pm, tickets £9, £7 concessions, to book,

Always right before you
Local heroes, The Zutons, step on to the Echo Arena stage this Friday for their biggest headline gig to date in the city. The shaggy rock n roll five-piece have been on tour promoting their third album, You Can Do Anything, since November playing smaller, packed-out venues up and down the country.

After another successful festival run this summer, the Zutons have become one of the nation’s favourite live acts who celebrated for their ‘less hype, more quality’ attitude to music.

The band, who always play a hammering, homecoming gig at Christmas arrive at the arena following a fortnight of epic shows from international giants such as Kings of Leon, Coldplay and the Stereophonics but they shouldn’t have any problem taking on the challenge, the loyal home-crowd will no doubt make sure of that.

Will the Knowsley-born lead singer Dave McCabe trim his ever-lengthening hair or even shave for the occasion? Probably not but he might wear a smart shirt.

The Zutons @ the Arena, Kings Dock, Fri 19th Dec, 7.30pm, tickets £19.50, call the box office on 0844 8000 400

Rascals party
Meanwhile, lesser known Deltasonic Records band, The Rascals, will be headlining the Homecoming Liverpool Christmas Party over at the Carling Academy, now renamed the 02 Academy.

Bebo favourites The Hot Melts will be supporting Miles Kane and co at the gig on Sunday. The young pop-rock four-piece, who are always suitably costumed for an NME shoot, have been gaining a name for themselves recently whilst warming up for Elliot Minor on his UK tour.

Psychedelic-rock hopefuls The Jacs - band name referring to an endearing affection for the Jacaranda, perhaps - will also be putting in a performance made up of the masses of demo CD’s they have distributed this year.

Over the past couple years The Academy have presented a Deltasonic Records Christmas party but it looks as if we’re being spoiled with a string of big-scale gigs instead this year what with this weekend’s Zutons and Rascals showcase and The Coral’s New Years Eve spectacular coming up. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

Homecoming Liverpool @ the 02 Academy, Sun 21st Dec, 7pm, tickets £9, call ticketweb on 08444 77 2000

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