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The weekend what to do (18-20 June)

Liverpool Ghosts, Africa Oye, Polish summer nights and Mickey Finn, all mentioned by Dave Thackeray

Published on June 18th 2010.


The weekend what to do (18-20 June)

Ghost in the machine
Tom Slemen's celebrated series of Haunted Liverpool books takes a spine-tingling turn in the Concert Hall at St George's Hall this weekend.

Volumes 5 and 6 are reanimated in an atmospheric re-telling of Slemen's chilling tales, the third in this popular series of performances.

Terrifyingly good performances are expected from Lynn Francis (The Salon), Jamie Hampson (Twopence to Cross The Mersey), Stephen Fletcher (Night Collar) and Brian Dodd (Blood Wedding).

*Tales From Haunted Liverpool, St. George’s Concert Room, William Brown Street, L1.Friday to Sunday, June 18 to 20 at 8pm (Sat also matinee at 4pm). Tickets from £11.50, call 0844 8000 400 or book at www.echoarena.com

Picnic in the parkThe Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park hosts a proper musical wunderkind on Saturday to raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Welsh wonders Los Campesinos! bring it on with Liverpool's own Candi Payne and DJs including T4's potty-mouthed Miquita Oliver. Tik Tok singer Kesha is not expected to attend.

*Topshop Bandstand Picnic, Isla Gladstone Conservatory, Stanley Park, Anfield Road, L4.Saturday 19 June, from noon. Tickets £10 in advance from www.ents24.com

Oye, Oye, Oye, Oye
Over at another park, Sefton, Africa Oyé, the UK's biggest free music festival of its kind, returns to the city that loves to groove.

From Haiti to Burkina Faso they come, masters of their musical craft and devoted to rhythms of their homeland. Highlights of Africa Oyé include Grammy Award nominees Boukman Eksperyans, The Gangbe Brass Band, and Andrew Tosh, son of the legendary reggae and rootsman Peter Tosh.

When the Saturday sun goes down on the festival, it's time to move on to The Picket for an After Party including another round of mesmerising guest artists including Aba Shanti and the Toxteth Rebel Alliance.

*Africa Oyé 2010, Review Field, Sefton Park. Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th June 2010, 12:30pm to 9:30pm. Africa Oyé After Party, The Picket, Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1. From 9pm, Saturday June 19. Admission £3.

Finn and dandy
Cute cabaret lounge The Greenroom is Liverpool's best-kept secret for a great night out. Until now.

Shrinking wallflower and Greenroom co-owner Ricky Tomlinson is joined by fellow Mersey mirthmaker Mickey Finn, and sound scoundrels The Backbeat Beatles this Saturday.

It's just £10 for a unique evening of entertainment. Future stars set to shine at The Greenroom include Jimmy Cricket, The Merseybeats and Duncan Norvelle.

*Ricky Tomlinson, The Backbeat Beatles and Mickey Finn, The Greenroom, Duke Street, L1.Tickets £10, doors 6.30pm for 7.30pm.

Polish performance
All manner of Eastern European razzmatazz is on show at the bombed out church of St Lukes this Saturday. It's all in the name of Polish midsummer cultural celebrations, and it kicks off at midday.

Hosts Merseyside Polonia ask for a donation on entry and in return you'll be enchanted with all manner of singing and dancing, arts and crafts and children's activities.

*Polish midsummer cultural celebrations, St Luke's Church, corner of Berry Street and Leece Street, L1.Saturday June 19, fun begins noon. Entry by donation.

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