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Weekend Larks (Sept 30-Oct 2)

Turn up the heat with reggae legends Misty In Roots, some beer and some mellow

Written by . Published on September 30th 2011.


Weekend Larks (Sept 30-Oct 2)



Play Misty for me
 Reggae is synonymous with hot summer sunshine. Well, it's hot right now, so tonight The Picket presents some searing mood music.

With a career spanning four decades, Misty in Roots are one of England’s finest reggae groups. The band was one of the most powerful live reggae acts to emerge from 1970s London, and they became the major force in Rock Against Racism, pioneering the reggae/punk/new Wave crossover and playing more concerts than any other band in the movement.

The band have always been noted for their powerful roots reggae sound and uncompromising lyrical vibrations. This opened up a whole new audience for the band who quickly developed a very strong cross over following, playing with acts such as Tom Robinson and Elvis Costello amongst others.

Recently overlooked by the BBC in its Reggae Britannia documentary - how very dare you, Auntie - the band’s contribution to the British reggae legacy is indisputable – through their reaching out to new audiences in the 1970s with their unique PA and sound system, they took reggae to a whole new audience, defining the very sound that we associate with Reggae music today along the way.

And how right they were staying with their roots and not following trends such as dancehall music, which has withered away with the new growth of 1990s uprightful conscious roots music - right back where MIR were coming from nearly 20 years ago. Now John Peelʼs favourite Reggae band will be touring the UK again where we will give them the respect they are due.

*Misty in Roots, The Picket, New Bird St, L1. Friday 30th September, tickets £15


Press your Panic button
If you'd rather swing to the beats of newer music, make sure you check out the next big thing on the Liverpool music scene.

With a delicious fusion of styles, Panic Room ensure no sonic stone is unturned.

Panic RoomPanic RoomAlready dubbed "a minor supergroup", this alt-rock band has recorded 2 critically acclaimed albums, with the latest - ‘Satellite’ (2010) - voted in the Top 5 'Best Albums of 2010' in the UK music press.

Panic Room are led by the beautifully expressive Anne-Marie Helder a truly stellar frontwoman who can boast the best female vocalist award of 2010 - while each of the five other band members claim to be world-class in their playing.  The Panics are famed for their powerful, passionate performances; their sense of fun and fearless creativity onstage.
But it’s always about the song – and this band deliver hit after hit of epic, memorable songs.

*Panic Room, The Citadel, St Helens, Friday 30th September, from 8pm, tickets £10


Cask the way I like it
Beer in St HelensBeer in St HelensReal ale enthusiasts are in for a real treat with the return of the St.Helens CAMRA Beer, Cider and Pie Festival. In the mind-blowing setting of the historic Salvation Artmy Volunteer Hall, the festival will bring together a wide range (we mean over 50 of them. Really. Is it even possible to sample all of those in one weekend?) of real ales, ciders and perries.  So, if you don't know your Cherry Bomb from your Cheeky Pheasant then this is the perfect time to find out more.

The three-day event is also providing a taste of local foods with bakers from across the Borough offering their pies and produce for sale.  Dazzling entertainment is also on the menu with performances from Hoochie Coochie Man and The Lazy River Jazz Band.

*St Helens Beer & Cider Festival , Thursday 30th September - Saturday 2nd October, The Citadel, St. Helens, Tickets £6


Re-light my fire
The British Musical Fireworks Championships signals autumn. And yet, this year its looking like a picnic and a bottle of grog  event for spectators, rather than chestnuts roasting and all that.

Southport hosts the three-night firework competition, a series of jaw dropping displays which are synchronised to music. 

FireworksFireworksSpectators will witness seven displays from some of the top pyrotechnic companies in the country. Last year’s winners, Pyrotex Fireworx , return to defend their title alongside new competitors; Reaction Fireworks, Vulcan Fireworks, Komodo Fireworks, Skyburst the Firework Co, Walk the Plank and Star Fireworks.

Who will be crowned winner of the 2011 British Musical Fireworks Championships? Who cares? Just don't say "Once you've seen one you've seen them all".

*The British Musical Fireworks Championships, Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October, Kings Gardens, Southport. Standing tickets only left from £7-£9 at Tourist Information Centres in Southport, Ormskirk, Preston, Liverpool 08 Place, Liverpool Albert Dock, Liverpool Echo Arena, or online.

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