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Weekend Larks (September 23-25)

Bold Street Festival; Don't Buy The Sun; pedal across Liverpool and Cosmo man

Written by . Published on September 22nd 2011.

Weekend Larks (September 23-25)

Bold Street Festival last year

'Don't buy the Sun'. Not that you would
THE Hillsborough Justice Campaign is 22 years old and this weekend there's a big gig in the name of one of its biggest rallying cries: Don't Buy The Sun.

A stellar line-up includes Mick Jones (The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite), Pete Wylie, The Farm, John Power, James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and Ian Prowse

It promises to be a good'un and has caused as much excitement among the performers as those going.

Eighteen-year-old James McVey, known as Jay, was killed on October 9 last year after being attacked following an 18th birthday party. Money raise by the concert will go to Fazakerley 9, a charity that was set up in Jay’s memory with an aim to “improve social well being, reduce the effects of poverty and where possible undertake projects that will enable social inclusion within the Liverpool community”.

Don't Buy the Sun, they say, but do buy a ticket.

*Don’t Buy The Sun Concert In Memory Of James McVey Saturday September 24, 7pm, Liverpool Olympia, West Derby Road, Liverpool, L6 . Tel: 0151 263 6633. Tickets £15.

A bit of a cult
COSMO (Sandor Dus) is the guitar-pickin' son of a lapsed Hungarian baron and a disinherited Scottish noblewoman allegedly descended from William the Conqueror.

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A thirst for social justice and equality has been with him from an early age, encapsulated in the phrase: "If I can't live in a castle, no-one's living in a f*cking castle."

It's a theme that runs through many of his songs. Soulfully strumming the guitar while others tend to wish he'd just shut up, he also sings of dreary Sundays, bedsit philosophy, lost love on trains and small town acid trips. It's probably best not to mention his attempts to human beatbox and rap, though. So far, he's knocked out four CDs worth of the stuff and unfortunately for you there are more in the pipeline.

Over the course of these CDs, he’s developed a unique and diverse style, consisting of punk, folk, hip-hop, human beatboxing, bluegrass and cowpunk.

He has shared stages with Howard Marks, Pete Doherty, Frank Turner, Chris TT, Altern-8, Nizlopi, Dreadzone and Eat Static - and just about got away with it.

All in all, he's a bit of a cult, apparently. Anyway, he's in Liverpool, next to News from Nowehere, this Friday.

*Cosmo, with guest Ukelele Dave, Next to Nowhere, 96a Bold Street, Liverpool 1. Friday September 23. 7.30pm.

Boldly yo
BOLD Street: We walk up and down it every day and try to get to the office without venturing into its tantalising and original shops and spending money. Ok, the Oxfam featured a Primark dress in the window this week, but, hey, that's the way they roll.

Pavement painters, street entertainers, in-store promotions, live music and a craft fair await those who visit this weekend.

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The Bold Street Festival is back, celebrating its fourth year, this time spanning the whole weekend.

Last year the festival was declared a massive success, and this year you'll find masses of stalls, an art market and vintage fair at Leaf Tea Shop.

There also is yet another Guinness World Record attempt at the world's smallest nightclub. Last year the managed a wardrobe with a DJ booth inside, but who can tell what kind of a box they will squeeze into now. Or why.

*Bold Street Festival, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September, from 10am, free.

Chain reaction
Liverpool City Council is inviting residents of all ages to again climb into the saddle this weekend, as Sunday cycle gets rolling.

Looping da LoopLooping da LoopCycle Aigburth – the city’s free cycling scheme, hits the road from Sefton Park to Stanley and the Trans Pennine Trail.

Meeting at Sefton Park Gates at 11am, the ride makes its way at a leisurely pace to Otterspool Park and further along the waterfront to the Liver Buildings, from where it somehow heads to the Loop Line.

Don't have a bike? That's no excuse. Cycle Aigburth has a number of pool bikes available, but you had best book in advance. Call Callum on 0151 233 5246.

Otherwise just turn up.

*Cycling Sunday, Sunday September 25, Sefton Park Gates (Ullet Road/Aigburth Drive) from 11am, free.

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