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Weekend Larks (9-11 December)

Swerve the X Factor final with a cool Amnesty gig, carols and films at St Luke's, salsa and a rave. Yes a rave

Written by . Published on December 8th 2011.

Weekend Larks (9-11 December)

Do the Rights thing
There’s not many worthier causes to get together, raise money and while you’re at it, rock your pants off, than human rights.

Amnesty International volunteers are ordinary people standing up for humanity, human rights and justice. Their purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

They also throw awesome gigs.

Band Of RightsBand Of RightsDuring much of the Liverpool chapter's history, the campaigning has focused on prisoners, but they have responded to the changing patterns of human rights violations in the world. And this weekend, Amnesty International Liverpool Group is hosting a night with more bands than you can shake a stick at; White Bicycles, Dave Jackson Band and The Scatterlites to name but a few.

They'll also have an excellent DJ who promises to mix those braving the dance floor into a human rights bust-a-move frenzy, an inspirational Key Note speaker who will lift spirits to the sky. And if you fancy, after all that you can do your bit to make the world just that little more bearable to live in - with a letter or Christmas Card Action.

Band of Rights, Friday 9th December, The Casa, Hope Street, From 8pm, tickets £5


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Acid in a disused warehouse
Big hair, shoulder pads, ridiculously enormous mobile phones and flat Ghostbusters. That was some people's definition of the 80s. 

For others it was dancing till dawn in a field. Trancing and chilling out. Ah yes, Chicago acid house. And  the State Ballroom.

Now Phuture Liverpool call on you to remember that spirit of 88. 

Before corporate clubbing in faceless venues with bland promoters always looking at the bottom line, this was community, creativity and spirit.

Now the Tories are back and the number of unemployed is rising again. But thankfully for those of you too young to remember the first time round or those of you who should know better but don’t, Boss Mag, Waxx and Boss Events are bringing back the music too.

Phuture Liverpool, with rave veteran Andy Carroll on the decks, will on Saturday take over a disused warehouse in the Baltic District of Liverpool City Centre and bring together the old and the new to celebrate the best of Acid House.

This will be a hedonistic adventure to remember.

Sounds of the State 88, Saturday 10th December, 59 Jordan Street, Liverpool, from 9pm, tickets £7


All I want for Christmas
Make sure you dress warm for this one, children. Otherwise your spirits won’t be raised as much as the fever you’re more than likely to catch.

St John
St Luke's may have been hit by a bomb in 1951. Now the church will light up with Christmas decoration and song to get your festive juices flowing.

There will be refreshments on offer too,. and a collection will be taken in aide for Asylym Link.

Everybody clear your throats now.....

Christmas carols, Sunday 11th December, from 4pm, free entry


Christmas salsa
Before you stuff your face with Asda's finest (go on, get it all from Matta's or somewhere), you might want to shake your booty into gear before you are too stuffed to move.

So get up and join other booty-shaker enthusiasts in Sefton Park Palm House for a fun evening of Salsa. Karen will set the pace to get you into that irresistible rhythm - Salsa Cubana, R&B Salsa and Salsaton with a twist of Merengue, Bachata and Kizomba... If that means anything to you.

Participants be joined by Moe Flex, one of the most recognised and inspiring choreographers on the Latin Dance scene today! A fabulous night suitable for absolute beginners as well as more experienced dancers, so even if you think you have two left feet it shouldn’t matter. You can still get in shape just in time for that turkey.

And the mince pies. And...

Christmas salsa, Friday 9th December, Palm House, Sefton park, from 7.30pm, tickets £12

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