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Something for the Weekend - 23/24 June

It's the high point of the year and if you've not decamped to Glasto, you'll be looking for another way to spend the summer solstice weekend. Here's a quick pick of what's on on the doorstep.

Published on June 22nd 2007.

Something for the Weekend - 23/24 June

The big one
There's really only one obvious place to be this weekend and that's at the Knowsley Hall Music Festival. The Who, Keane, The Coral, The Thrills, The Zutons, Candie Payne, Shack and Pete Wylie already know this, and will be doing their thing in front of tens of thousands of you up by the Safari Park somewhere.

In our own little way, we've mentioned it, have run a competition to which more than 600 of you entered (congratulations Megan Harrington and Alison Jones). And why? Well, it wasn't just so we could get our hands on some review tickets of our own. Honest.

Rather, you don't get an open air festival with a host of top flight names in this part of the world very often and it would be rather great if it became an annual.

You can even take the kids, under sixes go free, and watch their baffled faces when spritely Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend do their version of The Zimmer Frames' biggie, My Generation. See The Knowsley Hall Music Festival website for tickets.

*Knowsley Hall Music festival, Knowsley Hall, Knowsley. Sat/Sun. All day till late. Ticket prices, various.

Last laugh
One more year slips by and the laughter fades away but not without a final fanfare. The Liverpool Comedy Festival comes to a close this weekend with a last-night show featuring the cream of Liverpool acts at the Royal Court.

So for last minute guffaws, witness Wavertree-born Simon Bligh, a stalwart of the national circuit for years, Keith Carter as Nige, Liverpool's shell suited king of the dole with more words of wisdom from Park Road, Liz Carr, Willie Miller, Silky, The cast of Brick Up the Mersey Tunnels, why even Pete Price is doing a turn, and the whole thing is compered by John Bishop.

Tickets for the stalls are £17 and you get a bowl of scouse with that. What better way to start the new week than sporting a big comedy hangover.

*The Best of Liverpool Night, Royal Court Theatre, Sunday, 7.30pm.

Active ideas
So you think there's nothing to do in Waterloo? Well just look at Antony Gormley's iron men. They've been hanging around doing bugger all for ages now.

However, the question is actually the title of a poster that's doing the rounds north of Seaforth Docks right now. It's aimed at teens who converge on the dune-covered former beach resort throughout the summer, with big ideas of cider drinking and setting fire to trees.

This Saturday a Youth Activities Fayre hopes put their spare time to other use, and 60 organisations, comprising dancing and acting groups, army, sea and police cadets, sailing clubs, squash, hockey, cricket, bowls, fishing, football, tae kwon-do, tennis, judo, rugby, kung-fu, scouting and boxing people will be setting out their stalls hoping to drum young people in, in an effort to counter boredom and reduce the risk of antisocial antics.

Sefton Leisure Services is bringing along its mobile climbing wall, and there will be a bouncy castle and marching bands too.

*Youth Activities Fayre, St John's School, Denmark Street and St Edmund's & St Thomas's in Oxford Road. Waterloo. Saturday, from 11am.

Dancing chic to chic
“Conversation, cultivation and sophistication are the order of the day at Geek Chic” say the organisers of a new event night, held in different venues around the city, which is aimed at “the new intelligentsia”, offering an alternative to the booze fuelled, decibel heavy bar and club scene in Liverpool.

Geek Chic's inspiration comes from the worlds of Burlesque, German cabaret, the Viennese coffee houses and the salons of the 17th century French nobility.

So they haven't booked Klass or the Baa Bar, yet. However you can catch their Homage to the Sixties night on Saturday, at Parr Street’s Studio 2.

The evening promises entertainment by Steve McFarlane and Mike Neary, performing Burt Bacharach, Beatles, Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb and Stevie Wonder classics.

Table service, 60s ambience, comfortable surroundings. Join in the fun and dress 60s style, they say.

*Geek Chic, Parr Street Studios, Parr Street, L1. Saturday, 8pm till late. Tickets £5 on the door or call 0151 707 1050 .

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