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Something for the weekend – 25 August – 27 August

Ben Patey gets us in the festival spirit for the Bank Holiday weekend

Published on August 28th 2007.

Something for the weekend – 25 August – 27 August

For better or for worse?
Despite the enormous palaver surrounding the initial cancelling of the Mathew Street festival, it’s now going ahead, albeit a watered down indoor version of its usual self.

Whatever the situation the festival finds itself in, there still promises to be a plethora of music on offer. The festival was always about celebrating the city’s musical heritage (whilst getting nicely oiled) and this year will be no exception. This Saturday The Picket will be the location for an all-day gig showcasing 20 up-and coming local bands. On the Bank Holiday Monday there are more bands playing at another all day event in Barfly, Seel Street.

The best part of the Mathew Street festival is arguably the opportunity given to many unsigned talents that play in and around the Cavern quarter and the priceless (literally and figuratively) impromptu performances in the bars, be it professionals, drunkards or vagrants providing the entertainment.
If you get the chance, check out Karl Lornie, a professional Paul McCartney impersonator. He usually plays in the Cavern Pub on a Friday night (5.30ish). If you fancy seeing someone a little less professional and a little more weird, you could do a lot worse than seeing Tommy the Rock who usually entertains the Cavern on Monday night with the same two Elvis songs he’s been doing for 50 years.

Mathew Street Festival
Price: Free
Location: Everywhere! (The Picket is on New Bird Street, 0151 708 6789 & Barfly is on Seel Street, 0151 707 6171)

Great minds think alike
When faced with a quandary, people are often advised to put their heads together to come up with an answer. Artist Anthony Brown obviously took this rather literally by the looks of his latest exhibition.
‘100 heads thinking as one’ is Anthony Brown’s attempt to capture the spirit and character of Merseyside through 100 collages of Liverpudlian’s past and present, famous and otherwise.
The portraits (so we’ve been told) have been fashioned using a multi layered process of news print, pictures/photos and traditional oil and acrylic paint techniques, all of which help create an inimitable portrait of each person.

Although there will be some familiar faces in amongst the 100, Anthony will be including people whose work he has admired at a personal level. In this way, there will be less familiar figures such as community workers, clergymen and journalists (boo) as well as scouse favourites like Ken Dodd, John Lennon and of course…Dean Sullivan. (see pic)

100 heads thinking as one @ St. Georges Hall
8th – 31st August 2007
10:00 – 17:00 Tuesday-Sunday (Closed Mondays/Open August Bank Holiday Monday 27th)
For info call Lorraine Brown on 07793 938141

Liverpool’s next big thing
On Bank Holiday Monday, you can see who or rather what is going to be leading the city’s 800th birthday parade on Tuesday 28th August. Yep- you guessed it – it’s a 15 foot man-made giant. Strange Cargo Arts Company have been working on the construction in the World Museum’s lower horseshoe gallery; it’s vast space and high ceilings perfect for…well, building giants. You can get a first look at their creation at 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday (27 August) when the giant will be displayed in a special ceremony in St John's Gardens, opposite World Museum Liverpool.

The procession on the 28th will begin at St George’s Hall plateau before making its way along the Churchill way flyover, Dale Street, Church Street, Lord Street, Whitechapel, St John’s Lane and Lime Street before finally making its way back to St. Georges. With giants usually notorious for their bad press, let’s hope this particular creation is more of a BFG, than a Goliath, Beanstalk dweller or a Crouch.

The Liverpool Giant @ St John’s Gardens opposite World Museum, Liverpool.Monday 27th August @ 1pm

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