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Something for the weekend (4-6 January)

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Published on January 4th 2008.

Something for the weekend (4-6 January)

Fresh sounds
Good Lord. It's only just 2008 and already there's yet another music festival going on right on your doorstep. Not that that's any reason for distress. It's a good thing of course.

Fresh Festival takes place across three days in venues in and around the Hope Street area. Expect a compelling line-up of local, national and international artists collaborating, experimenting and indeed producing 'fresh' sounds. The Bays (Magnet, Saturday) for example, literally create new tracks on stage and remix these songs live without any planning, verbal communication or commercial consideration.

On a weekend where New Years resolutions are begun, there's surely none that prevent you from listening to brilliant musicians playing interesting and innovative music. You can always drink tonic water after all.

Fresh Festival @ Bumper, Liverpool Philharmonic & The Residents Hotel, Hope Street Hotel
Tonight and tomorrow (4/5 January). For line up details etc, go towww.fresh-festival.co.uk
Prices for individual events vary
Festival pass - £10 or free when you book tickets for Wayne Shorter or The Bays/Heritage Orchestra.) Call 0151 709 3789.

Shaping up
On Crosby Beach this weekend, there will be two unique performances depicting the history of Liverpool, from its modest beginning as a fishing village to its dizzy heights of Capital of Culture 2008. And get this, it will even feature Chinese line dancing, Afro-Caribbean dancing and Irish dancing. Gracious!

Ten writers, aged between 19 and 82, all from the area, have penned the script for The Shaping of Liverpool which will take place this Saturday among the lovely iron men in the sand.

The Shaping of Liverpool @ Crosby Coastguard Station. L23
Saturday January 5th
4pm and 5:30pm

Bloody good show
25 years after starting out as a secondary school play in Fazakerley, Blood Brothers is back in its hometown, having ran in the West End and Broadway for donkeys years and toured the UK for over ten. The musical has also picked up numerous awards and been made into a blockbuster film along its journey into the record books.

Willy Russell's Blood Brothers is a tale of twins, separated at birth, but who grow up as best friends, not knowing their family background.

It's a play not only written by a local person but also produced by one too, in Bill Kenwright.

Blood Brothers @ Liverpool Empire
Now until January 26
Prices vary-see online for booking details

Compiled by Ben Patey.

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