DJ Greg Wilson’s Super Weird Happening Returns To Liverpool This April
DJ Greg Wilson and his label Super Weird Substance are back with another Happening on April 1st, following a successful appearance at Festival No. 6 and their previous six events journeying through counter-culture and live music. The Florrie will play host to the event, a stunning Grade II listed venue in South Liverpool; restored to its former Victorian glory, the space already has seen punk exhibitions by designer Jamie Reid and welcomed the ADP Riot Tour. The all-day festival will run from 11-am – 1am and feature live music, DJs, spoken word, performance art, panel discussions and exhibitions.
The seventh Happening hopes to reignite the spirit of ’67 and its renowned ‘summer of love’, half a century on from the iconic 14 Hour Technicolour Dream event at the Alexandra Palace, London. A gathering of creative individuals and collectives, local and national, will be there to put the pieces together; including Alan Moore, John Higgs and Daisy Eris-Campbell of 2014’s Cosmic Trigger Conferestival at Camp & Furnace. Super Weird Substance and friends will present their findings from memory lane and bring to light the relevance these ideas and concepts still hold today.
Tapping into the rich history of the city, the Happening aims to showcase the development of counterculture in Liverpool – holding a microscope to Mathew Street and the thriving Eric’s era, the contribution of Roger Eagle and the modern mythos surrounding Carl Jung. Local archivists Next Stop New York will be delving into the unique connection with black American music as well as its own obscured black music legacy with help from local hip hop collective No Fakin’.
Alongside the discussion and exhibitions will be a room dedicated to local bands and performance artists, featuring underground and up-and-coming artists from Merseyside. The main hall will host local heroes The Tea Street Band along with Super Weird Society residents Kermit Leveridge, The Reynolds and The Reverend Cleve Freckleton. In the tradition and spirit of the Happenings, the impressive line-up will be rounded off with a DJ set from Greg Wilson himself.
The event hopes to bring people together through discussion and mutual appreciation of the counterculture, inside a space housing plenty of history of its own. Limited advanced tickets are available here at £15 – all proceeds from the event will go towards upkeep of The Florrie to ensure its livelihood as a venue. Details of the full line-up will be released in the following weeks – visit Super Weird Substance for more information on Happenings past and present.
The Florrie, 377 Mill Street, Liverpool
Tickets: £15 advance tickets available here