EDITOR’S PICKS: What you can do this weekend in Liverpool
By Jay Hynd
I’m just about back down to earth after last weekend and, in my opinion, LIMF was a massive success. I know what you’re thinking, “he would say that”. Yes, I was working at the event all weekend but seeing first hand thousands of smiling faces on both days, makes me think it went really well. We should be proud that we can all come together for these big weekends.
Over 70 musicians performed and the stand out performances, for me, came from Jax Jones, local lad James Hype, one to watch Mahalia and the utterly cool Joel Culpepper. LIMF Academy Presents was amazing too, not only did it showcase the talents of three upcoming Merseysiders in the form of Gazelle, Remee & Mary Miller, but also showed off the skills of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company. Of course Hacienda Classical on Sunday evening has to be praised too for closing the festival with such style and class.
A fiver for all of the above and more, I really do hope LIMF returns next year and that we, as a city, come to appreciate just how lucky we are to have it. Watch all our backstage interviews with the likes of Example, Not3s & more and all the coverage from LIMF 2018 here.
We’ve also had the small matters of the Queen Elizabeth send off down at Liverpool Cruise Terminal and a couple of secret performances from some bloke called Paul McCartney. This is quite the city we live in, no?
Anyway, on to this weekend. We’ve got all sorts going on and plenty of choices for what you can do over the next couple of days.
For a summer social…
Baltic Market is all dressed up and ready to go for a weekend packed full of live music, daytime discos, special slushies and outdoor markets. The Summer Social will bring the sunshine indoors and provide the perfect mix of amazing food, summery cocktails (including gin slushies), live jazz, funk & soul music, and plenty of amazing summer vibes. Get the sunnies on and get involved!
For the brightest day of the year…
Liverpool Pride, Saturday
Liverpool Pride is on the move this year. The annual ‘Pride March’ will starts at 12pm on St. George’s Plateau and the main festival site is now on Tithebarn Street, where three stages and a whole host of colourful goings on will take place from midday. Myself and Claire Simmo will be hosting the Barclays Main Stage from 4-8pm, bringing on the likes of Sophie Ellis-Bextor (7.15pm), Courtney Act, Rogue Minogue and Liverpool’s Voice star, Holly Ellison. It promises to be one of the biggest and brightest Liverpool Prides to date so get there handy and get that flag waving proudly. Don’t forget, lots happening on Sunday too over at The Bluecoat with a much more family focus.
I got to meet the new patron on Liverpool Pride this week, Caroline Paige who was the first ever Transgender pilot in the RAF. Watch above for her fascinating story.
For an after-party with pride…
Of course the whole city has once again got behind Pride this year with colourful, rainbow cocktails appearing everywhere from the Hilton to Baltic Market. There is an after party in town for every colour of the rainbow, following the main event on Tithebarn Street. Sonic Yootha is back at 24 Kitchen Street with ‘Proud… In the Name Of Love’, Garlands have their famous Pride Street Party and then afterwards The Shapeshifters will be playing the club. The G Bar, of course has 15 hours of dance in and outside the beloved venue and you’ll see more parties at the likes of The Merchant, Grand Central and many more.
For a spectacular race finish…
The return of the Clipper Race
This is something that you don’t get to see everyday. On Saturday morning we will be welcoming back over 700 crew, 12 teams and some very tired faces to the Royal Albert Dock as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to Liverpool after 11 months at sea and 40,000 nautical miles. Get yourself as close to waterfront as you can early Saturday and then stick around to explore the Race Village that has been set up at the Albert Dock. From Sunday you can explore the actual yachts that took part, meet the crews and all weekend you can experience the race for yourself via virtual reality in the Race Dome.
For a World Record…
Crazy Pedro’s Beatles World Record
It’s a busy one for myself and Claire Simmo this weekend, Liverpool Pride hosting duties on Saturday and then on Sunday we team up with Crazy Pedro’s to try and smash a Guinness World Record. Mexico currently holds the title for ‘most Beatles impersonators singing together’. We need more than 295 people to turn up to Crazy Pedro’s on Parr Street on Sunday from 12pm, dressed up in one of four Beatles ‘looks’, and then join in the “Hey Jude” Sing-A-Long after we have counted you in. Crazy Pedro’s will have pizza and drink deals on, the Guinness World Record adjudicators will be in attendance and who knows Macca might even rock up for another secret gig!
For a giggle…
Mam I’m Ere’, Royal Court Liverpool
If it’s disco music and giggles you’re after this weekend, then get booking your ticket for the show that’s currently running in the main auditorium at Royal Court Liverpool. It’s not Mamma Mia, it’s “MAM I’M ERE!’ where you’ll be whisked off to a rainy holiday camp in Wales to meet a hilarious set of disco loving characters and one girl on the hunt for her real Mam. This is the perfect show for your weekend, packed with hit after hit and laugh after laugh. Once again the gang at the Royal Court do not disappoint. Ruby Slippers is also gathering up tonnes of amazing reviews. You can see that one downstairs with Kurtis Stacey smashing it in the leading role.
For a proper pint…
Craft Beer Expo, Invisible Wind Factory
The Liverpool Craft Beer Expo at Invisible Wind Factory will be bringing over 300 different beers from across the globe to the city this weekend. As well as that there’ll be cider trucks, gin bars, Indian Street Food and a party atmosphere you won’t want to miss. Beer specialists involved include Handyman, Black Lodge, Northern Monk and Mad Hatter and there are various sittings to choose from, including two on Saturday.
For live music…
The Bo Weevils, ON AIR, Friday
This is the band that caused chaos when they were filming their latest music video in the city. Police were called after residents saw what they thought were masked men doing a robbery. In fact it was local lads The Bo Weevils filming their video ‘Sister’. A four piece funky rock band, The Bo Weevils are Gav, Ste, Andy & Ian who will be playing one of their biggest gigs to date at On Air Liverpool on Friday 27th July. Go see!
A few ideas on what you can get up to this weekend in our city, if you have anymore suggestions you can let me know on email Jay@theguideliverpool.com and of course get following us on Twitter and Facebook for lots of coverage from Liverpool Pride, Clipper Race and more this weekend.
Have a good one!