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REVIEW: The BFI London Film Festival 2014

Our resident film buff Mari Jones went along to the BFI London Film Festival recently for sneak previews of upcoming films and get inspiration from top filmmakers. Here is her review of the weekend…

The Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour will visit the Liverpool Empire from 28th October to 2nd November 2014. With an incredible two decades of global success since the show first burst into the public’s heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1994, this is an unmissable chance for UK audiences to reconnect with this classic show. TICKETS

This October the Everyman & Playhouse will present their latest work for young people, by young people, Half Baked. The production is produced by the theatres as part of the Young Theatre Makers touring network. Half Baked will open at the Playhouse Studio from 29 October to 1 November 2014.

SHOUT: Samhain | Sefton Park Palm House | 31st Oct 2014

Liverpool Irish Festival
will be bringing an occult exploration of Irish electronica with Shit Robot and Boxcutter at Sefton Park Palm House on 31st October 2014.

On Friday 24th October 2014 award-winning singer-songwriter Zoe Mulford will be performing at Liverpool Acoustic Live (Live Music Night of the Year, Liverpool Music Awards 2012 and 2013), along with Katie Nicholas and Silent Cities.

A hundred goddesses took to the streets of Liverpool City Centre ahead of a special festival put together by young women. The colourful motivational paintings, produced by 8 to 23 year olds from around Knowsley, will be shown altogether at the Big Love Little Sista Festival supported by Knowsley Youth Mutual on 28th October at The Venue in Huyton.

Monster Sound Collective
will host Chaos at Liverpool club Bumper, on Hardman Street, on 25th October. With Wot Gorilla? as the headlining act the event promises to be a night of alternative, experimental, math and post rock.

REVIEW: The Full Monty | Liverpool Empire | 20.10.14

Oscar winning writer Simon Beaufoy brings the critically acclaimed stage adaptation of his classic film The Full Monty to the Liverpool Empire. The story of six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who become male strippers for one night only stars Gary Lucy and local lad Louis Emerick. Our reviewer Steph Harrison was there in a flash!

Dubbed by the NME as the ‘Scouse Mercury Prize,’ Liverpool’s celebration of new music The GIT Award returns in 2015 for its fourth successive year. The official launch party of the prestigious event takes place at 24 Kitchen Street as part of Liverpool Music Week’s closing party on Saturday 1 November 2014 and will be headlined by Lapsley.

SHOUT: Dead Prez | Kazimier | 23.10.14

Legendary US hip hop duo Dead Prez will be performing at the Kazimier for what will be one of the most anticipated shows of the year on 23rd October 2014. Support comes from London's Subculture Sage. TICKETS

To celebrate his recent chart success, Billy Lockett will begin his biggest headline tour this October. Supported by Blackpool singer/songwriter Karima Francis, the tour will span the UK, reaching Liverpool’s East Village Arts Club on 22nd October 2014. TICKETS

REVIEW: Blossoms | Shipping Forecast | 14.10.14

Stockport five piece Blossoms breezed effortlessly through an impressive set at The Shipping Forecast on Tuesday night, showcasing their unique brand of northern-psych-pop at the first gig of their UK tour. Our reviewer Conor Mooney was in attendance.

Bill Kenwright's critically acclaimed and ever popular musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returned to the Empire stage this Autumn. Our reviewer Steph Harrison went along to see if the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, lived up to her childhood memories.

NEWS: The Vamps announce Echo Arena return in 2015

After a hugely successful 2014, new pop heartthrobs The Vamps follow up their sell-out gig in Liverpool earlier this month, with a return to the Echo Arena on Tuesday 28 April 2015 as part of a UK tour. Support comes in the form of fellow boy band Union J. TICKETS