Kiss, Gig Review. Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham.

Liverpool Sound And Vision Rating * * * * *

Kiss in Birmingham, May 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

The art of the showman may entail many effects, a stage full of experience, the sprinkle of dust wherever possible, the unrelenting passion to pull off the impossible and the big sonic boom in which to thrill the audience with, that moment in which a crowd goes nuts, in which the night was well and truly owned by the fantastic and the sheer delightful.

In Praise Of Hector.

A different dog,

not scary, not out to bite me,

panted as if the world had been spinning

at a million miles an hour

and he had been close

enough to chase his tail,

playful enough to grin

and make my sister’s home

the point of existence,

to put a smile on my face.

I had forgot just what a dog

could bring to your soul,

in praise

even when for the 50th time

they stick their nose

in your crotch

and leave you the slobbery ball,

Ben Bostick, Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

The outsider, the recluse from the world, of doing things in the perceived normal way or the genius native who sees life for what it truly can be, extraordinary, uncommon and peculiar, out in the open and not closeted away in a studio, forever thinking of the next album, always in demand by the managers and the representatives rather than the true believers, those that take their time out to see you perform, even a boardwalk, up to your neck in songs that might never reach the world but for a brief moment thrill the ears of those walking by.

Kate & Raphaël, Les Objets Trouvés. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The original is often overlooked, perhaps being seen as too avant-garde, too ahead of its time and all because people are not ready for it; it is of course understandable, not everything can be appreciated in the time that it comes out and like the lost property of a person who loses something very special, something that so few have seen or found on their travels, the chances are that it will turn up in Lost Property unscathed and unharmed, the population not ready for such possibilities of greatness.

Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Ronke Adekoluejo, Tim Bentinck, Andrew Byron, Daphne Cheung, Rachel Denning, Tony Gardner, Nigel Hastings, Jamie Hill, Togo Igawa, Eben Young.

The question is, do you give away your freedom to be saved? If you are drowning, if you are there in the water struggling for each breathe and someone offers to save you but at the price of slavery for your family forever, would you take it, knowing that the servitude will be relentless, that the abuse on those you love would be without pity, remorse or justice, would you still ask them to throw a lifebuoy?

Do You Remember Your Old Cup Final Days?

Do you remember your old Cup Final days,

the only live match all season,

that you could watch on the television,

instead of wall to wall

blanket coverage,

the pull out special in the pages

of your newspaper of choice,

the pencil drawings

and the managers looking on

with pride having achieved mortality

for a few weeks and the songs

from the terraces as the day grew closer,

the interviews on the bus

and the poet, always one,

coming up with a piece that

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T.,Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scoderlario, Kevin McNally, Golsifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba, Angus Barnett, Adam Browne, Giles New, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Paul McCartney, Bruce Spence.

 

Every tale has an ending, the circle completed and the finale one that can be passed down as being just as riveting or exciting as the original, the one that started the quest in the first place; if not then dead men and bored but faithful audiences tell no tales, for nobody likes a sequel to be a failure.

Snatched. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, Tom Bateman, Bashir Salahuddin, Christopher Meloni, Óscar Jaenada.

 

Mixed: a sense of neither engaging, being fun enough to overlook the obvious, or unresponsive enough to find certain aspects of the film entertaining; for Snatched, it might go down on its epitaph that this particular film is neither here nor there. Its ideas are laudable but not sincere, that it brings one of the greats of her time in Goldie Hawn back to the screen but then doesn’t relish the part that she plays as the once gregarious girl of the film’s past nor as the woman who made films such as Death Becomes Her and Private Benjamin such sublime pieces of art.

It’s Not You.

It’s not you…

I look in the mirror

each time I feel this darkness

descend, I know it’s not you

but the mirror

sneers and lies to me,

my reflection

haunted, incapable of compassion,

scorns and sniggers

whilst all the time never letting me go,

the mirror it seems

is the victor

in this battle, it knows

how to bring me down,

cashing in on the fact

that I must stare into the abyss

again and again, to lose sight of the dead and the forgotten

Ground Breaking Politically Inspired Fringe This Summer In Liverpool.

Are you ready for a summer of theatre, comedy, music and a whole lot more…because for two weeks it’s all coming to Liverpool, in the form of the first ever Liverpool Fringe Festival. The festival will consist of 47 different acts, performing in a range of different venues, mainly in the Hope Street area, including venues like the Casa, 81 Renshaw Street and Blackburne House.

The forty-seven acts taking part in the festival are wide and varied from the world of theatre, comedy and music, including Edinburgh comedy stand-up s and sketch previews, children’s shows, political theatre, new writing from local writers, cabaret and physical theatre.