Thanks half a million…
It started over 13 years ago in what was only supposed to be a one off, a favour, after extensive spinal surgery, to go out and attend a gig, it just happened to be my teenage hero Fish and it was in an old favourite venue, nothing more, nothing less, say what I saw, take a note of the set list and tell the Music Editor of the Birmingham Mail.
The highly-regarded Clapperboard Awards Ceremony is to return to Liverpool this year hosted by Liverpool actor, comedian and writer Neil Fitzmaurice (Going Off Big Time, Phoenix Nights, Peep Show, Mount Pleasant) and this year in attendance is special guest presenter Liverpool film and television icon Alison Steadman (Nuts in May, Abigail’s Party, Shirley Valentine, Topsy Turvey, Life is Sweet, Singing Detective, Fat Friends, Gavin and Stacey).
The prestigious awards ceremony will once again take place at Liverpool Hope University’s Capstone Theatre on Tue 4 April 2017.
Following an incredible 12 months including a critically acclaimed new album and nationwide sell out shows, ABC have announced a brand new U.K. tour for October performing all their greatest hits. This new full band show will also see them being joined by non-other than Kid Creole and The Coconuts.
Of the new tour Martin Fry said, “Here’s an opportunity to open up the ABC songbook and journey through all the hits. Lexicon to Lexicon. ABC to XYZ. See you there.”
Holly Oaks actress Nicole Barber-Lane is going back to her roots by starring in a new musical set in a Mersey Entertainments Agency, Secrets: The Musical. Nicole, who played Sally Bowles in Cabaret, is looking forward to working with her real life daughter Jemma Healey-Lane as it will be the first time mother and daughter have played together in the same production. Secrets: The Musical is on at the Epstein Theatre from 10th to the 13th May.
Legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter Robert Cray returns to the U.K. in April and May 2017 in support of a highly anticipated new album, following No 1 blues chart topping 2014 release In My Soul. The tour, which starts on the 29th April at the Cheltenham Town Hall, comes to Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on Sunday 30th April.
Considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Cray’s soulful and creative guitar work has been a dominant force in blues for over 40 years, widely recognized and acknowledged by peers and audiences alike.
Liverpool’s Chloe Taylor Leads Cast In Immersive Production Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Epstein Theatre is proud to announce the full casting for its first ever Shakespeare Production.
The most magical of comedies, this immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is brought to the stage by Daniel Taylor Productions Ltd from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April.
Next month sees the Playhouse welcome Theatre6 on their U.K. tour of Moira Buffini’s powerful war drama Gabriel. Starring Liverpool’s own Paul McGann, the tour will be stopping at the Williamson Square venue Liverpool Playhouse Tuesday 4th – Saturday 8th April.
Thirty years since establishing his name in the iconic cult film Withnail and I, Paul McGann, past Doctor Who from Kensington, returns to his home city on his first U.K. tour with Gabriel. Paul’s previous work includes television productions Hornblower and Luther, the film Alien 3, as well as theatre roles including Helen at Shakespeare’s Globe, Butley in London’s West End and Mourning Becomes Electra at the National Theatre. Paul will play the role of Von Pfunz an army commander stationed in Guernsey.
With their glorious new album Jump On Board coming out April 21st on B.M.G., Texas announce 21 UK dates this autumn including a very eagerly show at the Philharmonic Hall on Friday 29th September.
Written and produced by Texas stalwarts Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri Jump on Board is the first new Texas studio album since The Conversation in 2013 and promises to be nothing short of a pop classic.
New single Let’s Work It Out – with a divine video featuring Thierry Henry – has been playlisted at Radio 2 while the band are set to perform on the Chris Evans Radio show with Sharleen also appearing on Saturday Kitchen and BBC Breakfast soon.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and to celebrate the occasion The Mersey Beatles will be performing the whole album live at The Epstein Theatre on Saturday 1st April.
Liverpool’s favourite Beatles tribute band returns to perform at the venue named after the Fab Four’s famed manager, Brian Epstein. This special set will constitute the first half of an unforgettable Beatles experience. The second half of the show will see the boys return in the familiar black suits of Beatlemania and via a quick change they will take the audience on a trip down Abbey Road with 20 golden greats from across the Beatles back catalogue
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF), the U.K.’s biggest annual celebration of Arab arts and culture, returns to venues across the city from 8th to 16th July 2017.
Organisers have now announced the first wave of nationally and internationally celebrated artists and performers coming together for what organisers describe as the festival’s “most vital edition to date”.
The diverse programme embraces both brand new work and the return of festival favourites, including an ambitious installation by an American-Iraqi artist, a performance in Sefton Park’s iconic Palm House by a Sudanese singer-songwriter, an “armed resistance fighter turned artist”, a one-woman show about Somalia and the violence of empire, and the recreation of a Tunisian streetscape in Liverpool.