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Culture  •  September 16, 2016  •  by Spencer Montagu

The Fringe Is In – The Perfect Laugh : Pound Ratio

The Liverpool Comedy Festival 2016 was officially launched at the Royal Court Theatre last week and yesterday saw the launch gala of the festival’s fringe event at 81 Renshaw St. Ran by Gavin Cross of Funny Looking… they’ve aptly named the offshoot the Funny Looking Fringe. A new element of the wider comedy festival – which…


Art  •  September 2, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Blue Collar Handjob

From the 1930s depression right through up until the digital age, Brui’s Blue Collar Handjob exhibition draws on personal written journals to explore themes around the beauty of struggle. Home after a successful show at Serigraffeur gallery in Berlin, Brui has returned to the cafe space at Constellations in Liverpool. Brui is the studio moniker of local…


Art  •  September 2, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Gender Dilemmas

Amanda Maria Atkinson’s exhibition is a timely contribution to the topic of gender performativity at a time when the city has become a haven for stag and hen nights. You only have to walk around Concert Square and Seel Street to see these gender binaries played out in a rather unflattering fashion. Amanda is a…

Liverpool Comedy Festival 2016

Culture  •  August 29, 2016  •  by Spencer Montagu

Laugh it up: Liverpool Comedy Festival 2016

Liverpool Comedy Festival is back. From September 16th to October 2nd (with an additional gig on the 6th) catch some of the country’s finest talent – fresh from The Edinburgh Fringe – and some of Liverpool’s most interesting acts. Now in its 14th year, Liverpool Comedy Festival is growing from strength to strength. For two weeks,…


Music  •  August 17, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Dinosaur Jr And John Carpenter At LMW 2016

Liverpool Music Week announced yesterday that formative alternative rock giants, Dinosaur Jr. will join the master of suspense, John Carpenter for this year’s event. Their headliner – Mr Carpenter – will grace the somewhat faded grandeur of the Liverpool Olympia Ballroom, while a run of shows will feature at the Grade Grade II listed, Liverpool Dome and…


Culture  •  August 17, 2016  •  by Spencer Montagu

Liverpool Psych Fest 2016

With the country’s festival season reaching half way point we look towards the end with excitement and sadness in equal measure, why? The end of summer and the start of Autumn marks the coming of the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. Coming to our fair city the 23rd + 24th of September, the festival helps us transition…


Art  •  August 12, 2016  •  by Katy Murphy

Shooting Punks (Francesco Mellina Interview)

Francesco Mellina was the eyes of Liverpool’s music scene during the precious era of punk, new wave and early electronica at the city’s legendary diamond hard, rough cut gig venues. Photographing almost every major band and its followers of the time, and managing Dead Or Alive, he paved his way as one of the primary…


Made-up Stuff  •  July 27, 2016  •  by Katy Murphy

Just Enough Education To Perform

The school mistress: “Think long and hard about what you’re going to write unless you want a greater dissection into the subject later on.” I’ll continue; the white supremacist drill sergeant in my dream who admitted last night has a small security firm in the Netherlands, is funnier than I am at the moment and…


Music  •  July 22, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Beatherder 2016: Quiet Bat People

What I like about Beatherder is that after six visits there was still new things I’d never seen before, I think (…they may or may not have been new). But that’s its charm – its attention to detail. It’s won awards. It was full of familiar faces from years gone by, and there’s a reason people keep coming…


On Stage  •  July 5, 2016  •  by Spencer Montagu

Fringe Previews – Unity Theatre

Across three days – 21-23 July – Liverpool’s Unity Theatre will play host to some leading comics on their run up to the Edinburgh Fringe. This preview season has become a staple of Unity’s summer programming, offering us a chance to see some of the country’s best acts before they go to the comedic marathon…