WHAT’S GOING ON WITH BIDO LITO!- April/May
Our friends at monthly culture magazine Bido Lito! give us the low-down of what’s going on in Liverpool each month. For interviews with the best new artists, analysis of what’s going on in town and beyond, #PickUpThePinkOne in the communal areas at Crown Place or Vine Court, or go to bidolito.co.uk. Here’s a run down of some event highlights in May to coincide with issue 77 of Bido Lito!
Smithdown Road Festival
Various Venues – 29/04-01/05
Smithdown Road is one of the city’s most lively communities, with some of the best places in town to grab liquid and musical refreshment tucked away in various gems along the thoroughfare. So, where better to hold a festival than in its various watering holes, cafés and venues? Completely free and hosting Liverpool icons such as SPACE, CRAIG CHARLES and DAVE MCCABE alongside some of the region’s hottest up-and-coming talents, you’d be a fool to miss it. Not to mention the Punk Holiday Monday with ferocious sonic punks IDLES headlining, who, believe us are one of the best bands we’ve seen live in some time. It’s what bank holidays were made for.
Writing On The Wall
Various venues – 01/05-31/05
Taking hold of the city with their groundbreaking literary and cultural festival each May, WRITING ON THE WALL returns for 2017 with a series of events lined up around the theme of ‘Revolution’. On 4th May, a lead figure in the Standing Rock protest, Indigenous Water Protector THOMAS TONATIUH LOPEZ will appear at the Black-E, to discuss the crucial Native American resistance against the building of an oil pipeline, and its reverberations for worldwide environmentalism.
On 5th May, WOW team up with us Bido folk to bring Rough Trade Records founder GEOFF TRAVIS to the Bluecoat for an evening of conversation and celebration of music’s independent spirit. The 6th May brings Time For Action! and voices as diverse as rapper and poet AKALA, stand-up comedian and writer FRANCESCA MARTINEZ, journalist and broadcaster GARY YOUNGE, and former Green Party leader, NATALIE BENNETT, so it’s definitely one for your politico-cultural diaries.
Elsewhere, BBC Radio Merseyside’s cult hero ROGER HILL will host Punk Survivors at Leaf on 12th May, bringing together STEVE IGNORANT of Crass, dub pioneer and videographer DON LETTS, and PAULINE MURRAY, lead singer with Penetration. Topped off with a talk from the inimitable COSEY FANNI TUTTI, the Throbbing Gristle artist will be discussing her recently-published autobiography Art Sex Music. The WOWsters have also marked 20th May as Indie-pendence Day as they host a series of events at the Black-E devoted to exploring independent publishing, new platforms in the digital age, and current options for budding writers. Take note.
ENRG: Thermal Energy
Invisible Wind Factory – 06/05
The fifth incarnation of the ENRG club series sees them embracing the theme of Thermal Energy – and you can bet there will plenty of heat for the first of 2017. Having already played host to heavyweight dance acts The Black Madonna, Bicep and Floating Points, ENRG’s latest outing brings DJ Mag’s ‘Best Live Act’ in the form of Berlin-based DJ and head of Hotflush Records, SCUBA. Ambient techno wunderkind FORT ROMEAU is also on the bill. Combining sets with an elaborate, bespoke light installations, ENRG really are stepping up the city’s club scene.
Everyman Theatre – 06/05-20/05
Lizzie Nunnery turns her focus to L8 for her latest theatre production as THE SUM debuts at the Everyman in May. Nunnery, responsible for the fantastic Narvik as well as a clutch of critically-acclaimed folk albums, has teamed up with musical director Vidar Norheim once again to bring a modern day tale of domestic strife with zero-hours contracts, car accidents and indecently-dark proposals. The Sum will feature songs from the pen of Nunnery as well as moral quandaries about finding the magic formula to the problems of life. The run starts on 6th May and stars Laura Dos Santos and Liam Tobin.
Hammer And Nail Pop-up Film Festival
Handyman Supermarket – 06/05-07/05
Empty Spaces Cinema are taking over the iconic Handyman Supermarket on Smithdown Road for two days, rolling back the years to over 100 years ago when the building was used as a picture house. With tongue firmly lodged in cheek, the crew have lined up two great films to show which pay homage to the building’s more recent DIY roots: the Hammer Horror classic The Hound Of The Baskervilles (starring Christopher Lee) and cult British comedy Withnail & I will be shown on successive nights in the intimate, 50-seat space. Activities for children on the afternoon of Sunday 7th May will be crowned by a showing of the hit Disney film Wreck It Ralph. emptyspacescinema.com
Pierre Henry: The Liverpool Mass
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral – 13/05
Pierre Henry is one of the most important names in electronic music’s history. 50 years ago, he was commissioned to compose a piece of music for the opening of one of Liverpool’s most iconic and best loved buildings, the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral, and the match couldn’t have been more fitting. The bold and striking architecture was married perfectly with a composition just as cutting-edge – however, it was not completed in time for the building’s inauguration in 1967. As part of the 50 Summers Of Love series, this very special event will see Henry’s collaborator Thierry Balasse present a live mix of The Liverpool Mass through 40 speakers within the cathedral, for the first time in full.
81 Renshaw Street – 18/05
Having played last year’s Sound City, South Korean band 57 return to Liverpool for a night at the newly kitted out caff, venue and record store. They’ve worked their way up the ranks on the South Korea music scene, playing their largest international showcase festival Zandari Festa, and, with a well-received self-titled EP under their belt, they’ve got their fans eagerly awaiting their debut full length effort. Heavily influenced by garage and punk and lauded by fans all over for their electric live shows, we’re intrigued to hear how they capture this energy onto their debut. One things for sure though – you won’t wanna miss ‘em live.
CLUB + DINING
Eat Me + Preach
Invisible Wind Factory – 05/05
“Ever wondered if fabulous tasted as good as it looks?” Err, only, like, every day. For an evening of divine and deee-lightful drag, dinner and dancing, look no further than EAT ME + PREACH. Eat Me rules the roost for the first part of the salacious evening at the Invisible Wind Factory with a super scrumptious, gourmet three course meal. Once satiated, dance the night away at PREACH – the all-new, late-night queer disco in the Factory’s basement. A self-declared “all-inclusive gender Mecca for self-expression, regression and exploration”, the night will be soundtracked with experimental music and set alight with drag, performance art, and cabaret – what’s not to like?
Philharmonic Hall – 06/05
After developing dysphonia, folk revival icon SHIRLEY COLLINS disappeared for more than 30 years off the musical landscape. Returning to the stage alongside Current 93’s David Tibet for a couple of performances, last year saw her record her first record in years in her Sussex home: Lodestar. Receiving rave reviews it showed that, at the age of 80, Collins is still a crucial artist. This month sees her embark on her first UK tour in a long time. With promise of Morris dancers and videography courtesy of Nick Abrahams – who has worked with the likes of Manic Street Preachers and Stereolab – all set in the ornate Philharmonic, this isn’t to be your usual, run of the mill affair.
An Improvable Task
Invisible Wind Factory – 13/05-14/05
Roll up, roll up – the 8th Annual Liverpool Improvathon rocks up at Invisible Wind Factory on 13th May, and will run for a whopping 33 hours and 37 minutes straight. An improvised soap opera broken down into 17 back-to-back episodes, this year, Impropriety – the mad and magical minds behind the marathon – are interpreting the space age. Housed in the suitably futuristic surroundings of the Wind Factory, space seems like the perfect frontier to explore, and, as ever, live improvised music will accompany the onstage silliness. Fun for all ages, there’s an hour especially set aside for little ones on the Sunday from 11am. Come and go event passes are available from impropriety.co.uk.
Bido Lito! Social
North Shore Troubadour – 18/05
Seeing as it’s May, we’re getting in the festival mood by turning our next Bido Lito! Social into a Sound City pre-party. We’re heading down to North Shore Troubadour on Carlton Street – just a stone’s throw away from the Sound City site at Clarence Dock in the north docks – to put on a great show. Dreamcore slackers AGP will be joined by the brooding strains of LUNGS and the lo-fi bedroom pop of BILL NICKSON. The event is FREE to Bido Lito! members, or £4 advance for non-members. Sign up now at bidolito.co.uk and get free entry to two events every month!
The Comet Is Coming
24 Kitchen Street – 19/05
Based around the concept of what sounds would remain come a widespread sonic destruction, there's no one quite like THE COMET IS COMING. Squeezing their audience through wormholes and out of black holes with an entrancing eclecticism, they combine Afrobeat with electronica, jazz and funk. Formed in 2013, the supergroup of sorts, is made up of Shabaka Hutchings (Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down), Danalogue and Betamax (Soccer96) and together they carry the possessed spirit of Sun Ra kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, throwing in elements of Zappa and Hendrix in along the way. In the snug 24 Kitchen Street, this is sure to be a pleasing attack on the senses.
Why Look At Animals?
The Atkinson – from 20/05
The Atkinson launches new exhibition for curious minds, exploring the relationship between human beings and our animal pals. Taking its starting point as the essay of the same title written by art critic and novelist John Berger, WHY LOOK AT ANIMALS? explores how our relationship to animals has changed with social history. Artists featured in the exhibition range from Edwin Landseer (known for illustrating the work of Charles Dickens) to contemporary sculptor Laura Ford. You can even take a looksee at drawings and prints from one Queen Vic and her Deutsch beau Prince Albert, who were taught by Landseer. The Southport cultural hub has also programmed an ark-full of events themed around the exhibition over the summer.
Family Folk Up
St. Bride’s – 20/05
Those of us who recall the Folk Up, a monthly night of folk and roots music at St Bride’s Church hosted by the city’s finest ever folk band THE RANDOM FAMILY, will no doubt be pleased to hear this news. To mark the 10th Anniversary since the first delectable gig they hosted, the band have decided to reunite for a special evening housed in the hallowed confines of St Bride’s. With music from NICK ELLIS, SPARKWOOD AND 21 and SJ DOWNES also lined up, it promises to be another memorable night of acoustic beauty. Tickets are available in advance and on the door. Like all good shindigs, it’s a BYOB affair too.
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