So, farewell then, summer. You had your moments. But, really, with a line-up like this, we’re willing on the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Of open mics and greasy poles. Of Chome Hoofs and Ox Jams… Let’s grab our cardigans and set foot into September and beyond. We were going to separate events out into categories. But then we thought – no. Mix it up. Dive in and try something new for a change. Won’t kill you. And anyway, what do you think we are? A listings site? Herewith, yes, yes, yes, it’s the Seven Streets Autumn Almanac…

Tis Pity She’s A Whore/Anthology

anthologyStill with the power to shock, almost 350 years after it was first staged, John Ford’s exploration of youth without boundaries, Tis Pity She’s A Whore, is set to create a spiky introduction to the Everyman Unbound set of intense and intimate repertory theatre. Bringing an ensemble of actors together for an ambitious attempt to highlight every era of the theatres’ past, Everyman Unbound shows that this is one theatre with a very bright future. Anthology is a promenade performance with a difference. Seven stories by local talents including Robert Farquhar, Lizzie Nunnery and Esther Wilson will take Everyman audience members on a different journey inside and outside the theatre, and out into the city. Which story you’ll see, however, remains a mystery until it starts. In a co-production with ground-breaking theatre company Slung Low, this promises to be a thrilling start to the new season.

Everyman Theatre, 16 Sept-30 October
Hope Street, Liverpool

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones

It would’ve gone down in history whether or not it was documented – but that the Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street US Tour was captured in all its louche excess is something to be treasured, witnessed at an almost 40 years’ remove (and it’s not been screened for over 30 of those years). Upgraded to HD and 5.1 audio glory, this is one night with Mick and co that you’ll remember – even if, for the lads themselves, most of the tour went by in a bit of a haze.

FACT, 21 September
Wood Street, Liverpool

Bold Street Festival

God save Bold Street. Continually in flux and out of sorts, its still the city’s most eclectic retail artery, and, if you take in the Ropewalks, home to some of our best after-hours and creative venues too. This weekend’s Bold Street Festival squeezes the best of the street into a day-long celebration of its unique otherness. And we’ll be there for the ‘world’s smallest nightclub’ attempt near Colquitt Street, its Bombed Out Church concerts and its Samba procession. All human life? It’s here…

Bold Street Festival, 10am-6pm, Sunday 26 September
Bold Street

Circus Eighth Birthday

yousefHow’s this for a line up? Circus creates a Super Saturday this weekend with its 8th birthday bash at The Masque. Suitably, the line-up confirms that Circus is still looking forward, while celebrating the best of the past eight years. So expect stripped back techno, electronic grooves and a blistering Ibizan party courtesy of the Circo Loco team’s first appointment in town. Add Timo Maas, Yousef (pic) and Eric Prydz and you’ve got yourself one serious excuse to buy these guys a big fat birthday present

Circus 8th Birthday, 25 September, £22
The Masque, Seel Street

Happy Birthday, Everyman Bistro

A cornerstone of the city’s dining scene for four decades, the Everyman Bistro is celebrating its 40th birthday on September 26 – from 11am to September 27th at 2am. Expect music spanning all forty years, and Everyman regulars old and new popping up throughout the day. Can we expect lots of 70’s bistro supper favourites to accompany the celebrations? Let’s hope so. We love a vol-au-vent.

Everyman Bistro, 26 September
5-9 Hope Street, Liverpool

Armstrong and Miller

armstrong and millerTheir TV show can be uneven, but distilled into a two hour set we reckon Armstrong and Miller will offer a night of laughs richer, more inventive and all inclusive than any Frankie Boyle show could ever hope to achieve (and we’re not even going to mention that Brick Up piece of exploitative crap. Oh, we just did…) Great to see The Empire snagging the BAFTA winning duo – let’s hope there’s more where this comes from.

Armstrong and Miller, 26 September
Liverpool Empire, Lime Street

The Pudding Club

On the last Tuesday of each month – the 28 September 2010 being the next – there’s only one place to be in town. The Leaf Pudding Club. It does exactly what it says on the ‘Microwave this side down’ tin. A five course meal comprising only of dessert. And, lest you need it pointing out, there will be no microwaved puds here. Ring 0151 707 7747 to book. Tickets £8.

Leaf Pudding Club, 28 September
Parliament Street, Liverpool

Stereo Slave

Stereo SlaveCompared by Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks, Stereo Slave is a showcase of up and coming bands and singers from the city and beyond. A weekly shindig, with drinks promotions, a healthy pick’n’mix programme of folk, indie, electro and rock’n’roll, Stereoslave proves that, as many have said, there is a scene. You just gotta know where to look. Tell your friends. Initiatives like this need the rest of us to make as big a noise as possible.

Stereoslave, Fridays
BadFormat, 3-5 Trueman Street

Want to take part? Get in touch: Billy at or! Stereoscope”

Pole Dancing

The basement bar at Heebie Jeebies has no doubt played host to many strange gyrating shapes. Now, every Tuesday and Wednesday, ladies, you can pole dance your way to fitness. All ages, all shapes and sizes. No mankinis and go easy on the acrylic nails. You want to get a firm grip on that pole, girls. Six week beginners classes will have you curved by Christmas.

Heebie Jeebies
80-82 Seel Street

Inside Pages, Bido Lito launch

seal cubShowing that it is possible to create a local magazine that celebrates the city we all know, Bido Lito is a welcome addition to Liverpool’s printed landscape – and a defiant statement that print ain’t dead. Websites, eh? They think they’re so clever, but they still can’t compete with a finely crafted mag.

Bido’s launch party-cum-festival promises a suitably engaging evening in the company of many of the artists who’ve graced its pages, such as The Owls, Seal Cub (pic), Sand Band and Misery Guts. Inside Pages record shop, courtesy of Probe Records, and free Payper Tiger Records compilation for all.

Inside Pages, 1st and 2nd October, Tickets £10
Static Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane

Liverpool 10k

run LiverpoolThere’s still time to enrol for this autumn’s Run Liverpool event through Sefton Park (twice, of course – and a nice chunk of Ullet Road thrown in for good measure), so we only have one question. Baby, were you born to run? If so, get your Asics on and get training. Liverpool’s gradients are not for the unprepared.

Run Liverpool, 10 am, 3 October
Sefton Park

Come Strut Your Stuff

Got a slim volume of stanzas you want to road test? Head to the always-interesting Egg Cafe. Their open nights celebrate homegrown creativity in all its forms. Come Strut Your Stuff attracts a warm and responsive audience: so if you’ve a poem, reading or acoustic number you’d like to air, you’ll be guaranteed an encouraging reaction from this always well-attended event.
If you want to perform, get to the Egg just after 7pm – for show-start time of 8pm.

Come Strut Your Stuff, 4 Oct, 1st Nov, 6th Dec
Egg Cafe, Newington

Beth Nielson Chapman

Beth Nielsen ChapmanWith a back-catalogue of songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond and Willie Nelson, Beth Nielson Chapman is one of the great Americana/folk artists of the modern age. That she’s never really had commercial success over here remains a mystery. Her warm voice, consummate musicianship and winning way with a melody will steal all but the hardest hearts. And, unlike many of her contemporaries, Nielson Champman never lets mawkish sentimentality get in the way of real, rootsy emotion.

Beth Nielson Chapman, 3 October
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street

Liverpool Irish Festival

A celebration of the ties that continue to inform much of the city’s music, the Liverpool Irish Festival offers a month long ceilidh culminating in the great Christy Moore at the Philharmonic Hall (29 October), although the night before (Dara O’Brien) might have more laughs. But it’s not just the big names – a  cavalcade of high kickin’ acts will be brewing up a storm in Flanagan’s Apple, The View Two Gallery and various venues across the city too.

Liverpool Irish Festival, 15 -31 October
Various Venues, Liverpool

Chapter and Verse

brian patten sculptureThe Bluecoat’s excellent annual literature festival is back. Throughout its 11 days, it promises readings, workshops and performances in and around the arts centre from the likes of Tariq Ali, Linda Grant and the wonderful Brian Patten (pic). We’ll have more on this, closer to the event.

Chapter and Verse, 13-17 October
The Bluecoat, School Lane

Oxjam Liverpol

Taking place across the city on 9 October, Oxjam offes 45 bands (Hot Club, Dirt Blonde, Escobar, Sound of Guns, Man Get Out…) in various venues including Mello Mello, Bumper, Magnet and Bar Hannah. Oxfam’s list of good causes doesn’t get any shorter (and they’re particularly needed right now for the victims of the Pakistan floods) so go, support local music and Oxfam’s work – and if you want to get involved, contact

Oxjam Liverpool, 9 October

Draw The Line

Want to get creative, but don’t want to spend every Tuesday night for 40 weeks in a Childwall comprehensive on an evening class? Art socials such as Draw the line mix creativity with a laid-back, sociable vibe – and DJs providing a suitably Tony Hart soundtrack. And they even throw in free materials. Obviously, if you’re going to be cutting out, make sure there’s an adult present.

Draw The Line, 7 October
Djangos Riff, Wood street

Glass, Metal and Fire

Glass Metal FireIt’s easy to miss the intimate and homegrown talents while the (excellent) Biennial is amongst us. So take time out to have a look at this small exhibition of work from Southport’s excellent Ruth Ball, one of the UK’s most accomplished enamellers and jewellers. Her vibrant work is regularly exhibited throughout the country, so it’s good to get the chance to see it on home turf.

Walker Art Gallery, 22 October-31 December
William Brown Street, Liverpool

Liverpool Music Week

EfterklangIt’s longer than a week. In fact it’s practically a month. And its back with as an eclectic and exciting mix as ever. Even a bit of Dub Step. Who’d have thought. Highlights we’re looking out for include Efterklang (main pic, top, 7 November, O2 Academy) Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip (3 November, O2 Academy) and Leftfield (25 November, Liverpool University). But watch this space for more details closer to the event.

Liverpool Music Week
From 29 October, Various venues

Chrome Hoof

chrome hoofBy some distance, Chrome Hoof are producing some of the most intelligent, uncategorisable new music out there. Let’s try cosmic spacey prog disco? No, let’s not. A loose collective of players, Chrome Hoof have added traditional instruments to their electronic spine, creating an orchestra of universal funkiness that demands attention. And this free gig is the place to do it.

The Masque, 10 November
Seel Street

4 Responses to “The Autumn Almanac: 20 Things To Do This Season”

  1. Wow! A totally unexpected plug for Come Strut Your Stuff – many thanks indeed 🙂

    We normally have three sets of 6 performers each, but October’s event will be a little bit different. The middle set is being reserved for poets and musicians who were around when the event was formed over ten years ago. It’s going to be a reunion of sorts, and a celebrate of my 10 years running and hosting the event. It’s also in the week of National Poetry Day (7th October), and if that wasn’t enough Hurricane Films will be along to interview people for their Liverpool Stories project.


  2. Went to See Tis Pity She’s A Whore. Disappointing I’m afraid. It felt a bit rushed to us, it lacked the emotional intensity the script required. I do hope it gets better with time. Can’t wait to see Anthology next week.

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