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Right across Merseyside, there’s really good stuff happening this weekend. Which is a good job, to be honest: post-Olympics, and with barely any sun for ages, the summer’s looking like a distant memory already. Sob. As ever, there’s far too many events for us to mention individually – so here’s a rundown of some of our favourites. A mixture of music, art and fun stuff. Get out there.

PÄRK at Camp & Furnace, Greenland St, Liverpool

A Scandinavian-themed weekend in one of our favourite new spaces in the city? What is this, heaven (pic above)? No, in fact, it’s the Baltic Quarter. But whatever. This looks like one of the Bank Holiday highlights: a two-day Scandiganza of food, drink, markets, workshops and, as night time rolls around, some brilliant music. Things kick off on Saturday night with a Holy Other gig, and the free PÄRK fest opens its doors the next day.

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Wirral Food & Drink Festival, Claremont Farm, Wirral

If Scandinavian herring and hot tubs aren’t really your thing, head to Wirral’s excellent Food & Drink festival for your foodie fix. Nosh lovers from far and wide come through for this, and we can see why: great chefs doing demonstrations, the region’s best producers, music, dance (above) and a food court offering up everything from organic hog roast to delish samosas. Nom. It’s been a helluva tough year for our farmers. And we’re lucky to have Claremont around – so this year, more than ever, go show your support. This is a real food festival, on a real farm, growing its own food and supporting local producers. Not a celebrity chef in sight. The original is always best.

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Strawberry Fields at Mathew Street Festival, Liverpool

No, wait, come back! We’re not recommending Mathew Street Fest. We all know that’s full of Stella’d-up lame-o’s listening to Kings of Leon tribute bands. This new Strawberry Fields area, in St John’s Gardens, is slightly different: away from the hustle and bustle of the main festival, this booze-free enclave’s meant to have the vibe of a garden party: family friendly, with crafts and all sorts of great chilled out stuff.

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Krunk-Adelic at the Kazimier, Liverpool

We’ve spent a lot of time in the Kazimier’s new, temporary garden this past few weeks (make it a permanent thing guys, yeah?), and this mini-fest on Saturday, spread between the club and the outside space, looks like a perfect way to send it off. New Zealand’s Orchestra of Spheres bring their weirdo dance music to the city, and joining them will be local avant garde heroes a.P.A.t.T, the legendary Charles Hayward, drummer of NYC punks This Heat, Leeds’ rock duo That Fucking Tank, and many more. All for 4 quid. Bargain.

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New Path at Liverpool Fringe

New Path, part of the great independent Fringe offshoot designed to show that there’s more to the city than Beatles tribute bands, takes place at ultra-ace hangout Mello Mello. So, rather than a drunken singalong to ‘Hey Jude’ further downtown, there’ll be twiddly math rock, post-rock and swirling electronica instead. Bliss.

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Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard at the Kazimier, Liverpool

On Friday night, New York’s anti-folk veteran Jeffrey Lewis brings his nerdy brilliance to the Kazimier for a rare appearance: he’ll be playing alongside some of his great lo-fi films and artwork. Supporting? Excellent local drone-pop boys Loved Ones, and eccentric folk chap James Canty, both worth the £8 entry fee alone.

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Port Sunlight Festival, Port Sunlight

We’re always surprised by how few people have actually visited this lovely, idyllic village positioned between New Ferry and Bebington on the Wirral. This free festival’s a decent time to pop over, then: loads of food, Pillbox Vintage’s clothing market, craft stalls, kids stuff, dance, classic cars and – yes, really – a dog show. And while you’re there you can have a wander through the village’s 900 (!) Grade II listed buildings. Nice. (Image: Mandy Philips)

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