Afrovibes Festival at the Black-E


The sights, the sounds, the stories… Africa is a hard continent to pin down, but this week’s Afrovibes festival achieves more illumination than we’re used to. Fusing dance, drama, film and discussion the festival’s programme features the exuberant 10 piece Sibikwa Orchestra with its lively exchange of rhythms and beats in an excellent example of innovative crossover music as Afrobeat meets Township Jazz.

11 – 13 October
The Black-E
Great George Street

Kairos4tet at Capstone Theatre


Talking of jazz, the MOBO award winning Kairos4tet are a stunning ensemble fusing fresh, youthful playing with classics, and soulful singing from Emilia Martensson. Don’t think jazz is your bag? This is the place to reassess your stance. It’s got ‘crossover appeal’ written all over it.

October 12
Capstone Theatre

By The Sea single launch at Leaf


The always entertaining By The Sea release their double A side new single (the blissful Dream Waters and new track Eveline) this week, ably supported by the brilliant Echo Lake. Producer Bill Ryder-Jones is on the virtual decks, and, all in all, a good night is guaranteed.

By The Sea – Dream Waters from FREAKBEAT FILMS on Vimeo.

11 October
Bold Street

Write with Susi Moore


Feeling stumped and need to tease out your muse? This great, informal workshop could be just the thing to light your creative fuse. Learn new skills and talk through your writing blocks with similarly stuck folks. Learn some new writing skills and meet some and have a lovely cuppa all at the same time. Nice.

9th October, 7pm
Create & Write with Susi Moore

Cool and crisp notebooks


We admit it, we’re stationary geeks (actually, stationery geeks too) at SevenStreets: we love nothing better than a finely tooled notebook and slim propelling pencil. We used to have to order Field Notes from that internet thing. Now we can get their papery goodness from Utility in town. Wilfully under-designed note books for the more discerning scribbler.

Liverpool ONE

Fringe Box Sets


It’s definitely box set season isn’t it? But life isn’t all nostalgia porn and artfully conceived epics a la Mad Men and The Wire. Sometimes you just want to curl up in front of some well-made trash. And our current fave is Fringe: sort of X-Files meets CSI, but with bags more fun, and an acid-casualty old-hippy as a central character, the brilliant Walter. Sci-Fi can be knowing too, you know.

Box Set

TED Radio Hour at NPR


We all know TED offers a fascinating discovery of the intersection between tech, design and culture. But we all know that, sometimes, you wander off mid-talk. That’s why the always excellent NPR has taken the TED format and remixed it – offering talk highlights, director’s commentaries and spin-off thinking based on the original subject. Listen to Where Ideas Come From and see what we mean.

Ted Radio Hour

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