THE WEEK AHEAD
While you've been busy fashioning cat ears from pipe cleaners and covering your favourite dress in fake blood à la Carrie at the prom (and, of course, voting in our Food and Drink Survey), we've been busy rounding up the weirdest of the weird, starting with the Hallows Ritual, the aim of which is to summon otherworldly spirits through song – pretty standard stuff for The Kazimier. Over in Manchester, Wet Play return with a Supernatural Showbiz Jamboree, and this month's edition of Pasta Paul's Post Office Pay Day Ping-Pong Party is set to be Hallowe'ened up with a side of Pumpkin. The rest of the week consists of live music in the form of Future of the Left, Jacco Gardner and The Wagon's 5th Birthday, and will likely be punctuated by sugar highs from leftover Haribo. Enjoy.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
If you've passed the age of asking strangers for sweets with a pair of plastic vampire teeth jammed into your gums, and dressing like a sexy *insert noun* no long appeals to you, we've got just the Hallowe'en celebration for you. Liverpool promoters everisland present Hallows Ritual, a night of spooky tunes and other-worldly goings on in The Kazimier, with a headline set from Liverpool's haunting quartet Bird (pictured). Also on the line-up are Zombina and the Skeletones, Lovecraft, Sankofa, Nadine Carina and White Blacula, along with performance artists getting all hubble bubble, summoning spirits and such.
It's time to dust off that ball gown and dig out the dicky bows, coz Wet Play is back for a Supernatural Showbiz Jamboree,
this time taking to the without-a-doubt haunted surroundings of The Dancehouse for a full-on, Prom-themed drenching. Ward off evil spirits on the dancefloor with a little help from Johnny Abstract's acid techno tunes, along with sets from Wet Play pals. As always, there are prizes on the line for the most drenched-est among you, and arrive early/book in advance to avoid disappointment.
The start of November sees Liverpool's East Village Arts Club on pretty darn good form, as Welsh alternative rockers Future of the Left drop by with their current re-jigged and beefed-up line-up, fronted, as ever, by Andy 'Falco' Falkous and his inimitable barbed sneer. Following the release of their latest album, How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident – their rawest, heaviest and angriest release to date – the abrasive four-piece will now proceed to tour the shit out of their PledgeMusic-funded release.
Mon 4 Nov, 7.30pm, £6 here
On Monday, visitors to Islington Mill will have the chance to catch a rare performance of Jerusalem in My Heart, a musical project by Radwan Moumneh. The unique performance blends contemporary Arabic music with electronics and 16mm film projections, finally adding a space-altering light show. It's a must-see kinda thing, not least because the show has still not been documented or recorded in any formal way – eight years and counting.
Sat 2 Nov, 10pm, £16 (£14) here
Now well and truly settled into their home at the recently re-vamped East Village Arts Club, Liverpool party throwers Chibuku return with a fresher-friendly line-up, inviting Redlight, Breach and DJ Ez and Pause DJs to bring the underground sounds to the gold column-flanked club room. Headlining the night is DJ Fresh, otherwise known as Daniel Stein, the Breakbeat Kaos label boss who cut his chops as a principal member of drum'n'bass group Bad Company.
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For those in need of a mid-week jaunt, look no further than The Castle Hotel, where Dutch baroque pop multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner will be crafting his unique sound in a live setting. Joined by a live band, he'll be weaving together the tones of the harpsichord, strings, flutes and other classical instruments with raw psychedelic effects – such is his trademark sound, which you'll find well and in place on his latest album, Cabinet of Curiosities.
Thu 7 Nov-Sat 9 Nov, 8pm, £12 here
Named after the landmass that connected Britain to mainland Europe around 8000 years ago, In Doggerland tells the story of a brother and sister as they arrive in a coastal town – precariously balanced on an eroding shoreline – searching for answers. While she wants to hold on to the past with photographs, he's looking for a fresh start, and both stand on shifting sands. The play premieres at The Lowry Studio next week, presented by Manchester's Box of Tricks theatre group. We recently had words with the playwright, Tom Morton-Smith; more on that here.
Fri 1 Nov, 8pm, £3 (door)
To celebrate five years of putting on scuzzy punk garage nights, The Wagon is throwing an extra special birthday bash in their usual haunt, Big Hands. To mark the occasion they've lined-up a stellar selection of bands, ranging from garage-psych trio – and Skinny New Blood pick of the month – MiSTOA POLSTA (pictured) to Brighton death jazz bunch, Vile Imbeciles, along with appearances from Dream Eyes and Warm Widow. All that, and a free wagon wheel, what's not to love?
Sun 3 Nov, 11am-4pm, Free
Sundays were made for moseying, so we're excited to check out Static Gallery's first foray into art markets, namely, the Static Gallery Sunday Market. The gallery/artists' studios/cafe bar is all set to throw open its doors for the afternoon, giving artists and traders the opportunity to sell their gubbins, with everything from art and fashion to geeky gadgets and fresh produce on offer. There’ll also be crafty folk in the realm of guitars and bikes, and a selection of street food available.
Thu 31 Oct, 6pm, Free
Perchance you find yourself in quite the pickle this Hallowe'en, with your Breaking Bad-themed costume all well and in place, but no premises on which to parade it? Don't panic, as Pasta Paul's Post Office Pay Day Pumpkin Ping-Pong Party is getting the Hallowe'en treatment this Thursday, as Kosmonaut gets decked out with some spooky décor, Hallowe'en themed food and drinks, and vinyl-only sets from some of Pasta Paul's DJ pals.
Low @ Liverpool Anglican Cathedral: We've got two pairs of tickets up for grabs to see indie-rock trio Low in an all-seated concert against the backdrop of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Closes 10 Nov. Enter here.
Pet Shop Boys @ Hogmanay tickets: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay are giving you the chance to welcome 2014 in style with tickets to see the Pet Shop Boys at this year’s Concert in the Gardens; the New Year's Eve music and fireworks spectacular. Closes 2 Nov. Enter here.
Tickets to Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht: We've got a pair of tickets for Le Guess Who? Festival in the beautiful city of Utrecht, Netherlands (28 November-1 December), featuring a stellar line-up including The Fall, Yo La Tengo, Mark Lanegan, Damien Jurado, Wooden Shjips, and more. Closes 10 Nov. Enter here.
VIP package to Sci-Fi Weekender: Now in its fifth cycle, The Sci-fi Weekender promises yet more fun and activities for people who love science fiction and fantasy. Hurrah! To be in with a chance of winning VIP passes and a room for 8, click here (or see the inside front cover of our current issue). Closes 17 Nov.
Deer Wall Ornament: Saving Christmas shopping from dullsville, Baltic Shop are offering one reader the chance to win an acrylic Miho Unexpected Deer Head (see here). Also get 15% off online (orders over £50 only) when using the code 'SKINN13' at shop.balticmill.com. Closes 1 Dec. Enter here.
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