From exploring historic, abandoned spaces to politics and late night DJs in the most unexpected places, Getintothis‘ Sinéad Nunes rounds up this months highlights.
Daft Punk Orchestra
September 8, 7.30pm, Invisible Wind Factory, £18
BAM!BAM!BAM! & Beyond Collective present a 13-piece live rework of some of Daft Punk’s greatest hits. Lose yourself to dance (if that’s your thing) and give life back to music….
Orchestral re-workings of popular music are everywhere at the moment, and aren’t to everyone’s taste, but if you enjoyed Hacienda Classical at LIMF, then this will be your bag.
Liverpool Comedy Festival: Thomas James Butler Exhibition
11 September – 12 October , Preview from 6pm 10 September, The Buyer’s Club, FREE
For the past 17 years, the Comedy Festival has come to Liverpool and this year features an exhibition by Harrogate-born artist Thomas James Butler. Legendary faces from the world of comedy including Laurel & Hardy, Victoria Wood, Richard Pryor and Ken Dodd are amongst the subjects of Butler’s original collages, on display at The Buyer’s Club as part of their monthly exhibition series. Taking place alongside the art on display, this year’s Comedy Festival pops up in over 20 venues across the city with over 100 shows.
Digging up the secrets of the Calderstones
September 13 and 14, Calderstones Park, Free
As old as the giant rocks of Stonehenge, Liverpool’s Neolithic Calderstones are amongst the earliest evidence of settled life in the area. Originally part of a passage grave, the stones were removed and housed in a glasshouse – an unsuitable environment which has accelerated their deterioration.
Visitors are invited to watch the stones, which will undergo essential conservation work as part of Heritage Open Days, to discover more of their history before they are relocated to a new, specially designed home within the gardens of the Calderstones Mansion House next year.
September 21 – October 7, Installation at Totxteth Reservoir, £10-12
Aurora is set to change your understanding of our fundamental relationship with water, as FACT along with artists Invisible Flock open up the cave-like vaults of Toxteth Reservoir for a unique experience. Through dark chambers and between towering iron arches, water will surround the visitor, taking shape in the form of ice caves, a tropical rainforest and monsoons as the venue fills with light, sound and (of course) water.
The World Transformed
September 22-25, Venues around the Baltic Triangle, £15-35
Last time the Labour Party Conference came to Liverpool, Corbyn-supporters organised a huge festival in the Black-E encompassing music, art, politics and much more. Well, this year its back, and relocating to the Baltic Triangle for four days of speakers including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, political scientist Leo Panitch, theorist Chantal Mouffe, SYRIZA minister Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, author Hilary Wainwright, Liverpool MP Dan Carden, think-tank director Faiza Shaheen and journalist Ash Sarkar.
Alongside political talks and workshops, expect radical walking tours across Liverpool and class war-games, as well as an immersive, city wide cultural programme featuring two 800 capacity parties, day time DJ sets, participatory theatre and guerrilla projections across Liverpool.
Op Art Party
September 28 , 6.30-8.30pm, Tate Liverpool, Free
Celebrating the current free exhibition Op Art in Focus, a display featuring psychedelic artworks from the 1960’s to now (including that amazing floor that’s all over everyone’s Instagram), Tate invite art lovers to experience the gallery after hours.
The soundtrack to the night will be provided by NTS Radio, playing music from emerging and established DJs, and Team Tate Collective, Tate’s group for young people 15-25, will be leading workshops for all abilities. There’s also a new street food menu in the Tate Café including Harissa falafel sliders and mango, avocado and chilli tacos.