Africa Oye mental health initiative, The Blinders announce new album details, Milburn special Arts Club date

Africa Oye

Africa Oye

Channel 4 pens Liverpool as shortlist city for new national HQ,  plus Florence and The Machine Manchester Arena date and poetic chaos from The Blinders, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley with your news this week.

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (LMHC), the organisers of Mad Pride and Liverpool Mental Health Festival, will bring their Headspace Hangar to Africa Oyé: a quiet space for festival-goers to relax, read or participate in the free activities laid on for all ages.

On June 16-17, as part of the Oyé Village in Sefton Park, the Hangar will offer Reiki/Massage, Arts & Crafts from and Henna art. For those who just want to chill, they can hang out on the Headspace Hangar patio deckchairs.

Claire Stevens, Development & Opportunities Lead at Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, said: “It’s great to once again be part of Africa Oyé. As we share many of the same values, our partnership with the festival is going from strength to strength. We’re really looking forward to being involved in the biggest and best celebration of African music and culture.’’

The Blinders

The Blinders

“Welcome to Columbia” – Modern Sky UK band The Blinders have this week released details of their debut album following their incredible Sound City set earlier this month.

Columbia will be unleashed on September 21 and includes newly released single L’Etat C’est Moi as they asset themselves as the cream of politically engaged British guitar bands.

They’ve sold out nights at London’s Borderline and Manchester’s Gorilla next week and have a ream of festival appearances before their debut LP release later in the year.



Sheffield indie rockers Milburn are back with a new album, Time and will come to Liverpool for a special one off show.

Their album will be their first in a decade, and they’ll come to Arts Club on Thursday, July 19.

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Springsteen saxophonist and E Street member Jake Clemons will play Liverpool’s O2 Academy as part of a UK tour on Wednesday, August 29.

Florence and The Machine will play Manchester Arena on Friday, November 23 as part of a UK tour in support of their new album, High as Hope.

Florence Welch (Credit: Artists Facebook page)

Florence Welch (Credit: Artists Facebook page)

Away from music, Liverpool has been named as one of the shortlisted cities for Channel 4’s new national HQ.

The shortlist includes Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the West Midlands. Each is also short-listed for a creative hub if it fails to secure the main prize of the new headquarters.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has pitched the city as a “soulmate” for Channel 4.

He said: “This is a hotly contested bidding competition and to reach this next stage in the process demonstrates Liverpool’s pulling power as a location that offers businesses and their employees a great work/life balance.”

Our new tune this week comes from the aforementioned chaos causers The Blinders and that track L’etat C’est Moi.




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