What’s on in Liverpool during May 2009

MUSIC After a series of sold-out 2008 shows across North America, Scandinavia, and Europe, Eric Clapton will visit the Echo Arena Liverpool for the first time on 13 May 2009. On May 19th Girls Aloud bring their Out Of Control tour to the Echo Arena, a massive sell out show that will see the girls returning to Liverpool to round up their tour there in June. If you fancy a blast from the past, Cream are pleased to announce the return of the unbeatable force of Sasha & John Digweed. This very special ‘Main Room’ event, will see these two house music legends back in the saddle to unravel their trademark sound, performing back to back at the mighty Cream for the first time in nearly a decade. Live at Nation May 22nd. CULTURE The Magical History Tour at the Liverpool Maritime Museum tells of Liverpool’s fascinating 800-year history. This major exhibition takes you from the small fishing village to Second City of the British Empire and through to the modern era. At Liverpool’s World Museum in the city centre you can find the exhibition The Beat Goes On. Inspired by Liverpool’s significant contribution to popular music, it showcases Merseyside’s vibrant music scenes that have played a major part in the city’s life over the past 60 years. From the Cavern to Creamfields, from Billy Fury to the Zutons, Liverpool has been home to a staggering range of venues, sounds, performers, fashions and followers. A product of Liverpool’s energy and creativity this exhibition explores and celebrates its musical identity, its success and its continuing evolution. It is the first exhibition of its kind and draws together material from record companies, institutions and private collectors…and entry is free. After another successful year the Southport Food and Drink Festival is back on 14th – 17th May. Four days of packed entertainment, including an ale trail, Local Produce and Continental Markets and cooking demonstrations in the Celebrate Southport Pavilion. This weekend is not to be missed with a host of food and drink to be sample, outdoor BBQ’s and plenty of restaurant offers around. For something different visit Sefton Park Palm House. It is a Grade II listed Victorian glasshouse, octagonal 3 tiered structure, and showcases the Liverpool Botanical collection. It is open to the public 7 days a week with varied arts and events programme. For more information go to www.palmhouse.org.uk On May 26th The Beatles Story (Albert Dock) commemorates the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous Montreal Bed-In for Peace by hosting the premiere of a new photo exhibition Give Peace A Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-in for Peace. THEATRE The Little Shop of Horrors is taking the stage at liverpool’s Empire Theatre. Featuring an incredible animatronic man-eating plant, this critically acclaimed new production is bristling with great songs, laugh-out-loud lyrics and brilliant performances from an all star cast. Don’t miss this amazing show fresh from the West End. On 18th may Ross Noble and his show Things takes over The Empire. One of the most successful cult stand-up of our time, critically-acclaimed award-winning comedian returns to the UK stage after a two-year absence. He was voted one of the top ten greatest stand-ups of all time by Channel 4 viewers and here’s your chance to see why. For more information and tickets go to www.liverpoolempire.org.uk At the Liverpool Playhouse this month is When We Are Married, JB Priestley’s farcical comedy as old friends gather to celebrate three couple’s silver wedding anniversary. From 1st to 23rd May. FOR THE FAMILY Catch Big Art for Little Artists, a vibrant and exciting multi-sensory experience where children explore art through a wide variety of activities inspired by the Walker’s world-class art collections. The gallery celebrates and encourages basic skills that can enhance a child’s experience of art, embracing drawing, reading, writing and talking. Here all month, for more info go to www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk ENTERTAINMENT If you’re looking for a party with a difference Mersey Ferries are hosting a Summer Party Night on Friday May 22nd on the River Mersey! With over 3 hours of music from the 70’s to the present day you can catch the cruise from both Pier head and Seacombe. Price £14.00 per person. Advanced booking necessary on 0151 330 1444 or www.merseyferries.co.uk If you’re thinking of visiting Liverpool this month Serviced City Pads have got just the right place to stay. Whether you need an apartment with space for the kids or a luxurious penthouse for two to enjoy, give Chris a call on 0151 709 8000, he’ll be happy to organise your perfect place to stay. For more information go to www.servicedcitypads.com