FLAGSHIP NEW ARTS VENUE REVEALS OPENING PROGRAMME
THE Atkinson, Southport's
brand new state of the art multi-purpose cultural venue, can now
reveal the eclectic performance programme for its opening season.
Incorporating 4 established venues; Southport Arts Centre, the
Atkinson Art Gallery, Botanic Gardens Museum and Southport's Central
Library, into one regional cultural centre, the Lord Street venue
has undergone extensive development and will open in several
different phases across the next 2 years. When fully complete, The
Atkinson will comprise 2 performance spaces, a cafe, TIC and
library, plus art galleries, a shop and a museum.
The initial performance programme for The Atkinson features renowned
names from the world of music, dance, theatre and comedy plus some
top family and children's entertainment and gives just a taster of
the calibre of artists who will be visiting this regional centre for
the arts in the future.
headline acts of the long established Southport Jazz Festival make
The Atkinson their home from 2013 onwards, with this year's festival
running from 10 May to 12 May 2013, and bringing with it a fantastic
line up of acclaimed artists, a great mix of big names and up and
coming talent including The Nicola Farnon Quartet, The Al Wood Nine,
James Morton's Pork Chop, Go Go Penguin, The Bateman Brothers Jazz
Band Ft: Spats Langham and Enrico Tomasso, Gabby Young and the Other
Animals, Sector 7, Milestones Play to the Silent Screen, Kairos
4tet, Joe Stilgoe and James Morrison with Swingshift Big Band.
Aside from the Jazz Festival, The Atkinson has lots of other great
music on offer with a wealth of genres represented like:-
► Americana, roots and blues fans
won't be disappointed with the gigs coming up; there's State of The
Union, a masterclass in songwriting from bluesy Americana stalwart
Brooks Williams and cult British singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine on
3 May 2013, and the superb I See Hawks in LA, a roots-rock band
straight from California on 4 July 2013. Also crossing the Atlantic,
this time from Canada, is Romi Mayes on 25 May 2013, with guitar
demon Jay Nowicki, who together are described as edgy blues electric
duo with a dirty bluesy sound.
► UK blues artists haven't been
forgotten - British R&B scene stalwarts The Blues Band visit on 4
May 2013, see live rapturous Chicago style rhythm and blues from The
Stumble on 31 May 2013 and acclaimed London-based blues-rock
guitarist Marcus Bonfanti on 18 May 2013.
► Folk lovers are also well catered
for; 1 of the most popular duos on the vibrant English folk scene
Spiers and Boden visit The Atkinson on 9 May 2013, followed by a
return to popular duo performances from 2 more of British folk's
most accomplished performers Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on 22
May, the originators of British folk-rock music Fairport Convention
on 30 May 2013, and in June not 1, but 2, award winning female folk
singer songwriters; Cara Luft on 14 June and Heidi Talbot on 22 June
The Atkinson also has classical music covered.
16 June 2013 sees a performance of Reverie; The Life and Loves of
Claude Debussy, the 4th biographical programme of composers' words
and music to be scripted by pianist Lucy Parham that celebrates
Debussy's 150th anniversary. Angela Hewitt, who the Guardian
described as 'the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time',
performs a concert on 5 May 2013.
► There's an exciting double bill of
country music and rock from Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes on 6 June
2013, and country fans with also love The Johnny Cash Story starring
Roger Dean and The Lazy Boys on 27 July 2013. 70s rock 'n' roll
legends Showaddywaddy visit on 24 May 2013, and The Christians, the
outstanding, soul influenced group who had hits in the late 80's and
90's including:- 'Forgotten Town', 'Harvest For
The World', 'Born Again', 'Ideal World',
and 'Hooverville', play at The Atkinson on 8 June 2013
in this, their 25th anniversary year. Irish contemporary
singer-songwriter Kieran Goss visits on 17 May 2013, this
multi-platinum selling artist will perform a selection of his hits.
► The Atkinson can also boast a
strong comedy programme for its opening season. Hilarious highlights
include an evening of observational humour on 2 May 2013 from
ex-Guardian sports reporter Josh Widdicombe plus Seann Walsh, both
regulars on various TV comedy shows. Montana's Rich Hall brings his
renowned, grouchy deadpan style to the Atkinson stage on 8 May 2013,
whilst 15 May sees comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round
British institution Arthur Smith's latest show 'Exposed!' On 29 May
2013, Monkeypoet performs a double bill of 2 radically different
acts - the surreal Murder Mystery bringing some of the literary
world's most renowned figures back to life followed by an hour of
radical stand up! On 12 June The Reduced Shakespeare Company will
whizz audiences through The Complete Works of Shakespeare in their
own inimitable style whilst on 15 and 16 June Torquay comes to the
North West with Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience – a dinner
show with a hilarious interactive twist! The Lancashire Hotpots – 5
northern lads in flat caps – round off this rib-tickling season on
Saturday, 13 July 2013 with their rib-tickling blend of music and
► World-class dance company Richard
Alston, renowned for the musicality of their choreography, will
perform 3 enchanting pieces on Thursday, 23 May 2013, and for
something completely different, Nicholas Collett plays a multitude
of characters and recreates the Battle of Britain onstage in
Spitfire Solo on 16 May 2013.
► There's plenty to keep young
people and families entertained, too. Hiccup theatre and Olivier
award-winning writer Mike Kenny bring a revamped version of the
classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin on 18 May 2013, Topsy Turvy
Theatre effortlessly bring to life the tale of a little duckling
struggling to find her feet as she grows up on 29 May 2013, with
Ruby Flew Too and Andy and Mike's Tick Tock Time Machine starring
Cbeebies' Andy Day flies into The Atkinson on 2 June 2013. On 14
June and 15 June 2013, Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company bring
their infamous blend of physical comedy, eccentric puppetry and live
music to tell the story of The Enormous Turnip!
For more information and to book tickets visit:-
seftonarts.co.uk or call box
office on:- 01704 533 333. The Atkinson website will be
launched in February, to be added to the mailing list visit:-
NEW EVENT FOR
2013 - THE SOUTHPORT CLOTHES SHOW
is set to follow in the footsteps of some of the North West's
biggest cities as it prepares to launch its 1st clothes show. The
town's modelling and events agency
along side associates is behind the event which is due to take place
on Sunday, 24 March 2013, at the Floral Hall in Southport's Theatre
and Convention Centre.
From 12 to 6, models from Southport's G-Models agency will take to
the catwalk showcasing some of the top name brands from around the
town and surrounding areas.
Between the runway shows there will be plenty of entertainment to
entertain the crowds including hosts Baz Todd (Juice Fm) Danny Bee
(Rock FM) , Stilt walkers, cocktail flarers, aerial acts and much
The show will host a range of different exhibitors from boutiques to
children's wear, hair, beauty and accessories.
There will be also gift and craft stalls, as well as
delicious treats to sample.
This will be a major event for Southport in the run-up to release
the fashion world's spring and summer collections, the event is also
set to feature celebrity guests and some of the town's familiar
The tickets are on sale priced £8.50 Children under 12 years free of
charge. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to The Steven
Gerrard Foundation which was set up by the Liverpool player in 2011
in bid to help disadvantaged children.
Lisa Hames co-founder of GModels said:- "GModels is proud to
announce their association with the newly launched and upcoming
Southport Clothes Show. It will be the place for fashionastas to
have a great time-from seeing fashion shows from local, national and
international established brands to the exciting work of upcoming
designers, everyone who is anyone will want to be front row !"
Southport Clothes Show will be working with the very best names to
ensure that this chic town is put well and truly on the style map,
and I am excited to be involved. "Along with all the latest
season looks, Southport Clothes Show will showcase the region's best
models, hair and make-up creative teams, so that every attendee will
be in no doubt as to what the most covetable trends are for 2013"
For more information please see Southport Clothes Show on Facebook,
@SOUTHPORTCSLIVE on twitter or email
Patch up our potholes says CLA in
THE Country Land and
Business Association Limited, (CLA)
in the North is urging local Councils in the region not to cut back
on vital repairs to B roads and other minor routes, which have been
seriously damaged as a result of the recent freezing temperatures.
With Councils across the region
facing severe budget cuts, the CLA is sending out a reminder that
minor roads provide a vital lifeline for rural businesses and need
to be well maintained.
CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said:- "Freezing
conditions always herald the start of the pothole season and while
local Councils are usually quick to repair damage to major roads
they are often more tardy in their approach to minor routes. As the
ongoing austerity measures continue to bite, we are seriously
concerned that cash-starved Councils will be tempted to further
neglect rural roads, which are a key part of the infrastructure that
underpins the rural economy."
Recent research from the national campaign group SPARSE Rural
revealed that some rural Councils have see reductions in funding of
up to nine% compared to a national average of 4.48%.
According to the
website, potholes are estimated
to cause as many as 1 in 5 mechanical failures on UK roads, costing
motorists an estimated £320 million every year.
Miss Fairburn added:- "In the current economic climate rural
businesses cannot afford to be further disadvantaged by having to
pay hefty repair bills for vehicles damaged by potholes that should
have been dealt with by the local Council."
TURNING THE SCREW ON NUMBER PLATE
THIEVES IN ST HELENS
ON 16 January 2013,
motorists in St Helens are being urged to protect their car's
identity and help prevent crimes such as petrol station drive-off's
and speeding ticket evasion after a local business launched a free
scheme. Polar Ford, based on Sherdley Road, has teamed up with
Merseyside Police to alert motorists of the increase in number plate
thefts and are offering free fitting of anti-tamper number plate
screws later this month. Stolen number plates are used by criminals
to falsely identify vehicles so that they can be used in crimes such
as fuel thefts, road tax and insurance avoidance and even more
serious crimes such as burglaries. Sergeant Frank Stott from
Merseyside Police said:- "Unfortunately, in these difficult
economic times, crime such as this becomes more widespread we are
grateful for schemes such as this in helping the local community
take measures to help combat the problem. Using the tamper-proof
screws will make it much harder for number plates to be stolen."
Speaking of the campaign, Phil Blundell, service manager at
Polar Ford said:- "Swapping out standard screws for the
anti-tamper variety is a very quick, yet effective way to deter
number plate thieves and we're very pleased to be able to provide
this free service to local motorists." Car owners
interested in having their car's number plates fitted with free
anti-tamper screws should visit Polar Ford on the Sherdley Road on 9
February 2013. For further information, please contact Polar
Ford on:- 01744 610600.