Katie Melua in
free Pier Head concert
ONE of Britain's best
selling female artists will take to the stage as part of Liverpool's
popular outdoor festival; Music on the Waterfront.
Global success, Katie Melua will mark the 10th anniversary of her
recording career by performing crowd-pleasing favourites such as The
Closest Thing to Crazy and Nine Million Bicycles at the
FREE Pier Head event on
Saturday, 8 June 2013, from 6pm to 10.30pm.
The line-up also features:-
► The Christians the Liverpool band will
take to the stage for this homecoming gig.
► Nell Bryden - the American
singer-songwriter has supported both Gary Barlow and Jools Holland
on tour and will be playing beautiful acoustic tracks from her
critically acclaimed albums.
► Tunde Baiyewu The Lighthouse Family
frontman, who sold more than 20 million albums, has recently
released a new album Diamond in a Rock his first new material in
more than 8 years.
► Jack Savoretti performing tracks from
his new album Before the Storm.
► Heather Peace known for her role on
BBC hit Waterloo Road as well as her amazing vocals.
► Thea Gilmore this year saw Thea
release her 14th studio album, and in her own words is "still
trying to change the world one minor chord at a time."
► Josephine the Mancunian will be
showcasing songs from her latest album.
► Leddra Chapman in 2012 Leddra sold out
venues across the UK on her headline tour.
► The Saturday evening is hosted by Smooth
However the music action starts on Friday, 7 June 2013, from 6.30pm
to 10pm as some homegrown talent take to the stage. Acts include
Mercury Music Prize winner Terri Walker, big band artist Neville
Skelly, Jon Casey Blues Band - Merseycats, pianist Victoria Sharpe
and jazz group Tipitina.
Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "Music on the Waterfront will
see two nights of amazing live music, catering for a diverse range
of musical tastes. It's great that on the Friday night we will be
able to see local artists perform, and then on Saturday night
household names will wow the audience. The event is now in its 5th
year, and each year the line-up gets stronger with thousands of
music lovers enjoying live music in the unbeatable surroundings of a
World Heritage site."
Smooth Radio's Group Programme Director John Simons said:-
"Last year's event was such an overwhelming success, we just had to
return to Liverpool to do it again. At Smooth Radio we pride
ourselves on the calibre of artists we can bring to our listeners in
our regular Love Live Music events. This however, is set to be our
biggest yet and will give thousands of people the chance to see some
of Smooth Radio's favourite artists performing live and for free."
For the latest information on the City's cultural events, visit:-
Culture Liverpool on Facebook or follow Culturelpool on Twitter.
Did you know? Last year's Music On the
Waterfront event attracted 24,000 people, and generated around
£2.3million for the local economy? Also that the 2013 event
will take place on the same weekend as the Mersey River Festival,
which will see a whole host of activities planned for all the family
from street animation, visiting vessels, arts and crafts, make and
do and water sports?
Hesketh Bank Show will create a
BEES are the subject of a
brilliant new musical comedy to be performed early next month at the
newly created New Shoots Permaculture Community Garden on the Poor
Marsh Allotment Site on Shore Road in Hesketh Bank. The show will be
held in the evening on Friday, 7 June 2013, starting at 7.30pm and
the site will be open from 6.00pm.
Following last year's hugely popular allotment themed comedy,
"Losing the Plot", Mikron Travelling Theatre Company is
embarking on its 42nd tour of the country with a follow up called
"Beyond The Veil", a gentle comedy with larger than life
characters, live music and a fascinating insight into bees,
beekeeping and all things apicultural based around a highly
entertaining whodunit yarn in which hives, honey and homicide are
combined in the mystery of murder on the allotments. The play is the
creation of Deborah McAndrew, who has written extensively for the
stage, but who will be better known to Coronation Street fans as
Angie Freeman, who she played until 1998.
Show organiser and Chair of New Shoots, Viv Aldred commented:-
"We are delighted to be celebrating our 1st ever open evening at New
Shoots with this fantastic show. We have just started keeping our
own bees on the site and so it will be the perfect venue for a play
with a bee keeping theme. We are hoping for good weather so that the
show can be held in the open air and people can bring their own
chairs and a picnic, but cover will be available if needed. With
licensed drinks and refreshments on offer we are hoping for a swarm
The beekeeping area, forest garden of fruiting trees, new path ,
pond and wildflower rich meadow have kindly been supported with
grants from Lancashire Environmental Fund and Hesketh with
Becconsall Parish Council.
For more details about the play or about MIKRON and their tour
There is no need to buy tickets for this show as a
collection will be taken by the cast after the performance.
Parliament transport and tourism delegation visits North West for EU
SEFTON charity Adoption
Matters Northwest (AMNW) celebrated a 1st this week after being
'Highly Commended' at the 2013 Social Impact Awards.
The event, hosted by BBC presenter Andy Crane, celebrates and
rewards charities, not-for-profit and social enterprise
organisations for their outstanding contributions to local
AMNW was the runner-up in the 'Large Charity of the Year'
category, and the 1st ever runner-up to be 'Highly Commended'.
AMNW was honoured at the event, which was held on the 1 May 2013, at
The Comedy Store in Manchester, for its work across the North West
in finding, preparing and supporting couples and individuals in
adopting young people who can no longer live with their birth
On accepting the award, AMNW Chief Executive Norman Goodwin
commented:- "It's a huge honour to be recognised in such a
competitive category. Having started out as such a small charity,
it's exciting to see the agency grow each year thanks to the hard
work of all our employees and volunteers. I'm very proud of the
entire team here at Adoption Matters Northwest and it's great to see
all their hard work rewarded. I hope that this will help to
encourage people within our community to take that initial step
towards offering a child a new, loving and stable home."
Anybody interested in finding out more about Adoption Matters
Northwest can visit:-
advice to young people as exam pressures build
THE children's charity,
ChildLine are reminding teenagers that help is available if they
feel anxious or worried about exams. Young people in Merseyside will
be amongst the millions of under 18's who will sit exams this
summer. Last year, (2011/12) the ChildLine base in Liverpool
received 288 contacts from children and young people about exam
Ann Pulling, ChildLine Area Manager said:- "The exam period
can be a very stressful and anxious time for young people. We hear
from lots of young people each year who are anxious, worried or
panicking about their exams and revision. We want to let them know
that they are not alone and that ChildLine is here to listen to
To help children and young people
cope with exams and combat anxiety, ChildLine is offering the
following advice for young people to overcome pre-exam nerves and
help them if they have any concerns:-
► Make sure you take regular breaks from
revising and do some exercise.
► Go to bed at a reasonable time and try
and get some sleep.
► Getting a good night's sleep will help
you much more than trying to revise all night you will just end up
very tired the next day.
► Try to think positively even if you
don't feel like it, a positive attitude will help you during your
► Take some water into the test with you,
if you can. Keeping hydrated by drinking water will help you
The ChildLine website has a special 'Beat exam stress'
section for children and young people to visit. As well as calling
ChildLine's free confidential helpline on:- 0800 11 11 or visiting:-
childline.org.uk, young people
can also send emails to trained counsellors or receive support
online via one-to-one chat.
ChildLine is also offering the following advice for parents and
carers to help ease young people's exam stress and anxieties during
the summer months:-
► Don't place unnecessary pressure on your
children to gain certain grades. They may feel they have failed if
they don't achieve what they thought was expected of them.
► Encourage children to take regular
breaks, eat snacks and exercise.
► Help them revise by leaving them the
space and time to do so.
► Be relaxed about chores or untidiness
and understand they might be moody. Allow your children to revise at
nights if that's what works best for them however do make sure that
they get enough sleep to keep their energy levels up in the day.
► Be supportive and help alleviate their
worries by talking to them.
If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the
NSPCC on:- 0808 800 5000,
text:- 88858 or visit:-
* Data taken between 1
April 2011-31 March 2012 from across 12 ChildLine bases. Across all
12 bases, a total of 5,897 contacts were received from young people
about exam pressure.