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Photo by Jono Terry
YOUNG Cheshire based indie rock trio:-
'The Luka State', consisting of Conrad Ellis (lead vocals/guitar), Sam Bell (bass)
and Jake Barnabas (drums), will release brand new single:- 'The Believer'
that is due out on 16 March 2015, via Project Records.
This new track will be the 1st of several singles to be released ahead of the
band's as yet untitled debut mini album which is due in summer 2015.
Initially written as a throwaway acoustic intro planned to open their debut
album:- "The Believer." took on a life of its own en route to
recording, with the addition of a Hans Zimmer/Brian Eno inspired Synth backing
Entirely self produced, but with award winning producer Chris Sheldon (Biffy
Clyro/Foo Fighters/Feeder) on the mix, the new single exudes a more accomplished
energy than the band's debut single:- "30 Minute Break". "30
Minute Break" in fact has now achieved over 415,000 plays and counting!
Formed in 2012, the band have played self funded tours of the UK, Europe and
North, thanks to their strong DIY ethic. With a live show even bigger than their
records, they are sure to win the hearts and minds of the crowds on their
upcoming tour as special guests of:- 'One Night Only' full dates
► 3 February 2015 - Bristol Thekla.
► 4 February 2015 - Southampton
► 5 February 2015 - London
► 6 February 2015 - Nottingham
► 7 February 2015 - Birmingham – The
► 8 February 2015 - Leeds Belgrave
► 9 February 2015 - Manchester Deaf
► 10 February 2015 - Glasgow Stereo.
► 11 February 2015 - Edinburgh
Keep an eye on these guys in 2015 - they've got a plan and nothing's going to
1st new route announcement of 2015 with easyJet's Summer Zante route
LIVERPOOL John Lennon
Airport (LJLA) is celebrating its 1st new route announcement of the
year following the news that easyJet will be adding flights from
Liverpool to the Greek Island of Zante as part of their Summer 2015
programme from the Airport. This new route takes the number of
destinations served by easyJet from Liverpool in 2015 to 2030, with
Zante complimenting the airline's mix of City and holiday
destinations already on sale from Liverpool.
This Summer, the region's holidaymakers can book flights with
easyJet direct from Liverpool to popular Mediterranean destinations
in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. For those
wishing to book a hotel as well as flights, then easyJet Holidays
also have a range of 2 to 5 star hotels and guarantee the lowest
price on holidays booked with an easyJet flight.
Zante, also often known as Zakynthos, is the most southerly of the
Ionian Islands and one of the most popular Greek islands for
holidaymakers. Flights from Liverpool will operate weekly departing
on Thursdays, commencing on 23 April 2015.
With the Pound having recently soared to reach a fresh 7 year high
against the Euro, now is a great time for a holiday in Europe with
UK holidaymakers getting about 10% more for their money, compared
with the same time last year.
Mark Povall, Director of Air service Development for Liverpool John
Lennon Airport commented:- "Zante is a summer holiday
destination that is popular with passengers from across the region
and one that we know will do well from Liverpool. This new service
will see increased numbers of passengers travelling from Liverpool
in 2015 and a further growth in easyJet operations here."
Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK Commercial Manager, said:- "We're
delighted to be adding Zakynthos to easyJet's range of destinations
from Liverpool. This announcement today highlights our commitment to
providing affordable routes to summer destinations from Liverpool
and we're pleased to be able to strengthen our route network. Our
Greek routes are proving extremely popular for those who wish to get
some easy and affordable summer sun, and we're sure that this new
route will be no exception."
Can you solve a
CAN you help solve one of
the City's football mysteries by pinpointing the location of a
stadium which once rivalled Anfield and Goodson Park?
Woodcroft Park, a 30,000 CapaCity Stadium, was the home of Liverpool
Caledonians FC, 1 of the leading clubs in the City during the late
Victorian times and while it is known it was in Wavertree, its exact
location is unclear.
Now an appeal is being made for any information about the ground,
the club and its history.
Local Councillor Tim Beaumont explained:- "The story of
Liverpool Caledonians is part of our heritage, but there does not
appear to be a great deal known about them or where they played. The
Wavertree Society has been researching where this ground might have
been and the most likely location is a site occupied by terraced
housing next to the main London Railway Line, in Wavertree, between
Picton Road and Smithdown Road. But the truth is that we just don't
know for sure! So we need the help of anyone out there who may know
something about Liverpool Caledonians or Woodcroft Park. There may
be stories in families about an ancestor who played for them or
there could be medals or other memorabilia which have been gathering
dust in a loft, but which could provide valuable information; we
would like to hear from anybody who may help."
Liverpool Caledonians were 1 of the 4 leading football clubs in the
City in the 1890's, along with Liverpool, Everton and Bootle. As
their name suggests their players were mainly Scottish.
Newspapers reports from the Liverpool Mercury, 10 June 1892, give
some clues about their stadium:- "The grounds are in an
excellent position, close to Wavertree Station, and are easily
reached; and while suitable for football and cricket, the fast
cinder track of a ¼ of a mile fits them for cycling and athletic
purposes. The covered grand stand holds 1,000 persons, and the
uncovered grand stand 2,000, while altogether 30,000 spectators can
Also in the Liverpool Mercury, dated 7 January 1893, it says:-
"The accommodation for spectators is excellent, there being 2 stands
(1 covered), about 40 yards long each, with ample press
conveniences. There is also a good racing track, and the ground is
very suitable for race meetings. The situation is most central,
being only a minute's walk from Wavertree Station, and within easy
distance of Sefton Park, Wavertree, and Fairfield. The turf is
perfectly level and well drained."
"The story of Liverpool Caledonians is 1 of the great
'what -ifs' of the City's Football History. They were formed
with the ambition of gaining league status and applied to join the
1st division in 1892; a full year before Liverpool FC attempted.
Sadly they were unsuccessful. Later in 1892 they got as far as the
4th qualifying round of the FA Cup - 1 round further than Liverpool
FC - before losing to Northwich Victoria. They joined the Lancashire
League, but were disbanded in 1893. Who knows how history would've
turned out had they been admitted to the football league? 1 side
that was successful that day was a certain Newton Heath; better
known these days as Manchester United. And who knows, Woodcroft
Park, may have become a Premier League Ground, so it would be very
interesting to find out exactly where it was situated." said
If you can help, please send all information to:-
CLA steps up
rural lobbying as 100 day countdown begins
THE CLA in the North is
ramping up its rural lobbying campaign as the country enters the 100
day countdown to the general election on 7 May 2015. The
organisation, which represents landowners, farmers and rural
businesses, is increasing its contact with prospective parliamentary
candidates to ensure that the issues important to rural people are
firmly on the agenda.
CLA North Director of Policy and
Public Affairs Douglas Chalmers said:- "We have been
contacting sitting MPs and also candidates as they become known to
make sure they are familiar with our manifesto - Unlock the
Countryside's Potential. There is a common misconception that the
rural voice is too small to count but nothing could be further from
the truth. There may be a higher proportion of voters and seats in
the urban areas, but nobody should underestimate the positive impact
a vibrant countryside can have on the rest of the country. Without
the economic, environmental and social contributions from rural
areas, the UK would be a far different and poorer place."
The CLA is urging those who live and work in rural areas to make the
most of their vote and to quiz candidates on their rural
credentials. It is organising a series of hustings events over
February, so that members can pose questions directly to
Mr Chalmers added:- "Everyone with a vote should engage with
their local candidates. This type of individual contact carries
tremendous weight with politicians and, most importantly, reminds
them there are votes at stake. This election looks too close to call
so every seat and every vote will be important to all the parties.
We have a tremendous opportunity to make the rural voice heard."