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25 April 2016
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Did you see the Electric
Light Orchestra, aka 'ELO' live in Liverpool?
Photographs by Jo Forrest.
ON 5 of April 2016, the awesome
Electric Light Orchestra, aka 'ELO' called into Liverpool's Arena as part of its
10 date UK tour. We are sorry for the delay in bringing you these photos, due to
an error out of our control. No EOL did not blow a fuse, our photographer Jo has
been ill. Anyway, the band has released a new
album called:- 'Alone In The
Universe' making it their 13th studio album by this ground breaking
British rock band and this UK tour is part of the promotion for it. After 46
years, this band is well known for its strong, surefooted performances and in
Liverpool they proved that they can still deliver. This show was what you would
expect from ELO, a perfect blending of both sound and vision. This performance
did not just unearth that classic ELO sound, but also that symphonic sound of
ELO's 70's heyday. The ELO music might be found to be a bit plastic by the
generation of the new millennium, but to the band’s devotees, that is what keeps
them loyal fans. This chart topping band is still 1 of the most iconic forces in
music history and it is no surprise that the Liverpool show was a sell out. If
you attended please let us know what you thought of the bands show via emailing
G-EAZY is heading to
Manchester as part of 6 night tour of UK
THE acclaimed rapper G-EAZY has
announced UK headline dates for May 2016, in support of his sophomore album:-
'When It’s Dark Out', which will be released on 4 December 2015.
With cinematic, personal storytelling and immersive, hard hitting and sweeping
productions, When It’s Dark Out is easily the most impressive and accomplished
work to date for the rising artist. Once again featuring production work from G-Eazy
himself and long time collaborator Christoph Anderson, Boi-1da, Southside, DJ
Spinz, Kane Beatz, and Remo, amongst others, lend their genius across the
musical spectrum of the project.
Featured artists include:- international stars such as Big Sean and Chris Brown.
Other producers include Michael Keenan who worked on future single:- "Me, Myself
& I" (set to impact early 2016) and features a soaring chorus by rising singer
songwriter Bebe Rexha (Eminem and Rihanna’s "Monster").
When It’s Dark Out came fresh off the heels of G-Eazy’s Billboard chart topping
debut album, These Things Happen, which was released last year to critical
acclaim. The freshman album peaked at the #3 position on both the Billboard 200
and Top Digital Album Charts, and bowed at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and Top
Rap Albums Chart. Between the album and singles, G-Eazy’s past work has also
amassed well over 50 million streams on Spotify. With the album still charting a
year and a half later, G-Eazy’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed earning
praise from the likes of The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and
Known for his incredible skills as a live performer, G-Eazy has been called by
USA Today one of the best and biggest hip hop touring acts on the college
circuit. After a sold out world tour, this summer he played a slew of the
biggest music festivals across North American and Europe, from Outside Lands to
Roskilde, Wireless Festivals, night closing sets at Lollapalooza and Bonaroo,
and most recently Austin City Limits. G-Eazy is expected to announce a worldwide
tour soon in support of December's When It's Dark Out release.
G-Eazy featured on the:- 'House Of Fraser Christmas TV' advert, in
the UK, in 2015, appearing
on the track:- “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace.
The Tour dates are as follows:-
► 21 May 2016 in Glasgow at the O2 ABC2.
► 23 May 2016 in Manchester at the Academy 2.
► 24 May 2016 in Birmingham at the O2 Institute 2.
► 26 May 2016 in London at the Koko.
► 27 May 2016 in London at the Electric Brixton.
► 28 May 2016 in London at the Electric Brixton.
Fresh Evening Entertainment
at Cholmondeley Power and Speed
VISITORS to this year’s Cholmondeley
Power and Speed can follow a day of action on land, water and air with a night
of beer, food and comedy. On both Friday and Saturday evenings, Cholmondeley
will be hosting a beer and food festival for the 1st time, with stand up comedy
set to entertain attendees, on Saturday, 11 June 2016. Stand up comic Adam
Rushton will compere the event which will be opened by Dave Jones, as seen on 8
out of 10 cats and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland
regular JoJo Sutherland will continue the entertainment before Rahul Kholi, as
heard on BBC Jesting About, takes to the stage. The night’s headline act will be
Ray Peacock who has entertained viewers on shows such as Skins, Dr Who, Not
Going Out and Russell Howard’s Good News. While watching the standup show,
visitors can enjoy food from a selection of over 30 specialist food stalls and
artisan suppliers from wood fired pizza, Mediterranean and traditional English
to Thai, Japanese and Tapas. In addition, Hook Norton Brewery will be hosting a
beer festival with a selection of over 20 craft beers and ciders from local
micro-breweries. Dougherty and Allen will be running the bars across the event
site, which will also serve a range of cocktails and mocktails. The wide
selection of food and drink will be available to purchase throughout the event,
with additional cookery demonstrations and tasting sessions set to take place
from 6pm to 10pm on both Friday and Saturday evenings. A public vote will also
be held to crown the 'beer of the festival.' James Hall,
event director at Cholmondeley Power and Speed, said:- "We were keen to
shake up the evening activities at this year’s event and thought a beer and food
festival would be a great way to entertain visitors while supporting and
celebrating some of the best local food and drink suppliers. Coupled with what
is sure to be a thoroughly amusing line up of stand up comedy, we feel that the
evening will provide entertainment for the whole family."
Cholmondeley Power and Speed is this year celebrating Supercars:- Past, Present
and Future which will include stunning displays and thrilling on-track action.
The activity will give attendees the chance to get up close and personal to some
of the most powerful, eye catching and revered supercars in the world. The 2016
staging of the event will also feature the inaugural Motorshow Live! Taking
place on the Friday, this all new element of Cholmondeley Power and Speed will
give car manufacturers the opportunity to demonstrate their latest models on
track while enabling guests to test drive in a unique racing environment.
Additional features and content on land (on both 2 and 4 wheels), air and water
will be announced over the coming weeks, with all elements of the event once
again set against the stunning backdrop of Cholmondeley Castle and its beautiful
parkland. Further information and tickets are available at:-
CPop.Co.UK for the event at:- Cholmondeley
Castle, Malpas, Cheshire.
Did you see or hear the
explosion and flame in Southport?
A large bang shook windows in the Town
Centre and a large flame shot up from the pavement, on Southport's historic Lord
Street, at around 9.45am/10am, on 25 April 2016. At 1st many businesses and
locals thought it was a gas explosion, but it was later discovered to have been
an electrical junction box that had shorted out due to old age. Merseyside Fire
Service responded extremely quickly and cordoned off the area outside
Chadafusion, Cafe, Bar and Gallery, between Prestige Diamonds and Costa Coffee.
Many businesses in the area were left without power as workers isolated the box
which had exploded with enough force to lift up a cast iron grid! The National
Grid quickly attended and crews started to work replacing the cables and fixing
the problem soon after arriving. Sadly, for some of the Lord Street shops, they
had to lose a full day’s trade, as power could not be turned back on until the
junction box and cables could all be fully replaced.
This pavement is a very busy in good weather,
with both Costa
and Chadafusion having customers sitting outside and pedestrians walking over that
section. For Chadafusion it was lucky they had not put the seats outside as the
cover was just in that location! Thankfully, we do not know of anyone being
injured by the incident. But questions are now being asked as to how safe our
eclectical infrastructure in the Town Centre really is.
Just after the reports came in to us as to what was going on, Merseyside Fire
and Rescue said:- "Firefighters have been in attending an incident, which
involved a fuse fire in a junction box that caused the box to explode and a grid
to lift up, on Lord Street, Southport. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
received the call at 9.45am and local crews were alerted soon after, at 9.47am.
They were on scene by 9.51am. 2 fire engines attended the incident. Our
Firefighters set up a cordon from either side of the junction box to the edge of
the road and isolated the electricity to nearby shops. Our crews then stood on
standby to assist the team from National Grid with their investigations."