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Edition No. 105

Date:- 28 June 2003

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IT'S NO joke… the 2003 Liverpool Summer Pops have arrived! 

A FIVE night sold-out run by the king of comedy Peter Kay marks the beginning of a month of the best in music and entertainment in Liverpool, the newly crowned European Capital of Culture 2008.

Presented jointly by Liverpool City Council and Merseyside-based promotions Company CMP Entertainment, the Liverpool Summer Pops is held in a luxury 4,500 all-seated Big Top Arena on the city's spectacular waterfront.

With 32 shows in 34 days, beginning on Thursday 26 June, the Pops are expected to attract in excess of 100,000 people to the Kings Dock for the North-West's most important music and entertainment festival.

It's a uniquely diverse event which literally has something for everyone:- from the Godfather of Soul JAMES BROWN, to the Modfather PAUL WELLER, from the latest pop sounds of BLUE, BUSTED, CRAIG DAVID and THE SUGABABES to some of the biggest selling pop acts of all time JULIO IGLESIAS and SIMPLY RED; from the classic rock of DEEP PURPLE and YES to the classical blockbuster of THE LAST NIGHT OF THE POPS, LESLEY GARRETT and the West End glitz of THE RAT PACK. Add an appearance by Slowhand himself ERIC CLAPTON in a one-off special UNICEF charity show with Blues legend JOHN MAYALL, along with many more shows. 

Mike Storey, leader of Liverpool City Council, said:- "This is the first major music and entertainment event in the city since Liverpool won the title of European Capital of Culture 2008 which will make it an extra special celebration.

The Summer Pops is a premier event on the entertainment calendar for Liverpool people, and a magnet for people from throughout the country to visit the city, creating new jobs and additional investment - and giving concert-goers a real treat.

Last year's Pops was a stunning success and brought a string of great names to Liverpool. This year will be even bigger and better, showcasing Liverpool's culture and bringing the best in pop, rock, big band and classical to the pop capital of the world.

And for the first time, we're branching out into the world of comedy, with one of the UK's most talented stand-up comedians, the fabulous Peter Kay, staging five sell-out shows. He's the hottest name on the UK comedy scene, and his shows will kick off this year's Pops in spectacular - and hilarious - fashion!" 

Chas Cole of CMP Entertainment, said:- "This is the third year CMP Entertainment have been involved in the Pops and we have grown each year. I don't know of another event which has such a broad appeal, which makes this potentially one of the biggest events of its kind in Europe."

Writing on the Wall for success...!

LAST night's Writing on the Wall Schools' Showcase was hailed a roaring success with performances from children from a range of Merseyside schools. 

The Showcase featured drama, singing, poetry, African drumming, and a range of other musical performances including some moving 'a cappella' singing and the finest of saxophone playing. Playing to a packed Everyman Theatre, the event finished with a DJ showcase and an impromptu stage invasion.

The Writing on the Wall schools programme continues at 6pm on Sunday 29 June, with a showcase of six short films at The Everyman Theatre. The films, written by local schoolchildren and directed by Jimmy McGovern look set to shock and amaze a packed audience (Writing on the Wall have already sold over 1,000 tickets for this event). Tickets (£5/2) can be purchased on the night, or in advance from The Empire or Unity box office (0151 709 4988)

This year’s event will have a special children’s competition that should attract some interesting designs. They will be holding a"Create a Hat" Competition. The children enter at the event by making the hat with the provided materials and under the supervision of the organisers. 

Please make a special note in your diaries: Saturday 12 July from 12:30 - 3:30pm approx. All this with 25p admission charge! "REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN, sorry Father Ted!" say the organisers St. Faiths and St Mary the Virgin PCC’s. 

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