What’s On: 10 things to do in Liverpool this weekend - September 3-5

The weekend is here and the weather forecast for Liverpool looks cloudy but dry. It’s time to get out and about!

Here’s LiverpoolWorld’s guide to some intriguing events taking place across the city this weekend.

Electronic Sound Summit 2021

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What is it? A two-day event in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle featuring over 50 artists and industry figures, including BBC Radio 1 DJ Jaguar, Liverpool-based DJ and producer Lauren Lo Sung and Bushwacka. Organised by the Liverpool Audio Network (LAN), the event aims to introduce emerging young talent to the global dance music community and will feature DJ sets, panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops.... and afterparties!

When is it? Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 4, from 11.00 to 18.00. Afterparties run from 18.30 to 23.00.

Public tickets range from £11 to £38.50 and are available to buy here. The event is 18+.

Find it: Baltic Triangle, Liverpool. Venues include Brick Street, Baltic Hotel, 24 Kitchen Street and District.

The Liverpool Theatre Festival

What is it? The outdoor live event is back for its second year with a programme which features 16 shows across 12 days. Staged at the Bombed Out Church, it’s produced by Liverpool theatre producer Bill Elms.

Drama Desk Award-winning musical, The Last Five Years shows on Friday. When Another Dragon Roars, which features puppetry and story telling, and Everybody’s Talking About Musicals run on Saturday. Sunday sees family comedy Boing… Meow! and Shakespeare-inspired 1980’s musical Electric Dreams take to the stage.

When is it? Friday, 3 September to Sunday, 12 September. Individual show details and tickets are available on liverpooltheatrefestival.com.

Find it: St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Leece St, Liverpool L1 2TR (Goole map)

Southport Food and Drink Festival

What is it? Traditional British food is being celebrated throughout the festival with homemade pies, chutneys, local sausages, hog roast, and ice cream from a local dairy. But the ‘foodies’ paradise also offers tasty treats from different cultures – you can enjoy crepes, gourmet burgers, hot wings, churros, spiral potatoes, paella and curry from the Street Food stalls.

For the first time there will also be a complementary home and garden experience for visitors to enjoy, as part of the festival’s autumn theme. Throughout the weekend the entertainment arena will host local bands and musicians.

When is it? Friday, 3 September to Sunday, 5 September. Friday 14-00 to 20.00. Saturday and Sunday 10.00 to 18.00

Find it: Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2BZ (Google map)

ArtsGroupie - Walking Tour of Liverpool

Kitty Wilkinson tour. Photo: ArtsGroupie

What is it? ArtsGroupie run a series of interactive tours that bring the city to life and help raise funds for community theatre events. In the excursion to celebrate the life of Liverpool heroine Catherine Wilkinson her statue “comes alive” at the start of the tour at St Georges Hall and leads the way around Victorian Liverpool.

There is also a heritage walking tour around Liverpool City Centre celebrating the life of renowned writer and one of England’s first abolitionists, William Roscoe. ArtsGroupie creative director John Maguire said: “Roscoe was is often known as the father of culture in Liverpool.”

When is it? Kitty Wilkinson - Sunday, 3 October, 14.00. William Roscoe - Sunday, 3 October, 10.30.

Tickets and more information can be found on the ArtsGroupie website.

Find it: The Wilkinson tour starts at St Georges Hall. The William Roscoe excursion starts at the Catholic Cathedral, Hope Street.

Don McCullin Exhibition

What is it? New film Almost Liverpool 8 premiered at The Philharmonic this week and the photography of Don McCullin of Toxteth and Liverpool in the 60s and 70s inspired the movie. Co-director Daniel Draper told LiverpoolWorld: “I went to Tate Britain in London in 2019 and saw Don’s images and it really got me thinking about my community. It seemed like a good moment to turn the cameras on where we live.”

It’s your last chance to catch the McCullin exhibition at Tate Liverpool. He forged a career as one of the world’s leading photographers of conflict. When at home, McCullin often turned his attention to the lives of people in Britain and the exhibition features images depicting life and industrial scenes in Liverpool and other northern towns and cities.

When is it? Friday, 3 September to Sunday, 5 September.

Find it: Tate Liverpool, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB (Google map)

Bottomless Brunch at GPO Food Hall and Bar

What is it? GPO is Liverpool’s largest food hall and has proven very popular since opening in the Metquarter in the city centre earlier this year. There are eight different independent kitchens serving around 400 dishes ranging from Japanese to Mediterranean.

They are now offering a bottomless brunch for £25, which is available every day of the week. It last’s 90 minutes, with unlimited drinks - including beer, cocktails and Prosecco - and a meal from any of the vendors. You must note ‘bottomless brunch’ in your booking.

When is it? Daily from 10.00 until 15.00,

Find it: Metquarter, 35 Whitechapel, Liverpool, L1 6BW (Google map)

Mersey Sounds - Very Public Art

What is it? Unveiled on the Pier Head as part of the Very Public Art project, Mersey Sounds is a giant 12.5 metre sculpture with a handmade copper megaphone. It is a recreation of Liverpool’s Speaker’s Corner, which was situated on the waterfront until the mid-1990s. It symbolises the city’s tradition as a democratic city where its people have a voice and tell their own story.

When is it? Sunday 15 August to Tuesday 7 September

Find it: Pier Head, Liverpool (Google Map)

Neighbourhood Weekender

What is it? A three-day music festival set over three main stages featuring artists such as Circa Waves, The Coral, The Wombats, Miles Kane and Catfish and the Bottlemen. There is also an on-site pub, cornershop rave, gin and tonic garden, gourmet food and drink stalls and a funfair.

Although not hosted in Liverpool itself, it is in the neighbourhood - just a hop, skip and jump down the road to Warrington.

When is it? Friday, 3 September to Sunday, 5 September. A variety of tickets are available through the NbhdWeekender website.

Find it: Victoria Park, Warrington (Google map)

Lucian Freud: Real Lives - Tate Liverpool

What is it? Ahead of hosting the Turner prize next year, Tate Liverpool is hosting a major presentation of the work of Lucian Freud, the first opportunity of its kind in the North West in thirty years. Visitors to this exhibition will see paintings, etchings and photographs featuring the late British artist’s most recognised sitters including his first wife Kitty Garman.

It is a rare opportunity to see all of the Freud works in the Tate collection together.

When is it? Until 16 January 2022

Find it: Tate Liverpool, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB (Google map)

AI: More than Human - World Museum

What is it? Elon Musk unveiled plans in August to produce a prototype humanoid artificial intelligence (AI) Tesla Bot next year. You can discover what the world of AI is all about at Liverpool World Museum’s special exhibition. It is full of interactivity, including a robot dog called Aibo and the video game 2065, as visitors are given a vision of the future. Free for children.

When is it? Until 31 October.

Find it: William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN (Google map)

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