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Vogue Ball comes to Camp & Furnace this weekend!


The Vogue Ball brings a hearty dollop of deliciousness to Camp & Furnace on Saturday 10 October 2015! Organisers, House of Suarez, have plenty of sweet treats in store.

Audiences are certain to get a sugar rush at this year’s Vogue Ball and excitement continues to grow as the event fast approaches on Saturday 10 October.

Returning for 2015 to hugely popular venue Camp & Furnace, located in Liverpool’s creative Baltic Quarter, this year’s event promises to well and truly tantalise the taste buds.

For 2015, the theme is The Sugar Ball, and House of Suarez are delighted to announce this year’s key event sponsors who will see the event deliver an evening of over indulgence, full of moreish visual delights on the biggest scale to date.

One of the most spectacular aspects of the annual Vogue Ball is the costumes and this year, guests are in for a mouthwatering feast of fabulousness. Organisers have recently announced the winners of the 2015 House of Suarez costume commission for the Sugar Ball, funded by Arts Council England. Designers were asked to send in their designs capturing the Vogue Ball’s key elements: of costume, fantasy, realness and sex siren in their creations.

So indulge your sweet tooth at the Sugar Ball 2015. This year it’s all about over indulgence; sugar and spice and all things nice! Or will it be more of a case of naughty but nice? Either way audiences will witness all things fierce and fabulous with plenty of tantalising sweet treats and surprises thrown in from House of Suarez.

But with 50% of VIP tickets sold, don’t miss your chance to get your sticky mitts on a golden ticket. This is a sell-out event and the most unique extravaganza you will see this year.

The official after party will take place at Camp & Furnace’s Blade Factory where you can witness a battle like no other – House of Suarez versus Sonic Yootha.
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Facebook / House of Suarez Vogue Ball
Twitter @HOSVogueBall | #HOSSugarBall


THE SUGAR BALL – Vogue Ball 2015
Venue: Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BY
Date: Saturday 10 October 2015
Time: Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
General Tickets: £18 (Standing)
VIP Tickets: £25 (Guaranteed runway seat)
Groups: 1 in 10 goes free!

How to Book:
Box Office: 0844 8000 410
In person: TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool



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Fans of the cult classic Withnail and I are in for a treat when they get to delve inside the mind of one of the main stars of the film, Paul McGann on Saturday, September 26.

As part of Liverpool Comedy Festival, the ODEON Liverpool ONE will be screening the dark comedy which was a huge hit in 1987. This will be followed by a live Q&A session where the audience get to grill the star who played the “I” character in the movie, better known as Marwood.

For those who have never seen the film, the movie takes place in England in the late 1969 and chronicles the misadventures of a pair of chronically unemployed actors – played by Richard E Grant and McGann.

The screening will take place at 7.30pm followed by the Q&A session when the audience will be encouraged to ask the Liverpool star questions about his life and career.

McGann was born in Liverpool in 1959 and attended Cardinal Allen Grammar School in West Derby, where his teachers encouraged him to taking up acting. He successfully auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he studied acting. Talent must run in the family as McGann’s three brothers are all actors too!

Paul got his breakthrough role on comedy TV drama Give Us A Break, then was thrust into the limelight in his first dramatic role in the 1986 television serial The Monocled Mutineer in which he played Percy Toplis.He was later cast in his first feature film as one of the main characters in Bruce Robinson’s cult comedy Withnail and I.

McGann has starred in Hollywood movies The Three Musketeers and Alien 3 and played Lieutenant Bush in Hornblower. But Sci-fi fans will know him best for his role as the eighth Doctor Who. McGann starred in the 1996 Dr Who TV film, a role he reprised in over 70 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode The Night of the Doctor.

Festival Director Sam Avery from The Comedy Trust said: “We’re over the moon that this event has come together. This city has such a strong back catalogue of comic performers and it’s really important for Liverpool Comedy Festival to connect with that heritage. It’s been great working with ODEON Liverpool ONE after our successful collaboration last year for the Bill Hicks screening.” 

Lewis Wright from the ODEON Liverpool ONE added:It’s great to have this cult classic on the big screen for one-night only, be part of the Liverpool comedy festival and work with Sam and the guys again, as our previous event was such a success.

“We are honoured to have Paul Mcgann attending to give fans an in-depth personal look into Withnail and I and very proud as this exclusive to ODEON Liverpool ONE.  It will be a night not to be missed!”

Liverpool Comedy Festival opens this Friday, 18th September and runs until Sunday 4 October, taking over Britain’s funniest city with events at venues across the city region.

This year’s festival will see some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit, including Chatty Man himself Alan Carr. He performs his brand new show Yap Yap at Liverpool Philharmonic and has now added an extra date due to overwhelming demand, plus also at The Phil is the star of Phoenix Nights and That Peter Kay Thing Dave Spikey with his latest tour Punchlines.

The big names continue, as the Unity Theatre welcomes political satirist Andy Zaltzman and the legendary Jeremy Hardy. British Comedy Award winner Nina Conti with the help of Monkey, presents her new show In Your Face at Liverpool Playhouse. At The Epstein Theatre Only Fools and Horses’ Boycie, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, John Challis, will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career; and as seen on 8 out of 10 cats, Dave’s One Night Stand, Spoons and John Bishop’s Only Joking, Rob Rouse, presents his new show Roboscopy.

Yearlong comedy clubs Laughterhouse Comedy, Hot Water Comedy Club, Comedy Central and Liverpool Comedy Cellar also present a high calibre of comedy talent across the festival including Live at the Apollo star Shappi Khorsandi; stand-up and BBC2 sitcom Hebburn star Steffen Peddie; Liverpool legend Pauline Daniels; one of the best performers working on the comedy circuit today Dan Nightingale and presenter of Channel 4’s The Word, Terry Christian bringing his one man show Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic, plus many more.

81 Renshaw Street will also showcase a whole host of the freshest performers and exciting local and up-and-coming comedy acts including Gein’s Family Giftshop returning after their Foster’s Best Newcomer Nomination at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe; festival favourite Jake Mills; Funny Women finalist and BBC Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby; left-wing political comedy from the all new unwilling poster child for free speech Kate Smurthwaite; Merseyside funny man John Wilson follows up last year’s Comedy Festival success with his new, laugh out loud, one man show; join Rob Thomas and Katie Tracey as they take you through their average lives which they’ve spent trying to be fabulous; in 1989 Public Enemy decreed that Elvis was racist, now Che Burnley tries to prove power, money and privilege makes it alright; Perrier and Chortle Award winning musical comedian with songs in the key of grrr, Christian Reilly presents Songs of Insolence. Just the tip of the comedy iceberg, check out the full line-up of acts to perform in Liverpool’s newest arts and events venue.

Throughout the run of the festival John Godber’s classic and hilarious show Bouncers is at The Royal Court from 4 September – 3 October. It’s 1985 and Ralph, Les, Judd and Lucky Eric are on the doors of The Grafton. They’re not doormen or security operatives – they’re bouncers and they’ve seen it all. Lads full of lager, girls full of giggles and clubs full of crazy stories in this brilliantly funny show.

There will be acts lined-up to perform in bars, shops, schools and even people’s houses. There is also comedy coach tours, kids shows, pub crawls, poets, podcasts, open mic nights, quizzes, magicians, networking events, rap battles, plays and sketch groups.

Festival Director Sam Avery from The Comedy Trust said: “This year is our biggest and most diverse Festival to date: more shows than ever before and a strong emphasis on the hugely exciting local scene alongside the household names and international acts.”

The festival will take over Liverpool with events taking place at an impressive 19 venues across the city region including 81 Renshaw Street; Unity Theatre; The Royal Court; The Lantern Theatre; The Pilgrim; Laughterhouse Comedy; Liverpool Comedy Central; Hot Water Comedy Club; Liverpool Comedy Cellar; The Epstein Theatre; Ma Egerton’s Stage Door; Maghull Town Hall; Liverpool Philharmonic; Liverpool Playhouse; Ma Boyles; The Sandon; Brownmoor Park Sports and Social Club; Gallaghers Pub and Liverpool John Moores University.

Don’t miss one of Liverpool’s favourite and longest-standing festivals, the Liverpool Comedy Festival from Friday 18 September – Sunday 4 October

Visit for full line-up, information and direct links to book tickets. Follow us on Facebook/The Liverpool Comedy Festival and Twitter @LpoolComedyFest


Sat 26th Sep

Screening @ 7.30pm followed by a Q&A

Odeon Liverpool ONE

Tickets cost £15

To buy tickets click on this link




Photographer Mike McCartney officially opened his new exhibition at St George’s Hall Liverpool on Friday evening with the iconic venue as the focus.  Entitled, Mike McCartney Luvs St George’s Hall, the exhibition runs until Sunday, 18 October.

The evocative exhibition features 60 fascinating images depicting the Liverpool landmark and spans more than half a century – from the 1960s through to the present day.  All of the images have been taken by self-taught photographer Mike, alongside a small selection of his favourite shots of the stunning Grade I Listed building.

The exhibition will also mark the opening of a further public area in the fascinating Catacombs, which run underneath St George’s Hall. This is a new gallery space, never before open to the public.

71-year-old Mike’s career has taken an illustrious path through music and the arts.  The father of six lives with his family on the Wirral.

The Merseybeat era played a huge role in Mike’s life. He was one third of cult 1960s band Scaffold, alongside Roger McGough and John Gorman. Widely known for their satirical comedy act, things took a turn towards the music charts in 1967 when Mike penned their first Top 5 hit single, Thank U Very Much – a favourite of the Queen Mother and the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

This was followed in 1968 by another hit song, Lily The Pink which reached the Number One spot and stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks. Already photographing fellow bands at this time, Mike was nicknamed ‘Flash Harry’ by The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein for always using a flash gun for his live pictures.

Mike is just as famous for his art as his music and poetry. He has staged exhibitions across the world, including Japan, America and Canada

Mike’s photographs resulted in the National Trust restoring and opening 20 Forthlin Road as a tourist attraction. This is Mike’s childhood home in Liverpool, which he shared with his older brother Paul.

Mike’s photographs have also been featured in Q Magazine’s Greatest Rock and Roll Photographs of All Time, and have been shown worldwide on MTV’s Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Pop Songs programme.

Two real honours for Mike are having 11 of his photographs bought for the nation and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London; and also personally greeting the Queen at the Museum Of Liverpool to show her his exhibition, Mike McCartney’s Liverpool.


Mike McCartney Luvs St George’s Hall

St George’s Hall, St George’s Place, Liverpool, L1 1JJ (North Entrance via Heritage Centre)

Running until Sun 18 October

10am-5pm Daily

Entrance fee: £2.50 payable on door.


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