With Spring well and truly here, and summer just around the corner, we’ve been looking at some of our favorite cities to see what’s happening. Where to booze, where to schmooz, and what’s in the culture calendar. This week we’re visiting one of the most creatively significant spots in the world; Liverpool.
WHERE TO BE:
Roxy Ballroom: We like proper beer, we like cocktails, and when it comes to a Friday night, we’re more than ready to take any of you on at table tennis. The Roxy Ballroom is bumper to bumper with games, pumps and pancakes and has an atmospheric warehouse feel and immaculate alternative soundtrack spinning at all times. Beer pong, pool, or the VIP room… you can be as hassle-free or hipster as you like. Get a tropical print Cuban collar shirt for the perfect “active” night out.
Casbah Coffee Club: Arguably where it all started for Liverpool’s most famous export. The club might be a pilgrimage for Beatles tourists the world over, but to its credit, still has the humble and laid back spirit of the era; making it a surprisingly chill beer destination outside the city center and away from the usual tourist traps like The Cavern Club.
WHAT TO PLAY:
The Vryll Society: Part of Liverpool’s own Deltasonic Records family, The Vryll Society have already turned the ear of BBC and Wonderland Magazine, gaining praise as frontrunners of the new indie wave. The understated and often reserved band have a crisp monochrome look to balance their dreamy soundscapes. With a summer of festivals, headline shows and arena support gigs planned, they’re compulsory listening for 2017.
WHAT TO DO:
Liverpool Sound City: An early entry in the festival guide, Sound City (May 25th -28th) attracts monster names in rock and pop to venues across the city. Metronomy, The Kooks, The Kills, Slaves, and topping the bill will be none other than John Cale presenting the iconic “The Velvet Underground & Nico” album. Elsewhere and The Cribs, White Lies and the hotly tipped 18-year-old Declan McKenna support, with Tim Peaks Diner, The Martini Lounge (sounds like our kind of place), and the Unusual Art Sourcing Company adding more bang for your buck.
Liverpool International Music Festival: Liverpool does nothing by halves: LIMF (July 20th – 23rd) is Europe’s biggest free music festival headlined by crossover producer duo Gorgon City, backed up by Naughty Boy, Cast, and legendary DJ Norman Jay MBE. Put on a relaxed, smart jacket and get yourself a VIP package for the slickest views of the main Summer Jam stage, and charge a cocktail, ready for Garage Classical featuring a live 40-piece orchestra.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Encore: In the suburb of Crosby, Encore (16 Liverpool Road, L23) stocks a range of high quality British and international brands, priding itself on a personal approach to its customers. Offering both menswear and womenswear, founder and director Paul Woods started the company almost 30 years ago, making it a destination and trusted outlet offering a contemporary take on menswear. Pop in to talk to Liverpool’s most knowledgeable menswear team (trust us) and shop some of the Remus Uomo SS17 collection.