Published: 22 September 2016

Students set to enjoy packed year of sporting and cultural events

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Students in Liverpool this year are set to benefit from a varied programme of events on campus and in the city, from music and comedy, to arts and sport.

Here is a selection of what is happening at the University and in the city for the start of a new academic year:

Music

The city has an unrivalled musical heritage with many well-known and up-and-coming artists playing in both the city’s large and small venues.

Nickelback will be playing the Echo Arena this autumn along with Rod Stewart, Simply Red, Courteeners and Jess Glynne.

There are a number of smaller music venues in the city which showcase unsigned artists including the quirky Kazimier, the O2 Academy and the Shipping Forecast.

Liverpool Music Week – the UK’s largest indoor winter music festival – takes place at the end of October playing host to more than 250 live acts including John Carpenter, Warpaint, Dinosaur Jr, Cat’s Eyes, Gogo Penguin, Clean Cut Kid and Louis Berry.

Guild

This year the Guild is kick-starting Welcome Week with a host of acts, bands, comedians and DJs putting on a mix of live music, club nights and comedy to help new and returning students to celebrate the start of term.

Welcome Week 2016

Highlights include Radio 1’s Scott Mills, noughties sensation Cascada and hit rapper, producer and songwriter, Professor Green, who will perform at the Big Freshers’ Bash on Saturday, 24 September.

Entry to events is by wristband with a very limited number of tickets on the door. The £60 wristband is available to buy online and will give students access to every night.

The Guild runs events throughout the year. Keep up to date with everything that’s on by visiting the Liverpool Guild of Students website at: http://www.liverpoolguild.org/.

Clubs

As the birthplace of Cream, there are plenty of club nights in Liverpool to delight clubbers across the spectrum from house, techno to warehouse clubs, comedy clubs and LGBT clubs.

The historic Baltic Triangle is the city’s creative and digital district which is home to recording studios, restaurants and bars as well as internationally acclaimed arts festivals and galleries.

The area has been recognised by the city’s club promoters, taking advantage of the warehouse spaces to stage some of Liverpool’s most popular club nights at venues such as HAUS and Kitchen Street pop-up.

Sport

Liverpool has a worldwide historic reputation as a city of football, with Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs, but the region is also home to England’s Golf Coast with three Royal Links courses – Royal Birkdale in Southport, Royal Liverpool at Hoylake and Wallasey Golf Club in Wirral.

Horseracing

Horse racing is also big in the city with both Aintree and Haydock racecourses offering top-quality action including the world-famous Grand National Festival at Aintree each spring.

There are also a good range of water sports opportunities with Liverpool Watersports Centre in Queens Dock and Wirral Sailing Centre based at West Kirby Marine Lake. There are courses available for all ages and levels of experience.

Sport Liverpool offers a wide range of sport and leisure activites for students. for more information visit the website at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/sports/.

Art and theatre

The city has the largest collection of museums and galleries anywhere outside of the Capital.  An exhibition exploring Tracey Emin and William Blake in focus is open at Tate Liverpool until September 2017. It is also playing host to some of the work around this year’s Liverpool Biennial which runs until 16 October 2016.

The refurbished Everyman Theatre is set to host a performance of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in October whilst the Playhouse will play host to comedy of love and manners, The Rivals.

The museums in Liverpool are all free and include:

Comedy

As a city famous for its humour, there are plenty of opportunities to see a number of big name comedians perform in the next few months including Billy Connolly, Jack Whitehall and Russell Howard. There is a thriving comedy scene in the city with many bars, clubs and theatres hosting regular comedy nights including Comedy Central Club, Laughterhouse and The Liverpool Comedy Cellar.

Parks, gardens and outdoor activities

Liverpool boasts a huge collection of green spaces which are enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each year.

Another Place by Antony Gormley on Crosby Beach. With a beautiful sunset.

The biggest park in Liverpool is Sefton Park in the South of the city, not far from Smithdown Road. It is home to an eclectic mix of lakes, lawns and monuments and plays host to a number of large events throughout the year including the popular Africa Oye festival and Liverpool International Music Festival.

Other parks in South Liverpool include Calderstones Park, Princes Park and Greenbank Park.

Crosby beach (pictured left) is also a popular visitors spot with many flocking to see Anthony Gormley’s collection of 100 life size sculptures. The installation, called ‘Another Place’, has put Crosby beach on the map in recent years and is well worth a visit.

Festival Gardens and Otterspool Park are both set along the waterfront with Otterspool Promenade offering a stunning riverside walk with beautiful views across the River Mersey.

Shopping

Liverpool ONE is the largest open air shopping centre in the UK. The 42-acre shopping, residential and leisure complex is in the heart of the city and is a well-known retail destination throughout the North of England. The development, which opened in 2008, has pushed the city into the top five most popular retail destinations in the UK.

The Albert Dock (pictured top) is also a well-known hub of shops and restaurants. It holds the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in Britain with a history dating back more than 170 years to 1839.

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