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Liverpool 2018 has been ace, with talk of another ‘cultural renaissance’ in the city all over social media. One of the highlights has to be this stunning sounding, no-expense-spared fireworks display which promises to light up both banks of the Mersey, in the same way, the festival has illuminated the city. Poetry, that. This year there’s a Chinese theme promised and things get started around 5pm with the fireworks expected at 6.30.
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On one of their regular, but infrequent visits to the city, The Halle promises a spectacular evening, kicking off with Weber’s Oberon and Beethoven’s Emperor in the first half, followed by a Wagner double bill. Conductor Sir Mark Elder’s passion is for Wagner, so this promises to be loud and exciting.
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Award-winning national treasure Mike Leigh is getting his chat on at LIFF 2018: he’s hosting a Q&A session about his latest film Peterloo – all about the 1819 massacre that made Manchester the proud city it is today. Leigh’s just one of the stars who’ll be spotted around the city this November at any one of over 150 film screenings and events from premieres, to evenings classics and short films.
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We don’t always plug one-off shows, but as this one’s got 3 of our top comics on the same bill – James Acaster, Katherine Ryan and Milton Jones – it’s well worth a mention. Especially when you add in Scottish comedy award winners Mark Nelson and Ray Bradshaw. With 5 great comics on one bill, your sides may literally split. So, beware.
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Stars of all musical genres are flooding into Hull to perform in the Hull Jazz festival, from percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborating with Trio HLK, to Aswad’s Brinsley Forde performing Jazz Jamaica All Stars: The Trojan Story. There are the ever-popular afternoon shows for kids in the Albermarle on the 17th too. Also playing are Mercury-nominated Dinosaur and Jazz Messenger Jean Touissant. Nice.
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Ramble fans and lovers of the outdoors will find plenty to appreciate at the Kendal Mountain Festival. With a packed programme of films, literature and events all celebrating the great outdoors it’s a smashing opportunity to fill your lungs with fresh air one last time before hunkering down for the winter. There’ll probably be a slab of sugary Kendal Mint Cake somewhere in the mix too.
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Whether you’re from Hoodezfield or not, there’ll be something to delight your ears at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. 50 acts over 10 days means something is sure to tickle your fancy, and this is modern music at its best - bold and experimental. Say hello to Felix, the station’s cat while you’re visiting. You can normally find her in the Ticket Office.
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Dr John Cooper Clarke, the Bard of Salford, is on tour across the North and Scotland in November, and few, if any, come more highly recommended. His wry and dry poetical observations on modern life will have you squirming and chuckling in around equal measures. Catch him while you can at O2 Academy Leeds on 17 November; Manchester Bridgewater Hall, 22 November; Gateshead Sage 29 November, Edinburgh Queens Hall 30 November.
And finally, Christmas is coming. We don’t know about you, but we love all the traditions; special dinner, tree, presents, erm, markets.... Our region has a bumper bonanza of festive fun starting in November. For a detailed look at what’s on at the bigger cities see our Christmas Outings blog.
Glasgow, Market Place Europe starts November 11
Edinburgh, East Princes Street Gardens November 16
Manchester, Albert Square November 9
Hull, East Park, November 29
Liverpool, St George’s Hall November 16
Newcastle, Grey’s Monument, 16 November
York, Parliament Street, November 15
Leeds, Millennium Square, November 9
Durham, Palace Green, November 30.
This November promises to be filled with soul-warming, life-enhancing FUN, so why not book an Advance ticket now?