The Pick of the Best Nights Out – New Years Eve 2013 In Liverpool







This is without doubt the biggest night out of the year and with this comes a ridiculous amount of pressure to have a GREAT TIME!

So if you’re heading out check out our pick of Liverpool’s best nights for NYE 2013.

We can’t guarantee tickets will still be available for all venues…..If not it’s Jools Holland for YOU!


LEAF: No Standing Only Dancing







Celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and dance like no-one’s watching..The night also features a set of reworked classics by local band Married to the Sea

Plus DJs all night long.

Leaf never fails to impress with a long list of great times had at the Bold Street venue…oh and its FREE! So get in early…

For details click HERE


Camp and Furnace: New Years Eve Banquet


The Camp and Furnace kitchen have prepared a three course banquet to celebrate the turning of the year. You will also receive a cocktail on arrival and then party the night away til 2am…

Tickets are 62.50

For details click HERE


Mello Mello: NYE with Mellodigy


A right cosy and intimate New Years Eve do with resident vinyl-only sticklers The Mellodigy spinning all your (their) favourite tracks all night long.

This is another FREE event too…

For details click HERE


Korova: NYE Party







Courtesy of DEADBOLT this promises to be the only Alternative night in town…

£5 entry For details click HERE





Propaganda Vs Revolution NYE Carnival


Propaganda rolls into town with all the fun of the fair, including jugglers, acrobats and a night of stunning décor, lights and visuals courtesy of DJ Dan and friends.

For details click HERE


Kazimier: Speakeasy


The Kazimier…probably the best venue in town…

The markets have crashed, the streets of Chicago ran red on a Valentines Day to remember and thanks to Uncle Sam and his team of hard-nosed cronies, our glasses are empty.

It’s time to unlock the smokey doors of our dear Speakeasy for a new year’s eve party to blow the minds of you world-weary recessionistas and depressionados.

Tickets are 22.50 For details click HERE


We also recommend Chibuku and The Philharmonic but at this late stage both venues are returns only.

However you choose to spend your NYE have a good one and we’ll see you in 2014

Until Such Time – The ‘Eye


Mad Hatter Brewing Company


The lovely people at Mad Hatter are doing a fine job. Brewing original fine ales is something us mere mortals only ever dream of. Sure a few of you have nearly blown the roof off your shed/garage/spareroom with your lethal home made concoctions but these guys have BOTTLES and LABELS with REAL ALE inside!!

They are also due to make the move to bigger premises located in The Baltic Triangle area of the city and start kegging and casking their brews in the new year….. Not only that they are going to be taking over the legendary brewing system that Liverpool brewing legend Stan Shaw brews on in the Wapping Brewery when he retires in March next year. This will be relocated to Mad Hatters new premises and they will be brewing Stan’s iconic beers such as Baltic Gold, Summer Ale and Stout (as well as some new ones) for landlord Simon Holt at the lovely Baltic Fleet Pub.

So bigger and better things for the Mad Hatter Brewing Company in 2014…which can only be good news for our taste buds…

We’ll be keeping you upshdated of any developmensh as they arise…cheers…*hic*….

Eye to Eye #14 TESS PARKS


Stable mate of John Lennon McCullagh and Chris Grant, Tess Parks is a million miles from their style of music and attitude. Which says a lot for Alan McGee’s label 359. Tess Parks is a musician and photographer born and raised in Toronto. She moved to London at seventeen years of age to pursue music and to study photography and has played as a solo act for the past four years between the UK and Canada. After moving reluctantly back to Toronto, she put together a psychedelic backing band, The Good People, in 2012.

The band comprises of guitarist Andrew McGill, and her record’s producer Thomas Paxton-Beesley and bassist Thomas Huhtala

We could list who we think she sounds like but a) we find that tactic a bit tasteless and b) the whole idea here is you look into her recordings without preconceived ideas, ya dig?

Tess kindly answered the following questions for us:


TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?

TP: Getting hyped up to see Primal Scream next month! A lot of them! 

 TLE: What’s the most Rock and Roll situation you’ve found yourself in?

TP: Meeting Alan McGee is the most rock and roll situation for sure. 

 TLE: What’s been your favourite gig so far and why?

TP: My favourite gig to play? I think playing with the Psychic Ills in Toronto was the best!! Or playing in New York in October. That was great. The best gig I ever went to of a band I love is seeing Oasis play for the first time in 2002. 

 TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing?

TP: Since forming the band, it’s become a lot more rock and roll and happier! I’ve become a lot more aware of my voice and comfortable with it.

 TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?

TP: We all just play and have a good time! Very chilled out. And then we break into random covers sometimes, we joke around and jam ‘When the Levee Breaks’ which is hilarious. Rehearsals are super fun. 

TLE: What’s the ultimate direction for you?

TP: Just feeling fulfilled with my music and to be happy forever. 

TLE: How do you write your songs?

TP: They just come to me, really. Inspiration comes in waves. Sometimes I don’t write for weeks or months and then other days I’ll write eight songs a day. But I write lyrics separately and then I’ll be playing guitar one day and come up with a few chords and then put lyrics I’ve already got over it and see if it works. I don’t really know where any of it comes from. I never toil over songs, they just get written really fast. 

 TLE:  What do you think the music reflects about you, or is it pure escapism?

TP: It’s escapism but it’s also a way of expressing myself and it feels really good. 

 TLE: What do the next 12 months hold for you?

TP: That’s a good question! I have no idea! It’s great!

 TLE: Tess Parks in 5 words?


 TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?



Tess plays District here in Liverpool tonight 06 December.

Check out the links below to delve a little deeper…


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Welcome to The Liverpool Eye

eyetooooeyeSome of you will be familiar with The Liverpool Eye from our WordPress blog. We started the blog off in April 2013 and before too long it’d had hits from every corner of the Globe (which blew us away, to say the least). We became consumed, not just by the writing but the interaction between our readers and the artists we cover. Whether through our social media accounts, emails, conversations…we found it infectious. (The posts from our blog have a new home here on the site in case you wondered why the blog roll goes back to April!)

So, the logical step for us was to make it BIGGER, expand on what we were writing about and sharing and include the other things that make us tick here at the ‘Eye.

We have expanded on our first love, Music and evolved to encompass the other things that keep us occupied. Gadgets, Art, Food and Drink and much more…anything is fair game….if its exciting and holds our attention…or it makes us want or even need it… it gets covered.

We live in an amazing city, a city steeped in a rich cultural history. When it comes the arts, bands, artists, galleries, clubs, creativity, universities…this city is second to non.

We have so much on our doorstep but then there is so much more beyond that..

Through the time writing our blog and readying the site we have made some great connections across the globe in varying fields and they will be contributing and sharing their wares and knowledge via us.

This is the beginning…we could have continued working away on the site forever but the time has come for us to draw a line and unleash it…its early days…it will evolve…but everything has to start somewhere….so the journey starts here.


The ‘Eye


Mike Badger: The Road to Memphis (Summer 2013)

The Road to Memphis (Summer 2013)


Memphis Tennessee is the spiritual home of Rock n Roll and that is a massive part of a whole lot of people’s lives. It was named after the city in Egypt when it was founded because of its geographical similarity, only instead of sitting on the banks of the Nile- Memphis TN sits on the banks of the muddy Mississippi. It was a personal pilgrimage in so many ways to go to Memphis, since I got into Rockabilly first back in the early eighties, it features in so many songs, and is where the Mississippi delta blues really was given its first chance to shine on Beale St. But we had a cool seven hour journey before we got there- heading west.

Sitting in the car leaving Atlanta we pass by Roswell (not the town that experienced the Flying Saucer crash) but another, the roads we pass under or over have wonderful colourful names such as Silver Comet Trail, Sweet Water Creek, Bright Star Road, Temple, Tallapoosa and we haven’t even reached the state line with Alabama yet and the Eastern time zone we will be entering. When we do the names continue to delight and intrigue me as to their origins, there’s: Muscadine, Hoflin Holis, Eastaboga, and we pass under Wolf Creek Road before heading passed Chula Vista. It all seems so far away and distant then you will see a sign post to Leeds and eventually the big Northern town of Birmingham. This is Alabama-to me Hank Williams country and all the while the huge trees that line the highways disappear as far as the eye can see, I had no idea that the Eastern Southern States where so green.

mississippiHeading towards the Mississippi border my old mate Nick Jones informs me that the shredded truck tyres on the side of the road are known as Road Gators – recumbent dark strips with thick textured backs sleeping in the southern heat, and there are many of them. Further on we pass Brookside (a tad different to the one in Liverpool) Dog Town, Brilliant, Bull Mountain Creek, we are now on the Appalachian Highway (no-where near the Appalachian Mountains) and it occurs to me in the 300 miles that we have just travelled there has not been a break in the woodland, we have been travelling through a deep dark sea of trees-incredible!


Tupelo Mississippi (110 miles SE of Memphis)

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo in 1935, his parents Gladys and Vernon Presley sadly lost the other twin Jessie at birth(some say that Elvis got a double dose!) Tupelo sits on Highway 78 in Northern Mississippi and was to me as important than our eventual visit to Memphis. We pulled off the highway as dusk approached to visit the birthplace of Elvis in the countryside just outside Tupelo. We drove up to the little white wooden shack that Vernon had built him-self it stood quietly in the humid summer air and had an unobtrusive modesty that belied the might of its importance in world history.

The hard wooden swing bench on the porch seemed to be its only form of luxury, a shot gun shack, a stark reminder of hard times in the South. Down the road and around a corner and we come to the town of Tupelo. Little has changed here, a railroad line passes directly down the side of the Tupelo Hardware Co. -the place were a young Elvis Presley got his first guitar. Apparently he wanted a rifle but his mother thought it was too dangerous and eventually they settled on a guitar. The Tupelo Hardware Store also sold Blues and Rhythm and Blues records and Elvis heard this music here for the first time. This was really the place where it had all started. Today it seems to stand in a by-gone time – through the glass door the cubical shelving that cover the walls still supply the local community with everything from fencing wire to sickles, from bags of nails to overalls.



birthplaceelvWe left Tupelo smiling, listening to Elvis Radio (on Sirius XM) and headed back onto the interstate 78 north west to the far north of Mississippi and the dark Tennessee border, we passed Blue Springs, Hell Creek, on passed Olive Branch and entered the Memphis City Limits listening to the Beatles singing Memphis Tennessee by Chuck Berry in a quintessentially Liverpool manner. (Thanks to Nick’s DJing consideration!)

Sun Recording Studio

Next day the heat in Memphis was intense, the beautiful architecture a stark contrast to the rural surroundings that spread for hundreds of miles. We made our way down Union Street to Sun Recording Studios. Opened by Sam Philips in the early 1950’s to essentially record the local black Blues musicians, it was a small shop front next to a corner café. The neon in the window was authentic and a huge Gibson Semi Acoustic was suspended on the outer wall to mark its provenance.Sun Studios

It’s down homey nature was a delight to be behold. Stepping off the street out of the heat and into the air conditioned café (which was the start of the Sun Records tour) Johnny Cash’s Big River pounded out over the speakers, people bought stickers, decks of cards, patches, Tee-Shirts and plectrums –all sporting the rays of that famous Sun logo. The walls festooned with Sun recording artistes- Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis and just to the right as you walked in a signed photograph of one of my favourites Charlie Feathers.

Lydia our tour guide looked about 23 but spoke with such infectious enthusiasm about this place that you couldn’t help be swept along by her delivery and deeply moved at times, (I seemed to only ever be a breath away from losing it!) after the visit to Tupelo the night before and understanding more fully the story of Elvis moving to Memphis when he was 13 and entering Sun Recording Studios a few years later to record a series of low key country ballads. Eventually Sam Phillips gave him a shot at playing with his friends Scotty Moore and Bill Black on guitar and Double bass respectively. Sam still wasn’t that impressed until Elvis nervously started goofing about singing ‘That’s Alright Mama’ by Arthur Cruddup,  the rhythm section kicked in and Sam Phillips recognised immediately that something special had just happened- the rest as they say is history.

To stand in that studio was an intense thing, the original white perforated tiles that cover the walls and staggered ceiling –exactly as they were- the old worn floor tiles that have the x’s marked in black to mark where the optimum sound was to record – THE original silver microphone that Elvis sang into, alongside a whole bunch of other rhythm and blues artists and true Rockabilly Cats. Sam Phillips donated this microphone himself on the condition that it was not kept in a glass case and could be held in the hands and photographed by the legions of visitors to Sun Studios- Now that’s Rock n Roll!……… It really was an unforgettable, authentic and magical experience.

Sun records appeared like a beacon in a segregated country that was the size of a continent, it created something that put the fear of God in to white, conservative America, it was incendiary, sexy, exciting and revolutionary and had altered everything for ever.


GracelandsWe headed down Martin Luther King Highway towards the outskirts of Memphis to the white Mansion that Elvis had bought when he was just 22 years of age for $100,000. The boy had done good! Only 9 years earlier he had left that little wooden shack in Tupelo. We were ushered in to a huge car park like that at a football ground, we walked over a little creek and into a massive corporate world of gift shops, cafes and queuing. I was starting to wonder if we had done the right thing in coming here- Sun Records had been perfectly sensitive to the occasion, understated and true. This now seemed like the Mega Buck Machine had usurped all that was descent and respectful- this was Elvis post Vegas. People milled about, like this was what you had to do when you got to Memphis.

We boarded the bus after having our photographs involuntarily taken against the painted back drop of the famous white Graceland gates. We crossed the road passed through the real gates, up the tree lined driveway to the entrance. As we passed through the front door with a group of people we were meticulously told about the mirrored living room to the right by the pleasant southern voice of the narrator on our head-sets, confined behind ropes we saw the dining room, the swish looking kitchen that had been revamped in 1975 and down in to the basement where Elvis played pool and partied with his friends (aka The Memphis Mafia) and the magnificently tacky-ticki ‘Jungle Room’. A yellow mural on one of the walls of Elvis’s music room had a lightning flash with the letters ‘TCB’ this stood for Taking Care of Business – and in a flash – Elvis the King could do this. Green carpet now lined the walls and ceiling of the hallway that took us out of the back of the house in to where Vernon (Elvis’s father) had an office then on past Elvis’s firing range (he got that gun after all!) and through a series of buildings that contained what seemed to be a thousand gleaming gold discs, trophy’s, brilliant 1960’s film posters, that black leather suit of the 1968 come-back special and a collection of white embroidered suits that were worn during his extended Las Vegas residency in the 1970’s that served to fund his manager Col. Tom Parker’s gambling addiction………….

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Elvis was a simple country boy at heart – he would ask the Colonel (who wasn’t actually a real Colonel!)  ‘Why don’t I go and play in England- people say I would go down a storm over there?’ to which he would reply – ‘Oh there’s no-where big enough for you to play over there Elvis’,  there are some interesting theories as to why Col. Tom Parker never wanted to return to Europe. Though it can be argued it never would of happened for Elvis without him. For example: in the early days as Elvis was taking off The Col. Tom Parker made I Love Elvis badges for all his girl fans, but when he heard guys saying ‘Oh I hate Elvis’ he made I hate Elvis badges- that’s enterprising, he realised there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

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Gracelands all seemed so gloriously epic and if anything just too much to take in. That all changed after we walked past the kidney shaped swimming pool at the end of the tour and on to a garden of reflection where there was flowers and a fountain. There in a semi-circular area where the black marble graves of Elvis’s parents, his grandmother, a small stone for Jessie and at the centre the grave of Elvis himself. This was again a moment I struggled to contain my emotion and something I hadn’t been expecting, our tour had taken in his birth-place, where he got his first guitar, Memphis and Sun Recording Studio, the country boy that changed not just his world but The World, was laid to rest here, quietly, at the end of what had been an incredible life. Everyone who walked slowly past seemed to be truly moved– who couldn’t be- the life of Elvis was monumental, turbulent, exciting, excessive, simple and complicated, that he was a generous man was indisputable, that he was born to sing and perform also, what he gave to the world was magnificent-

Without Elvis and all the other Artists that came out of the Sun Stable, without Sam Phillips (and his much maligned assistant: Marion Keisker) there would have been no Rock n Roll and the myriad of genres that it has spawned, (and probably no Beatles!)

Mike Badger






The Kazimier Garden is an oasis in the center of Liverpool. A quirky well designed outdoor bar and eatery serving fine ales and lovely food. AND its just received a Winter Upgrade!

If you’re looking to defrost your fingers and rest your bones whilst xmas shopping look no further…..Complete with Mulling Station and offering Toddies, Mulls, Brews and many Whiskeys…

Featuring two completely enclosed spaces with wood-fired heating,.Food comes from a charcoal grill with on the bone meats, shoulders, thighs and slow cooked stews. Open daily from 4pm and from 2pm weekends.

Kazimier Garden

Until Such Time – The ‘Eye

Andrew Hubbard’s Post Code Honey.


We met Andrew at an indoor market at the Florrie recently. Apart from being a great bloke his honey isn’t bad either… We bought some of the L8 honey…which as honey goes has a very light taste.. He explained where the hives were located and where the bees collected their pollen from (Princes Park and other locations in the area) and the types of flowers. Interesting stuff. The other honeys L25, L12 amongst others all differ in colour and taste due to different flowers in the relevant postcode…I also discovered a bee keeper is also called an apiarist…so there you go.



BLAK MILKBLAK MILK is a new Psych night housed in District in Liverpools Baltic Triangle.  Its a collaboration between Milk Presents and BLAK HAND. Promising a lineup designed to bend your mind like an, er, mind bending thing. We welcome the night to Liverpool like a long lost brother. Psychedelic music has featured in Liverpool’s music history for many a year and aside from the annual Psych Fest, has never had a permanent night in the city…

BLAK MILK showcases psych bands from around the UK and Liverpool and is a monthly night starting from 29th promises visuals and theatrics too…its a happening man…. we’ll be there, how about you?


+More TBC


U.S.T- The ‘Eye


HURWUNDEKI: A Cut and A Curry



We took a trip to the smoke recently and stayed around Shoreditch. One day, on the way to Bethnal Green tube station we strolled past HURWUNDEKI and immediately fell in love with its take on the age old format of your usual hairdressers. Its very rustic inside, with stripped back walls and vintage furniture. A million miles from the polished aesthetic of most hair salons. Not only that it also contains a Cafe, Vintage Boutique (we hear they stocks pieces from up and coming designers along side vintage clothing too.) and a Korean Restaurant to boot..

They specialise in 15 minute haircuts. charging £9 for men and £14 for women… And a £10 meal deal with 1 main + 1 side + 1 gim (dried seaweed). We think more barbers/hairdressers should follow suit.. Not only on their pricing structure but combining services under one roof too, definitely makes for a more interesting trip to get ones coiffure tended to…

HURWUNDEKI is owned by Korean hairstylist Ki-Chul Lee.  He also owns a cafe/restaurant on the island of his birth, Jeju (one of the 9 provinces of South Korea). Osorock serves organic food using homegrown veg…this is his  first step in taking the brand global…he is looking to Beijing for his next venture…

So next time your darn the East End check HURWUNDEKI out.

299 Cambridge Heath Road.

Tel: 020 7749 0638

Until Such Time – The ‘Eye



The Eyelet #10 – The Watchmakers

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The Watchmakers from Manchester have been around since 2012 and from what we’ve seen on You Tube we are very much looking forward to seeing them live.

If Psychedelic is your bag then these will guys will more than tickle your fancy, their weaving melodies, cosmic soundscapes and echo laden vocals will have you dancing the fandango with your own jacket before you can say Syd Barrat…


Check out the links below…




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