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Liverpool What’s On – October Events 2017

Thought October would be relatively quiet as everyone begins to gear up for Christmas? Think again, Liverpool is bursting with October events.

This month is packed with fabulous events all over the city, including spooktastic Halloween parties, loads of live music and a good helping of hilarious comedy.

As the weather starts to get a little chilly, wrap up warm and delve into the delights of the Liverpool’s October events.

Liverpool Comedy Festival

Where: Various venues

When: Various dates

Drawing to a close at the beginning of this month, the Liverpool Comedy Festival transforms the funniest city in the UK into the funniest city on the planet with household names to up and comers.

On the 1st October catch Milton Jones perform his brand new show as he puts his foot down and lifts the lid on the pedal bin of lie of the media.

There are loads more acts on across the city, so check out the programme for more information.

Powered by local charity The Comedy Trust, this world class showcase promises to be the most laughter filled time you’ve ever experienced.

The Tin Drum

Where: The Everyman Playhouse

When: 1st – 14th October

Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Günter Grass’ surreal post-war masterpiece is coming to Liverpool.

Written by Carl Grose, composed by Charles Hazlewood and directed by Mike Shepherd – the team that brought you the internationally acclaimed Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), The Tin Drum is a folktale for troubled times: one political, profane and profound.

Kneehigh will retell this extraordinary story of love, war and fizz powder as startling musical satire: part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem. A burlesque, a blitzkreig, a tidal wave about to break.

This play is critically acclaimed and is one not to miss out on!

Swing Afternoon Tea

Where: Garden of Eden, The Shankly Hotel

When: Sunday 1st October

Set in the gorgeous Garden of Eden on the rooftop of the Shankly Hotel, this twist on the traditional Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to spend your Sunday.

Prepare to indulge in delicious range of sweet and savoury treats, including delicate finger sandwiches and light cakes, with a special, melodic backdrop.

You’ll be transported to a world of wonder as you tuck in to delightful food served with a delicious glass of Prosecco and a good helping of swing music.

Dizzee Rascal


Where: 02 Academy

When: 2nd October

Multi-platinum-selling, multiple-award winning hip hop star Dizzee Rascal is back with his first album in four years, Raskit.

The superstar rapper has announced a huge 14 date tour of the UK for October, coming to Liverpool’s 02 Academy on the 2nd.

The East Londoner, born Dylan Mills, burst onto the scene in 2003 with his Mercury Prize winning debut album Boy In Da Corner, which featured the singles ‘I Luv U’, ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ and ‘Jus’ A Rascal’.

Don’t miss the chance to see one of the UK’s finest MC’s as he makes his eagerly-anticipated return this autumn.

Engage Liverpool: Unesco World Heritage Site – What’s it all About

Source: World Heritage Centre

Where: Liverpool Town Hall

When: Wednesday 4th October

To highlight the danger our World Heritage site is under, Engage Liverpool is bring UNESCO heritage officials to venues within Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City for a series of free seminars.

Beginning with “UNESCO World Heritage Site – What’s it all About?” these seminars will ask if we have sufficiently valued what being a UNESCO World Heritage Site confers.

This talk will feature speaker Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, UNESCO Chief of the Europe and North America Unit at the World Heritage Centre, Paris.

Radio City Leanne & Dave Quiz Night

Where: Arthouse Hotel

When: Thursday 5th October

Who doesn’t love a good quiz night?

On October 5th, Radio City 96.7 presenters Leanne and Dave will be hosting their very own retro quiz night exclusively at Arthouse Hotel.

From Pizza to Tapas, there will be loads of mouth-watering food and drink offers for you to get your hands on throughout the night.

With great prizes to be won and free entry, this quiz is sure to be popular.

Liverpool Outdoor Cinema – Secret Garden

Where: Calderstones Park

When: Saturday 7th – Monday 9th October

Want to experience the stars of Hollywood under the stars of Liverpool in your very own secret garden?

Independent Liverpool are transforming the beautiful Calderstones Park into a natural wonderland, featuring a stunning secret garden. The exact location will only be told to those who have tickets, making it a magical and mysterious event from the beginning.

The films showing include the fantastic Breakfast at Tiffany’s and When Harry Met Sally. It promises to be a fabulous evening of fun, classic films and mystery.

Liverpool Disco Festival

Where: Camp and Furnace

When: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October

The city-wide explosion of music, art and culture over the last five years has created an eclectic and vibrant music scene in Liverpool that has seen innovation, integration and celebration. Liverpool Disco Festival is one such expression of this Scouse spirit that continues to grow from strength to strength.

Back for another round at Camp and Furnace, this sequin-clad, tinsel decked affair has proved to be one of the most popular events on the circuit.

With an evening and day session planned, featuring amazing acts such as Linda Clifford, Julie Mcknight, Ron Carroll, Dimitri from Paris plus many more, this giant party is sure to transport you back to the best of the eighties.

Liverpool Horror Con

Where: The Exhibition Centre

When: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October

Fans of the fear-provoking prepare yourselves, Horror Con is coming to Liverpool and it’s looking frightfully good.

Just in time for Halloween, this spooktactular event will allow horror fans to meet a range of authors, film & TV guests from the scary world.

Collect your autographs and photographs then relax and unwind, watching film screenings or listen to the panels and talks with guests discussing their previous and current work.

Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club

Where: Camp and Furnace

When: Friday 13th October

The biggest and friendliest club night around, Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club is back at Camp and Furnace this October.

Playing a fantastic mix of funk, soul, groove and a bit of disco, the legendary Red Dwarf and Corrie star is one of the UK’s best loved DJs.

Broadcasting for 10 years on BBC 6 Music with their prime time Saturday night slot, Craig Charles has gone from strength to strength, becoming a commanding figure and DJ in the UK funk and soul scene.

Magic Mike

Where: Arthouse Hotel

When: 13th, 27th and 28th October

The Magic Mike men are back for three dates in October to entertain the masses once again at the Arthouse Hotel.

Be prepared for muscle, music and more muscle as we let our Magic Mike guys loose to strut their stuff and strip for your pleasure.

Sip on delicious cocktails or a glass of fizz as you enjoy a show like no other.

Cream 25th Birthday

Source: Getintothis

Where: 02 Academy

When: Saturday 14th October

Iconic dance music institution Cream will mark an epochal quarter of a century of clubbing on Saturday 14th October , with a line up which harks back to the pivotal period in the late nineties.

With sets from none other than Paul Oakenfold, Seb Fontaine, Tilt, Paul Bleasdale and many more, this event is sure to make history as ravers celebrate the legendary club night.

Casablanca With Live Orchestra

Where: Philharmonic Hall

When: Saturday 14th October

Everyone’s favourite romance, a love story that amounts to much more than just a hill of beans amidst the turmoil of wartime North Africa. Casablanca is an all-time classic and the Philharmonic Hall are honouring it in the best way.

With a live score from Max Steiner’s orchestra, the film will spring to life, sounding as rich and as passionate as it did when it was first released in 1942.

White Lies

Where: Invisible Wind Factory

When: Saturday 14th October

Back with their fourth album, Friends, released last October, White Lies are playing a headline show at the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool.

The three-piece London indie band, formed from the ashes of Fear of Flying in late 2007, have massively grown in strength and popularity.

Always fantastic live, this show will be a brilliant showcase of the talent these lads from down south have.

Little Mix

Where: Echo Arena

When: Monday 16th October

Carrying on with the best October events in Liverpool. Next up is one of the most hotly anticipated of the month.

One of British pop’s brightest acts, Little Mix are coming to Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Signature hits including ‘Move’, ‘Wings’ and ‘Black Magic’ have helped the Number One-selling girlband score over half a billion YouTube and Vevo views worldwide, alongside massive worldwide tours.

Their third album, 2015’s ‘Get Weird’, become the biggest-selling album of their careers.

Growing better and bolder with each new album, they understand the brilliance of pop music and how it relates to their passionate and loyal fanbase.

Legends Live Tour

Where: Echo Arena

When: Wednesday 18th October

Four iconic artists have been brought together for the Legends Live arena tour 2017 and we can’t wait.

Featuring massive names such as Suzi Quatro, David Essex, The Osmonds and Hot Chocolate, this incredible evening is not to be missed.

Expect to hear hits such as “You Sexy Thing” from Hot Chocolate, the Osmonds fantastic “Crazy Horses”, “Let Me In” and the monster number 1 “Love Me For A Reason”. Plus, Suzi Quatro’s “Can The Can” and “Stumblin In” with David Essex playing “Hold Me Close” and “Gonna Make You A Star”.

It will be an evening to remember.

Gin party at the Palm House

Where: Sefton Park

When: Friday 20th October

‘Gin Parties’ returns to the beautiful Sefton Park Palm House this Autumn, expect lots of gin, music and dancing!

With over 20 different boutique gins to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice on which to try first.

Upon arrival you will be given your very own branded gin balloon – don’t lose it, as it is yours to keep throughout the festival and to take home.

Then sit back and enjoy some live music and entertainment in the beautiful surroundings.

Cinema in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral

Where: Anglican Cathedral

When: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October

The first and maybe the last cinema night that has ever been put on within the stunning walls of the Cathedral, this unique weekend will showcase some of the most loved films in an incredible setting.

Liverpool’s most iconic and breathtaking venue, the Anglican Cathedral will be transformed into a movie theatre to show The Goonies, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for one weekend only.

There will be a bar, dessert shack and a local food trader on site, so prepare to come hungry and leave happy.

John Bishop


Where: Echo Arena

When: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October

Comedy superstar John Bishop is set to return to Liverpool this month, as he announces his long awaited return to stand-up comedy, with a brand new live show, Winging it.

This brand new show promises to be packed with laughs as John takes to the stage for his fifth UK tour, performing in his own inimitable style.

His last tour, ‘Supersonic’, was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim. He has also achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including ‘John Bishop’s Australia’, ‘The John Bishop Show’ and ‘John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure’.

Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival

Where: Croxteth Hall

When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October

It seems that October is the month of gin festivals, with another big name coming to Croxteth hall to host a weekend celebrating the much loved tipple.

Lucky festival goers will be able to sample some of the best gins, served with a variety of Fever Tree tonics and garnish in their very own gin glass.

There are three sessions to choose from including an evening session on Friday, plus afternoon and evening sessions on Saturday.

Expect live entertainment, music, and of course lots of gin.

Spooky Welly Walk

Where: Sefton Park

When: Saturday 21st October

The Spooky Welly Walk returns for its annual two mile, Halloween themed, family walk through Sefton Park with over 20 different Trick or Treat activity stations.

Strike a pose in the Pumpkin Patch, dare to dig through the Yucky Dip stand, take a ride on the mini fairground rides and look out for Halloween surprises along the route.

Each child who finishes the walk receives a medal from Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s very own mascot, Samantha the Panther.

All money raised from this event will go towards patients and families living with lung cancer- the UK’s biggest cancer killer.

Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds

Where: District

When: Saturday 21st October

One of the best October events coming up in Liverpool, District welcomes pioneering dub poet, writer, social commentator and music maker, Benjamin Zephaniah for an evening of powerful dub reggae.

The poet has teamed up with renowned producer & engineer, The Sea to create the incredibly timely album and band – ‘Revolutionary Minds’.

The new album tackles the indigestible topic of the world we live in today – from political & economic corruption and global warming to rampant racism and fascist patriarchy.

A night which is sure to leave you feeling enriched, powerful and revolutionary.

Brothers of Mine

Where: Buyers Club

When: Saturday 21st October

An exciting 5 piece rock n’ roll band from Liverpool, Brothers of Mine are talking the city by storm.

Joining Glass Caves on the Liverpool leg of their European tour, this popular scouse quintet will take to the stage of Buyers Club, alongside German rockers Razz and fellow Liverpudlians Damsels.

Tickets are just £8, so don’t miss out!

The Horrors

Where: 02 Academy

When: Sunday 22nd October

The Horrors are back and are headed out on tour this October in support of their stunningly assertive and brilliant fifth album, V.

The first single from the record, ‘Machine’, shows the band at their majestic best, which bodes well for this live show.

The new album is heavier with a punky-garage experimental spirit combined with hints of psych and 80s pop.

A band that always put on a fantastic live performance, The Horrors always go down well with the Liverpool crowd.

Mike Skinner DJ Set

Where: 24 Kitchen Street

When: Tuesday 24th October

The man behind The Streets, UK music legend Mike Skinner is set to play the grimy 24 Kitchen Street, joined by South London rabble rousers The Manor.

Don’t think it’ll be a quiet one because it’s on a Tuesday, this night promises to be a sweaty one.

Whitechapel Ball

Where: Alma de Cuba

When: Thursday 26th October

The first of its kind, Signature Living and the Whitechapel Centre have teamed up to offer a spooky night of fun, especially for Halloween.

All proceeds from this spooktacular event will go towards the homeless charity in Liverpool.

The VIP evening will bring a taste of ghostly glamour to the former site of St Peter’s Church. With the ball’s theme being ‘Celebrity Legends’, guests are invited to dress up as supernatural superstars, to really get in the spirit of Halloween.

Nineties icon Robin S is making a special appearance, bringing back her famous hits ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Luv 4 Luv’. The legend of house music shot to fame in 1993 when her debut album and now she’s coming to Liverpool for Alma de Cuba’s Whitechapel Halloween Ball.

Yousef Presents Circus Halloween

Where: Camp and Furnace

When: Thursday 26th October

When Yousef first conceived the idea of Circus over a decade ago, he wanted to promote a party in his then hometown of Liverpool as somewhere he could play quality electronic music and have fun. From its first bass-reverberating session, Circus has evolved into one of the best house and techno parties on the planet.

Having previously hosted pretty much every iconic figure in dance music, Yousef is back for a Halloween special that promises to be very, very heavy.

With headline sets from amazing DJs such as Sasha, Richie Hawtin, Alan Fitzpatrick, Jesse Rose and of course Yousef himself, this is the only place to be for Halloween.

Liverpool Music Week

Where: Various venues

When: Thursday 26th October – Saturday 4th November

Returning for the 15th year, Liverpool Music Week is bringing one of their biggest line up’s so far.

Opening the festival are the amazing Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, in what will be their first performance in the city for more than four decades.

The band, famed for their factory of pop classics including We Are Family, Le Freak and Good Times, are renowned for their live spectacles including their Sunday evening smash at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Everything Everything will headline the closing party, along with a number of other acts announced including Jungle, Mount Kimbie, Princess Nokia, AJ Tracey, Dawn Penn, Perfume Genius, and more.

303 Halloween – Dave Seaman & Steve Parry b2b

Where: Williamson Tunnels

When: Saturday 28th October

Liverpool clubnight 303 have been rapidly marking themselves out as one of the best parties in the UK, their techno pedigree assured with a raft of heavy hitters, including Daniel Avery, Erol Alkan, Robert Hood & Andrew Weatherall is quickly making them a household name with partiers.

They are returning to Liverpool’s famous Williamson Tunnels for a Halloween special featuring none other than the Selador Boys, Dave Seamen and Steve Parry, playing back to back all night long.

The Voodoo Ball

Where: Invisible Wind Factory

When: Saturday 28th October

Liverpool’s favourite Halloween party returns to the Invisible Wind Factory for a dark night of voodoo antics.

Set against the futuristic landscape of a once dystopian society, ‘Acts of Vengeance’ follows on from last year’s epic battle, in which the LORDS were heroically defeated and overthrown by the PUNKS – banished, never to be seen again.

With control now firmly in the hands of the PUNKS, peace and civility have been restored. No longer do people live in fear of the brutal and corrupt regime that once plagued this world. But is that really the end of the tale?

This crazy event will feature lots of live music, fire, martial arts, drumming, theatre and a Halloween parade. Led by 70-strong drum troupe, Katumba, the parade will commence at the top of Bold Street, making its way through Liverpool city centre.

Horse Meat Disco – Halloween House Party

Where: The Merchant

When: Saturday 28th October

The UK’s finest disco operators, Horse Meat Disco, return with another killer session of tried and tested underground disco in Liverpool’s favourite gin haven, The Merchant.

With free entry on one of the busiest weekends in October, this event is sure to be very popular.

Marc Almond

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

When: Monday 30th October

One of Britain’s most gifted and unique vocal talents, Marc Almond, has announced an orchestral tour performing songs and hits from his 36 year career and from his new album Shadows and Reflections to beautiful new orchestral arrangements.

The UK tour cements the 60th Birthday year for the synth pop pioneer, following his Top 10 album Hits and Pieces earlier this year.

Marc Almond found fame in the early 1980s as one half of the pioneering synth-pop duo Soft Cell, and has had a hugely successful, prolific and diverse solo career that has seen him sell over 30 million records worldwide.

Haunted Cinema at the Dome

Where: The Dome Grand Central

When: Tuesday 31st October 

The Dome in Grand Central are putting on a special Halloween screening, with ghouls, vampires and more lurking in the shadows.

Expect all tricks and no treats with a unique horror filled showing of the terrifying Blair Witch Project.

The stunning venue for the evening will be The Dome, a multipurpose theatre and performance space based at Grand Central on Renshaw Street, well known for being extremely haunted. There’s Victorian theatre style seating, ample floor space and most importantly, a fully equipped bar with sweets and treats.

So, prepare for a scare and come in your best fancy dress!

Ottersghoul – Experience the Horror Maze

Where: Otterspool Adventure Centre

When: Tuesday 31st October

Ottersghoul brings you an interactive horror experience to thrill and terrify!

Put your nerves to the test as you weave your way through a twisted labrynth, full of ghouls and ghosts that are sure to give you a fright.

The combination of live horrifying creatures, immersive elements, and special effects makes Ottersghoul’s maze one of the best things on during Halloween.

If you make it out alive they’ll be serving up spine-tinging specials, and chilling cocktails in the deathly diner.

If you’re out and about in Liverpool this October and you’re a fresher, check out our Number One Survival Guide For Students.

We’d love to know which October events in Liverpool have taken your fancy and if we’ve missed any events off this month, let us know in the comments below! 

About Laura Bowery

Laura is a creative writer who has an interest in all types of artistic expression, be it food, music, fashion or art and she enjoys sharing those interests through her writing

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