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Hub festival, International Pop Overthrow and more

Dave Thackeray gets a few of his bits out for the best of the weekend....

Published on May 27th 2010.

Hub festival, International Pop Overthrow and more

Ollie, ollie, ollie...
Ladies, get gnarly. It's time to celebrate street culture with HUB Festival's first-ever female skateboarding competition.

Held on Otterspool Promenade against the stunning backdrop of Mersey maritime activity, this festival of urban youth culture features no end of bonkersmiths on devices from boards to BMXs hurling themselves off lofty platforms, mostly in the name of expression.

Inevitably a few specimens will also end up on You've Been Framed and YouTube – but that's what happens when you mistakenly fall off Europe's highest gravity-defying vertical ramp in this day and age.

St John's Ambulance busykeepers aside, the Soul Powered International Break Dancing competition promises backflips and caterpillars aplenty from a posse spanning Europe and Asia.

Future Banksy botherers will compete in Europe’s biggest graffiti competition, while a soundtrack for the event comes courtesy of a bunch of live bands and DJs indulging in the plethora of musical genres you'd expect at Youth Club 2010.

While this monster-sized free shebang is aimed at the less adult end of the market, there's no reason why you shouldn't go and show them up by sharpening your board skills on the skate park. You know it has to be done...

Hub Festival, Otterspool Promenade.
Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm.

Beats international
As the echoes of Sound City retreat into the night, music lovers needn't date despondency: All hail the cacophony of International Pop Overthrow, a week-long courtship of chords on Liverpool music's most famous strip. Until Tuesday, dozens of acts are descending on the Cavern Pub and Cavern Club noiseboxes for a jam-packed, rowdy rollercoaster of a shindig.

From noon they come, and what a smorgasbord of class we have among us. Hailing from as far afield as America, and as close as round the corner, IPO boasts a wild array of tunesmiths from university favourites and techno-pop wizards The Ragamuffins (Monday afternoon, gig times invariably may vary) to a comely bunch of sound champions assembling to celebrate what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday with a two-hour ear trembler from about 4pm on Saturday on the 'Club's front stage.

Did I mention it's all free, bar the booze? It's like Christmas for your ears round here!

International Pop Overthrow 2010, to Tuesday June 1.
Cavern Pub and Cavern Club, Matthew Street, L1. Admission free. Click here

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