Glam era brought to Albert Dock

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Performers from Hope Street Ltd Productions pose with their inflated guitar

Performers from Hope Street Ltd Productions pose with their inflated guitar

Merseyside artists brought a touch of 70s glam to Albert Dock helping to celebrate the Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition.

The Glam! The Performance of Style exhibition, which displays 100 pieces of artwork dedicated to the era, was unveiled at the Tate on Feb 8 and will be on show until May 12.

And a range of colourful and extravagant events will take place over the coming weeks, bringing glitz and glamour to one of Liverpool’s most popular visitor attractions.

Hope Street Ltd Productions arts troupe took to the Colonnades on Saturday parading the area and blasting 70s music as they struck poses outside shop windows.

The production team kept to the theme with big hair, moustaches, face paint, flared pants and shoulder pads in their costumes. Visitors gathered as they troupe entertained them with their vibrant dance moves and singing.

Aiden Leebrooks, a freelance performer hired by Hope Street Ltd Productions, told JMU Journalism: “We are doing walkabouts as these wonderful characters of the glam rock era and we’re bringing a little bit of glam, glitter and fun because that’s what glam was about.

“It was about celebrating fun and music and having a good time and people not being inhibited by how they look and if you did look a bit odd, you would fit in!”

Events will continue over the Half Term (Feb 18-22) period with bars and restaurants offering 70s inspired menus. Blue Bar and Grill will be offering two-for-ones on Boogie Champagne cocktails and What’s Cooking will be hosting a live tribute band to celebrate the decade of cool this weekend.

Chairman of the Albert Dock Tenants Business Association, Jeremy Roberts, said: “Tate Liverpool’s Glam is undoubtedly kick-starting the new season of entertainment and culture at Albert Dock for 2013. We are so excited to celebrate Tate Liverpool’s latest exhibition with a host of equally fabulous events in and around the Dock for the whole family to enjoy.”

There is to be more excitement for visitors later this year as the Dock prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary since its regeneration in 1988.

About Michaela Routledge, JMU Journalism