Alternative Fashion Fest 1st birthday: the review

We reviewed the original Alternative Fashion Festival one whole year ago. Since then, the show has toured the country and luckily our understanding of WordPress has vastly improved too.

The AFF is a free fashion show established to raise awareness of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and encourage everybody to wear whatever the hell they want (please don’t wear a merkin, tho’).


The event took place at Circo and celebrates models from all walks of life, promoting the philosophy that fashion should be accessible to everyone and that just because a gal has sideburns and piercings doesn’t mean she can’t rock a demure floral number.

Image by Howard Wilson

The event was masterminded by former model and industry old hand Jane Bellis AKA ‘Mama Wolf’, who was sick of the cookie-cutter world of catwalks.

Jane Bellis by Howard Wilson

Jane opened the show herself by performing an entire makeover in 3 1/2 minutes live onstage.

Jane Bellis

Highlights included spoken word poetry by Lyndsay Price of Salt Water Poetry. This point at the beginning of an event is when we at BossLiv tend to zone out due to an ADHD-level attention span. But Lyndsay was creative, engaging and gorgeous, telling poignant tales of sexuality and self harm with had us snivelling into our Pornstar Martini.

Back with a proven track record of being the fiercest birds we’ve ever encountered were Jynx and Nyx of the incredible Monster Cirque with fire and freakshow acts. 

Other talented ladies included Kimmy Beatbox and burlesque performer Ariella Firecracker (and her live snake Dita).

As usual the event was packed with entertainment ranging from hula hooping to drag and the best in alternative local fashion (the latex was our fave, obv).

See you next year!


Review: Koop & Yard Bird

We hadn’t intended on checking out Koop on Bold St, formerly Chez le Coq (hur hur, Coq). Skimming over the outside menu, we exclaimed ‘£4 for a burger? We’re suspicious…’

At this precise moment, the manager burst through the door and made a passionate speech about how all food was prepared fresh on site, assuring that its quality would be second to none.

First we chose milkshakes from the extensive menu. We went for ‘The Koop’, a banana and Ferrero Rocher concoction, whilst our pal had ‘The Teaser’ made of Malteasers.


Considering we aren’t big milkshake fans, we were blown away. Every shake is made with homemade ice cream, so at £3.50 each they were reasonably priced. We also ate our first ever banana (yes, really) so it was a momentous moment we will cherish for our autobiography.


We both went for the ‘Dust up’ burger, having been reassured that a portion of fries would be plenty between us.


Although the fries were fab, the staff hadn’t anticipated the size of our lard arses. This £4 burger may not be as substantial as the more attention-seeking £8 masterpieces on the block, but if you’re only after a quick lunch this’ll do the trick. Otherwise, get a couple of sides to fill you right up. If we went back we’d probably swap the burger for a wrap, too.

It’s also worth noting that their speciality is chicken wings, so they’re surely a good bet if you pop in. Boned or filleted, they come in a selection of seasoning ranging from garlic & parmesan to Oriental Express.

There’s also a good selection of vegetarian options and the sweet potato and organic quinoa salad looks pretty snazzy.

What we probably should have ordered

Now, our plan was to wander around the city with full bellies and a thirst for adventure. However, by the time we reached the Bombed Out Church we were still peckish. Having had a boss previous experience, we headed to Yard Bird on Berry St.

We’ve had the Salt n Peppa ‘chips n gravy’ (large, £4) before and they’re unreal. Like, sososo good and the portion size is plenty to share. The gravy is out of this world and the chips have just the right amount of kick.


And then there was the chocolate peanut butter donut, just to make sure we really were full. We were devastated they’d run out of the grapefruit, Campari and lemon zest option, but ours was warm and sticky, just the way a fresh donut should be.


There are some other interesting options on the menu, like the Buffalo fried Cauliflower florets with blue cheese (£3.50). The red cabbage, raisin and pine nut slaw (£2 small) sounds to die for, and there’s also fried chicken with biscuits & gravy (£7) which we’re keen to try so we can establish what the heeellacious an American biscuit is, finally.

You can check out the entire menu here.

As it was, our bellies were too full for an adventure, but we sure did enjoy our food comas.

Murder mystery week at Fonseca’s

When: 8th and 9th of July
Where: Fonseca’s, Stanley St
How much: £29.95pp
 Set in prohibition Liverpool, the biggest mobster in town is quietly murdered in  Fonseca’s basement. Over the duration of a three course meal, guests are dared to solve the mystery whilst also looking fabulous having embraced the gangster and moll theme.
The event is a join venture between local comedy legends the Legion of Doom who recently parted ways in pursuit of their respective alter egos: Rob Bond as teller of terrifying tales Thaddeus Bent, and Lee Hithersay as Terry Arlarse, Liverpool’s most eloquent scally.
The Legion of Doom by AB Photography

Completing the threesome is world renowned burlesque artist  Velma Von Bon Bon AKA Gemma Bond who is glamorous, hilarious and smoking hot in equal measures.

Guests will receive a “bathtub” gin on arrival, which hopefully means a bathtub full of gin and Velma the Legion of Doom boys in it.
Then you’ll be fed on a 1920s inspired speakeasy menu consisting of crab croquettes with spicy dipping sauce, chicken à la king with noodles and sourdough, and “peaches and cream”.
 Just so we’re clear – BossLiv hasn’t been asked to endorse this venture. We’ve learned for ourselves that Fonseca’s is a sound venue serving boss food (they even made vegan scran not seem terrible for a pal’s wedding).
 We also believe that the performers are top notch. In fact, they’re so good at what they do, another mate got star struck in Café Nero and uttered in awe, ‘it’s Thaddeus Bent’.
 Basically, you aren’t going to find a better murder mystery short of hosting your own dinner party and slipping something into the “peaches and cream” yourself.
 To book email or call 01512550808. G’wed.


Afternoon Tease

There’s a magical secret garden in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Where, you ask? In the back room of legendary arts caff 81 Renshaw, of course!

Technically it’s the remnants of burlesque performer Little Peaches‘ wedding party, but the Jazzesque troupe wasted no time adopting it as their rehearsal space. There’s something lovely about getting your kit off with grass beneath your toes, isn’t there?

Afternoon Tease is a spin-off of the Burlesque & Bubbly package, hosted by Rachael Mellor.

After learning the art of tease, guests can enjoy afternoon tea come rain or shine with dinky sandwiches and homemade cakes (vegan options available for the hipster brigade).

There’s also the option to upgrade to a glass of fizz or even a cocktail in a teapot. How very quaint, daaahhling!

Starting at £32.50 per head, Afternoon Tease is perfect for hen parties, birthdays or just a catch up with the girls.

To book email






The Secret Circus – Jungle Fever!

When: Thursday, 7th July

Where: Studio 2, Parr St

How much: £5

As you should know by now, The Secret Circus is our absolute favourite event in the city. A monthly pick ‘n’ mix of the best entertainment Liverpool has to offer, it’s so much more than a cabaret thanks to organisers/hosts Chanel and Eve who are a scream in their own right.

The Secret Circus is so great, word of it has literally transcended oceans – the show has not only made its way to London, it has even been on its jollies to Los Angeles!

Eve & Chanel

On Thursday the Circus comes one last time to Liverpool before taking the show on the road over summer to the Edinburgh Fringe.

This month’s theme is Jungle Fever, and guests can expect animal burlesque (x 4. 4!!!), comedy, magic, story, blockhead, music, poetry/character and dance.


Scarlett Adelaide really, really likes rabbits (hur hur). Compulsory shout out to her baby Heisenberg!

In keeping with the season of getting your kit off there’s even more burlesque than usual which suits us just fine, thank you very much. We aren’t sure what a blockhead is, but with a performer named Smashlyn Monroe we’re already content.

Fancy dress is encouraged (even the raccoon tail butt plug is fine, probably).

See you there!

The Death and Resurrection of Sign Painting

Before you keep scrolling, let us tell you our fave thing about Dave  Wakely: he has a coffin in his bedroom.


Primarily an artist, Dave is a sign painter striving to bring the home made back to our high streets in an era of £world and Home & Bargain. We can’t say we’d ever thought about signage much before meeting Dave, but the man has a point. Since the 1980s when the first self-adhesive vinyl cutters arrived from the US, our high streets have become saturated by cheap and uniform plastic signage that A) looks rubbish and B) looks even more rubbish after a couple of years.

There’s something quaint and sweet in knowing someone has put love and effort into creating something visually pleasing for the customer. Even if the calligraphy isn’t perfect – check out the Egg’s own sandwich board – every time we see that hand drawn logo we feel warm and fuzzy.





Bringing a contemporary edge to traditional principles that is befitting of the resurging appeal of traditional trade skills such as sign painting, Dave is on a mission to recreate the beautiful high street aesthetic that was so widespread in the first part of the 20th century. And of course, being of the post modern era as we are, he can also bring that cool look into your home. Check out his latest door:

‘I love painting doors, they’re portals to another dimension, or the kitchen, same difference.’

His work will be exhibited in our fave bohemian hangout The Egg until May 16th, and it’s proper boss – customers were dead impressed when we went for a look. There’s even a Bowie homage which wouldn’t look out of place in the Jacaranda:


Having practised art in South Wales a lot of his work is inspired by the Welsh culture and language (Wales has a language! That real Welsh people speak! Didn’t know the BossLiv writer is actually Welsh, did ya?) therefore we particularly dig his work.

Occupation Daydreamer 


Curses / Poison is the Dose

Here’s one he dedicated to his marshmallow-loving female:


And just a couple more, ‘cos we couldn’t choose…

Giddy: An Allegory 
Dr. Timothy Leary, Lonely Hearts  (with Special K)

So, get yourselves over there for Liverpool’s second-best cheese on toast (you’re welcome, the Brink) and a gander at Dave’s work. You can commission him to paint pretty much anything, even the lyrics for In Too Deep on your very own coffin.



Sleepout in the Cathedral

When: Saturday 2nd April

Where: Anglican Cathedral

Registration fee: £5 per person

The Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool’s leading homeless charity, and Liverpool Cathedral, an iconic landmark that tourists and Scousers alike use to pee inhave come together to realise a dream of a Sleepout in the Cathedral.

It’s worth noting before anything that this event is geared primarily towards kids, who are often more generous than adults so it’s good to start them young. We got dead excited and might have looked suspicious sleeping in a sea of kids.

The event’s aim is to put an end to homelessness by emulating the conditions a person might endure without a warm, cosy bed. It will be an educational experience for kids, and a humbling one for adults – it’ll put the priesthood off kids for life.

Fundraising also contributes to repairing the cathedral roof, which was clever of the Powers That Be (not God, he’s boss). To put it poetically: it’s about promoting the homeless people who don’t have a roof over their heads, and making sure the church keeps one over theirs.

By Marc Carline

Much like the St George’s Hall catacomb tours, this is a rare opportunity to see an iconic Liverpool building in a different context. When are you gonna kip alongside dead priests again?

Considering the amazing ways they’ve used the space before, we expect a super sized lullaby light show and nothing less:


There’s also a competition to build the best den which is SOOOO cool, so don’t forget cardboard and whatnot.


Small humans must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is suitably appalled at the thought of sleeping with kids. You should bring: sleeping equipment (Ambien), jammies, scran and a puzzle. It’s recommended you don’t bring valuables, because you can’t trust priests.

By Scousepirational

Despite our scepticism a sleepout in the cathedral would make a cracking family experience, although parents will probably want to crack their skulls against a font by 2am. It’s also a great opportunity to get back to basics by leaving technology at home and making new chums/finding God.

By Scousepirational 

The priest or whoever is in charge recommends everybody raise at least £50. For motivation, there will be a prize for the individual and the group who raises the most money: they will be taken up the rectory better fuckin’ not be given a Bible.

Click here to register.