Photography: John O'Hara

Party poppers, paper hats and all things pink and musically linked in Liverpool … it could only be Bido Lito!’s first birthday. To celebrate a year (it’s flown by, we know) since the original publishing of our pink pages, local hub Bold Street Coffee will be playing the perfect culinary host to an exhibition showcasing photography and illustrations from a year’s worth of rose-coloured journalistic bliss.

Dubbed ONE, the exhibition will run from 12th May – 12th June, and throughout the duration of Liverpool Sound City, giving welcomed revellers to our scouse metropolis an in-depth insight into the Merseyside music scene of the past twelve months and a chance to admire some of the most wonderful and wackiest (thinking along the lines of the Christmas special: Godzilla in a Santa hat) illustration and photography that Bido Lito! has had the honour of publishing. With a launch party on Thursday 12th of May including free entry, live acts and Bido Lito! DJs, the exposé is not one to be missed.

Stripped-down soul-bearing sessions on the night will come from Danny Roberts, adroit guitarist, singer and songwriter of local rock n’ roll magic-makers The Sixteen Tonnes, and deftly dressed duo roots gems the The Big House. With both acts being first class honours graduates of our pink pages, the celebrations are set to be a musical Mardi Gras – the only thing lacking: hoards of pink ticker tape and vibrantly coloured carnival masks.

From mid-May and the weeks following, the people of Liverpool and those passing through will be able to peruse illustrations from our dextrous scribblers over a marvellous mug of black gold. Both live and feature photography since the birth of our bonny publication will be on display covering a range of local acts from Clinic to The Coral and Sound Of Guns to Stealing Sheep.

Picking Bold Street Coffee as the location for the exhibition was an easy choice with said coffee shop being such an established nucleus for the media and music scene in Merseyside. Just the same age as our young Bido and offering some of Liverpool’s best coffee, the café itself is a mix between the classic Italian cool white wash and modish style; the turntables and LPs on the counter deeming it ideal for the decks to be hit. Etched onto the wall, their large map highlighting coffee plantations around the world will reside amongst the photography and illustrations; and the familiar sketchy writing telling of bacon butties and breakfasts reminds us of their ‘Coffee for Everyone’ mantra. And ‘everyone’ is no understatement. For example, on recent frequentations to Bold Street Coffee, I have been introduced to a Merseyside DJ, an up and coming singer/songwriter, and the ex-goalkeeper for Penno and Torpey’s beloved Tranmere Rovers. Doesn’t happen in Costa now, does it?

There are no pink promises of sickly saccharine birthday cake (contrary to what you may gather from the photograph) though Mother Pennington arduously slaved over a hot oven night and day to produce such a marvel. But if such grand gateau will be present for the launch party you can guarantee Craig, curls and all, will be jumping out of it complete with editorial sash … Surely worth popping in and having gander for that pleasure, if good music, art and coffee are not to your refined tastes.

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