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Liverpool’s club scene is famously unpretentious, with posing playing second fiddle to drinking and dancing. Popular annual festivals include Beatles Week (last week of Aug) and the Mathew Street Festival (Aug Bank Hol; w mathewstreetfestival.co.uk), with half a million visitors dancing to hundreds of local, national and tribute bands. As for the classical music scene, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, ranked with Manchester’s Hallé as the northwest’s best, dominates. The evening paper, the Liverpool Echo and w liverpool.com have events listings.

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