Dave Haslam book tour

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Dave Haslam
Writer and DJ Dave Haslam.

Art After Dark: In Conversation with Dave Haslam at The Old Electric Blackpool, Blackpool 28 April 2023 Tickets from £7.00 — Book now

To mark the publication of his latest short format book, Adventure Everywhere: Pablo Picasso’s Paris Nightlife, former Haçienda DJ Dave Haslam is going on tour.

Starting in Nottingham, spinning down to London and up to Glasgow, and culminating in Birmingham (his home turf), in between in our manor, you can catch Dave in close succession in Manchester, Blackpool and Liverpool. Out with Manchester’s Confingo Publishing, Adventure Everywhere is the seventh book in the acclaimed Art Decades series, which has seen Dave Haslam write about subjects including poet Sylvia Plath’s spell in Paris and the influence of clubbing on visual artist Keith Haring, musician Courtney Love’s lost summer in Liverpool and his own record collection. His 2018 memoir Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor was proclaimed Book of the Year by Gilles Peterson and his DJ-ing has taken him to the likes of Berlin, Lima, New York and Paris – and the influence of the night-time culture that formed him is never far from his mind.

Dave Haslam will read extracts from the new book before discussing its themes with a different guest interviewer in each venue.

On the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, Adventure Everywhere: Pablo Picasso’s Paris Nightlife details the artist’s move from his home country of Spain to 1900s Paris – a vibrant city alive with hedonism and creativity. Haslam says: ‘In the early pages you get a sense of the adventures to be had in Montmartre and Pigalle by a young man like Picasso in amongst gypsy troupes singing of wild nights and lost love, vagabonds, anarchists, absinthe, opium dens, dives alive with ideas. But as the book develops, the idea of “adventure” becomes much more to do with attitude, a radical mindset.’

Dave Haslam will read extracts from the new book before discussing its themes with a different guest interviewer in each venue: for Blackpool, it’s Beth Barker, host of the Up North Books podcast and judge of the 2022 Portico Prize, which honours the strong literary heritage of the North of England. She is also a contributor to online arts and culture magazine Blackpool Social Club (BSC), presenting tonight’s Art After Dark event. The pair will discuss the link between art and life after dark, the cultural value of late night venues, big nights out and Blackpool’s significance in British nightlife – a town also associated with hedonism and, increasingly, creativity.

Haslam will take questions from the audience and will sign books before (we’re told) ‘heading out into the Blackpool night to find his next adventure’. His next adventure, as it happens, is a trip to Liverpool’s Leaf on 2 May, when he’ll be talking to the author Jeff Young, whose book Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay was shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Biography Prize. His next book Wild Twin explores hitch-hiking to Paris in the 1970s, so he should have plenty to bring to the conversation.

Dave Haslam will also be reading from Adventure Everywhere: Pablo Picasso’s Paris Nightlife at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester on 27 April, chatting with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, whose works have included the film Everybody In The Place, situating rave and acid house at the centre of social changes in 1980s Britain. At this event, poet Oliver James Lomax will be reading a Picasso-related poem from his new collection and – for one night only – the gallery will be unmothballing and displaying two rarely seen works by Pablo Picasso.

Adventure Everywhere: Pablo Picasso's Paris Nightlife by Dave Haslam front cover
Adventure Everywhere: Pablo Picasso’s Paris Nightlife by Dave Haslam front cover

Art After Dark: In Conversation with Dave Haslam at The Old Electric Blackpool, Blackpool 28 April 2023 Tickets from £7.00 Book now

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ARTB&B Blackpool
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ART B&B Blackpool

ART B&B Blackpool is a brand new hotel on Blackpool seafront with 18 different themed rooms, curated by leading UK artists.

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ART B&B

Situated in a classic Victorian seafront hotel, beautifully and completely renovated by 30 contemporary artists, ART B&B allows you to support the arts while you sleep.

Blackpool
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Grundy Art Gallery

Grundy Art Gallery is recognised as a leading contemporary arts venue in the northwest, with a programme featuring established and emerging artists from the UK and around the world, alongside historic art from its own collection.

Abingdon Studios
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Abingdon Studios

Abingdon Studios is a contemporary visual art studios and project space based in the heart of Blackpool Town Centre.

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Blackpool North Pier

The oldest and longest of Blackpool’s three Victorian-era piers, North Pier features a theatre, sun lounge and amusement arcade.

Lancashire
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Bootleg Social

The live-music venue and bar is a hidden gem, standing out against the technicolour nightlife of Blackpool with its own understated edge.

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Upside Down Coffee

Upside Down is a coffee shop with a vegetarian and vegan menu, that also sells range of house plants.

Yorkshire Fisheries
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Yorkshire Fisheries

Yorkshire Fisheries is a multiple prize winning fish and chip shop with a history that stretches back to 1907, making it the oldest in Blackpool. The Yorkshire Fisheries’ friers are still very much in action and offering a well organised click and collect service through its website or by calling the restaurant.

West Coast Rock Cafe

Family owned restaurant that is famous for it’s burgers and brews its own beer, with a good location is close to the Winter Gardens. Its lockdown delivery menu offers everything you need for a family night in.

Cakes by Hive
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HIVE Blackpool

HIVE is an independent artisan quality coffee shop with its own art gallery and resident baker.

Boonnak Thai

If you fancy a lunchtime trip to Thai heaven then Boonnak also delivers a brilliant selection of smaller portions perfect for a midday meal. The team is currently offering a 15% discount on minimum orders and free delivery on its lunch boxes with a minimum spend.

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