Gill Landry – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show contributing singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and First Aid Kit collaborator performs in an intimate setting.
Junior Brother – Studio2 Parr Street – 7pm
Confessional, good-natured new acoustic music from Ireland.
Get Into This Social – District – 7pm
The Getintothis Social Launch Party at District featuring Motel Sundown and Douglas Savage. John Witherspoon, our resident host will perform jams and originals as Coffee Shop John & The Silver Spoons - his revolving band. There will also be spoken word from Cath Holland - and more to be revealed. Also happening on the night will be PG's Tremendous Quiz plus DJs. This is a free event so do get involved.
Dan Disgrace, Lotte, Nikki Kand, Maren – Zanzibar – 7:30pm
Sumati presents some of the undisputed best of Liverpool, including smart-dressed serenader Dan D.
Ensemble 10/10 – St. George’s Hall Concert Room – 7:30pm
Contemporary chamber music concerned with the plight of nature and the environment, featuring new work by Duncan Ward (he himself conducting), Samantha Fernando and Brett Dean, alongside a more senior serialist composition by Anton Webern.
Dry Cleaning – Shipping Forecast – 7:30pm
Long-time friends and seasoned jobbing musicians formed this group in South London, mixing spoken word (performed by lecturer, artist and researcher Florence Shaw, who fronts the group) and spikey lo-fi post-punk that nods at Americana and angular guitar work.
Looking ahead: Saturday 21st March
Oli XL – Quarry (17 Love Lane)
A Party with Athe at a new venue off Liverpool’s North Docks.
PZYK 2020 IWF SATURDAY MAY 16 1pm
ALTIN GÜN / SNAPPED ANKLES / THE LOVELY EGGS / BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD / W.H. LUNG / VANISHING TWIN
Very international line up – Anatolian rock(Altin Gun), psych punk from Lancaster9the lovely eggs), Taureg trance from Niger (Kel Assouf), heavy garage from Hong Kong (Gong Gong Gong)
Wednesday 12th What Happened to Agnes @ Stockroom 7.30pm
'What Happened to Agnes' brings to life the vivid imagination of singer and story-teller Nishla Smith, as she spins her grandmother’s Malaysian childhood memories into a magic-realist realm of talking tigers, hidden dangers and infinite staircases. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Luca Shaw's hand-painted projections and a stunning piano score from Tom Harris, Nishla's haunting songs bewitch and enchant, drawing the listeners ever deeper into a dark world of lost memories.
Moor Mother/Iceboy Violet/Algernon Cornelius @ The White Hotel, Salford 7.30pm
Moor Mother is touring the world and collaborating prolifically, performing what is described as techno gospel, as it incorporates highly politicised poetry and black holes of sound that chart centuries of abuse against black people. I can’t adequately describe the depth and pertinence of what she’s doing but this is a must.
Thursday 13th Ambient Night 3 @ Outpost 7.30pm
Neverbody/Nick Branton/JD Roberts
Instrumental post rock/sonically delicate free improve/dark ambient
Thursday 13th Culture Deck: Live Sessions @ 24 Kitchen Street 7pm
Showcasing emerging soul, r&b, hip hop and rap.
Saturday – Victoria Waterloo – midnight daisies at the Victoria, Waterloo
Saturday 15th – Garage – DR. Banana @ Astral/North Shore Troubadour 10pm
Sunday 16th – Garage Punk @ Outpost – Nosebleed, Tim Loud & The Terrorpins, & Sheepy. 7.30pm
24h Feb – Extra Soul Perception @ 24 Kitchen Street
Africa Oyé and 24 Kitchen Street will present the Liverpool debut of Extra Soul Perception on 24th February; a collaborative project exploring new tangents in soul music with eight innovative artists.
In November 2019, the artists from Kenya, Uganda and the UK spent a week in Nairobi together making an album at Supersonic Africa.
The result was a spread of music that reflected the range of backgrounds, interests and skills in the group; from acapella harmonies, soft spoken word, transcendental gqom, razor sharp swahili rap, bumping broken beat and beguiling RnB.
It is : Independent Venue Week dot com
Monday 27th Jan
VEXED + Godeater – the Jacaranda – 7:30pm
Crossover technical / thrash metal / hardcore from two big-sounding acts. Very metal indeed.
Infants, Mincemeat, Innadaze, KIN – The Zanzibar – 7:30pm
More heaviness from locally-spawned fuzz fans. This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Zanzi, so heading down in support would be nice.
Tuesday 28th Jan
Yammerer and others – Phase One – 7:30pm
The Fall meets a new take on the Deustch-rock motorik sound in these repetition enthusiasts.
Wednesday 29th Jan
The Interrupters + Buster Shuffle + The Skints – o2 Academy – 7pm
That Cali flavour of two-tone ska-meets-punk is back and the femme-fronted Interrupters are the ones bringing it to our town. Sure to feature local trumpets punks in support. An all ages / 8+ gig!
Thursday 30th Jan
Ali Horn – Handyman Pub – 7pm
Psych-folk tinged local songwriting talent doing the IVW thing and playing at this Smithdown boozer.
Kokoroko (sold out!) – Gorilla (Manchester) – 7pm
Our friends mixing West Africa’s current experimental sounds, honourable mention to show faves.
Giant Drag – The Deaf Institute (Manchester) – 7:30pm
Honourable mention number two goes to the indie-rock dear Annie Hardy coming out of retirement for her Resurrection Tour.
30th Birthday – Zanzibar Club – 7pm
Zanzi's been at the heart of Liverpool music scene since it's establishing in 1990. This year, we celebrate 30 years of being home to touring acts and upcoming talent, and we're doing it with a bang!
On Friday 31st January we're throwing a massive birthday party, and everyone is invited! Expect Live Rock'n'Roll, Alternative, Hip Hop and DJs.
Come party, celebrate the old and the new, and let's have a ball!
P.S. it will be the perfect way to check out how we've done up the venue refurb as well!
Part of IVW
Rongorongo + others – Phase One – 7:30pm
Liverpool acts abound as friends of the show Rongorongo headline the Seel Street record shop. A Skeleton Key Records takeover for IVW, so expect live acts of a similar ilk and quality to our faves.
Poison Point + Lonesaw + God On My Right + Jezebel – The Stockroom – 7pm
Local goth experts Double Echo host: Coldwave and Electronic Body Music from France, Industrial and post-punk from Lonesaw who are based here, including our Artist of the Month Jezebel who also performs solo. Dark Electronic Pop from GOMR round out the evening of foggy moody bangers with Double Echo acting as DJs too.
Saturday 1st Feb
Sonic Yootha – 24KS – 9pm
Shaun Duggan, Ian Usher, John Aggy, Tracy Wilder and Andrew Winder all take spin class at this month’s edition of SY – the very first of 2020. The infamous Baltic Area dj/dance party for drag shows, don’t-knows, and everyone in between.
BFI Musicals: Zero Patience – Metal – 6:30pm
Pay what you like for this 1993 Canadian satire about the AIDS epidemic, with intro and chat.
Green Tangerines + Fumar Mata + others – Craft Taproom – 5pm
An all-dayer for IVW. Going til 2am with a load of locals.
Jah Wobble& the Invaders of the Heart – Cavern – 7pm
Former PiL bass-maestro and PMS heart-throb, Jah W is a quasi-locally dwelling head, just a short hop away in greater Lancashire, over the Mancunian way.
Strawberry Guy – Ditto Coffee – 6pm
Top of the bedroom pops list with the touring keys player of Liverpool/Halifax transplants the Orielles, it’s Alex Stephens a.k.a. Strawberry Guy. It’s a pleasure to see a new venue open its doors to live music programming in the form of this Jamaica Street café playing host to synth and synth-string driven bendy/woozy songcraft that the city has a current penchant for. Spaces are limited to 30 so you may have to join an online waiting list for tickets. Bit of a squeeze.
Luke Vibert, Ceephax Acid Crew, Posthuman, Jacques Malchance – 24 Kitchen – 10pm
I Love Acid bring their heartfelt brand to Liverpool for the first time, offering up live sets aplenty from electro and acid-techno stalwarts.
Sambroso All Stars present The Buena Vista – 24 Kitchen – 7pm
Also on the same night, immediately before, is a contemporary re-imagining of the world-renound Cuban jazz project Buena Vista Social Club, with a Havana-to-London take on the famous record.
Kornel Kovacs – 24 Kitchen – 10pm
The off-kilter, playful Swedish-born electronica producer KK comes to lift January spirits with his Stockholm-inspired sounds: a kind of kaleidoscopic boombox-ready filter-y electro-house with warm pads and swells underpinning it all. Local favourite Breakwave is on open-up in support.
Independent Venue Week – Monday 27th Jan to Sunday 2nd Feb
Tuesday 28th: Wire – Band on the Wall (Manchester) – 7:30pm
Thursday 30th: Roam – Phase One – 7pm
Sunday 2nd Feb: Sinead O’Brien & Egyptian Blue – Birkenhead Library – 2:30pm
Sunday 2nd Feb: Sumati Sunday with Brad Stank, MC Nelson, Yanna – The Zanzibar – 6:30pm
Thursday 6th Feb
Fatoumata Diawara – Leaf (Bold St.) – 7:30pm
Jan 9th Field Music Instore at Phase One
Sunderland Rockers launching their new album ‘Making A New World’
Jan 12th Body Void / Bismouth / Bodies On Everest Stockroom
Sludge/Drone/Doom/Difficult and Draining Dungeon Wave
Jan 22nd Catrin Finch & Cimarron @ Music Room
After ten years this collaboration returns. Catrin Finch – harp and Cimarron perform joropo dance music from the cattle rearing plains of Oinoco, traditional music with a heritage of African, Spanish and indigenous cultures. A Rare Chance.
Jan 31st Poison Point(France)/Lonesaw/God On My Right/Jezebel Stockroom
Feb 3rd Isobel Campbell Music Room
Belle & Sebastian, Gentle Waves and Mark Lanegan Fame. New Album There Is No Other
Feb 7th Sandy Alex G Phase One
Phillidelphia musician brings his inventive indie guitar pop
Feb 8th Emotion Wave 16 @ Carnival Tasting Room (Lime Street) (Elecronica/Ambient)
Alex Teleko – Twin Galaxies – Lo Five – Spirit Level
Feb 8th Chemtrail Party Mix Zanzibar Bang Donk Rave Hardcore
Cyriak/DJ Gurl Power/Bong & Furness/Monad/Gocman/Simon Jones
Feb 1st Monochrome Set @ Jimmys
Influential post punk group
Feb 1st Sonic Youtha @ 24 Kitchen Street
A monthly new wave, old rave, disco, retro, rock, pop and soul social for homos, heteros, drag shows & don’t knows.
29th Feb LIJF at Capstone – Sarathy Korwar
Sarathy Korwars album More Arriving is a fusion of different and sometimes conflicting aspects of his life – injecting his experiences with south Asian jazz and indian classical musicians and of being an Indian in Britian.
Boris & Arabrot – Gorilla (Manchester) – 7:30pm
Dose of heavy: Japan’s drone/doom/sludge/noise trio of lore BORIS come through to a medium-sized venue along with Norway’s Arabrot in tow. As one of the motivations behind much-lauded PMS detuned faves Sunn 0))), Boris are amplifier worshippers of the highest order.
Holato Showcase – Phase One – 7:30pm
A Manchester/Liverpool coming-together as hip-hop collective Birds & Bees host an evening promising an injection of modern, innovative, afrobeat and jazz inflected music.
Matt Anderson Quartet – The Jacaranda – 8pm
Roving Liverpool Ropewalks-oriented live night ParrJazz visits the Jacaranda Club with a four-piece followed by open improv session.
Live Lounge – Outpost Liverpool – 6pm
Hosted by BlackFest, the Live Lounge showcases poetry and lyricism in a comfortable setting.
Peach Fuzz – Cavern Club – 8pm
BBC Merseyside’s Dave Monks holds the final BBC Introducing… Liverpool night of the year with a triplet of interesting Merseyside-based guitar groups: the Peach Fuzz, who deal in frazzled post-punk; country-tinged tongue-in-cheek of Kangaroos; and Stratocaster-slinging singer/songwriter Pixey. Free entry – but sign up using the skiddle link.
Double Echo Album Launch – Kazimier Stockroom – 7pm
Liverpool’s most faithfully gothic group Double Echo have LP number four ‘Burning in Blue’ ready to release, and so offer this free concert with local openers Oh Well, Goodbye!
Flying Luttenbachers – Kazimier Stockroom – 8pm
Weasel Walter’s pulverising, tamed-chaos, drum-led jazz/metal/noise project now contains saxophonist Matt Nelson, bassist Tim Dahl, and guitarist Alex Ward, providing deranged, non-linear intensity with the fast and detailed sound of latest offering Shattered Dimension (their first recording in 12 years) making for the nexus of this tour. A complete spread of local and otherwise talent acts as the supporting cast: Jezebel of Mal and Lonesaw debuts solo material for computer, electronics and brass; Yossarians journey over from Manchester to provide one-dynamic fun.
House for the Homeless – 24 Kitchen Street – 8pm
Insatiable disco enthusiast James Morgan invites folk in for the last 8 hours of a 24-hour-long stretch of DJing raising funds for the Whitechapel Centre and Crisis. Good guy, great cause.
Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Micachu – The White Hotel (Salford) – 23:59…
Another triple hit from team TWH and Project 13. UK hard techno is beyond reprieve when it comes to Andy Stott; veritable national treasure, composer and producer Micachu provides a DJ set; the grim M62-centred post-club extrapolations of Demdike Stare arguably provide the focus of the night – though at what cost to the body clock.
Looking ahead: NYE / 31st December
The Final New Year’s Eve – Constellations – 9pm
Crazy P Sound System heads up the last party at the beloved Greenland Street venue, one that has seen myriad developments come and go in the surrounding area of the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, so shed a tear as the wonderful Constellations opens and shuts shop for good – but not without bright plans for round the corner. Melodic Distraction family provide the backbone of supporting DJ duties.
Stealing Sheep @ Stockroom 11th-13th
Local electro-popstars have three intimate nights in Liverpool
Friday 13th Pharcyde @ IWF
Hear the acclaimed debut album from The Pharcyde, ‘Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde’ performed in its entirety with FATLIP & Slimkid3.
The Pharcyde are an alt-hip hop group from LA.
Their debut ‘Bizarre Ride II’ and J Dilla inspired follow up ‘Labcabincalifornia’ featured some of the most memorable singles in Hip-Hop; ‘Passin Me By’, ‘Yo Mamma’ and J Dilla produced ‘Runnin’ and ‘Drop’ all of which will be performed by original members Fatlip and Slimkid3 at this incredible show.
Friday 13th Horsemeat Disco / Sonc Youtha @ 24 Kitchen Street
Iconic London queer collective Horse Meat Disco are back in the kitchen
Expect a glittering disco behemoth of classics, italo, house, oddities, and Afro.
In support, of course, are local sex symbols Sonic Yootha
Friday 13th Mik Artistik @ Sound 7.30pm
Surreal and amusing songs and lo fi jams
Saturday 14th Soundwalk 3.30 Queens Square
Queens Square Centre – route will be indoors and outdoors, and will have aspects of the social world and commercial world. What does pedestrianisation sound like?
Saturday 14th Cow/The Shunt/ Huxley (alt rock) Brick Street 7.30pm free entry
Saturday 14th Blind Monk Theory? @ The Spot 8pm
Saturday 14th SisBis x Madnice @ Meraki 10pm
Come and dance festive with NTS Radio host, BBC Asian Network resident and Karate Black Belt: Nabihah Iqbal.
Let the musician, producer, DJ, radio broadcaster, Ethnomusicologist and all-round wonderful person take you from House to Jazz, Hip-Hop and Disco.
Sunday 15th – Mothmas @ Stockroom 7pm
Hosted by Vice Moth, music, food, moth making Djs, live acts
Bantam Lions, Chloe Mullet, Isocore, Vice Moth, Fright Wig, Simon Jones
29th February – Liverpool International Jazz Festival - Sarathy Korwar @ The Capstone Theatre
19th March 2020 - Vula Viel @ The Capstone Theatre
11th December 2020 - Heaven 17 @ O2 Academy
Wednesday 4th – Film: Sons Of Norway @ Next To Nowhere 7.30pm
Comedy set in late seventies Norway about teenager Nikolaj learning to rebel via post punk but failing thanks to his encouraging and even-more-rebellious dad. Tragedy hits the family and this coming of age story that “embraces the chaos of life and refuses to offer up easy answers” while emphasising independent thought.
Thursday 5th – BEAK>/The Hysterical Injury @ Arts Club 7pm
Thursday 5th – Amorphic Music Listening Sessions 7.30pm @ Stockroom
Various musicians, performers and DJs will share, try out and discuss new/newly discovered music
Friday 6th – Spine #19
Harpoon - Think warped, broken, polyrhythmic techno, doomy drone-squall, and music concrete textures from Bristol
Alec Tronik & WHXRS
Friday 6th – Athe @ North Shore 10pm til late
SPFDJ / Miley Serious / FAUZIA / Ehua
(high tempos, acid, techno, gqom)
Athe actively promote a safe and inclusive dancefloor
Saturday 7th – Open Culture Winter Arts Market 10am – 7pm
Handmade gifts and crafts. Local & independent.
Sunday 8th – Ponderosa Glee Boys album Launch @ District
Vermin Suicides in support
Sunday 8th – John Colpitts - Man Forever @ Stockroom 5pm
Solo project of founding member of legendary alt rock / noise band Oneida
A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical whose music is explorative, innovative and fearless.
Presenting an exclusive masterclass: 'No One Cares' - How the public's indifference can free your creativity.
John Colpitts on composition, improvisation and the creative process.
Followed by a live show.
March 3rd 2020 – Jon Hopkins Bridgewater Hall – Polarity Tour – looking to create some profound moments of stillness. Moving away from electronica and using piano, guitar, violin and cello.
Tuesday 19th – Sea Nos @ VideOdyssey
Tuesday 19th – Rozi Plane @ LEAF
Thursday 21st – Free Love/Baron Farg/Foxen Cyn @ Outpost 7.30pm
The First single 'Bones' taken from 'EXTREME DANCE ANTHEMS' is out now on Optimo Music
Thursday 21st Richard Dawson & Alexander Tucker @ RNCM 7.30pm
Friday 22nd – Spine #18 @ 17 Love Lane 8pm
Kepla / Low Braids / Nick Branton & Phil Morton / Lupini
Friday 22nd – Manchester Collective: The Centre Is Everywhere @ Invisible Wind Factory 8pm
Saturday 23rd – JukeBox at Eric’s Launch Party @ Casa, Hope Street 7pm
DJ Norman ‘The Cat’ Killon & DJ Poor Boy Paul. Copies of the record available on the night at a discounted price. “Join us for an Apocolyptic Night of wild 50’s rock n roll and underground grooves with and Eric’s Twist.
Saturday 23rd – Toxteth Day Of The Dead @ District 8.30pm
Expect to see fresh plans from Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond. The solemn daytime proceedings flow into celebrations at District –
Moody Boyz (dub)
Kermit and the Super Weird System
Eva Crystaltips Meets The Esoteric Discotheque
Saturday 23rd – Upbeat in Liverpool @ Craft Taproom 8pm
Pleasure Trips(Berlin) / Musclebound Grotesque/Jo&Co/Esa Shields
Sunday 24th – Piano Forte @ Capstone 4pm
Giacomo Fazi – Nina Windsor Roe – Jez Wing – Karen Wynne – Nick Smith
Sunday 24th – Paula & Serpil @ Northwest Kurdish Community Centre 4pm
As part of Liverpool Kurdish film nights 24th – 26th
December 8th Ponderosa Glee Boys album launch at District
Homotopia presents: Strange Lands and How to Survive – Unity Theatre – daily until 17th
When transgender artist Mandy Romero set off to cross Asia from China to Turkmenistan in 2017, she was determined to bring back a visual record of her encounters in some of the most illiberal and intolerant regimes in the Northern Hemisphere. Travelling with a large square of red silk as her main costume resource, to signify both the communist origins of the countries and the Silk Road route she was following, Romero brought a set of portraits of herself taken by a fascinating varity of photographers, many of whom she met along the way, back to the UK. Including location shots from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Strange Lands and How to Survive is a captivating exhibition that will be held within the Unity Theatre Bar, and is free to enter. No need to book.
Adam Ant – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
“Pop icon Adam Ant returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to perform his landmark solo album Friend or Foelive for the first time in its entirety, as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites.”
Eat Me presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch – District – 6:30pm
An interactive film screening, drag show and queer disco party at District, with performances featuring Gez Mez and Midgitte Bardot plus a DJ set from Zee Sasstones.
Kaelan Mikla – Studio 2 – 7pm
Synth-punk / darkwave trio from Iceland, flanked by US electronic duo Body of Light, Liverpool’s own authentic shimmering goth project Double Echo and the anthemic Rongorongo.
The Black Lips – Arts Club – 7pm
Yammerer, Ohmns, Piss Kitti and DJ Carl Combover all provide sympathetic pre-sounds before the main act, who return to the venue some 8 years after their last visit to town. Enthusiastic garage rock and punk and shredding and all of that fast stuff.
Natacha Atlas – Capstone Theatre – 7:30pm
Heralded as one of the world’s most distinctive voices, Natacha Atlas has carved a path synthesising western and middle eastern vocal traditions with mind-blowing dexterity. Her latest work sees her push vocal and musical boundaries even further by effortlessly weaving jazz traditions into her already unique blend.
Atlas has worked with Peter Gabriel, Nitin Sawhney, Nigel Kennedy, Indigo Girls, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Ibrahim Maalouf, to name a few, while, most recently, she has been collaborating with the likes of Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu, whilst co-composing (with frequent collaborator Samy Bishai) the score for Herve Koubi’s 2019 contemporary dance creation Odyssey.
Leila Bordreuil – 17 Love Lane – 8pm
Brooklyn-based cellist, composer and sound-artist from France. She accesses concepts as diverse as Noise, contemporary classical, free jazz, and experimental traditions but adheres to none of them. Her music mixes deep melancholia with fleeting harsh noise walls, and was described by the New York Times as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”. Driven by a fierce interest in pure sound and inherent texture, Leila challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and unorthodox amplification methods, to the extent she sometimes seems to be playing the P.A system rather than the cello. Her compositions frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multichannel installations. Plus: ATATAT – solo project of J C Barbara of Barberos et al; RAH-Solve Et Coagula - seemingly intense Tarot-core act of self-flagellation; Ben Duvall – ExEIH founder playing all new solo materia.
Afrodeutsche – Meraki – 10pm
Live stodgy techno from this highly skilled, very much deservedly on-the-rise Manchester producer, with support from Upitup’s mayor of electro keytar, our friend our yours in Merseyside-dwelling Roman expert of the liveset Jacques Malchance.
Blue Orchids – 81 Renshaw Street – 7:30pm
Ex-Fall man Martin Bramah (from that band’s initial incarnations) heads up this rich and resonant kosmic guitar pop project. “Blue Orchids, as a post punk psychedelic adjunct to Fall-world are well established in the music enthusiast’s consciousness, and yes, Martin Bramah was a founding father of The Fall, and as expressed recently might have reasonable grounds to even call himself The Fall, well, why not…but then he’s not daft. Perhaps people could do with reconnecting with Martin’s oeuvre a little more deeply than obsessing over the ex-Fall schtick, specially what with the recent albums being a succession of magick pop psych masterpieces choc stock (oh yes) with fabulous gems full of rich, resonant sounds and stinging, esoteric lyrics.” – 81 Renshaw. “While their last studio album, Righteous Harmony Fist was released last year, the band did release The Magical Record Of Blue Orchids in June this year. According to Bramah, it’s “the first covers concept album”. – GIT
Cowtown – Kazimier Stockroom – 8pm
A free gig in this former storage area just up the way from our HQ, expect it to get warm as Liverpool-based newies Fumar Mata open up with their third ever show in as many weeks, stalling the crowd before Leeds’ legendary ‘overstimulated electro-punks’ take to the stage for delightful hook-laden moments for fans of Deerhoof / Devo
Giant Swan – The White Hotel – 23:59
The most enjoyable live electronic music being made in the country right now, incidentally by guitar-band guys making use of their voices, effects pedals, and grid-quantised percussive sounds. Supported by Dis Fig, Hesska & Clemency, and Ossia.
Chris Wood with Charlie McKeon – Ullet Road Unitarian Church – 7pm
"... at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing." Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.
His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society. Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he's won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England. Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others. On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.
Charlie McKeon tells great stories, both in song and in-between songs. He's is a truly gifted musician with magic, dancing fingers, and a tendency toward beautiful, titling melodies (like that's a bad thing). He's also a funny man and a lovely chap. To see these two wonderful songsmiths playing in the beautiful, elegant surrounds of the Unitarian Church is a rare treat.
Wednesday 20th November
Serpente – Stockroom – 8pm
Snaking rhythms, fully hypnotic and ever morphing, from Ondness’ drum-machine-heavy moniker-alias Serpente; accompanying is the intrepid open-end simulation explorers Raft of Trash, and gluing the night together sonically will be Lupini.
Saturday 23rd November
An Evening With The Steve Hillage Band – o2 Academy – 7pm
Toxteth Day Of The Dead Hereafter Party – District – Time TBC
Paddy Steer, Moody Boyz, and Kermit & The Super Weird System head up a huge huge bill of acts to mark the anniversary of the KLF/JAM’s 3-day set of happenings in the beloved L8 community. A knees up in the Baltic to remember the great, the gone, and the going-on-right-now - all put together by the Liverpool Arts Lab.
Sunday 24th November
Piano Forte – Capstone Theatre – 4pm
Jacques Malchance & The Capstone Theatre present:
PIANO FORTE, a celebration of the piano as a solo instrument, featuring five Liverpool based pianists and composers (Giacomo Fazi, Nina Windsor-Roe, Jez Wing, Karen Wynne and Nick Smith) performing all original material composed exclusively for this event.
Also known as "Jacques Malchance", Giacomo Fazi is a Composer, Dj, Producer, Promoter and Radio Host from Rome, Italy, based in Liverpool, UK. He is the founding member of bands Hapytap and Barberos, as well as net-label and events collective Upitup Records and arts collective Distant Future. His works span across electronic music, classical music and contemporary experimental music; specialising in organ, piano and synthesizer instrumentation. He has performed piano recitals of the works of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition in its entirety; and has composed commissioned work for Light Night, The Kazimier and Walk The Plank.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.