Tirzah – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Modern experimental soul singer Tirzah makes her city debut in the Baltic area, performing material from her highly acclaimed 2018 record ‘Devotion’, a stripped-back emotive slice of swung R’n’B produced by national treasure and contemporary Mica Levi. A surefire hit.
Schande, Careering, Good Grief, Mean Jean – Outpost – 7pm
Post-hardcore fix for the week provided by San Franciscan riff wraiths Schande and 3 more crews from UK.
The Good, The Bad, and The Queen – O2 Academy – 7:30pm
This slightly dumbfounding ‘alternative rock supergroup’ pegs Afrobeat Godfather Tony Allen (on drums) against Paul Simonon of the Clash, Damon Album of Blur, and the guitar/keyboardist from The Verve, Simon Tong. The result is a multi-meter exercise in groove and theatrical storytelling that sits more comfily alongside Gorillaz and Allen’s post-Fela Kuti work than any of the more conventional Britpop projects one might imagine this to drift towards. A pretty weird all-star show that caught attention last month at the 6 Music Festival – back for a second helping.
Girli, Ashnikko, The Difference, Charity Shop Pop – The Zanzibar Club – 7pm
Child of the PC Music ‘extreme pop’ moment, Girli has graduated from that school and is touring her bratty, brash, bubblegum punk LP ‘Odd One Out’.
Hunjoo Jung, ISO, Jezebel, Nick Branton – Factory Kitchen – 8pm
Wunderkinds of the truly underground sounds for our city, Spine host regular noisy soirees in some of Liverpool’s cosiest environs (as frequently mentioned on the show for their post-industrial figurative torch-carrying tendencies and abilities). Headlining this iteration of their intense excursions is South Korean ‘digital noise’ artist Hunjoo Jung (now Germany-based). ISO combine found-sound with sound design. Jezebel sees the first solo outing of scene saxophonist, synth-player and screamer Jez test the crowd with sound art. And Nick Branton comes to show his free improv skills to the petite, attentitve audience. Support all these people as they’re cultivating the next gen of challenging, locally-sourced noise’n’music.
Sonic Yootha – 24 Kitchen Street – 9pm
The 39th edition of the ultimate club night for every body in Liverpool…
Idlewild – Grand Central Hall – 7pm
Good Friday greets the Scotch rockers, should you fancy your indie of yesteryear over this long weekend.
Constellations’ 5th Birthday – Constellations – 10am / all weekend
With just one year left at their current premises, the creative team behind the Baltic area’s greatest (outdoor) success story mark the occasion by taking over the turntables and getting all the friends they’ve made since inception to take turns doing the same. A come and go as you please, toast the team in their grand garden type of affair. Here’s to the next great thing for the grassroots art, culture and music scene that this lot turn their hands to.
Sink The Pink – Camp & Furnace – 9pm
London’s premier touring drag show and entertainment gesamtkunstwerkhouse finally makes a stop in our good city, and the town is ready for it. The theme is ‘When I Grow Up’ – so expect childhood fantasies writ large amongst a celebration of pop music across the ages, and an array of fabulous scene-stealing spectacles. This is the country’s best version of the all-singing, all-dancing drag party.
Antoine Boyer plays Django Reinhardt – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Accompanied by a rhythm guitarist and upright bassist, this ought to be a real tour-de-gypsy jazz force for Antoine’s ninth tour in a row.
Music for the Jilted Generation (CALM fundraiser) – 24 Kitchen Street – 10pm
A celebration of the life and music of The Prodigy’s front-man Keith Flint, who sadly passed away last month.
Micachu, Coby Sey, Brother May – The White Hotel – 10pm
Mica Levi and friends present a new roving club concept, CURL. Hear the trio guide revellers into the early hours with a woozy take on bass culture.
Looking ahead: Tuesday 23rd April – Lowkey – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
British/Iraqi MC comes back from time away spent on activism and his studies to re-ignite his socially conscious hip-hop fire. Firebrand local support comes from Anfield-based Iranian Grime artist Tardast – well worth checking out.
+ Furrow Collective – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Folk favourites of the show, expect good helpings of traditional songs from Scotland and England.
Friday 17th May – Light Night: Ritual – everywhere in Liverpool – from 5pm
Stand by for our commission working with local musicians to put unusual music in unusual places…
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.