Drive-by Blues – The Ship & Mitre – 7:30pm
Mark Jones presents an Open Mic session featuring the man himself dipping into the American Songbook. All approaches, instruments, and abilities welcome.
Korg Hangouts – FACT – 6pm
A chance to garner expert advice courtesy of a handful of technical staff from the synth & electronic music making hardware superbrand. This hands-on session has sold out, but should prove that the interest in workshopping events like this have a certain popularity and will likely appear again. A chance, if nothing else, to meet fellow like minds in a community of interest.
Stealing Sheep (DJ set), Silent-K, Pale Rider, Vain Male – EBGBs – 8pm
The psych-power-pop trio come out of hibernation to grace the Seel Street basement venue with a choreographed DJ set. Dave McCabe’s new group Silent-K appear second on the bill, plus touted locals Pale Rider, and solo singer-songwriter Liam Evans. Presented by Get Into This as part of Independent Venue Week.
Born In Flames + Don’t Touch Me – FACT – 6:30pm
Grrrl Power Liverpool and Hannah Bitowski present feminist sci-fi film Born in Flames as part of Refuge (a wide-ranging programme investigating the notion of a ‘safe space’) and Don’t Touch Me (a campaign to prevent intimidation, discrimination and harassment in public spaces).
Thursday 1st Feb
Getintothis presents: Ali Horn, Emilio Pinchi & Charity Shop Pop – The Jacaranda Club – 7pm
Championing “new music from the North West & beyond” since 2007, GIT are hosting a night of “underground sounds” at The Jac during Independent Venue Week. Lonely basement solo project turned 5-member fleshed-out live experience Ali Horn headlines, with a pair of indie pop acts preceding them.
Shy Billy, Unstoppable Sweeties Show, The Tosin Trio, Qfolk – Studio2 Parr Street – 7:30pm
Planet Slop and Rogue Gallery are working together on this eclectic line-up for Independent Venue Week (IVW from here on!) for an across-the-board genre disentanglement and general celebration. Controlled chaos, roaring vocals, and instrumentation of the highest order are all in store for any who might attend.
I Fagiolini present Piatto Misto – The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk – 7:30pm
(Cathy Butterworth) A British vocal ensemble providing a varied programme on the themes of love and loss, this set of unaccompanied music for voices includes Monteverdi, Thomas Ravenscroft, and a new commission from Adrian Williams in the repertoire. With “bags of style, energy and dramatic excitement”, the ensemble promises to bring these masterpieces to life.
Snailmania: Salt the Snail, Bisch Nadar, and Wife – The Jacaranda Club – 8pm
Another show for IVW, this is a ‘Salt the Snail’ presents kind of affair that sees the three-piece unveiling their new single ‘Spanish Announce Table’. “Things are bound to be unhinged” in an evening that involves a cheese & crackers meet-and-greet, a performance of the ‘Snail Spangled Banner’, plus two riotous support acts before STS mark their first headline show.
Moon Duo, God On My Right, Lo Five – District – 8pm
A Harvest Sun gig featuring motorik, cosmic repeato-rock from Psych Fest top pick MD, and variously noisy, and electronically-decorated local support acts.
IVW Closing Party: Pure Joy, Jo Mary, The Blurred Sun Band – The Jacaranda Club – 8pm
Bido Lito! Host their social event in the Slater Street haunt to close out an Independent Venue Week that really has seen the much-loved pub/bar/gig space clean up in terms of gig offer. On this final night of IVW, expect space epics, sleazy noisiness, and gloopy psych from each of the three acts.
Rongorongo, Oh Well Goodbye, Eyesore & The Jinx, Ghost Wedding – 81 Renshaw – 7:30pm
Brooding, anthemic post-punk from RR squeezes from its stadium-size sound down to the intimate surroundings of this back-room space. Early Factory Records-esque art pop from OWG and jaded, marauding daze-rock from E&TJ will leave hypnotic drones in listeners ears well into Sunday.
Chemtrail Party Mix presents: Shere Kahnn, Ash Wubcore + others – Drop The DumBulls – 8:30pm
The return of the mash-up as soundcloud sensations go ‘IRL’ to present a night of high tempos amid a healthily heightened sense of humour. Donk firmly in cheek for this onslaught of gabber, ‘kick drum music, and various misc-cores, this is one to catch as the DTDBs crew have put the finishing touches to their latest A/V install to present this first in-house night of the year.
Looking ahead: Thursday 8th February
The Singing Wren – 81 Renshaw – 7:30pm
The Singing Wren is a night of live performance taking place monthly at the intimate 81 Renshaw Street. It’s a line-up of some specially selected guests with plenty of time for performances from anyone who wants to perform on the night!
Music, poetry, spoken-word, comedy or any other form of expression are all very welcome. Sufjan Stevens is our artist of the month so we’ll be encouraging any performances of his music or anything inspired by his work, although there is no obligation to do so!
There will be: an electric piano, a Juno synthesizer, a right handed electro acoustic guitar, a left handed electro acoustic guitar, a right handed electric guitar and a righthanded bass. You’d be welcome to use any of this gear or bring your own.
Band of Burns – St. George’s Hall – 7:30pm
Band of Burns is “a collaboration of twelve artists from the top echelons of the folk scene, coming together to perform a truly distinct show which celebrates the life, works and philosophies of Robert Burns.” Features musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Turkey and Liverpool – including friend of the show Mikey Kenney.
Waiting for B – FACT – 6:30pm
FACT and Liverpool Pride present the second in a series of events exploring the diversity of narratives within LGBTQ+ cinema.
Waiting for B follows a group of Beyonce mega-fans as they camp outside the venue - for two months - to bag front row seats to her concert. Over time, a mini-society develops - a group of young, queer Brazilians united by their fierce loyalty to their hero - the documentary following the friendships, power-struggles, highs and lows they encounter along the way.
Following the screening, special guest Moulay Drissi of Brazilica will join us to discuss the themes of the film.
The Bido Lito Social: Marvin Powell, Astles, Ry Viera – HUS – 7:30pm
Folk heroes such as Neil Young and Nick Drake are brought up when describing the 12-string guitar-equipped singer-songwriter craft of Marvin Powell. Support comes from Ry Viera (of local act Beach Skulls), and new name Astles. Located in the Tempest Building off Tithebarn Street, L2.
Free Rock & Roll: Ohmns, Uncle Jane, Wild Fruit Art Collective – Sound – 8pm
Garage rock and brutal sonic assaults guaranteed here thanks to the now-fortnightly and more than welcome re-occurrence of does-what-it-says-on-the-poster Liverpool punk scene favourite night out, Free Rock & Roll.
Sassden 002: Queen Zee, Ill, Jo Mary, Incisions, Sonic Yooth (DJ), Asylums on Fire (DJ) – Sound – 7pm
Queen Zee and the Sasstones’ have made a home for themselves in the basement of Sound (Food & Drink) on Duke Street, hosting a monthly gig turned clubnight. Inviting over kindred spirits to play live and DJ in the small-capacity subterranean den, the sass icons promise to bring all the drag, dance and noise one can stomach!
Society of Losers 005: Dead Houses, Fighting, Crapsons – Drop the DumBulls – 8pm
Haunting alt rock with a serious post-punk goth flavour from ‘newest losers on the block’ Dead Houses, plus Preston gutter pop in the form of Fighting, and energetic tea & biscuit / bass & drum punk courtesy of Crapsons.
Manchester Collective – IWF Substation – 7:30pm
‘The Edge of Fantasy’ is the tagline for this set of “heart-stopping” string quartets headed up by musical director and violinist, Rakhi Singh. Purcell, Beethoven, Janacek and Gorecki are in order for any fanciers of classical/contemporary music in the unusual concert setting of a post-industrial basement venue.
Looking Ahead: Saturday 3rd February
Chemtrail Party Mix: Shere Khann, Ash Wubcore, and more – Drop the DumBulls – 8pm
Tongue-in-cheek, partially-immersive electronic party music spectacle from the donk (not donk) in-house audio-visual team at this intimate, ever-endearing North Docks pub-turned-gallery. Expect a healthy dose of internet humour, and tempos to shift wildly between sets. No weblink available at time of going to print.
Gig Guide 15th January 2018
Hip Hop Theatre Workshop @ Bluecoat 7pm – 9pm
Calling all MC’s, Rappers, Vocalists and Beat-boxers...
This workshop will explore the fusion of hip-hop and drama to tell new stories and create new styles of performance.
Led by Curtis Watt (Spoken Word Artist), Paislie Reid (Actor, MC, Musician), Keith Saha and Nathan Powell (Theatre Directors).
For ages 13 - 25.
If you'd like to book a place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 708 9728.
Thurs 18th Jan – David Ramirez @ The Castle Manchester (contemporary Americana)
Friday 19th Jan – Indie/Pop punk @ Craft Taproom, Smithdown Road
Schande – Jesus & His Judgemental Father – Good Grief – Snakes Everywhere
Tuesday 23rd Jan – Euphonia @ Bluecoat – artist callout
Ahead of her forthcoming exhibition Euphonia at Bluecoat, British artist Emma Smith discusses the research process behind her upcoming new sound installation. Working with a team of world experts on psychology, music and the brain, Smith is creating a new form of musical scoring to share the sound of human relationships.
Emma Smith is a British artist currently based as a studio resident at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, and works internationally. She has a performance based social practice, creating public platforms for experimentation and research through site-specific actions, events and installations
@artistemmasmith for info on callout for submissions – voice memos of chats with friends and fam
Thursday 25th Jan – The Edge of Fantasy IWF
Manchester String Quartet:
Purcell – Fantasia Upon One Note
Beethoven “Molto Adagio” From Op.59
Janacek String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Gorecki String Quartet No. 2 “Quasi Una Fantasia”
Sat 27th Jan – Milapfest performace 1pm Free
First Half: An Inner Voice by Kobini Ananth and Yarlinie Thanabalasingham
Second Half: Perseverance by Jonathan Mayer
29th Jan – Drive by blues jam @ Ship & Mitre 7.30pm
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