LAN presents Women in Music @ SAE 7pm
A discussion event exploring the issues Women face within music and how to overcome an old-fashioned stigma attached to female-identifying people in a male-dominated industry.
The Room In The Wood/Campbell L Sangster 81 Renshaw 7.30
Sirocco @ IWF Manchester Collective with guest director Abel Selaocoe
Joining Manchester Collective for this unique collaboration is Abel's band, Chesaba, a trio specialising in the performance of music from the African continent.
The programme covers everything from Giovanni Sollima's inspired Lamentatio (in an outrageous virtuoso arrangement by Selaocoe - watch it here), darkness and light by Ravel and Haydn, a set of original African work performed for the first time, and two gorgeous Danish folk songs to round off the night.
Friday 1st June
Junes Launch - Dialect x JC Leisure / Lucaufer / Lupini (DJ) @ The Reeds 9pm
Junes is a new label that released Dialects album ‘Loose Blooms’, which is now being released on vinyl.
Dialect x JC leasure – live collab using tape collages and electronics.
Lucaufer – LDN blends organic ambient recordings with a fluid post-club approach
Lupini – 4th world/post ambient selections
June Chemtrail Party Mix: Garridge/ Newcastle Upon Tyne Speed Donk – Drop The Dumbulls
DONK,BASSLINE,HARDBASS,GABBER,4X4 BASSLINE,HAPPY HARDCORE,SPEEDCORE,IRISH FOLK MUSIC,KAIZO KARAOKE,EXTRATONE AND PARANOID CHIP-EDGE MADCORE
SPRAY/Factory Acts/Double Echo/Irny @ Zanzibar 7.30pm
Liverpool Audio Network – Production Masterclass @ Constellations 1pm-5pm
Two production pros – Corey James (electronic music producer) and Al Groves (Recording engineer)
Anda Union - The Music Room 8pm
Gig Guide Monday 21st May 2018
Os Mutantes – Band on the Wall (Manchester) – 7:30pm
Brazil’s de facto go-to ‘60s psychedelic group and influential forebears of the Tropicalia movement that rose up at around the same time. Opening acts include lost vinyl expert DJ Andy Votel and Manchester’s hazy jammers The Bleachés.
Robyn Hitchcock – Philharmonic Hall Music Room – 8pm
One of British art-rock’s elder statesmen, singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock’s psychedelic folk remains compelling, and a solo concert of his will go over very well in this purpose-built venue.
Mark Peters, Lo Five, The Gentle Sex – The Reeds (London Road) – 7:30pm
Engineers member Mark Peters charts a course through solo shoegaze moods, while local hero of the live electronica circuit Neil Grant (organiser of gig series Emotion Wave) will perform as Lo Five. Third act The Gentle Sex is the long-form dark nostalgia-tinged duo of George Rix (synths, keys, machines) and Al Walker (guitar and tape loops), both previously of Asbos/Ticks.
Elysia Crampton, Coby Sey, Kepla – The White Hotel (Salford) – 7:30pm
Eclectic and unrestrained electronic music from the roaming Andean composer-performer. Opening acts include Liverpool’s granular sound artist Kepla, and South East London club music reconstructor Coby Sey.
Maguire’s Bank Holiday Double Header
Loads of the popular pizza place’s favourites including the pitch-perfect goth trio Double Echo and truly zany prog-and-new-wave-blending Wirralites at The Unstoppable Sweeties Show.
Cola Wee, Strange Collective, Salt the Snail, Eyesore & the Jinx – EBGBs – 7pm
Leige punks plus local lo-fi garage rockers and riff monsters all team up in the basement bar thanks to EVOL for a ‘dark and dingy’ gig.
Asian Dub Foundation x La Haine – Invisible Wind Factory – 7pm
A rare outing for the acclaimed guitar-bass-drums trio, who revisit one of the most contentious films of the 1990s – in a fitting political moment, ADF will perform a live soundtrack to Parisian drama film La Haine.
The Story of Reggae of Reggae in Britain – Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Key player in the London reggae scene from the late ‘70s onward, Dennis Bovell presents a tale well-worth telling. Covering the 1960s to the 1980s, using archive film footage, spoken word, and live performance to outline the most vital of moments in Afro-Caribbean culture and movement, at a prescient time for the UK to be reflecting on the importance and value of Jamaica in the country’s own identity. Also features contributions from writer Benjamin Zephaniah, who performed here on Sunday 20th May in his own right.
Friday 1st June
Dialect & JC Leisure, Lucaufer, Lupini – The Reeds (London Road) – 9pm
An event to celebrate the launch of new a label, Junes, and the release of Dialect’s album Loose Blooms on vinyl (courtesy Forest Sword’s imprint Dense Truth). A live collaboration between Liverpool-based sound artist Dialect and tape machine operator JC Leisure will headline the night, with post-club ambient collage and field recording musician Lucaufer journeying up from London to perform live, plus local meditative record selector Lupini contributing a DJ set.
Garridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne Speed Donk Experience, Karaoke, etc – Drop The Dumbulls – 9:30pm
The second instalment in the Chemtrail Party Mix series will be a tongue very firmly in cheek take on the curios and particularities of the North of England’s love affair with hard and fast nightclub music and rave culture in general. Plan for comedic visuals, fantasy footie ‘kick drum music’, and artists that don’t take themselves too seriously.
Gig Guide Monday 14th May 2018
Tuesday 15th May
Grey Hairs, SAVAK, Salt the Snail – the Peer Hat – Manchester – 8pm
Hyper Enough’s first foray into the promotion gambit sees Nottingham’s gracelessly-aging noise rock act headline a show with fellow artless ‘hearing aid’ jammers SAVAK, alongside Runcorn/Widness riff-purveyors Salt the Snail. For fans of all the ear-alarming guitar music of the 90s and early 00s.
Wednesday 16th May
Father Murphy, Mesange, Atatat – 81 Renshaw Street – 8pm
Italian partnership forged intercontinentally and then all back home, this dark psychedelic group are on their farewell tour. Other acts are the duo of local guitar wunderkind Luke Mawdsley & loop-oriented violinist Agathe Max, plus the solo drumset-electronics-vocals of Joel Barbara (of Barberos)
Future Station: Art, Sound and Blackness in the Global City – Metal Liverpool – 6pm
This lecture will address the question of the relationship between blackness and cities with reference to the sonic and visual cultures of the African diaspora. How have cities around the world been shaped by and in turn influenced creative articulations of 'blackness'? Why has 'urban culture' become almost synonymous with cultures of 'blackness'? This lecture will argue that visual art, music and sound culture - the sounds and images of blackness - are essential to understanding the past, present and future of global cities
Thursday 17th May
Oshun, Katbrownsugar – Soup Kitchen – Manchester – 7pm
“The sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism” is what this NYC hiphop/RnB/soul duo bring, recent collaborators with the UK’s very popular singer Jorja Smith, the pair will be supported on the night by Manchester’s DJ/radio host and RnB vocalist in her own right, rising star Katbrownsugar.
Friday 18th May
LightNight – Citywide inc. Liverpool Cathedral, galleries and museums – from 5pm until late
Various and very many interpretations of the theme Transformation will take in commissions from the likes of local audio-visual artist In Atoms, whose two-screen installation at Liverpool Cathedral features myriad local musicians and artists collaborating on an all-new original score, at 9pm and 10:30pm. Also performing live on the night will be St. Jude the Obscure, plus the official afterparty in Constellations features South London DJ Manara, local archivist/activist Sandi Hughes, and Giovanna of SisBis collective. LightNight’s programme is very wide-reaching, encompassing many forms and media, so is well worth checking out in full, as with every year.
Saturday 19th May
Car Seat Headrest, Naked Giants – Invisible Wind Factory – 7pm
Independent-minded and DIY-spirited bedroom guitar pop is writ large on this full band tour for Virginia-to-Seattle transplant Will Toledo, whose group will be accompanied by fellow travellers Naked Giants for this stop on the north docks.
Friday 25th May
Moro, Aja, Hesska, JC Leisure, Alec Tronik – Rat Alley (Kazimier Garden) – 10pm
London label Tobago Tracks have worked with local future-facers Cartier 4 Everyone to host Argentinian producer Moro, Opal Tapes noise artist Aja, plus Liverpool-based tape label operator JC Leisure, Manchester beat expert Hesska, and no stranger to the esoteric Merseyside scene, Alec Tronik. Takes place in the Kazimier Garden’s out-back space, Rat Alley.
Thursday 31st May
Dave Haslam: ‘Sonic Youth Slept on my Floor’ – the British Music Experience – 7pm
The writer and DJ will be in conversation with Paul Morley about music, Manchester, and more, going in-depth on his already-deep memoir.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.