Gig Guide Monday 17th December 2018
Catalyst Christmas Live – Beyond Average, C-Two, Billie Ray & Charlie, Blue Saint, Dorcas Seb, Girl Talk, Jordi Highdale.
Camp and Furnace (Free from 7pm)
Catalyst performing Arts Project is based in Toxteth and was set up to provide the opportunity for young people in the area to explore their own creativity through drama, writing, dance and other arts activities. www.catalystperformingarts.co.uk
Mothmas – Thu-Thuy Emma Linney Nguyen - Beautiful melodies enrobed in delicious beats. Chloe Mullett - giving out some nodes of the musical persuasion, ViceMöth- Annual möth wizards playing it legit, Dr Vibes - Vibergenic material from the vibemaster, In Atoms - Drone central, a firm believer in the powers that be, Big Ron from the Swan - Böss treatz from the beast from the east.
Wind Factory Kitchen.
New Year’s Eve:
Mothership Main Stage, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat, Brass:
Kazimier Karoake Ensemble, Afirca Oye DJs, Buddha (multidimensional AV performance), Rubber Dub, Nutribe, Melodic Distraction, XJukebox.
Positive Vibration Presents Channel One Sound System.
Invisible Wind Factory
Tuesday 22nd January:
J Mascis (following third album ‘Elastic Days’)
Wednesday 30th January:
Bassekou Kouyate. Ngoni player (traditional Lute found throughout West Africa). Has Collaborated with Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Taj mahal, Damon Albarn.
Philharmonic Music Room.
Friday 1st February:
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of The Heart.
Philharmonic Music Room.
Saturday 16th March:
Kristen Hersh – after releasing her latest album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is out on tour.
Philharmonic Music Room.
Tuesday 11th December
Paul Dunbar & the Black Winter Band – Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – 7pm
Liverpool Acoustic presents a show that promises to be anything but. Hot off the back of launching their record, this soul-inflected blues-rock outfit flesh out Paul’s songwriting in this ideal location for a showcase; for fans of Tom Waits et al.
Wednesday 12th December
Paul McCartney – Echo Arena – 6:30pm
Just in time for the 50th Anniversary of the White Album, Macca’s back home with the viola bass for an admittedly long-ago sold-out show touring solo effort Egypt Station.
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End – Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Vivian Stanshall’s solo masterpiece is brought to life on its 40th anniversary by Liverpudlian actor and musician Michael Livesley. The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band frontman’s 1978 record made up of Peel Sessions has attracted famous fans such as Stephen Fry – a has this popular re-enactment show, with original Bonzo member Rodney ‘Rhino’ Slater on saxophone, and Michael as the ‘heroically drunk’ Sir Henry. Grotesque fun in a slew of conventionally Christmassy shows at the beloved Hope St multiplex.
Honourable mention: Bido Lito & Liquidation Xmas Music Quiz – Constellations – 7pm
Raising funds for Whitechapel Centre and MIND, this is a testing, challenging, muzo nerd who’s-who affair. A great yarn from the combined forces, they’ll bring teams Abba-to-Zappa trivia and Punk Rock Bingo for two good causes.
Thursday 13th December
Bill Ryder Jones – Grand Central hall – 7pm
Blossoming, orchestrally-inclined songsmith who was once in the Coral (seems a long time ago now) performs in this sort of new setting – as a venue spec, at least – to no doubt entertain with newer material. Opening acts include baroque pop group Gintis from North Wales, and Liela Moss (once of The Duke Spirit), with a new record on Bella Union.
Queen Zee – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Early start, early-ish dart for arguably the Liverpool music success story of the year, the Sass-tones will be joined by P*ss Kitti, Zand, and Munkey Junkey, plus “Queen Zee’s Ultra 3000 Soundsystem”. Dress inappropriately (sold out)!
Friday 14th December
New Rituals – Invisible Wind Factory – 9pm
A club night in three parts featuring Stealing Sheep’s conceptual ‘Wow Machine’ multi-disciplinary electronic show, and with Dogshow working alongside the Kazimier to produce an interactive live techno performance piece… plus DJ Giovanna of SisBis to round things off – and more to be announced this week, apparently.
Wizards of Twiddly at 30 – The Zanzibar – 7:30pm
Another anniversary and another opportunity to be entertained in the foremost rock renue in our Ropewalks postcode by a Merseyside staple and cult favourite, this functions very nicely as a bolt-on for the Sir Henry show.
Saturday 15th December
Jo Mary Yemen Fundraiser – Craft Taproom – 5pm
A day of raising money for aid and relief to the victims of the ‘forgotten conflict’ ongoing in Yemen, Jo Mary headline this Smithdown Road event with Mold, Hannah and the Wick Effect, Cow, Bill Nickson, and Silver Linings all partaking in a pub gig to show solidarity and support.
The Mysterines – The Zanzibar – 7:30pm
Psych-infused power trio delivery from these as their return home for a headline gig after a summer opening for the likes of Goat Girl. Monks and Shards support. For fans of PJ Harvey and co.
Godwosh – Constellations – Thursday 20th December
Self-remixing arm of the IWF/Kazimier in-house techno band Dogshow, Godwosh sees the Crombie brothers collaborate with at least one other improv-ready player to delve into dynamic jazz & electronica.
Leon Vynehall (all night long) – Meraki – Friday 15th February
The masterful ambient producer comes to this 300 capacity venue for an extended DJ set.
Monday 3rd December
John Tilbury plays For Bunita Marcus by Morton Feldman – The Capstone – 7:30pm
Lauded free improviser and interpreter of contemporary classical compositions, John Tilbury is perhaps best known for performing alongside Cornelius Cardew in the Scratch Orchestra and as a member of the brilliant improve group AMM. Here, he approaches one of Feldman’s most recorded pieces, a ‘monumental solo work’ for piano written well into the composer’s career. A durational piece with harmonies left hanging between sparse clusters of piano notes.
Tuesday 4th December
The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra – The Capstone – 7:30pm
For his second night in Liverpool, pianist John Tilbury joins the local big band of improv and featuring a composition written by Tilbury himself, using a Samuel Beckett text as its basis. For part two of the evening, John will improvise with and direct the MIO.
Peter Murphy: 40 Years Of Bauhaus – The Ritz (Manchester) – 7pm
Vocalist for one of the defining gothic post-punk bands, Peter Murphy returns to Bauhaus material on the ‘ruby anniversary’ of the group alongside original bass player David J.
Thursday 6th December
PMS Radio DJ Night – Kazimier Garden – 5pm
Right after work and but a hop, skip and jump from BBC Merseyside HQ, the PMS team will be taking turns to play their favourites from
Rongorongo, Claire Welles, Lonesaw + more – Jacaranda Records Phase One – 7:30pm
A chrimbo cracker of a Deep Cuts, this seasonal special edition also includes Mark Greenwood’s new solo project Prison Behaviour alongside long term friend of the show Claire Welles and supergroup Rongorongo, plus the pre-eminent locally-sourced industrial noise of Lonesaw.
Clube do Choro – Aerie (24 Hardman Street) – 9pm
Upstairs venue Aerie is seeking to fill its loft with jazz and surrounding sounds. Merseyside-based Brazil-born percussionist Milena Sa (also of Trio Amelie) leads this group designed to give new life to the Choro genre of improvisational Brazilian folksong, a style with myriad Latin/African/Euro jazz influences and overtones.
Helena Hauff, Asok, Breakwave – 24 Kitchen Street – 10:30pm
One for the after-party crowd, Hauff is a go-to electro-tinged techno DJ that’s becoming something of a staple at this Chinatown nightclub – so an almost guaranteed great continuation after whatever else.
Gaika, Loft, Bryn – 24 Kitchen Street – unfortunately postponed
Friday 7th December
The Orielles – Invisible Wind Factory – 7:30pm
Another dreamy guitar pop act with roots in Liverpool to sign to Heavenly Records (after Stealing Sheep, and Hooton Tennis Club), The Orielles are very much on the up and now perform their bendy, chorus-heavy tracks as a four-piece with the addition of mercurial fellow traveller Strawberry Guy on keys. Support bands number three in total, with Spilt, Brad Stank, and Three From Above on opening obligations.
Saturday 8th December
Ponderosa Glee Boys – District (61 Jordan Street) – 8pm
Another true Eric’s 77 style opportunity to catch the once geographically-dislocated, now Liverpool-re-oriented post-punk band Ponderosa Glee Boys, returning to show off new material in this show to launch their latest record, ‘Awake’.
Acid Cannibals – Outpost (formerly Maguires, 77 Renshaw Street) – 7:30pm
Noisey, fast, faintly psychedelic Glaswegian duo Acid Cannibals come to do the right thing in the back room of still new-feeling independent venue Outpost. Also playing: Abominate and Loose Nuts. Honourable mention to Outpost for carrying the baton after the closure of pizza place Maguires, with the same staff going on to turn the place into a bit more of a bar, with a boosted-up function space.
Looking ahead: Wednesday 12th December
‘Sir Henry at Rawlinson End’ 40th Anniversary – Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Michael Livesely re-revives Vivian Stanshall’s bizarro and fully out-there Peel Session-based LP from 1978 in this nationally renound adaption for the stage.
Thursday 13th December
Queen Zee – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm (sold out)
Playing their debut album in full – one time only!
Saturday 15th December
WHXRS, Basic Switches, Burnerfriends, Doghead – Drop the DumBulls – 8pm
Spine combine forces with Wetroom to present their 6th and final event of 2018 – an evening of experimental, industrial, electronic and ‘other’ music of grassroots origin. Well worth following these around the North Docks for a look at a micro-community blossoming quite quickly into a brilliantly noisy yet friendly and accessible offshoot of a scene unto itself. WHXRS will perform an extended ‘religious death march’; Basic Switches is Cowtown’s synth operator writ solo; Burnerfriends is a spin-off of local repeato-rockers The Mekano Set; Doghead is a power electronics / ambient project of one member of Mal/Lonesaw/Syring House. A multifarious and fascinating bunch.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.