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.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.