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.
Yo La tengo
Tuesday 1st May:
Seun Kuti, Egypt 80.
Wednesday 2nd May:
Writing’s on the Wall Festival starts in Conversation with Carmen Bugan
The Women’s Organsiation, James Street. www.wowfest.uk
Rongorongo play support to Longcut over in Manchester this Friday. Soupkitchen.
Wowfest – Remembering the Roma Holocaust – t is the 75th anniversary of the mass deportation of Germany’s Sinti and Roma (‘Gypsies’) to Auschwitz concentration camp. photographic exhibition 1st floor of Central Library from 3rd May to Sat 26th.
plus performance by Radio Django berlin (The original sound of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli meets 21st-century Gypsy-Jazz, Led by Janko Stachlengro Lauenberger, grandson of a Sinto Holocaust survivor who figures in the exhibition)
Liverpool Central Library
Shatner’s Bassoon, aPAtT, Charismtic Megafauna , Dog Chocolate.
Drop The Dumbulls.
Christy Moore (Planxty)
Liverpool Philharmonic hall
Smithdown Road Festival - There will be 15 indoor stages, plus 2 huge outdoor stages too. As well as a dedicated kids area, street food market and a pop up cinema and theatre.
Puzzle, Peter J Smyth – Defend Vinyl
The Cubical, Matt Barton & Dave Owen plsu Stealing Sheep DJs – The Handymands
Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies, Organ Freeman – Kris Ealey Stage on Wavertree Mystery Park
28 Costumes, Voo – Craft Taproom
Double Echo – Hill 16
Liverpool Sound City
Queen Zee & The Sasstones – Baltic Market
Stealing Sheep – Camp & Furnace – Blade
Greg Wilson – DJ Set Hangar 34
The Rutles – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Music Room
Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats @ Liverpool Olympia 7pm
Mellow Mood at The Invisible Wind Factory 7.30pm
Piano Circus 7pm Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
Fri/Sat/Sun – Kaz 10th Bday celebrations at The Garden
Friday – Retrospective AV montages 6-10pm
Sat – The Party 7pm
Sun – Sunday Brunch Club 2pm All day Brunch with Dogshow (3hr improv jazz/fidget house)
Shonen Knife/Takotsubo Men @ Shipping forecast 7.30pm Japanese Pop punk
Plantlife @ The Reeds 7pm
Lupini – eclectic ambient selections
Padawan Sound – Leeds based artist playing techno, bass and dubstep
Ranga – Live percussion and hardware sounds.
Nels Cline 4 @ The Invisible Wind Factory
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians joined by members of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with special guests Damon Albarn & Mounir Troudi
Father Murphy/Mesange/Atatat 81 Renshaw st. 8pm
Wednesday 18th April: Black Doldrums, Spark, Nulla, News from Neptune – The Jacaranda – 7:30pm
“A slack night of beats, rhythms and FULL ON PSYCH NOIIIZZZE. London’s Black Doldrums: layers of echo-drenched guitar and relentless drums; dark-psych shoegaze. …influenced by much of the proto-psych of the 1960s, icy post-punk of the 80’s and the swagger of the 90’s, taking their name from Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Denver Doldrums’”
Wednesday 11th April
Eric Chenaux – the Portico Library (Manchester) – 7:30pm
Adventurous, dextrous guitarist / singer / composer based in Paris. We have played releases of his (Constellation Recs) on the show; Rory and Roger making the journey to record Eric in this unusual setting. Traditional folk, psychedelic pop, and consort music meets balladry via improvisation.
Minami Deutsch – Buyers Club – 7:30pm
Spacey Japanese kosmische / krautrock-style band of Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 fame perform upstairs in the old Picket premises off Hardman St. About to have split single with Kuro released by local label God Unknown; have a second album out on 20th April.
Thursday 12th April
Goat Girl, The Mysterines, Hannah’s Little Sister – The Shipping Forecast – 7:30pm
C86-inspired indie a.k.a. ‘sci-fi fusion’ from the London scene-shaker-upper four piece; just had their debut record released by Rough Trade.
Samuel Beckett’s Endgame – Drop The DumBulls Gallery (sold out: standing room only) – 7pm
Celebrated ‘play in one act’ presented over two nights at the North Docks pub-turned-living room.
Friday 13th April
Mad Professor’s Dub Club – Constellations – 8pm
Presented by Liverpool’s reggae festival organisers, Positive Vibration: the beloved ‘phenomenon’ of the dub genre, Mad Professor.
Lizzie Nunnery: Horny Handed Tons of Soil – The Arts Centre EHU – 8pm
Beat poetry meets folk song via electronic composition, with live brass and percussion, by way of documentary film and theatrical storytelling… a fascinating mixed-media piece from 2016 gets a second outing.
FACT at 15: Aurora Halal, Robin Fox – 24 Kitchen St. – 9pm
Celebrating a decade and a half of the Liverpool institution, a party featuring cutting edge audio-visual / laser projector and sound artist Robin Fox (over from Australia), alongside Sustain Release festival organiser Aurora Halal.
Saturday 14th April
Loka, The Fernweh, Yammerer – Studio2 (Parr St.) – 7:30pm
Local trip-hop act and Ninja Tune staples Loka; early-British Sea Power-recalling mysterious Merseyside act The Fernweh, and The Fall meets John Dwyer’s “In The Red” brand of garage rock courtesy of also fairly Liverpudlian Yammerer.
An Evening with Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip – IWF Substation – 7:30pm
6 Music favourite comedy-punk a la Half Man Half Biscuit or John Cooper Clarke – but with a Yorkshire twist.
Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May: Smithdown Road Festival – various venues between Evil Eye and Kelly’s Dispensary
Now in year 4, a firm favourite for fans of the likes of John Power, Space, 28 Costumes…
Cornerstone Arts Festival – The Capstone Theatre – 3rd to 10th March
Liverpool Hope University have chosen this year to hone the programme of their Arts Festival in on conversations around topics such as International Women’s Day, all while supporting emerging talent. This highly varied set of events runs for the week, and includes styles from soulful bedroom productions to unusual re-casting of traditional folk music.
Mark Sultan / Mincemeat / Eyesore & the Jinx / Teenage Crimewave – Drop The Dumbulls – 7pm
One-man rock’n’roll from Mr Sultan (of King Khan & BBQ Show) plus multi-person live music combos in the city’s favourite gallery-come-front-living room.
The Wailers – O2 Academy – 7pm
“Featuring original members Aston "Familyman" Barrett, Junior Marvin, Tyrone Downie and Donald Kinsey performing the album Legend in its entirety.”
Thursday (International Women’s Day)
Open Decks & DJ Workshop; IWD Boogie – 24 Kitchen Street – 5pm onwards
NOTA BENE: Tickets are for ~combined entry~ into both the workshop and the International Women's Day Boogie, making the workshop a scandalously superb steal at a £2 supplement.
Friday 9th March
Mim Suleiman – Buyers Club – 8pm
Musician and singer-songwriter Mim Suleiman is known for her mixing of ostensibly ‘western’ electronic influences (dub, disco) with the Taarab sound of her native Zanzibar. This is the SisBis’ team’s first live booking and as ever the event is a fundraiser for MRANG (Merseyside Refugee & Asylum Seekers Pre and Postnatal Support Group).Resident DJ Giovana will also play records for the dance floor from around the world. In association with Africa Oyé.
Stealing Sheep – The Arts Centre EHU – 8pm (Edge Hill University campus, Ormskirk)
Presenting a live preview of their latest set of recordings, titled ‘Big Wows’, Stealing Sheep supply visual-heavy versions of their new batch of electro-psych-pop songs – complete with bespoke synchronised lights, collage, costume, and projections.
Nasty Women Exhibition Launch & Gig – Constellations – 6pm
Hannah's Little Sister
Blossoming from a promising solo project into a quartet, they are a lo-fi pop sensation in waiting.
The girl who can't stay put, emerging into the contemporary indie rock scene.
Having a delicate sense of beauty and drama in each of her sets."
Saturday 10th March
Emotion Wave – 81 Renshaw St. – 8pm
Neil Grant hosts a round of three variously up-and-down-tempo electronica artists, from BRN/rd/YND, to Bye Louis, to Rykard
Shyboi, Hesska, M T Hall, Breakwave, Amtrak – Invisible Wind Factory Substation – 9pm
The first Discwoman artist to perform in Liverpool, Jamaica-born New York-based SHYBOI comes to the north docklands basement venue to perform a set of hard club music intended for the vogue-ing runway and high-fashion catwalk. Other acts include Manchester's not-so-secret sensation Hesska, plus three local artists all positing a different take on the electronic music spectrum. Runs until 3am
Looking ahead: Centrifuge/Shatner's Bassoon - The Capstone Theatre - 7:30pm
Two groups of improvisors go head-to-head in this beguiling instalment of the 'Interactions' series.
Liverpool International Jazz Festival
James Taylor Quartet & Skeltr (Manc Duo) @ The Capstone 7.30pm
Anti-Social Jazz Club Afterparty @ Frederiks 9pm
LIJF Get The Blessing & The Weave @ The Capstone 7.30pm
LIJF Arun Ghosh IndoJazz Sextet + Masterclass @ The Capstone 1pm
LIJF Dock in Absolute & Andchuck @ Capstone 7.30pm
Hookworms & Virginia Wing @ IWF 7pm
Kick.Out 3 – Peaness, Karuna, Eastcote, SIREN @ 81 Renshaw Street 7pm (Mark Rowley)
Cartier 4 Everyone – The Astral Plane Showcase (Blog and Label) @ IWF Substation 10pm
[underground and new club sounds from younger, lesser known artists] With LOFT, SHALT, EMMA
Ensemble 10/10 @ Liverpool Phil 7.30pm
Mihkel Kerem – Lamento for Cello and Strings, Scriabin Settings, Stravinsky – Concerto in Eflat major,
Premiere – Grace Evangeline Mason – New Work
Manchester Collective – 100 Demons (Strings & Electronics) @ IWF Substation 8pm
VESSEL The Birth of the Queen
STEVE REICH Violin Phase
JONATHAN HARVEY Ricercare una melodia
IANNIS XENAKIS Mikka S
EDMUND FINNIS Sister
MICHAEL GORDON Industry
DANIEL ELMS 100 Demons WORLD PREMIERE
20th March - The Necks @ The Capstone
Live Music Thursdays – Harambe Maoni (Lead by Liverpool Saxophonist Andrew Myers, Harambe Maoni are a 6 piece electro jazz outfit, Featuring virtuoso Persian Tombek player Soroush Niroumand Fard).
Constellations (from 6pm Free)
Gramaphone Ray Gun
Gramophone Ray Gun is a ‘live’ series of events celebrating experimental approaches to writing, poetry and music.
Our ninth event includes innovative poetic readings from, Ade Jackson, Jessica Tillings and Johnathan Raisin each punked up on queer language and jazz abstraction. As per usual, the evening will unfold to a crepuscular soundscape of unearthly samples and music excavated from a U.F.O crash site in Crosby. Unfortunately, due to contractual reasons, there will be no appearance of the giant ant.
Liverpool irish Festival – Echoes of Erin – traditional musicians, singers and Dancers.
Liverpool Irish Centre. The Liverpool Irish Festival is 16-18 October. www.liverpoolirishfestival.com
Down & Outs (fifth album ‘Double Negative’ out on Feb 14th), Puzzle, Natterers, Pardon Us.
China Crisis – Flaunt The Imperfection full album (1985) and greatest hits
Volume Please! by amazing composer and musician Mxoli Norman, featuring an original new jazz score, and exploring the politics and social history of South Africa. Tickets are free but booking required.
Edge Hill University Arts Centre
Positive Vibration presents The sounds of Black Uhuru (1977 – 1985), performed by Mykal Rose, Backed by Mafia & Fluxy, Support from One A Penny Sound System.
Merry Hell (Liverpool Acoustic) energetic folk rock.
Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
theMerseyside improvisers orchestra . It's with Steve beresford. Also playing is a duo of Stephen Grew and Trevor Watts