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.