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