Roy Harper – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
The archetypal musician’s favourite folky is celebrating 50 years in the biz at this anniversary concert, sure to include cuts from his beloved 1968 record ‘Folkjokeopus’.
Misha Gray’s Prehistoric Jazz Quintet – Jacaranda Records (Phase One) – 7pm
Composer/pianist Gray leads this ancient music-inspired five-piece through original compositions that rely heavily on astute improvisation, accompanied by well-established North West musos including the must-see rhythm section combo of Johnny Hunter on drumset and Hugo Harrison on upright bass.
Bleib Modern, Double Echo, Full House, Lonesaw – Sound Food & Drink – 7pm
Gothic catharsis and pulsating industrial throbs abound as four post-punk/coldwave acts vie for the moodiest musical moments manageable, taking place in the basement of this Duke Street premises.
Godwosh – Constellations – 6pm (first set 8pm)
More improvised music as part of the Baltic venue’s regular easy-going night of live stuff, Godwosh tread a path that weaves between electronic rock, groove-oriented minimalism and the more danceable side of jazz fusion.
Manila Luzon – Heaven – 9pm
A well-seasoned wink-wink drag queen if ever there was one, Manila is known for her appearances on the increasingly popular RuPaul’s Drag Race and its spin-off All Stars, expect humour-laced lip syncs and cross-eyed cabaret in this live public performance.
Ghetto, Horseb*stard, Fidget - Drop the DumBulls - 8pm
Fast, faster, fasterest frenetic hardcore guitar music at the North Docks hot spot.
Eat Me: The Brexit Edition – District – 8pm
Drag, dinner, and disco from the mischievous lot providing Liverpool with its most alternative cabaret; this one’s a Leave Eve special in the accommodating confines of this Baltic area space.
Sarah Hennies’ Contralto – Royal Norther College of Music (Manchester) – 8pm
As part of the RNCM’s ‘Decontamination’ series, a fascinating 60min video, percussion and strings piece incorporates recordings of trans women’s voices, and acts as a bridge between experimental music and documentary in an exploration of the certain area between gender and sound.
Angel Field Festival - Hope Uni Creative Campus - until 30th March
Coming to the Everton neighbourhood in place of the Cornerstone, Hope University's Steve Davismoon is curating a combined arts international festival with the Capstone Theatre's central Angel Field garden as its nexus and hub. Marking a series of anniversaries - 100 years since the Bauhaus movement, 50 years since the Moon landing, 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall & Romania's Ceaucescu regime - with an eclectic array of screenings, performances, set pieces and other media. Begins with 'Cartographies' (a 4-channel sound installation running for 4 days) in the Cornerstone Foyer, and closes with an Immix Ensemble concert in the Senate Room, titled 'Dream Makers'. Collaborative, cross-discipline and full of curios - highlights might include a Russian balalaika recital, adventurous 20th century works for solo violin and string quartet, and Fran Cottrell's housing interventions.
Acid Arab – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
Another rarefied Middle East-meets-West counter cultural sound clash extraordinaire as the machinations of acid techno become peppered with oriental scales, embellishments and musical turns of this continental live electronic project.
That Thing: Itoa, Juke Joint, Samurai Breaks, Sirr Timo + residents - Meraki - 10pm
Tony Loco has worked tirelessly to bring the fringes of electronic music's global currents to our city, and this packed bill makes no exception. Prepare for 8 hours of 160BPM footwork, juke, ghetto house from the high-tempo and high energy Chicago dance music tradtions - there's even a workshop in how to move your feet at these speeds, double time. Like the US's own take on drum'n'bass, think lo-fi and with overheating drum machines. Impurity and Junglotrane join Tony Loco on warm-ups.
Look ahead: Wednesday 17th April - Tirzah - 24 Kitchen Street
+ Saturday 27th April - Nkisi - Best Before (end of Newhall Street behind Constellations)
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.