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.