Monday 2nd October
Black Pudding / Bleach Sweets / Dead Houses / Emilio Pinchi @ Maguire’s Pizza Bar – 7:30pm
Garage-rock freak-outs with a good sense of humour from Leeds’ Black Pudding, sludge, sarcasm and feedback from Bleach Sweets, noisy post-punk courtesy Dead Houses, plus solo slacker rock from Emilio Pinchi.
Tim Hecker @ The White Hotel, Salford – 6:43pm
Doors open at sunset for a very special recital in pitch black as Canadian recording artist Tim Hecker sets out to create an atmosphere of extreme introspection and a distortion of the passage of time by playing his whole set in complete darkness. Thomas Ragsdale will perform before the blackout, with an audio-visual show; Ragsdale’s music was recently used by Adam Curtis in his most recent film, ‘Hypernormalisation’.
Thursday 5th October
The Birds @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
A night of 20th century composition realised by the city’s orchestra, ending with a calendar highlight of the classical canon: Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’.
Youngblood Brass Band @ Invisible Wind Factory – 7pm
Ten-piece ensemble YBB start their UK tour in Liverpool, re-imagining hip-hop instrumentals in the New Orleans street jazz tradition, as well as bringing their own original, in-keeping compositions to the live setting.
Friday 6th October
Club C I T S #6: Nkisi, Swan Meat, Croww, Hesska @ Versions (FKA Joshua Brookes) – 11pm
NON Worldwide co-founder Nkisi brings hard, dark club music derived from and driven by the contemporary African diaspora; her sets are thereby imbued with an anti-establishment, non-conformist edge. Composer-poet-sound engineer Swan Meat channels her experiences with chronic illness and body dysmorphia into her jarring, borderline carnivalesque mix of industrial-ambient pieces and spoken word. Hypermodern Manchester electronic music producer Croww, plus Castles In The Sky resident Hesska will also be on DJ duties.
Sisters Uncut Fundraiser: M T Hall (FKA Akasa), Bitowski, Jess Doyle, Lupini @ The Well Space – 9pm
Feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut throws a party to gather financial resources featuring a live set of acid-Mersey-club music from local producer M T Hall, plus a slew of female-identifying DJs.
GAS @ Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) – 7:30pm
Wolfgang Voigt brings his ambient project out on tour following the release of the first GAS record in 17 years. Ambient music informed by the Grunewald forests near Berlin as much as the city’s pulsating techno heartbeat.
Saturday 7th October
Liverpool Disco Festival @ Camp and Furnace – 12pm
Linda Clifford, Julie McKnight and Ron Carroll all perform live, while Dimitri From Paris and Prosumer head up an extensive roster of DJs celebrating all things glitterball discotheque in their steadily-growing 3rd incarnation.
GingeFest 1.0 @ Drop the DumBulls Gallery – 6pm
Grindcore by day and gabber by night at this secluded pub-turned-venue, featuring all manner of cheeky, gory, fast music from up and down the country.
Looking ahead: Wednesday 11th October
Placebo @ Winter Gardens (Blackpool) – 8pm
Much-loved and legendary cult brit-rock trio play
Thursday 12th October
Melvins and Redd Kross @ Gorilla (Manchester) – 7pm
Sludge lords, grunge forebears, and chiefs of all things detuned pair up, up the road.