David Byrne, Laura Mvula – o2 Apollo (Manchester) – 7pm
David Byrne has just announced an extensive world tour in support of his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia. He will perform songs from the new album, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads.
A twelve-piece band will also join Byrne on stage for a choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”
Mai Mai Mai, Branton Mawdsley & Metcalfe, Gunnther – 81 Renshaw Street – 8pm
Another industry-night concert delight brought to us by polymath local guitarist Luke Mawdsley. Consisting this time of Italian synth noise from genreless musician Toni Cutrone (Mai Mai Mai), plus Luke’s new quasi-improv trio with Nick Branton and Michael P Metcalfe of Dead Hedge.
Film double bill: Grey Gardens & That Summer – FACT – 6:30pm
FACT and Liverpool Pride present a double bill of classic film Grey Gardens, and newly released That Summer.
This summer Liverpool Pride are exploring how LGBTQ+ people fit in with and expand the traditional ideas of what a family might be, in homage to the work of the Michael Causer Foundation, who work to make secure living and learning environments for young LGBTQ+ people.
Grey Gardens has become a phenomenon in the queer world for its warts and all portrayal of Big and Little Edie, the mother and daughter cousins of Jaqueline Kennedy/Onassis, who are living in self-induced squalor in the house of the same name. Their epic disregard for the norms of life has become a byword for seeing the world with heroic difference.
With the release of That Summer, our ongoing fascination with Big Edie and Little Edie is piqued once more. The film uncovers footage lost for decades shot by Andy Warhol, Peter Beard and the socialite sister of Jackie Onassis, Lee Radziwill, who formed a vibrant and profoundly influential creative community with the likes of Truman Capote and Mick Jagger in Montauk in the 1970s.
Exhibition Opening: Hassnat Sikander – Output Gallery (32 Seel Street) – 6pm
Liverpool-based Hassnat Sikander will be the second artist in the OUTPUT gallery exhibition programme. Her practice uses sound and performance to explore the trauma of forced marriage and domestic abuse. Sikander will return to the gallery on June 28th to give a performance within the space of the exhibition.
OUTPUT is a new gallery in the The Kazimier Gardens’ former workshop space at 32 Seel Street. OUTPUT gallery will exclusively show creatives from or living in Merseyside.
Wild Fruit Art Collective – EBGBs – 7:30pm
Bido Lito! team up with Eggy Records for the July edition of the Bido Lito! Social at EBGBs. Headliners Wild Fruit Art Collective have made a name for themselves in recent years with raucous gigs and an inventive sound which sets them apart from other acts on the Liverpool scene. Fellow Eggy artist Beija Flo provides support and new comer Hannah And The Wick Effect open proceedings.
New Music for Old Machines: Joasihno + Reality Goggles – The Well – 8pm
Two acts building fully contained electro-acoustic sonic worlds in which to present idiosyncratic, shape-shifting psychedelic music, performed in the intimate confines of the Well space, Roscoe St.
The duo of Cico Beck and Nico Sierig bring a battery of motorised, electric and acoustic instruments to create a musical landscape of robot-controlled mallet percussion, kinetic sound sculptures and colourful exotica. The pastoral pulses of early Cluster, the vibrant energy of Moondog and Harry Partch, and the 4th World collages of Visible Cloaks are all to be found in their unique alignment of experimental sonics and heady experimental pop
REALITY GOGGLES (UK)
RG presents post-religious devotional music. A refiguring of wilful designs and perhaps-happy accidents, circuit-bent pedals and looped trumpets invoking a shimmering amalgamation of Terry Riley, GAS and Robert Wyatt
Eat Me: The Punk Edition – Sound Food & Drink – 8pm
This June EAT ME will be paying homage to our favourite (ongoing) era of scabs, (delicious) body odour, tall spiky hair and screaming… to the powers that be!
Think burning effigies of Our Dear Leaders, sweaty kisses, cigarette burns and giving less of a shit – but, with more Drag Queens and Queers! Sounds down right medicinal to us!
We’ll be asking you what PUNK means today and collectively transporting ourselves to a better world of stanky pits, thrashing, rage, protest and unbridled self-expression!
Hosted by the original trash potato AUNTIE CLIMAX and her bouncy friends:
BABS DARLING, MIDGITTE BARDOT, THE HUNGRY B(R)ITCHES, MARILYN MISANDRY, KEVIN LAGRANDE, EDDI PILCHER & much much MORE
The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah – RNCM (Manchester) – 7:30pm
He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical and relevant reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but became one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. And now he’s back with his first tour in eight years, to coincide with his remarkable autobiography, The Life and Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah. In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life, while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems. Signed copies of The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah will be available after the show.
Upitup Records Rave – Rat Alley (Kazimier Garden) – 11pm
The netlabel-turned crucially vital Liverpool function recently celebrated their 15th birthday – and so continue the festivities with a ‘Rat Alley Rave’. Taking place in the former smoking area of the Kazimier club, this outdoor space behind the Kazimier Garden is a truly anarchic nightspot that has somehow eeked out an existence in the face of overwhelming redevelopment all around it. Merseyside representatives Jacques Malchance, Isocore, and EA Moon will all take turns before piling in for a back-to-back DJ moment. Novelty factor: they have a phone line set up, in true old school raving style, to ring up during the week in order to get cheap entry – try it yourself – 07707096449…
The Ex + Crumbs – Soup Kitchen (Manchester) – 7:30pm
The adventurous, innovative Dutch band The Ex exists 38 years this year and is still going strong. New projects, new adventures, new songs and new sounds are the norm.
The Ex has defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the punk explosion, when anything and everything was possible, the band have still managed to retain both curiosity and passion for their music. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as their starting point, The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day.
Looking ahead: Thursday 28th
Real Terms, Bearfoot Beware, Playacting, Neverbody – 81 Renshaw Street – 7pm
Real Terms release new single 'Padlocks' on June 29th through Superstar Destroyer Records. To celebrate, we're throwing a right old shindig with some wonderful friends from across the North.
REAL TERMS used to be in Liverpool math rock faves Vasco Da Gama and now have a sound that they like to think of as more melodic, groovy and spacious. Helpfully described by Playacting as "the smoothest math-groove power-trio in the world." We'll take it.
Saturday 7th July
Emel Mathlouthi – Invisible Wind Factory – 7pm
Voice of the Tunisian revolution and a sensation during 2007’s Arab Spring (for her song “Kelmti Horra” – ‘My Word Is Free’, which went viral during the tumult) Emel Mathlouthi performs as part of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival’s 20th anniversary celebration.