Gig Guide Monday 17th December 2018
Catalyst Christmas Live – Beyond Average, C-Two, Billie Ray & Charlie, Blue Saint, Dorcas Seb, Girl Talk, Jordi Highdale.
Camp and Furnace (Free from 7pm)
Catalyst performing Arts Project is based in Toxteth and was set up to provide the opportunity for young people in the area to explore their own creativity through drama, writing, dance and other arts activities. www.catalystperformingarts.co.uk
Mothmas – Thu-Thuy Emma Linney Nguyen - Beautiful melodies enrobed in delicious beats. Chloe Mullett - giving out some nodes of the musical persuasion, ViceMöth- Annual möth wizards playing it legit, Dr Vibes - Vibergenic material from the vibemaster, In Atoms - Drone central, a firm believer in the powers that be, Big Ron from the Swan - Böss treatz from the beast from the east.
Wind Factory Kitchen.
New Year’s Eve:
Mothership Main Stage, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat, Brass:
Kazimier Karoake Ensemble, Afirca Oye DJs, Buddha (multidimensional AV performance), Rubber Dub, Nutribe, Melodic Distraction, XJukebox.
Positive Vibration Presents Channel One Sound System.
Invisible Wind Factory
Tuesday 22nd January:
J Mascis (following third album ‘Elastic Days’)
Wednesday 30th January:
Bassekou Kouyate. Ngoni player (traditional Lute found throughout West Africa). Has Collaborated with Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Taj mahal, Damon Albarn.
Philharmonic Music Room.
Friday 1st February:
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of The Heart.
Philharmonic Music Room.
Saturday 16th March:
Kristen Hersh – after releasing her latest album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is out on tour.
Philharmonic Music Room.
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.
Monday 3rd December
John Tilbury plays For Bunita Marcus by Morton Feldman – The Capstone – 7:30pm
Lauded free improviser and interpreter of contemporary classical compositions, John Tilbury is perhaps best known for performing alongside Cornelius Cardew in the Scratch Orchestra and as a member of the brilliant improve group AMM. Here, he approaches one of Feldman’s most recorded pieces, a ‘monumental solo work’ for piano written well into the composer’s career. A durational piece with harmonies left hanging between sparse clusters of piano notes.
Tuesday 4th December
The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra – The Capstone – 7:30pm
For his second night in Liverpool, pianist John Tilbury joins the local big band of improv and featuring a composition written by Tilbury himself, using a Samuel Beckett text as its basis. For part two of the evening, John will improvise with and direct the MIO.
Peter Murphy: 40 Years Of Bauhaus – The Ritz (Manchester) – 7pm
Vocalist for one of the defining gothic post-punk bands, Peter Murphy returns to Bauhaus material on the ‘ruby anniversary’ of the group alongside original bass player David J.
Thursday 6th December
PMS Radio DJ Night – Kazimier Garden – 5pm
Right after work and but a hop, skip and jump from BBC Merseyside HQ, the PMS team will be taking turns to play their favourites from
Rongorongo, Claire Welles, Lonesaw + more – Jacaranda Records Phase One – 7:30pm
A chrimbo cracker of a Deep Cuts, this seasonal special edition also includes Mark Greenwood’s new solo project Prison Behaviour alongside long term friend of the show Claire Welles and supergroup Rongorongo, plus the pre-eminent locally-sourced industrial noise of Lonesaw.
Clube do Choro – Aerie (24 Hardman Street) – 9pm
Upstairs venue Aerie is seeking to fill its loft with jazz and surrounding sounds. Merseyside-based Brazil-born percussionist Milena Sa (also of Trio Amelie) leads this group designed to give new life to the Choro genre of improvisational Brazilian folksong, a style with myriad Latin/African/Euro jazz influences and overtones.
Helena Hauff, Asok, Breakwave – 24 Kitchen Street – 10:30pm
One for the after-party crowd, Hauff is a go-to electro-tinged techno DJ that’s becoming something of a staple at this Chinatown nightclub – so an almost guaranteed great continuation after whatever else.
Gaika, Loft, Bryn – 24 Kitchen Street – unfortunately postponed
Friday 7th December
The Orielles – Invisible Wind Factory – 7:30pm
Another dreamy guitar pop act with roots in Liverpool to sign to Heavenly Records (after Stealing Sheep, and Hooton Tennis Club), The Orielles are very much on the up and now perform their bendy, chorus-heavy tracks as a four-piece with the addition of mercurial fellow traveller Strawberry Guy on keys. Support bands number three in total, with Spilt, Brad Stank, and Three From Above on opening obligations.
Saturday 8th December
Ponderosa Glee Boys – District (61 Jordan Street) – 8pm
Another true Eric’s 77 style opportunity to catch the once geographically-dislocated, now Liverpool-re-oriented post-punk band Ponderosa Glee Boys, returning to show off new material in this show to launch their latest record, ‘Awake’.
Acid Cannibals – Outpost (formerly Maguires, 77 Renshaw Street) – 7:30pm
Noisey, fast, faintly psychedelic Glaswegian duo Acid Cannibals come to do the right thing in the back room of still new-feeling independent venue Outpost. Also playing: Abominate and Loose Nuts. Honourable mention to Outpost for carrying the baton after the closure of pizza place Maguires, with the same staff going on to turn the place into a bit more of a bar, with a boosted-up function space.
Looking ahead: Wednesday 12th December
‘Sir Henry at Rawlinson End’ 40th Anniversary – Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Michael Livesely re-revives Vivian Stanshall’s bizarro and fully out-there Peel Session-based LP from 1978 in this nationally renound adaption for the stage.
Thursday 13th December
Queen Zee – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm (sold out)
Playing their debut album in full – one time only!
Saturday 15th December
WHXRS, Basic Switches, Burnerfriends, Doghead – Drop the DumBulls – 8pm
Spine combine forces with Wetroom to present their 6th and final event of 2018 – an evening of experimental, industrial, electronic and ‘other’ music of grassroots origin. Well worth following these around the North Docks for a look at a micro-community blossoming quite quickly into a brilliantly noisy yet friendly and accessible offshoot of a scene unto itself. WHXRS will perform an extended ‘religious death march’; Basic Switches is Cowtown’s synth operator writ solo; Burnerfriends is a spin-off of local repeato-rockers The Mekano Set; Doghead is a power electronics / ambient project of one member of Mal/Lonesaw/Syring House. A multifarious and fascinating bunch.
Liverpool Producer Hub 24 Kitchen Street 7pm
A gathering of Liverpool based producers/music makers of any genre to test and listen to their tracks in Kitchen Streets new L’Acoustics PA system.
Submission deadline has passed, but could be an interesting opportunity to meet people etc
LUNA single launch with Stealing Sheep & Remee @24 Kitchen Street 7pm (electro pop)
Vile Creature(Canada)/Bismouth(Nottingham)/Bodies on Everest @ Drop the Dumbulls 8pm
VC - Slow & heavy with anti-oppressive and fantastical leanings. B – dense droning doom BOE – “Difficult & Draining”
Free Rock ‘n’ Roll – Unstoppable Sweeties Show, Four Candles(performance poetry), Wanweird @ Sound Food & Drink 8pm
Immix Ensemble: Laura Cannell & Ella Finer @ Tate Liverpool 7.30pm
Performing new work – Intone: For Overblow Violin, Voice & Immix Ensemble
Extended techniques, ancient sounding melodies and drone intertwine with live and recorded voice in this new composition exploring Cannell and Finer’s shared interest in the sound of languages: through tone and intonation, translation and transposition.
New Work from Daniel Thorne (& Andrew Hunt)
Lez Be Avin It – Where Are All The Lesbians? After Party @ IWF 9pm
Scherbatsky/Jess Doyle/Bitowski/Jamz Supernova & Dancing Queen Laura Connolly
Sunday 2nd December
JD Meatyard’s ‘The Batchain Pullers’ Review
JD Meatyard/Mankes/Tamsin A/Sonnenberg/Fort Baxter & Poetry from Moet 6.30pm-9.30pm all ages show.
December 13th – Queen Zee @ 24 Kitchen Street 7pm
Performing debut album in full with guests and collaborators. Support from Piss Kitti & Zand
Hyperculte, President Business, Paul Tarpey
Duo of double bass and drum from member of ‘Orchestra Tout Puissant Marcelle Ducamp’
Don’t Drop The Dumbulls
Seasick Steve- promoting new album ‘Can You Cook?’
Bryde + Lyla Foy
Jacaranda PhaseOne. 8pm
Mogwai- promoting new sound track for KIN and off the back of last years ‘Every Country’s Sun’.
OlympiaMersey Wylie- new EP ‘The Skin I Live In’ release party.
Studio2 Parr St
Yves Tumor- new album- ‘Safe in The Hands Of Love’ out now on Warp
24 Kitchen St. 8pm.
Sis Bis present: Mr Bongo, Sofie K, Giovanna
24 Kitchen St 11pm-4am
Manchester Collective present: Pierrot Lunaire (Schoenberg)
’unique staged show, set over the course of one night and built around a stark set consisting of a single four poster bed’
Invisible Wind Factory. 8pm.
10th April 2019
Terry and Gyan Riley with Lupini (DJ)
24 Kitchen st
Monday 5th November
Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert – Leaf – 8pm
Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat meets fellow post-rock Glaswegian guitar man RM Hubbert for a night reciting their collaborative record, full of tales of romantic surrender and epitaph-writing. Strong currents run through this Scotch duo’s bodies of work; should prove to be brimming with much-needed start-the-week/winter acerbicism.
Gaby Agis: Shouting Out Loud / Close Streams – Capstone Theatre – 4pm
Part of Leap Dance Festival, which sees MDI celebrate 25 years in Liverpool, Gaby Agis’ 1980s work is reconstructed here, full of apt socio-political reflection from the time, still baring relevance now. Shouting Out Loud will be performed by 13 intergenerational women from Liverpool, with a soundtrack by seminal female punks The Raincoats. Leap runs 2nd-12th November
Dietrich: Natural Duty – Unity Theatre – 7:30pm
As part of Homotopia festival, Peter Groom performs in this one-(wo)man show: a tribute to Marlene Dietrich that mixes drag, theatre and cabaret, coming hot off the back of an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. “It is 1942. On the battlefields of North Africa in a gold sequin gown, Marlene Dietrich takes to the stage to fight the war her way; with an irresistible mix of songs, sequins, sex and sympathy.”
Duds, Yammerer – the Shipping Forecast – 7:30pm
Down into ‘the hold’ one goes to watch the astringent, wiry Duds, a Manchester band that performs a curiously elastic mix of echoey post-punk and weirdly clean no-wave in the tradition of acts like The Contortions, early Scitti Politti, Stump, Blurt, Dog Faced Hermans and a healthy amount of the grand prototype of this ‘challenging’ way of playing, the Magic Band. Opening for them are five-strong Fall/Can hybridisers Yammerer, a group that turn the same ‘new wave’ methodology on its head in terms of going for repetition over rhythmic complexity. It should prove interesting to veer from their 6-minute rants and screes into Duds’ sub-120-second manifesti.
Rent Party – Unity Theatre – 8pm
Billed as a 21st Century ‘austerity U.K.’ update of the Harlem Renaissance Parties of the 1920s, this commission by Homotopia has been put together by a string of young, gifted, and black, poor and gay artists for this year’s festival, on a two-night run over Wednesday and Thursday. The concept is thus: you pay (rent) to party (hosts), or in this case attend a night of kaleidoscopic entertainment performed by singers, musicians, poets, dancers and other ‘artist friends’.
Organ Freeman, Loka, Ana Mae, The Indica Gallery, Bobhowla, Pharoahe Rocher – Jacaranda Records Phase One (40 Seel Street) – 7pm
A school-night smorgasbord of Merseyside-sourced uppers, downers, lefters and put-the-world-to-righters: out-rock, dream-psych, hip-hop, soloists, full band debuts, and Wirralien hijinks.
Mamadou & the Lekette Band – Constellations – 7pm
From the cosy corner of this Baltic area bar, free live music from accomplished Senegalese singer/percussionist Mamadou Diaw’s five-piece mbalax/afrobeat/jazz/calypso outfit, now with Spanish and US musicians amongst their ranks. Irresistible grooves to act as a body warmer.
The Prodigy – Echo Arena – 6:30pm
No introduction required for the Essex-born, original UK hardcore techno-punk act. Opening duo Ho99o9 tout a neo-horrorcore branch of hip-hop that will sit well alongside old new rave.
Amelie Lens, Rebekah – Invisible Wind Factory – 11pm
One newcomer, one forerunner: two techno heavyweights on the same bill at this ‘electronic experience’ imports gifted a fresh round of DJs/producers to the North Docks.
Germanager, Territorial Gobbing, WHXRS, Syringe House, Me Present(s) – Factory Kitchen – 7:30pm
Spine come back with an Autumn heater featuring our good friend of the show Germanager alongside all manner of industrial, spoken word, and fantastically noisey racket at the top of IWF.
King Crimson – Empire Theatre – 7:30pm
The name be apt as the brain-rock staple’s ‘Uncertain Times’ tour presents three drummers, Bill Rieflin back on keys, Tony Levin on bass instruments, plus reeds and flute from Mel Collins (of an early ‘70s version of the band) and singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk; founder-guitarist Robert Fripp describes it as a “double quartet formation” – and not far off a trio of trios. This three-hour show will include the purported ‘live debut’ of 6 historic (n.b. never before toured) prog pieces from the Crim back cat.
Brix & the Extricated – Arts Club – 7pm
Brix Smith Start and Steve Hanley of The Fall head up this from-the-ashes re-incarnation, up in the Loft on Seel Street. Prepare for tour-testing of studio record number two, plus very possibly tributes to Mr Smith himself.
Friday 23rd November
Yves Tumor – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
The only live gig besides a night in London for this Warp Records provocateur, P.A. system destroyer, shape-shifting sound collagist, songsmith, and all-round enigmatic performer Yves Tumor.
Manchester Collective: Pierrot Lunaire – IWF Substation – 7pm
Augmented string quartet goes bad here with their most unwieldy and challenging choice of work to date: a new translation of Schoenberg’s deeply dark, challenging and unsettling atonal song cycle. Surreal, serialist opera dealing with hard subject matter – another first from the contemporary classical pushers.
Lord Huron + Malena Zavala
Great Lakes-inspired songsmithery from Ben Schneider + band, known for soundtracking the end titles and closing credits on various alt-y US TV series (Shameless reboot, Community, Girls, 13 Reasons Why… etc.)
Sambrosa Allstars: The Buena Vista – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
This assemblage of Sambroso Noda / London Jazz Café all-stars will perform Buena Vista Social Club’s classic Tropical Latin Cuban Jazz album in its entirety.
Psycho (Film with Live Orchestra) – Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
Sync points aplenty as the Hitchcock slash-sterpiece is dementedly revivified by the RLPO.
Culture Club – Output – 5pm
One-hour discussion and social for all things pop culture takes place in this still-new Seel Street gallery space.
Blade Blood Rave – Brick Street – 9pm
No-Wave's DJ team are keen to re-create the iconic ‘bass in the place’ scene from the most 1990s of vampire films at this Baltic area venture from some of the team behind the final incarnation of Hardman Street staple The Magnet. Red sauce included. 'Horrible' music policy promised. Address is 44 Brick Street.
Seatbelts / Brick House / FLIZZ / Samurai Kip – Handyman Pub – 8pm
Four locally sourced independent music makers in the back of this Smithdown establishment.
Kagoule / Elevant / Wife – EBGBs – 7:30pm
Tip-top 4AD type indie brilliance from this Notts trio, plus ’90 Seattle scene sounding skyscrapers (and event organisers) Elevant, and WIFE.
Homotopia Festival 2018 Launch – Hinterlands – 8pm
Running until 1st December - do check out the full programme for this vital cultural calendar highlight that this year includes appearances from such luminaries as Jinx Monsoon, John Waters, and Travis Alabanza. Vital!:
Juan Martin - The Brindley (Runcorn) - 7:30pm
Flamenco guitar mastery at this near-enough purpose built theatre
Bar Stool Preachers, Capitalist Kids, Down and Outs, Aerial Salad – Outpost – 8pm
Eric’s ’77 presents “without doubt one of the most exciting bands in the UK right now” (BSP), plus touring Americans CKs, held together by darlings of the older school of Merseyside punk rock thought D&Os, and the far-flung sounding Aerial Salad. Happening in the spot that used to house Maguire’s Pizza on Renshaw Street, Outpost (new name for said venue) are honouring all previously-scheduled gigs – and taking on plenty more in their own right. Great news for local live music!
Emotion Wave with Chemistry Lane, Fisherman Swilbert, Prof Khaos – 81 Renshaw – 8pm
Neil Grant taking it back to the best spot for hand-made electronica featuring an ultra-varied array of styles out-the-box (and in).
Ladytron, Stealing Sheep, Haarm – o2 Acad – 7pm
Liverpool's synth-pop lineage expressed in three iterations here, as the locally-raised four-piece Ladytron headline a very rare hometown appearance; Stealing Sheep re-affirm their hold on their own mould of contemporary power trio electronica; and Haarm bring us up to date as a super-group of familiar faces.
50 Years of Trojan night – Brick Street – 2pm
Dub and reggae all-day mini-festival from the team behind Positive Vibration.
The End is Nigh – North Shore Troubadour – 9:30pm
All manner of electronic mayhem/fun/cultivated chaos in this North Docks hot spot. Prepare for fast BPMs.
Thursday 8th Nov: Organ Freeman, Loka, etc. for Deep Cuts – Jacaranda Records Phase One – 7pm
Tuesday 22nd Jan 2019: J Mascis – Arts Club
Low/Kathryn Joseph @ Manchester Cathedral 7.30pm
Indika 2018 Pravin Godkhindi and Kousic Sen 8pm
Vieux Farka Toure @ 24 Kitchen Street 8pm
Free Rock 'n' Roll @ Sound Food @ Drink – Sheepy, Litterbug (Blackpool), and Three From Above 8pm
Aiming For Enrike(Oslo)/Kusanagi/ABAS @ Studio 2 8pm
Sly & The Family Drone/Atatat/Hart Foundation 97/Friend Request @ Drop the Dumbulls
Lankum @ The Music Room 8pm
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita @ Liverpool Phil 25th November
Gig Guide Monday 8th October
24 Kitchen Street
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
24 Kitchen Street.
Ensemble 10/10 performing Three Pieces by Arvo Part – Summa, Sequentia & Mein Weg. Plus Architectonics VI by Erkki-Sven Tüür alongside Liverpool composer Stephen Davismoon and a premiere from Grace-Evangeline Mason, our Christopher Brooks Competition Prize Winner.
St George’s Hall Concert Room.
Invisible Wind Factory.
Richard Thompson (former member of Fairport Convention), Joan Shelly (from Louisville, Kentucky folk-rock singer) and Nathan Salsburg.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Tramp Attack. Support from The Boss Jockeys and Ian Lane & the Moments of Shame.
Edensong, Neil Campbell’s After The Flood, Loka.
The Orb 30th Anniversary
Capeesh is 1: Witch Fever, Split, Beija Flo & Special Guests. To celebrate Capeesh's 1st birthday we have an amazing evening of live music, featuring WITCH FEVER as headliners, along with special guests, SPILT, Beija Flo, Jack Haworth and Charity Shop Pop. Spinning the tunes with a punky reggae vibe will be our resident DJ, Cosmic Shepherd
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.