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
Film screening – Eye Candy presents: Wild In The Streets – Drop the Dumbulls Gallery – 7pm
As part of the annual Scalarama festival, and in celebration of the anniversary of the 1968 uprisings across the world, we present a classic counter-culture movie:
When rock star Max Frost is asked by a Senator to appear at a ‘youth rally’ to mobilize younger voters, he demands the voting age be reduced to 14 - the youth respond by rising up, bringing many American cities to a standstill. Rather than choosing candidates to support, Max decides it's time he and his inner circle took control and unveils a bold plan to once and for all do something about people over 30 - including his parents.
Free entry - arrive early to get a seat
Door 7pm (Film 7:30)
Immix Ensemble presents: Kelly Lee Owens & Thomas Gill – Invisible Wind Factory – 7:30pm
Liverpool based new music group Immix Ensemble and Liverpool Biennial present the world premiere of a new collaborative performance by Kelly Lee Owens and visual artist Thomas Gill.
Signed to acclaimed contemporary classical label Erased Tapes Immix Ensemble have developed and presented over a dozen new collaborative works in Liverpool.
For the fourth concert of this series they have teamed up with Kelly Lee Owens and Thomas Gill to present a one-time performance melding the organic, immersive visuals of Thomas Gill, the dreamy electronic pop of Kelly Lee Owens and the acoustic instrumentation of Immix Ensemble, using Owens’ 2017 self-titled album as a starting point
The programme will also feature premieres of new works by Immix’s Composer-in-Residence, Dialect, and Artistic Director Daniel Thorne, with Nina Franklin (Lupini) providing the soundtrack between acts.
Prompt 8pm start for live music. Limited free ticketing available to those claiming JSA.
Stealing Sheep’s Suffragette Tribute – The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University (Ormskirk) – 8pm
Performance to take place across campus – meet outside the Arts Centre at for 7:55pm. Stealing Sheep augmented by 3rd Edge Dance Company surrealist costume, mobile synthesisers, cowbells and a 15 piece female marching band.
Fresh from a tour of festivals around the UK, including Latitude, Festival No.6 and Head for the Hills, and after being named as one of the major highlights of this year’s Liverpool Sound City Festival, Stealing Sheep bring their epic Suffragette Tribute to Edge Hill University for a processional extravaganza across campus.
Co-commissioned by Edge Hill University and Manchester-based creative music charity Brighter Sound, Stealing Sheep’s Suffragette Tribute brings together 30 female musicians and dancers in a truly unique and powerful performance.
This performance is a highlight of Edge Hill’s Wonder Women Programme which marks the 100th Anniversary of some women being granted the right to vote.
Aurora – Toxteth Reservoir – last entry 7pm (hourly performances into October)
A FACT-commissioned ‘new immersive installation about water’ is a mix of interactive technology art, soundscape, laser/ice sculpture, created by Invisible Flock to be site-specific to this very old and ‘cave-like vault’ on High Park street.
Ageless Stranger presents: Sneers, Cavalier Song – The Well (Roscoe Street) – 8pm
Berlin-based road-ready two-piece Sneers have recently worked with Swans lapsteel player Kristof Hahn on their latest recordings, and will be playing guitars and drumset on this tour. Support from the gig’s host’s own band, Cavalier Song, who have gone from strength to strength since starting work with front-man Mark Greenwood, and continue their exploratory power-trio sonics underneath his gritty delivery.
Eat Me & Preach: The September Edition – District – 7pm
Latest iteration of this ever-adventurous 3-course dinner, cabaret and disco party combo that this time features fan favourites Babs Darling, Kevin LaGrande, and Midgitte Bardot, compared by Auntie Climax and welcoming Liv Fontaine, Day Mattar, and others, plus DJs Marilyn Misandry and (Hannah) Bitowski to stitch things back up at the end.
Gentleman’s Dub Club et al – IWF – 9pm
Fiesta Bombarda welcomes UK’s front runner for live ska, roots reggae, and dub in the form of this 9-piece band.
YES Launch Parties – Yes (Charles Street, Manchester) – 4pm
Running until Sunday, Yes has been 3 years in the making and is a multi-storey new venue operated by the minds behind Now Wave concerts. This opening weekend is a free-for-all featuring performances from the likes of Let’s Eat Grandma, Black Midi, Dutch Uncles, and the London Astrobeat Orchestra performing Talking Heads. Worth a nose around, if within your neighbourhood or reach.
The World Transformed - Baltic Area (Constelattions and The Black-E) - until Tuesday
Momentum's own opening party at Constellations sees Sis Bis welcome back Raw Silk alongside their own chief selector Giovanna, plus live music from the Tuts and Dogshow. Afriquoi's live percussion augmented-DJ set headlines the closing party on the Tuesday. Discounted entry with TWT wristbands.
The Nightingales – Soup Kitchen (Manchester) – 7:30pm
Played on the show today, the band has been active in the post-punk landscape since roughly 1979. Support comes from Near Jazz Experience.
Looking ahead: Thursday 4th October
Deep Cuts presents… - Jacaranda Records Phase One (40 Seel Street) – 7pm
Line-up yet to be revealed for the next Get Into This-coordinated night of live music, again popping up in its new home.
Friday 5th October
“The Bordellos are playing a very rare gig on october the 5th at the Zanzibar supporting We Are Not Devo ..our 1st in Liverpool in 4 years.”
Gig Guide Monday 10th September 2018
Fri 14th Sept 8pm Kick Out No.7 – Samurai Kip, Rubber Dub, Kyogen, Hannah & TWE
Sat 15th Sept 7.30pm - Volume II – The Holograms/The Gear/San Pedro’s Vision/Putin and Friends
“Showcasing bands that challenge expectations. Expect guitar based psych-rock”
19th Oct 8pm Mutant Vinyl – Hard-Edged pop
Jacaranda Records – Phase One
Sat 15th Sept SisBis is One! 9pm – Flo Dill, Giovanna, Lupini & Tiz
As usual any proceeds go to help Refugee Women Connect - a charity that supports refugee and asylum seeking women - especially mothers - who have settled in our city, Liverpool. Bring us your nappies, period products and baby clothes and we will drop them at MRANG headquarters on your behalf.
18th Oct 7pm Aiming For Enrike(Oslo)/Kusanagi/ABAS – blistering math/noise/rock
Drop The Dumbulls Gallery
14th September 7.30pm Kapil Seshasayee/Lonesaw/Bleach Sweets
Kapil Seshasayee releases awaited LP "A Sacred Bore" - A concept album about oppression within the Indian caste system. Support from No-wave types Lonesaw & Weencentric 2-piece Bleach Sweets
22nd September 9.30pm – late Chemtrail Party Mix – Donk/Hardcore/Memecore/Mashup Conspiricies
DJ Detweiler/Ponceau 4R/MT Hall/XDJX/DJ Big Ron From The Swan/Bad Eror Lad/Simon Jones Chillout Donk Experience
Oct 4th 7.30pm The Evil Usses, The Unstoppable Sweeties Show, Mal
A night of saxophonia
Oct 5th 9pm Crypticz/Jonny Megabyte/Ventah/HU!
A night of Ghettotech/Juke/DnB/Jungle/Footwork – Hi BPM bass
27th November 8pm Vile Creature/Bismouth/Bodies on Everest
Heavy heavy with bands from Canada, Bismouth, Liverpool
24 Kitchen Street
Sonic Youtha – one of the most vibrant parties around at the moment, doesn’t cater towards anyone, but is for everyone.
Oct 10th Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Oct 17th Vieux Farka Toure – Malian guitarist
Oct 25th KRS One
Dec 13th Queen Zee
Sunday 16th September 1pm-4pm – Things Change Open Jam
Informal jam hosted by Samarbeta on Tiber Square, Lodge Lane, L8.
The aim of the jam is for musicians to meet and play together and see who would like to be part of the project. It is going to be really informal, all you need to bring is your instrument and be willing to collaborate and play with new people. We will have more information about the project and how you may be able to be involved furthur in 2019, plus some tasty food!
THINGS CHANGE is a project that aims to build a culture of solidarity that will bring together musicians from varying cultural backgrounds that live alongside each other in Liverpool to play together and learn from one anothers different approaches to writing music. THINGS CHANGE is a project that brings musicians together in a culture of solidarity in a current political climate where walls are being built and division is being thrust upon society. The aim of the project is to produce a live show that will be performed on Tiber Square next summer, 2019, for all the community to enjoy that celebrates the diversity of Liverpool.
Fara – Orcadian Folk Quartet about to release their second album which celebrates the community of the Orkney Isles which inspired them to become musicians. Combining Orkney fiddle tradition with contemporary songs.
Philharmonic Music Room
Free Rock & Roll - piece garage rock & roller from Glasgow RUN INTO THE NIGHT, plus scouse psyche doom rockers SLOW DEATH and Blackpool acid punks DROP OUT WIVES.
Philharmonic Music Room
The Daft Punk Orchestra.
Invisible Wind Factory.
Maguire’s Pizza Bar.
12th: Carmen Souza, Theo Pascal & Elias Kacomanolis. The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
14th : Wooden Shjips, Lucid Dream, Midlife. Invisible Wind Factory
15th: Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies 10th Birthday Party. Invisible Wind Factory
20th: Immix Ensemble presents Kelly Lee Owens & Thomas Gill. Invisible Wind Factory.
28th: Half Man Half Biscuit, O2 Academy.
5th: ENRG presents Four Tet & Daniel Avery. Invisible Wind Factory.
6th & 7th: OMD 40th Anniversary. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
11th: Ensemble 10/10 21st Birthday Concert. St George's Hall Concert Room.
Portico Quartet, Invisible Wind Factory
12th: Tramp Attack, The Boss Jockeys, Ian Lane & The Moments of Shame. Sound.
17th: Indika Festival - Pravin Godkhindi (Bansuri Flute) with Kousic Sen (tabla). Philharmonic, Music Room.
On Friday 19th he will be in conversation at The Beatles Story from 4pm, he will be talking about the romance of the bansuri with Milapfest’s Artist Director, Alok Naya
18th: The Orb – 30th Anniversary Tour, Invisible Wind Factory.
26th: Indika Festival - Arun Ghosh, 24 Kitchen Street.
30th: Duane Eddy – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
1st: Cairokee. The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
The Scientist – Dub/Reggae Producer meets Horseman (MC). District.
20th: Music & Words 0n the Piano Music of Philip Glass. Capstone Theatre.
25th: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita. Philharmonic Music Room.
Tuesday 21st August
Parrjazz presents The Deportees – Studio 2, Parr Street – 8:30pm
A relatively new grouping of five experienced players makes its debut in the Ropewalks area of town. Led by expert guitar player Alex McDowall, the often-times side-man is joined here by keen improvisers such as Nick Branton on saxophone, Max O’Hara on keys, Pablo Sonnaillon on upright bass, Soroush Fard on drumset, and instantly-recognisable local trumpeter Martin Smith. Expect the combo to offer lively interpretations of their own compositions that cover the European and American jazz traditions, with flamenco, latin and avant garde influences under the belt for good measure.
Jake Shears – Arts Club – 7pm
The Scissor Sisters frontman is touring a solo record flanked by the studio musicianship of members of My Morning Jacket. Sonic Yootha DJs in support, should be a perky party.
Wednesday 22nd August
‘Circle of Choro’ film screening – The Brink – 6pm
Brazilian music documentary Circle of Choro’s primary concern is unravelling the mysteries of this communal music genre. The 52min film will be followed by live music with the first Liverpool Choro group with Martin Smith on Trumpet , Georgina on Cello, Parabhen Lad on acoustic bass, Amy Bowles on 7 strings Guitar and Milena Sá on pandeiro percussion. Special guest Veronica Baird-Smith on violin.
Pussy Riot: Riot Days – Arts Club – 7pm
The rightfully legendary Moscow feminist-activist art-punks Pussy Riot will be touring an alternative format musical play based on a book Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina.
Bilge Pump, Lake of Snakes, Nasdaq – Soup Kitchen (Manchester) – 7:30pm
Likely the UK underground’s longest kept secret, transpennine leaders of the DIY circuit of yore Bilge Pump seem to be the only band to regroup and knuckle down harder every time the moment comes to do so. King Crimson, Jesus Lizard, the Fall, Blue Cheer, Funkadelic and a slew of discordantly-recalled ‘classic rock’ played through custom-built amplifiers with time kept by one of the greatest behind-the-scenes touring drummers. A treat if just for their super speedy wit and patter, let alone a back catalogue of atonal, overdriven guitar pop. Suitably, Milton Keynes expatriots Lake of Snakes (made up of Action Beat’s Harry Taylor on guitar and the McLean twins on lead and sax duties respectively) open up; their ‘lounge metal’ should provide an apt ramp up.
Seatbelts, The Aleph, Annexe the Moon – 81 Renshaw Street – 7:30pm
Must-see opportunity to catch ‘pop re-constructivists’ and prodigious polymath multi-musical duo The Aleph live “in their living room”. Be hopeful for re-enactments of the most recent EP and a promised guest singing sun-spot from one of Stealing Sheep. Seatbelts – the new project of aforementioned Heavenly Records hitmakers Hooton Tennis Club – and the psych punk adventurism of Annexe the Moon also worth sticking around for at this Bido Lito social event marking issue 92 (!) of the Merseyside publication.
FestEvil (‘til Monday 27th) – Evil Eye (Smithdown Road) – 6pm onwards each day
All weekend long, the former butchers shop turned Burrito Bar and beer shack plays host to the likes of Rat Bit Kit, Matt Barton (of Tramp Attack), Snakes Everywhere and The Unstoppable Sweeties Show. Fantastic-sounding free fun with a food bank drive running throughout.
Jacaranda 60th Birthday: False Advertising & more – Phase One (40 Seel Street)
The three piece headline as part of a big bash to mark a noteworthy turning point for the city centre institution. Dave Haslam heads up a Q&A at the venue proper round the corner from their new Ropewalks venture – Phase One – providing records for sale and a spirited live music setting. Includes a drinks reception at the original Jac, too. Ongoing activities all weekend.
A Day in the Sun – Birkenhead Priory & St. Mary’s Tower – 11am
The mind behind Emotion Wave goes large on the site of this ancient monastery with “all bases covered” electronically: ambient, kosmische, 80s-horror-soundtrack, and acid techno. Line-up includes Lo Five, Reedale Rise, Isocre, Melodien, M T Hall, TVAM, and Breakwave, set to take punters through to 11pm. Family-friendly and an unlikely use of this 12th century building.
Bootle Music Festival – Lock & Quay – Saturday & Sunday
Featuring Space, Hue & Cry, and The Real People at this community pub round the corner from Bootle Oriel Road train station.
Looking ahead: Saturday 8th September
Vibracathedral Orchestra – Drop The DumBulls – 8pm
Legendary Yorkshire underground crew bring their horizon-wide collage of crackling drone, valve-blown noise and elemental free rock to Liverpool after nearly 25 years in the business of transportative collective improvisation through amplified strings, percussion, reeds and electronics. “This is music as shamanic aid, made as much for the players themselves as for the listeners. But as I’m writing from the listening perspective I have to inform y’all that this is music to Get You There. It has always just ‘been there’, it’s just you ain’t quite tuned into its peculiar frequency until now. ” – Julian Cope
+ Composer/performer Jonathan Hering of Ex-Easter Island Head, The Aleph and more uses his bass to counter-tenor vocal range to present renaissance and contemporary compositions for up to 8 vocal lines, taking Early Music out of the Historically Informed Performance idiom to sing every part in his own voice. Brian Wilson visits Westminster Abbey 500 years ago
Saturday 15th September
Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies 10th Birthday – IWF Substation – 8pm
Compilation ‘best of’ launch time as the punk rock party starters invite a revolving cast of band members old and new to join them on-stage for a hoo-har downstairs in the Invisible Wind Factory. Interrobang (a new band fronted by Chumbawumba singer Dunstan) and long-time-serving Midlands railpunks Eastfield are amongst the esteemed guest acts. Bag a bargain and support these stalwarts of the scene.
Wednesday 15th Beta Blockers/High-Vis/Desire @ Maguire Pizza Bar 8pm
PUNK From Leeds/London/Brighton – can recommend Beta Blockers
Friday 17th T-Shirt Weather/Snakes Everywhere/Stadt Skulls @ Craft Taproom, Smithdown 7pm
Indie pop punk from Durham, and Liverpool
Friday 17th From The Bogs Of Aughiska/Coltsblood/Crimson Throne/Spirit Animals @ Maguires 7pm
Ambient Doom from Ireland + local metal and sludge stulwarts
Friday 17th BITCH Palace Presents – Evil Pink Machine/Gen & The Degenerates/Piss Kitti @ Sound 8pm
Bitch Palace is a Liverpool based art and music collective, we plan on hosting one event each month that strives to showcase femme musicians and others who don't fit in a box, its going to be so wild/wholesome.
Tickets are £2 on the door, 8pm til late at Sound Basement, Duke St. BRING UR MATES for a night of ROCK, ROLL & INCLUSIVITY. Everyone is welcome.
28th August - Alexander Tucker (Grumbling Fur) / Agathe Max @ 81 Renshaw St. 8pm
Veteran and versatile musician/sound sculpter Alexander Tucker comes to Liverpool. His new album “Don’t look away” is out this month on Thrill Jockey.
Agathe Max is an accomplished sound artist and violinist
October 25th Jenny Hval: Paradise Rot @ Bluecoat 6.30pm
Norwegian musician and writer Jenny Hval has honed an intellectual and uncompromising view on politics and sexuality in her prose and in her music. Paradise Rot - a lyrical debut novel from an artist renowned for her sharp sexual and political imagery.
Paradise Rot - Jo is in a strange new country for university, and having a more peculiar time than most. A house with no walls, a roommate with no boundaries, and a home that seems ever more alive. Jo’s sensitivity, and all her senses, become increasingly heightened and fraught, as the lines betweenbodies and plants, and dreaming and wakefulness, blur and mesh.
In conversation, Jenny Hval explores the world of her debut novel – a heady and hyper-sensual portrayal of sexual awakening and queer desire.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.