Spanning three days in July the Liverpool-Barcelona festival returns with a 2015 edition, Getintothis’ Del Pink salutes a natural partnership and looks ahead to Clinic and co’s big Kazimier all-dayer.
Anyone who is anyone knows that next to our own Liverpool home, Barcelona is about the coolest city on earth, which is why the return of LIV –BCN 2015 can only be a great idea.
Spanning the July 9-11 across the city, this is an exchange visit that should bring some much-needed Spanish sun back to our typical British summer. A triptych of Film, Art and Music with contributions from Spanish and Liverpool artists will complement the Barcelona edition that is taking place later this month on June 12-13.
The Kazimier and the Kazimier Garden are playing host to the music section of the event on Saturday July 10 with a mix of performers from both host cities.
The line-up includes Getintothis‘ favourite garage-fuzz heads Strange Collective, fresh from their appearance at Sound City; psychedelic rockers who have literally just shed their wrappers. Comparative veterans of six years, MinionTV will be offering lush cinematic soundscapes while Liverpool’s Bathymetry will provide the dreamy backdrop required for a perfect summer’s day. Barcelona’s Mujeres already have an international following with three acclaimed albums to date, and return to Liverpool following an exhilarating set in the Jacaranda basement back in 2010. The Suicide of Western Culture embrace electronica, post-rock and punk so should offer an intriguing and unique angle to Barcelona’s music scene.
Catalonian singer-songwriter, Pau Vallvé arrives with glowing praise in light of his award winning debut D.I.Y. album. We sense beautiful acoustic work with a definite flavour of The Frames’ Glen Hansard. The sound of Univers has been likened to the C86 artists and is a supergroup of sorts, consisting of members of Catalan bands Mujeres, Aliment and Pinata.
While our guests repair the damage that The Eurovision has done to our perceptions of Spanish music, Liverpool heroes Clinic close the festival with their wonderful unique wall of sound that has earned them a 15 year cult following. Primavera favourite DJ Coco will be on hand to provide a soundtrack to the event that also heralds a welcome return following his phenomenal closing set at last year’s LIV-BCN.
Curated by Liverpool-based Oriol Bosch, a native of Barcelona, the festival promises diversity and kicks off in style at The Small Cinema with a screening of Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, a spin on Snow White, with the titular princess taking the role of a 1920s bullfighter.
Friday July 10 sees John Moores ERC hosting fresh works by Barcelona’s Mariadiamantes and Liverpool’s John Wai, with contributions from JMU graphic arts students. This exhibition – running until July 24 – promises to reflect the culture of the two artist’s homes.
See the LIV-BCN 2105 for more details and tickets.