Liverpool music gig guide – Cancer Bats, GIT Award launch, Lindi Ortega & more

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Nelson makes his debut at The GIT Award 2016 launch on Friday

From metal to country via hip hop, this week Liverpool has plenty on offer for everyone’s tastes as Getintothis Craig MacDonald finds out.

It’s mad to think we are one month into the year so soon, with so many great gigs already been and gone. But don’t despair, this week sees plenty of quality bands come to our city to feed your appetite, with this being only a handful of what’s on offer.

The talerted honourary Liverpudlian Thom Morecroft celebrates the release of his latest EP Hand Me Down with a show in the much too often overlooked venue Scandinavian Church on January 27. His charismatic vocals are emotionally piercing, yet subtly fragile in equal measure and are sure to be at their enchanting best. Support comes from the talented Charlie McKeon and Hannah Kewn.

A slightly louder offering comes from Canadian metal merchants Cancer Bats who bring the noise to O2 Academy on January 27 as they play in support of their fifth album Searching For Zero. For those who like their metal fast paced and their vocals screaming to the point of no return, then head down and join in with your fellow moshers. You may even get to see a Sabbath cover or two.

Following in the sounds of Oasis and Arctic Monkeys, Hull’s Fronteers are the latest bad to stake their claim in the new age of lad rock. The four piece are seeing their stock gain momentum with their addictive Brit Pop influenced sounds and, following a supporting slot on Blossoms‘ recent tour, the group take to The Shipping Forecast on January 28 as they look set to continue their fine form in 2016. A top supporting bill finds The Protaganists, Indigo Moon and Psycho Comedy make this a solid night of talent.

Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega

The second of our two Canadian visitors this week comes in the form of the soulful siren Lindi Ortega. Described as “Toronto’s best kept secret”, the sultry songstress has been compared to country heavyweights Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn with her deeply moving songs. In the cozy walls of the Arts Club on January 29, this will be a passionate showcase of her contemporary work.

Finally, the Buyers Club plays host to the GIT Award launch party on January 29 with sets from some of the best emerging talent to come from Liverpool. Making his live debut, the exceptional wordsmith Nelson brings his highly acclaimed hip hop to the new Hardman Street venue while the bone rattling sounds of Pink Kink will get the party off to a proper flyer. With a few surprises yet to come and the event being free, there really is no reason to miss this one.

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