With the years end firmly on the horizon, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald still finds plenty on offer in Liverpool.
As the colder nights take hold, we are swiftly approaching the end of the year, with the prospect of January very much around the corner.
But before we wave off the events of 2016, there is still time for plenty of amazing musical delights to come to Liverpool, from those who are fledgling prospects to legendary groups.
So sit back, get the mulled wine on, turn up the tunes and see whats on offer this week. Remember, if you’re going to any of them, let us know on our Twitter and Facebook with the #GITGIG hashtag.
Talib Kweli: 24 Kitchen Street, December 5
One half of Black Star and frequent collaborator to anyone worth their salt in hip hop, Talib Kweli returns to Liverpool over a year since his last visit.
Not one to mince his words, the Brooklyn brawler is joined by a top supporting crew with Farhood, L100 Cypher and No Fakin all on the bill.
The Wedding Present: O2 Academy, December 6
The indie stalwarts that are The Wedding Present return to our shores after a three year break, armed with their new album Going, Going…
With over three decades worth of material to choose from, fans are sure to be in for a treat who are lucky enough to get to this.
Richard Ashcroft: Echo Arena, December 7
The much anticipated return of the King of Wigan takes place this Wednesday night, with Richard Ashcroft ready to play a special show at the Echo Arena.
Following his return with his latest album These People, earlier in the year, The Verve man has promised songs from his solo and group work at this one.
Slowcoaches: Maguires, December 7
With their debut longplayer Nothing Gives out last week, Leeds alt rock trio Slowcoaches head to Liverpool this week to play the intimate surroundings of Maguires.
If the fast paced riotous singles are anything to go by, you can expect the walls and pepperoni to be bouncing to them come Wednesday.
Ocean Colour Scene: Liverpool Olympia, December 9
Britpop was kind to only a select few form the days when Zig and Zag ruled the mornings, but thankfully Ocean Colour Scene were one of those to be spared.
This week, in celebration of their masterpiece Moseley Shoals they will head to the ever popular Olympia to mark its twentieth year.
Hooton Tennis Club: Invisible Wind Factory, December 9
If your looking for a week of no music clashes, you can forget it, with Friday presenting itself to be the first of a couple of headaches as Hooton Tennis Club play the North docklands.
Fresh from their sophomore album Big Box Of Chocolates, the quartet will be joined by the charms of Pink Kink and Psycho Comedy in a triple header of the beast new sounds Merseyside has to offer.
James and The Charlatans: Echo Arena, December 10
Not one, but two giant names on one bill down at the Echo Arena this Saturday, as James plus special guests The Charlatans roll into town for a one off like no other.
Both groups have enough hits and fans to easily fill the arena in their own right, so to get both of them on one lineup is a chance not to be missed.
The Coral: Liverpool Olympia, December 10
If you haven’t got a ticket for the return of The Coral, then chances are you have missed the boat and more fool you for waiting too.
Long since selling out their gig at the Olympia this Saturday, they have recently announced that By The Sea and The Sundowners will be joining them for this end of year monster.
Rory Wynne: Buyers Club, December 10
It is the season of giving and what more worthy cause then the fantastic folk at The Whitechapel Centre, who host a fundraising night at Buyers Club on Saturday.
In a lineup deserved of being on anyone’s gig guide, Rory Wynne tops a bill that boasts A Lovely War, King Hannah and LUMEN. Unless you have other plans, there is no excuse to miss this.
10 band 10 minutes: Invisible Wind Factory, December 10
If you have yet to witness the all out musical extravaganza like no other, that is 10 bands 10 minutes, then you haven’t lived.
In a special festive outing to mark its return in its new Northern home, some of the finest acts around will be playing their own twisted versions of Christmas classics. Alt office party sorted.
Minor Victories: The Magnet. December 11
Rounding the week off in style, a quartet of talented instrumentalists have combined to create the exceptional Minor Victories who you can witness on Hardman Street on Sunday.
In a date that is only one of a handful in the UK, the quartet will be showing why they have been featuring on many a persons best of 2016 lists.
You don’t get off that easily! Not with all this in our Getintothis Gigbites:
- Beach Head play Studio 2 on December 5
- Levellers play O2 Academy on December 6
- Clay play Studio 2 on December 6
- Seth Lakeman plays the Philharmonic Hall December 6
- Stillia play 24 Kitchen Street on December 7
- Theme Park play Studio 2 on December 8
- Venus Demilo play Buyers Club on December 8
- The Aleph play The Unity Theatre on December 9
- The Basement Effect play Zanzibar on December 9
- The Icicle Works play O2 Academy on December 10
- Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats play Arts Club December 10
- Polar States play O2 Academy on December 10
- Lying Bastards play EBGBS on December 10
- Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band play St Georges Hall December 11
Upcoming events to keep an eye on
Dream Wife: Buyers Club, January 20
When you have blitzed your Chocolate Oranges and guzzled your last baileys, you may want to look into the New Year for inspiration. Well the DIY 2017 Tour is as good a place to start.
With indie punk goodness of Dreamwife plus a stellar supporting bill, there is many glad tidings to be had at this shindig.
Leonard Cohen – Live at the Isle of Wight: Woolton Picture House, January 28
With January known as the most depressing month of the year, the amazing folk at CALM are putting on a special screening at Woolton Picture House next month to commemorate the passing of the legendary Leonard Cohen.
The charity are dedicated to preventing male suicide, the biggest killer of men aged twenty to forty. In what seems a fitting tribute to the Godfather of Gloom, all proceeds from the night will be going towards the incredible work that CALM do, everyone should have this in their diaries.