As the festival season creeps over the horizon, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald finds plenty of acts readying their game in our city this week.
Now that Storm Doris has decided to do one and welcome the spring time to our shores, its time to get back to business.
We all know that festival season is popping its head above the horizon, ready to welcome a swath of acts set to cut their teeth into this years mass happenings.
With this in mind, its a prime time to see artists cut their mustard before they head out on their annual adventures, with plenty set to hit Liverpool this week.
So have a read through our guide, blast out our playlist, pick who your seeing and keep you posted.
Lady Leshurr: O2 Academy, February 28
British rap queen Lady Leshurr returns to Liverpool this week, following an impressive outing down at the docks for 1Xtra Live last year.
In what is a rescheduled date from last year, there will be many people who have been counting down the days to this one.
Laurel: Studio 2, February 28
Making her long way up north, Southampton chamber pop pixie Laurel heads to Parr Street at the start of the week awash with praise from many in the know.
Having released a trio of EPs already, the buzz surrounding the young prodigy is mounting so don’t miss out on this one.
Tom Grennan: The Shipping Forecast, March 1
Having first come to people’s attention by helping Chas and Status climb the charts and fill stadiums, London singer Tom Grennan is all set to make this year his own.
With a gruff, raw vocal that cracks through the icy winter, his date at The Shipping Forecast shouldn’t be overlooked.
Deep Cuts: Buyers Club, March 2
Following our successful live launch, Deep Cuts returns to the Buyers Club this week with some of the freshest talent around.
With his debut live performance, Ali Horn heads up a bill that includes The Bohos, Pixey, I See Rivers and SPLIT, not to mention DJ sets from War Room Records. If your not at this, then we are done.
Robert Vincent: Epstein Theatre, March 2
Celebrating the release of his album I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins, the man dubbed the Scouse Springsteen heads to the Epstein with a full band backing him up.
If you have never experienced the talents of Robert Vincent, then do yourself a favour and get your ticket for this.
Veyu: Leaf, March 3
Fresh from releasing their magnificent Underbelly, Veyu head to Leaf once more ready to show us all what we have been missing.
If that wasn’t enough to tease you into this one, then the prospect of SPQR should surely get you going to this.
Peter Hook and The Light: O2 Academy, March 3
In a true twist on the double header formula, Peter Hook will play both versions of Substance by formative bands Joy Division and New Order at the Academy this week.
The gig comes not too long after the release of the former New Order man’s latest book by the same name, with many of his fans set for his arrival.
Bill Laurance: O2 Academy, March 5
Having played with the likes of David Crosby, Salif Keita, Laura Mvula and Morcheeba, Grammy Award winner Bill Laurance heads to Liverpool this week as part of his UK tour.
With his jazz workings winning him praise from peers and critics alike, this has must-see written all over it.
Dont think we are done with you yet, we have our Getintothis Gigbites too:
- Plastic play The Magnet on March 1
- New Atlas play Maguire’s on March 1
- Native Kings play District House on March 2 with 50ft Warrior, The Baltic States, Anaisa and Nina Jade
- Echo Beach and SPINN play The Magnet on March 3
- Sprinters, Pale Rider, Uncle Jane, Danye and The Floormen play Zanzibar on March 3
- Nick Ellis, Indigo Moon, Lasso Moon, LUMEN and DamRak all play District on March 4
- Youth Hostel, Shrinking Minds, Oranj Son and Ali Horn along play Edge Hill Uni on March 4
- The Haggis Horns, The Soul Rays, Galactic Funk Militia all play The Magnet on March 4
- White Kite play The Shipping Forecast on March 4
Upcoming events to keep an eye on
Elfin Bow: Epstein Theatre, March 18
One of Merseyside’s most underrated folk artists finally releases her long awaited debut this month, with Elfin Bow set to celebrate in style at the Epstein this March. Her pastoral psych-folk sounds will fill the spectacular hall to the brim, with her dream like cuts entrancing all who make it to this one.
Eyre Llew: HUS, March 31
Having been added to festivals up and down the land, including Focus, Y Not Festival and Outlines, ambient post rockers Eyre Llew head up to our city to celebrate the upcoming release of their debut long player with their momentum continuing to build. There date at HUS will see them joined by local faves Hicari and Luke Cusato, in a triple header of talent.