If you’re struggling to keep up with the constant goings-on around the Liverpool live scene, Getintothis‘ David Hall has got you covered.
As the whole of Merseyside comes down from the dizzying, all-encompassing spectacle that was Sound City, we’ve barely had time to catch our collective breath. But no sooner have we taken stock, before more comes down on us like a ton of bricks.
This week’s gig guide revolves around those acts making a name for themselves, both around the city and across the country.
There are festivals to enjoy this weekend both old and new, and big names on collision course with Liverpool, ready to make a massive crater when their shows detonate.
So if Sound City has really taken that much out of you, sit back and relax, read on and prepare to have your appetite whetted to go another round.
There’s plenty to enjoy as your evenings get warmer and stickier, and the nights get shorter.
Thurston Moore: St George’s Hall, Tuesday May 30
The Sonic Youth noisemaker has just released his fifth solo record Rock n Roll Consciousness, and lands in St George’s Hall in celebration of the Mersey Sound poetry anthology’s 50th anniversary. It’s sure to be an unforgettable night in the avant-garde NYC man’s presence.
Oranj Son: Studio 2, Parr Street, Tuesday May 30
La Violette Società 10 presents a bustling roster of appearances from young local talent, featuring The Fernweh, Oranj Son, Barney Hoskyns and Rachael Jean Harris.
Baltic Weekender: 24 Kitchen Street, Friday June 2 – Sunday June 4
Jungle originator and sometime Bond villain Goldie headlines the inaugural outing of another promising metro festival in the heart of Liverpool’s uber chic Baltic Triangle. Other acts appearing throughout the weekend include Aystar, Hunee and Crazy D Soundsystem.
Flyte: The Magnet, Friday June 2
Fancy some highly-rated indie-pop on a Friday night? Then take flight to The Magnet, and go underground to pack the hard-touring four piece into your busy Liverpool schedule. Support comes from Echo Beach and Black Pulp.
Nicolas Jaar: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday June 2
The American electronic maestro is sure to get the Invisible Wind Factory crowd busting out their most embarrassing dance moves, as Jaar hits town in support of his latest album Sirens, which ranked highly on several respected 2016 year-end lists.
Fiesta Bombarda 5th Birthday: Sefton Park Palm House, Friday June 2 – Saturday June 3
Soom T, Kioko, Bethlehem Casuals, Divide & Conker, Macka B, Red Eye HiFi and many more acts appear across the weekend of Fiesta‘s 5th anniversary celebrations, all in the historic setting of Sefton Park Palm House.
SKOWT Liverpool: Studio 2, Parr Street, Saturday June 3
The Rainbreakers, Derek King, Reid Anderson, Mike Murphy, Cal Ruddy and Barney Goodall comprise an evening of acoustic delights on Parr Street, for SKOWT‘s launch event in the city.
- Neon Waltz: Buyers Club, Monday May 29
- 50 Years Of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: Leaf, featuring The Ragamuffins, Roxanne De Bastion, Me and Deboe, Charlie McKeon and Thom Morecroft: Thursday June 1
- Phil Collins: Echo Arena, Friday June 2
- Queen Zee and the Sasstones single launch party: Drop The Dumbulls Gallery, Saturday June 3
Upcoming events to keep an eye on
Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae: Baltic Triangle, Friday June 9 – Saturday June 10
Scientist, The Selecter and The Mighty Jah Shaka Sound System head up Positive Vibration‘s second weekend, following last year’s inaugural festival, which went on to scoop Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2016.
The celebration of roots and reggae across three Baltic venues is sure to deliver exactly what it says on the tin and leave revelers with good vibes all around.