A melting pot of genres graces Merseyside’s live scene this week, Getintothis‘ David Hall skewers some crudités and goes for a dip in the musical fondue.
We’ll admit it; the early part of the week gets us off to a sluggish start. But that could prove just as well, as the late game coils like a spring then cracks like a whip. Conserve your energy and procure your tickets wisely gig goers, as by the end of the week there’s so much on offer you’ll barely know which way to turn.
With the general election’s grim wraith looming ever larger over us all, there’s at least the good news that this week also sees the return of Getintothis‘ monthly live outing Deep Cuts to cling onto. The Buyers Club-based date is quickly solidifying its place as a favourite in the local live calendar, and June’s addition should prove no disappointment.
This edition of our gig guide takes in laid-back reggae and rootsy rocksteady, brutal death metal and template-drawing hip hop. See, it’s not all white lads with guitars, although admittedly there’s a dose of that too. Something for everyone as usual, so join us as we delve deep and lift the lid on the Liverpudlian live scene’s week ahead.
Getintothis Deep Cuts Live #5: Buyers Club, Thursday June 8
A mind-bending array of awesome new music from Skeleton Key Records‘ Marvin Powell, Nutribe hotly tipped for hip hop superstardom, Northern fuzz purveyors Pale Rider, rock ‘n’ rollers The Jjohns plus rising star Gazelle and a Bernie Connor DJ set.
The Sugarhill Gang: Hangar 34, Thursday June 8
The hip hop originators hit Liverpool hard with a Hangar 34 appearance set to provide one of the ‘I was there’ moments of the summer. Insert pun along the lines of “it’s bound to be a rapper’s delight” here. Support comes from Grandmaster Melle Mel, and Scorpio’s Furious 5.
Positive Vibration – Festival Of Reggae 2017: Various venues Baltic Triangle, Friday June 9 – Saturday June 10
The UK Festival Awards 2016’s Best New Festival returns for a second outing, which judging from its lineup of Scientist, The Selecter and The Mighty Jah Shaka Sound System, promises to be just as strong as its’ first. One love!
The Strypes: Arts Club, Friday June 9
Hotly tipped as one of Ireland’s best rising young indie bands, the relentlessly-touring four piece bring their slickly retro blues and RnB inspired sound to the Arts Club for a headline date.
People Powered #OurNHS Featuring: Michael Head, Hooton Tennis Club, Steve Pilgrim, Kathryn Williams, Edgar Jones: O2 Academy, Saturday June 10
Either way the general election swings, this star-studded fundraiser is set to go off at the O2 Academy. A celebration or a resistance rally depending on the result, Red Elastic Band head honcho Mick Head heads up an impressive lineup featuring the slacker anthems of Hooton Tennis Club and former Stands man Steve Pilgrim.
Exhumed: Arts Club, Saturday June 10
The gore-strewn imagery of Californian death metal crew Exhumed hit the Arts Club this weekend. Having formed in 1990, the band have released six albums and reformed in 2010 following a hiatus in 2005.
Kraftwerk: Philharmonic Hall, Sunday 11 June
The German electro gods present their Kraftwerk 3D show on Merseyside, in what is sure to be a feast for the senses.
If for some bizarre reason none of that tickles your fancy, have a scurry through Getintothis‘ Gigbites for further live nibbles:
- Immix Ensemble presents Luke Abbott and Daniel Thorne: The Bluecoat, Thursday June 8
- Esper Scout: Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Thursday June 8
- George Harrison – The Story of The Beatles and Indian Music: Philharmonic Hall, Friday June 9
- The Cuckoos, Dusst: Studio 2, Parr Street, Friday June 9
- Loved Ones, TVME: Leaf on Bold Street, Saturday June 10
Upcoming events to keep an eye on.
CMD Presents Get Up Stand Up: 24 Kitchen Street, Friday June 23.
Featuring Shy Billy, Mary Miller, God on my right, Beyond Average, Elevant, Butcha B, SPQR, Farhood and a Galactic Funk Militia DJ set. The threat of gentrification to our cultural areas is constant and growing, with Mello Mello and The Kazimier already swept away by cynical city centre planners and 24 Kitchen Street now fixed in their gaze. If the local council turn a blind eye, then it’s time for the rest of us to Get Up Stand Up. On a night of sets by some of the most blistering local talent around, the event aims to raise both awareness and cash money to give Kitchen Street a fair fight. They’ve taken The Kaz, don’t allow them a free swing at another important venue! All proceeds from the evening go towards 24 Kitchen Street‘s continuing fight to remain open.