We look forward to an exciting week of live music around Merseyside, as Getintothis‘ David Hall guides us through the next seven days.
There’s no getting around it this week, the big names are coming to town; the A-listers. The pioneers and the legends. We hope you’ve got your tickets already, because these shows are definitely shaping up to be rammed.
Mercifully there’s no time for a post-LIMF hangover to kick in, as there’s barely a lull before the Merseyside gig beast roars back to life. Uncaged this week are legends of every era, international superstars and local cult heroes, ready to unleash something memorable.
If you’re still sunburnt or soggy from your Sefton Park experience, give yourself a couple of nights off before diving right back into everything the Liverpool live scene has to offer. There’s plenty to go around, so let’s get stuck in. Bring it on.
Gary Numan: Echo Exhibition Centre, Thursday July 27
Continuing a season celebrating pioneers of British electronic music, synthpop originator turned latter-day industrial impresario and overlord of the goths Gary Numan brings his crushingly heavy show to town.
In support are influential agit-punks Gang of Four.
Brian Wilson: Echo Exhibition Centre, Friday July 28
The wait is finally over as the legend that is Brian Wilson brings his pocket symphony masterpiece Pet Sounds to Liverpool for what is set to be amongst its final performances.
Also appearing are former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, adding further authenticity to the experience, if any more were needed.
Howl At The Moon Vol 17: Drop the Dumbulls Gallery, Saturday July 29
The last-ever instalment of Howl At The Moon is headlined by local legend JD Meatyard. The founder member of Probe Plus Records signees Levellers 5 (later know The Calvin Party) joins Lazy Mary, who play their first gig in 22 years, having released music through Liquid Noise Records, whose alumni include Boo Radleys and Dr Phibes.
OHMNS will play their last gig before a hiatus to write new material, with Mincemeat and Uncle Jane also making Dumbulls appearances.
Psycho Comedy Single Launch: The Shipping Forecast, Saturday July 29
Harvest Sun Promotions presents a Shipping Forecast shindig marking the release of Liverpool proto-punks Psycho Comedy‘s new double-A side single The Hangman/Michigan State, dropping on Friday through the ever-excellent Deltasonic Records.
Life At The Arcade: O2 Academy, Saturday July 29
EVOL hits us with another enviably strong lineup bristling roster of rising stars. Support slots for brash local crossover stars in the making Life At The Arcade are filled by local no-gooders The Isrights, plus Weekend Wars and SKIVE.
If you’re looking for something a little less arena-sized and a little more up-and-coming this week, here are Getintothis‘ Gigbites for you to peruse:
- Antipop & Deadsound Present Accidente, Holiday, Pardon Us, The Hunx: Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Wednesday July 26
- Double Denim Live Liverpool featuring The Boston Shakers, Sounds like a Storm, Rival Bones, Dark Polaris: The Magnet, Friday July 28
- Double Echo, Meet The Robots, Tin Foil Hat Brigade: Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Saturday July 29
Upcoming events to keep an eye on
Dinosaur Jr: Gorilla, Manchester, December 14, 16, 17
Grunge mainstays and college rock heroes, the safely-reformed Dinosaur Jr are now four albums into their reunion. J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph have announced a three-show residency at Manchester’s intimate Gorilla venue on December 14, 16 and 17 this year. Following past triumphs both at Liverpool’s Arts Club and Albert Hall in Manchester just last year, the ear-splitting trio present an early Christmas gift.