Another week of choice gig picks this time around, from Getintothis‘ David Hall, who takes you through the highlights of the next seven days on the live scene.
Wow! Woah! Holy crap! And other assorted exclamations about the quality of this week’s Liverpool gigs!
If you get out of the Bank Holiday weekend alive, it’s just a short hop, skip and a four-day jump to the weekend. There’s also plenty of gigs to keep you on the straight and narrow until the next regular-sized weekend.
After the working week, it’s almost as if the Merseyside gig scene is rewarding you for the long slog you just put yourself through with an incredible Saturday and Sunday, filled with festivals and all-nighters galore.
That’s not to say that the short week doesn’t have plenty to offer. There’s punk legends and art-pop auteurs, but Saturday and Sunday is really where it’s at.
C.J. Ramone: The Magnet, Wednesday August 30
Get down there and Let’s Dance! Support comes from the Isotopes, all the way from Springfield.
Jens Lekman: Leaf On Bold Street, Wednesday August 30
His well-received 2017 album Life Will See You Now was released in February on Secretly Canadian, so this gig is bound to be a treat.
Fusion Festival 2017: Otterspool Park & Promenade, Saturday September 2 – Sunday September 3
The promenade pop festival returns for another year, with Little Mix, Tinie Tempah and Take That assuming headlining duties.
Perhaps the chart-centric lineup won’t be to every single dedicated muso’s tastes, but it’s always a slick and enjoyable affair.
Musicians Against Homelessness Merseyside: Hangar 34, Saturday September 2
The nationwide initiative has resulted in a Baltic Triangle gig to remember, with 90s Scouse icons Space headlining with their singular hits.
Highlights further down the billing include psych bods The Vryll Society, XamVolo, Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and The Sugarmen. All of that goodness, and supporting a cracking cause into the mix! Boss.
Roddy Woomble: O2 Academy, Saturday September 2
With three solo albums under his belt and with a fourth released in September, plus his six albums with Idlewild, it’s certain to be a varied evening in the Scotsman’s company.
The Magnetic Fields: Philharmonic Hall, Sunday September 3
Stephin Merritt‘s Bostonian indie poppers lead out their double night stint at the Phil on Sunday evening, side A of a two-part gig concluding the following day.
Magnetic Fields‘ 50 Song Memoir dates are sure to figure at the top of many gigs of the year lists come December. Spoiler alert: Monday’s gig will feature in next week’s guide.
It’s a bumper BBQ serving of Getintothis‘ Gigbites just how you like it; blackened on the outside and raw in the middle.
Tom George, Dawn and the Embers, Evie Moran: 81 Renshaw Street, Friday September 1
Jade Helliwell, Emma Moore: Jacaranda Records, Friday September 1
The Americas: The Magnet, Friday September 1
Peter Andre: Epstein Theatre, Saturday September 2
The Wools, The Covasettes, M60: Studio 2 Parr Street, Saturday September 2
Sinkane: Liverpool Central Library, Sunday September 3
Upcoming events to keep an eye on
Freak Scene All Dayer: Invisible Wind Factory Basement, Saturday October 14
Featuring a head-spinning lineup from the warped minds behind this year’s riotously fun and deservedly successful WRONG Festival, the Freak Scene All Dayer is shaping up to be an absolute beast.
Featuring every single act on the home record label of every local wrong un Loner Noise, the entire roster rocks up at spiritual dockland venue the Invisible Wind Factory for an all-dayer of epic proportions. Elevant, SPQR, Gravves, Kapil Seshasayee, Pocket Apocalypse, Black Pudding, Salt The Snail, Federales and Bleach Sweets will all contribute sets in this day of madness.