Seven days is a long time in Liverpool, but Getintothis‘ David Hall is here as ever to pick out the best of the week’s live offerings.
Gear up for another week on the Merseyside live scene, with venues of all sizes across town set to fill up all week long. We’re exhausted of metro festivals, for now at least, so it’s live dates and clubnights here to pick up the slack until the likes of Psych Fest bring the noise on lengthier bills later in the year.
Almost every genre imaginable is covered in the next seven days of Merseyside shenanigans, from acid jazz to math rock, stopping at art pop and reggae in between.
There’s something for everybody then, with legends dropping by and local big fish returning to their local small pond on the shores of the Mersey.
From the Baltic Triangle to the Northern Docklands and in the city centre in between, venues are throwing open their doors ready to welcome ticketholders. Get ready and get involved!
The Bido Lito! Social: 81 Renshaw Street, Thursday August 17
Art poppers St. Jude the Obscure headline, with three-piece TV ME and the excellent LUNA appearing on a busy lineup for Thursday night, as our pink-papered compadres swing on over to Renshaw Street for their latest gig night.
Roy Ayers: 24 Kitchen Street, Thursday August 17
The jazz-funk pioneer, key figure in the acid jazz scene and ‘Godfather of Neo Soul’ Roy Ayers descends upon Merseyside.
The much-sampled Los Angelino hits the Baltic Triangle in the midst of an exclusive clutch of UK dates, and is sure to leave a mark.
Stealing Sheep album preview: Buyers Club, Thursday August 17
It’s no exaggeration to say that Stealing Sheep are one of the most successful breakout Merseyside acts of the past decade.
That they’re putting on an intimate Buyers Club date to preview their third album for Heavenly Records right in their home town is a testament to their work ethic. Get there if you can.
Big Youth & The Upper Cut Band: District, Friday August 18
Hosted by the visionary minds behind Liverpool’s premier reggae and rocksteady festival Positive Vibration.
Those crazy kids lay on Big Youth‘s only north west gig of the year, featuring support from Liverpool’s favourite dub poet son Levi Tafari, plus sounds being spun by Africa Oyé DJs.
Marmozets: Arts Club, Saturday August 19
West Yorkshire youngsters Marmozets hit Merseyside previewing material from their forthcoming sophomore album.
The two sets of siblings bring their mathy post-hardcore to the Arts Club, with Strange Bones in support.
There’s quite a spread of a la carte rosters away from the big names this week. Throw a blanket down and tuck into Getintothis‘ Gigbites:
- Smithdown Road Festival Fundraiser: Buyers Club, Friday August 18
- Too Many Zooz: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday August 18
- SLP Presents #NewMusic Sweet Release, The Jjohns, The Continental Phase, The Trend: The Shipping Forecast, Saturday August 19
Upcoming events to keep an eye on
Kele Okereke: Arts Club, Saturday October 21
The Bloc Party frontman is readying the release of his third solo album Fatherland, and has recently announced a UK tour including a Liverpool stop-off.
Born-Scouser Kele is sure to be welcomed into the land of his birth as he promotes the BMG-released new album, which features vocal contributions from Corinne Bailey Rae and Olly Alexander of Years & Years. He dropped the exciting new track Streets Been Talkin’ around a month ago, and Fatherland sees the light of day on October 6 ahead of a ten-date UK tour.