One of the busiest weeks in memory is on collision course with Liverpool, and it’s Getintothis‘ David Hall on hand to dissect the autumn-winter season
You’d think after a week like we just had, and with Merseyside still recovering from the orbital strike that was Psych Fest, the scene would have a week off.
Not a bit of it. After a fine summer of long lazy days and a clutch of special gigs, autumn has us on the grind, with date after date of quality.
The final week of September is one of the busiest we can remember in a long time, so we’ve had to resort to major surgery. We’ve skimmed only the very best, the cream of the gigs from the top of a bubbling gig list across Merseyside this week.
Whether your taste verges on the chin-stroking artsy side, you’re ready for a massive night out that stretches way out into the early hours, or perhaps you’d like to discover the next big thing, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Liverpool this week.
Whatever it is you’re after, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice in an incredible gig guide that will spit you out into October a changed person.
Different Trains 1947: Edge Hill Train Station, Wednesday September 27
Ninja Tune’s Actress, Jack Barnett of These New Puritans, Indian music producer Sandunes, percussionist Jivraj Singh and vocalist Priya Purushothaman with filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard perform a new audiovisual composition in response to the events of 1947.
Following on from Steve Reich‘s iconic Different Trains last September, Metal Liverpool again transform Edge Hill station once again into an open-air concert venue for this conceptual sequel. Support comes courtesy of Warp Records duo Darkstar.
Stevie Parker: Studio 2, Parr Street, Thursday September 28
With her album The Cure released earlier this year, rising young star Stevie Parker busts out of the bustling Bristol scene on a UK set to stop off in Liverpool.
Her reflective pop is currently going down a storm and intriguing critics and the public alike; find out why at Parr Street’s Studio 2.
Estrons: Buyers Club, Friday September 29
Punky Cardiff four piece Estrons have received plaudits from all quarters for their edgy, heavy pop sound, and are to set off a Buyers Club party on Friday night this week.
With just singles and EPs under their collective belt so far, Merseyside gig goers can get in on the ground floor with frequent visitors Estrons this week, with support coming from Boy Azooga.
The Vryll Society Residency Part 3: The Magnet, Friday September 29
Sugarmen, Bribes and Peach Fuzz bring the noise in support of The Vryll Society‘s final performance of their summer residency at the much-loved Magnet venue.
The previous two gigs this summer have been a riotous success, featuring the likes of Psycho Comedy and Strange Collective, so the third and final installment is sure to go out with a bang.
Circus 15th Birthday: Camp & Furnace, Saturday September 30
Merseyside clubbing royalty Circus celebrate a decade and a half in the game with a Baltic Triangle shindig that will go down in history.
The dizzying line-up for this Camp & Furnace all nighter follows on from last week’s Psych Fest at the same venue, and features Carl Cox, Yousef, Peggy Gou, Lewis Boardman, James Organ, Jamie Jones, Kölsch, wAFF, Bontan, Scott Lewis, Lauren Lo Sung, Kydus and David Glass. Phew.
Loyle Carner: Arts Club, Saturday September 30
Confirmed Liverpool fanatic – well, Liverpool Football Club anyway – Loyle Carner graduates from his last Merseyside showing at 24 Kitchen Street to a city centre gig at Arts Club.
Now a confirmed success, Carner‘s debut Yesterday’s Gone was released this year and received a Mercury nod, whilst both his track Isle of Arran and his face currently grace a Yves Saint Laurent advertising campaign.
Galactic Funk Militia: O2 Academy, Saturday September 30
An audacious local experiment in funk, hip hop and dance, Galactic Funk Militia unload a Saturday night party on an unsuspecting O2 Academy this week.
Grab some tickets, gather some friends, and gaffer tape this gig on to your Saturday night out this week. You won’t regret it.
Juanita Stein: Buyers Club, Saturday September 30
The once and future singer and guitarist with Australia’s finest export, indie rockers Howling Bells – and don’t let any lager manufacturers or cricketers tell you differently – Juanita Stein visits Liverpool on her debut UK solo tour in support of her album America.
Stein was once voted the ‘sexiest woman in rock’ by Gigwise, so gig goers are encouraged to hit Buyers Club to find out why patronising bullshit like that doesn’t fucking matter.
Nick Mulvey: O2 Academy, Sunday October 1
Cambridge-by-way-of-Cuba Portico Quartet founder member Nick Mulvey has just released his second album Wake Up Now, his major label debut and the follow up to solo debut First Mind.
Now the Mercury-nominated multi-instrumentalist presents a wide ranging tour featuring a Liverpool date featuring a support slot from hometown heroes All We Are.
Hold up, we have plenty more coming this week to keep you busy in Getintothis‘ Gigbites:
- Coasts: Studio 2, Parr Street, Monday September 25
- The Wholls: The Magnet, Thursday September 28
- Philip Glass’ 80th Birthday – The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko: Philharmonic Hall, Thursday September 28
- Texas: Philharmonic Hall, Friday September 29
- Blazin’ Squad: Circo, Friday September 29
- This Feeling featuring Himalayas, Sheafs, The Jjohns, The Mono LP’s: Zanzibar, Friday September 29
- Sneakbo: 24 Kitchen Street, Friday September 29
- Musicians Against Homelessness featuring Joe Symes & The Loving Kind, Rain, Beatnick Hurricane, Hegarty, The Quicks, Digsy: Zanzibar, Saturday September 30
- Nothing But Sound featuring Sonicatomic, Probes, The Debt Stars: Sound Food and Drink, Saturday September 30
- Justin Hayward, Mike Dawes: Philharmonic Hall, Sunday October 1
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles present It Was 10 Years Ago Today, Echo Arena, Saturday January 13
There’s a bewildering night of celebrations in store early in the new year with a mad mashup down at the Echo Arena. It’s incredible to think that it’s been ten years since Liverpool scored itself an arena-sized gig venue to rival neighbours’, but that’s exactly what this night sets out to commemorate.
Love the big names it draws or hate its sound quality, you can’t deny the Echo Arena is an invaluable addition to Merseyside’s live architecture. So appropriately enough, the UK’s premier Beatles tribute act The Bootleg Beatles will feature backing from all around boss Scousers the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a night out by the river in January.