A chill is in the air, pumpkins are in the shops and gig tickets are flying into the hands of Liverpool audiences, as Getintothis‘ David Hall reports.
A busy, busy September is all but a distant memory as we shift gears and barrel towards the witching hour in October.
There’s no let up in the gig calendar this week, with gigs stacked up as far as the eye can see. It’s not a case of quantity over quality either, with up and coming acts rubbing shoulders with established names on the Merseyside circuit as ever.
Wall to wall, there’s a bewildering array of live dates across just about every night of the week. There’s something for pretty much everybody to enjoy, whether you’re looking to experience something new and different or seeing one of your favourite artists.
Flyte, Spinn, TV Me: Buyers Club, Wednesday October 11
Quickly establishing themselves as one of the hottest new indie pop acts in the land, Flyte make another repeat visit to Liverpool.
Support comes in the form of jangly local four piece Spinn, and the Deltasonic-signed trio TV Me.
Sløtface: The Magnet, Thursday October 12
Norwegian punk poppers Sløtface seem forever on the up, and revisit Liverpool on a long-awaited UK headline tour, following support ‘sløts’ for the likes of Los Campesinos!.
Following the release of their full-length debut Try Not To Freak Out, Sløtface bring Dream Wife to The Magnet in support.
Howie Payne & The Band Of The Sun: Buyers Club, Thursday October 12
Former Stands man and confirmed local royalty Howie Payne rolls out his latest solo project.
No stranger to either a Liverpool nor a Buyers Club stage – we last saw him in acoustic mode at the Hardman Street digs – the Scouse troubadour promises an honest-to-goodness show every single time.
We Were Glue: North Shore Troubadour, Thursday October 12
The latest alumni from Getintothis‘ clubnight Deep Cuts, We Were Glue are set to make the launch of new promoter Out of Context‘s virgin night special in the northern docklands.
A bumper lineup featuring this best in local talent in Karuna, Yammerer, Ted Russet and Beth Humphreys also on the bill promises a whistlestop tour of the next great things on Merseyside.
Arcane Roots: Arts Club, Friday October 13
The arty London alt-rockers rumble on into town for an Arts Club date in support of their latest album Melancholia Hymns, their second full-length and follow up to their top 10 debut Blood & Chemistry.
Melancholia Hymns is just a month old, but has already been making critical waves on a national level.
Cream Liverpool 25th Birthday featuring Paul Oakenfold, Seb Fontaine and more: O2 Academy, Saturday October 14
The legendary clubbing label Cream celebrates a quarter century in operation with a city centre night boasting a lineup bristling with electronic luminaries from the last twenty-five years.
As Paul Oakenfold, Seb Fontaine, Tilt, Paul Bleasdale, Anthony Probyn, Stuart Hodson, and Samuel Lamont all hit Liverpool, clubbers are faced with a prospect not to be missed.
Loner Noise Freak Scene All Dayer featuring Elevant, SPQR and more: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday October 14
The warped minds behind last summer’s WRONG Festival – recently confirmed for a 2018 reprise – present a dockland all-dayer as a festival stopgap.
WRONG curators Elevant plus Merseyside’s art rock export SPQR top a bill also featuring Kapil Seshasayee, Pocket Apocalypse and Black Pudding.
Plenty more goodness awaits in Getintothis‘ Gigbites, so scrabble through those listings extra carefully this week:
- The By Gods, Ravens: Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Monday October 9
- Midge Ure, The Christians, Altered Images: Philharmonic Hall, Wednesday October 11
- The Picturebooks: Studio 2 Parr Street, Thursday October 12
- King No-One: Arts Club, Thursday October 12
- The Milk, New Street Adventure: Arts Club, Friday October 13
- Haarm: The Magnet, Friday October 13
- Case Hardin: 81 Renshaw, Friday October 13
- The Dears: O2 Academy, Friday October 13
- Shame, The Rhythm Method, Mincemeat: Buyers Club, Friday October 13
- Rock Macabre featuring The Res Men, Nathan Sanderson: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday October 13
- Deathwave Presents Chasing Dragons, Sister Shotgun, The New Breed: EBGBs, Friday October 13
- White Lies: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday October 14
- Mike Peters and The Alarm: O2 Academy, Saturday October 14
- Too Many T’s: 24 Kitchen Street, Saturday October 14
Upcoming eyes to keep an eye on:
The Travelling Band: Shipping Forecast, Saturday, November 4
Manchester’s Travelling Band have just released their latest album SAILS, via Sideways Saloon Records and Kartel, with the first taste coming in the shape of singles Into The Water and the darkly tuneful Last Night (I Dreamt Of Killing You). Listeners will get to enjoy the new, more expansive approach from the five-piece both on SAILS and live at the Shipping Forecast early next month.
Their typically Mancunian cosmic aesthetic comes with a twist of Americana, which is bound to go down a storm in the cosy confines of a Slater Street basement on an ambitious UK tour.