It’s another stellar week for gigs in Liverpool, as Getintothis‘ David Hall shows you around the gaff and points out some of the finer features.
If there’s one great thing about the Liverpool live scene, it’s that there isn’t just one great thing about the Liverpool live scene.
That’s a contrived sentiment, but our point is this; there isn’t one thing and one thing only to love about what we get here on Merseyside every week.
Yes, we get the big names on the regular, and they turn up in abundance this week as usual. There’s always something to look forward to, and this week is no different, with Liverpool Music Week now within sniffing distance.
The next big thing is always in town, and it really seems like this week’s lineup in smaller venues will be playing far larger stages in years to come.
Then there’s those artists in between big name and next big thing. The cult favorites, with followings large enough to surprise you when you arrive at their gig. There’s a lot of those to come this week, so Merseyside gig goers will only have good things coming their way when turning in your ticket on the door.
Downtown Boys: Shipping Forecast, Tuesday October 17
Some might say that those folks over at Sub Pop records know what they’re doing. So when they sign a new pop-inflected punk five piece, you should take notice.
When that band is Downtown Boys and they hit the Shipping Forecast on their UK tour, you should get yourself down there.
Hurray For The Riff Raff: Arts Club, Wednesday October 18
With support from Slow Dancer, this eagerly anticipated show from the eclectic revolving line-up of New Orleans via the Bronx musicians headed up by the engaging Alynda Segarra should prove a winner.
Their bluesy folk tunes are sure to go down a treat, all courtesy of Harvest Sun Promotions. Hooray for Hurray For The Riff Raff.
The Pies: Epstein Theatre, Friday October 20
Enigmatic local legends The Pies have obviously developed a taste for the live arena.
They follow up two gigs in the space of a decage with two hometown shows in less than twelve months, the latest seeing Ashley Martin and co. take over the Epstein.
Michael Kiwanuka: Philharmonic Hall, Saturday October 21
On the rise for years and following failed coups for the Mercury Prize, it feels like the hard work is finally paying off for Michael Kiwanuka.
His Danger Mouse produced second album Love & Hate is a coolly detached stunner, and Liverpool will get one last chance to catch the tour at the Phil.
Kele: Arts Club, Saturday October 21
The Bloc Party frontman has just dropped his third solo album Fatherland, and born-Scouser Kele is sure to be welcomed into the land of his birth.
The record features vocal contributions from Corinne Bailey Rae and Olly Alexander of Years & Years, and Kele makes a welcome Merseyside stop-off on a ten-date UK tour in support of the folky Fatherland.
Glass Caves: Buyers Club, Saturday October 21
Stepping up from last time out in Liverpool at Parr Street’s Studio 2, hirsuite Pontefract-hailing four piece Glass Caves bring their psych-inflected indie to Buyers Club this weekend.
With a new EP on the way, things are looking up for these Yorkshiremen.
The Horrors: O2 Academy, Sunday October 22
Following up a Psych Fest headline set in 2016, The Horrors return both to Merseyside and to the charts with a critically acclaimed new album cherry picking the highlights of their former and more developed sounds.
Catch the Essex-based five piece at the O2 Academy this Sunday.
Dan Owen: Buyers Club, Sunday October 22
A bristling line-up hits Buyers Club this weekend, as Dan Owen is joined by fellow rising young stars Katie Mac and Harry Miller in support.
You’d be a fool to miss out on such wonders.
Read between the lines with Getintothis‘ Gigbites, since there’s plenty else to keep you occupied this week:
- Little Mix: Liverpool Echo Arena, Monday October 16
- The Pretenders, The Rails: Philharmonic Hall, Tuesday October 17
- Asgeir: Arts Club, Tuesday October 17
- Liverpool Acoustic Open Mic night: 81 Renshaw, Tuesday October 17
- Yonaka, Anteros, Stereo Honey: Shipping Forecast, Wednesday October 18
- Legends Live featuring Suzi Quatro, David Essex, The Osmonds, Hot Chocolate: Echo Arena, Wednesday October 18
- Slowcoaches, Monster Treasure: Studio 2 Parr Street, Wednesday October 18
- Starsailor: O2 Academy, Thursday October 19
- Colour: The Magnet, Thursday October 19
- The Bido Lito! Social Liverpool Music Week Special: EBGBs, Thursday October 19
- John Mayall: Philharmonic Hall, Friday October 20
- Weekend Wars: The Magnet, Friday October 20
- SPILT, Samurai Kip, Gardenback: 81 Renshaw, Friday October 20
- Shy FX: Arts Club, Saturday October 21
- House Of Suarez – The Vogue Ball: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday October 21
- Wildwood Kin: The Magnet, Saturday October 21
- New Atlas: Studio 2 Parr Street, Saturday October 21
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
Jane Weaver and Immix Ensemble: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Thursday November 9
Liverpool’s Immix Ensemble collab up with psych heads Jane Weaver and AV artist Sam Wiehl to present a multimedia adaptation and extrapolation of works from Weaver’s critically acclaimed Modern Kosmology album titled Kosmologie Ancienne.
The collaborators will present this unique performance combining Weaver’s voice and synthesisers, Immix’s acoustic instrumentation and live visuals from Sam Wiehl in the grand setting of the Lutyens Crypt Concert Room, beneath Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral.
Somehow, the word ‘special’ doesn’t quite cover it.