Liverpool music gig guide: Spoon, The Killers, Lucy Rose and much more

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The Killers performing live at O2 Academy

The Killers performing live at O2 Academy

Just so long as you haven’t scalded your retinas too badly overdosing on sparklers, GetintothisDavid Hall leafs through another week of gigs for you to see and hear.

Now that the dark forces of Halloween have departed, there’s nothing between us and Christmas but the tinsel-festooned nightmarish void of endless, endless Christmas adverts.

Well, that and a clutch of choice gigs to keep us entertained across November, towards which we now barrel inexplicably the second week. How the hell did that happen?

The comings and goings of Liverpool Music Week are also now behind us, but that doesn’t stop some household names from calling on Merseyside, oh no.

But stay tuned for the lesser well-known acts playing stages and venues all over Liverpool this week, with plenty of diverting and interesting sounds around the place.

Spoon (credit Zackery Michael)

Spoon (credit Zackery Michael)

Spoon: Arts Club, Tuesday November 7

Critically-acclaimed indie-rockers Spoon are set to swing by the Arts Club this week in a midweek show announced alongside filler dates in Cambridge and Brighton that pack out their ongoing world tour.

Britt Daniel and co. added ninth album Hot Thoughts to their canon of lynchpin records such as Kill the Moonlight and Gimme Fiction in March of this year through Matador Records.

Ex-Easter Island Head

Ex-Easter Island Head

Radio 3 Live featuring Ex-Easter Island Head: Invisible Wind Factory, Wednesday November 8

It’s a packed-out Wednesday evening in Liverpool – check out that lineup below in GetintothisGigbites – but this free event is more than worth your attention.

Merseyside avant-garde collective Ex-Easter Island Head are live in session for BBC Radio 3 with Dialect and Germanager in support.

The Killers performing live at O2 Academy

The Killers performing live at O2 Academy

The Killers: Echo Arena, Thursday November 9

How can we not feature this gig, when the pride of Las Vegas, Nevada come to town?

Quite simply one of the biggest bands in the world, festival headliners and multi-million sellers The Killers visit our strange city on the bank of a river. Whatever your opinion of them, we can’t wait.

Leaf

Leaf

Leaf Are 7!: Leaf On Bold Street, Friday November 10

Everybody’s favourite Bold Street hangout, tea house, gig venue and all-around proper sound haunt Leaf is an incredible seven years old this week.

They’ll cure that itch with a birthday shindig featuring Twisted Tubes, and of course look forward to opening a new Old Hall Street venue One Fine Day at the other end of town right soon.

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose: Liverpool University Guild of Students, Sunday November 12

The former Bombay Bicycle Club vocalist turned successful folk solo artist Lucy Rose seems never to stop her touring cycle.

She returns to Merseyside for a huge Mountford Hall gig this weekend, in support of her third solo outing Something’s Changing, released over the summer.

Ride

Ride

Ride: O2 Academy, Sunday November 12

Now seemingly safely reformed, seminal 90s shoegazers Ride have a new album to promote this year.

Weather Diaries was released in early 2017 to reserved critical nods, the Oxford quartet’s first work together in 21 years, so expect to hear plenty from that.

Duke Special

Duke Special

The story doesn’t end there, so check out GetintothisGigbites for this week’s all-important footnotes:

  • Emily Barker: Leaf On Bold Street, Wednesday November 8
  • Newton Faulkner: O2 Academy, Wednesday November 8
  • Trampolene: The Magnet, Wednesday November 8
  • Duke Special: Philharmonic Hall, Wednesday November 8
  • Tale of Us, Woo York, Blehrin: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday November 10
  • Sylvan Esso, Bayonne: Arts Club, Friday November 10
  • Heaven 17, Blancmange: Hangar 34, Saturday November 11
  • Nothing But Thieves, July Talk, Darlia: O2 Academy, Saturday November 11

Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:

St Jude The Obscure

St Jude The Obscure

St Jude the Obscure: St Bride’s Church, Saturday December 9

St Jude are joined on a bumper local bill including A Lovely War, Astles and Matthew Thomas Smith for an atmospheric gig at the Georgian Quarter’s stunning St Bride’s Church.

Standing in the imposing shadow of the Anglican Cathedral, the beautiful venue opens its doors to a crowd encouraged to bring their own drinks. Burgeoning local talent St Jude the Obscure and A Lovely War are joined by Southport-based Merseyrail Sound Station winner Astles and spoken word artist Matthew Thomas Smith for a chilled affair at the underused St Brides. Once again for those at the back: BYOB, people!

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