Howie Payne and Beth Orton announce Liverpool gigs as Africa Oye returns to Sefton Park

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Beth Orton

Beth Orton

Howie Payne reveals Unity Theatre date while Beth Orton returns to Liverpool with her new album KidsticksGetintothis’ Lewis Ridley on the return of two superlative songwriters.

Howie Payne will bring his soulful melodies to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on Tuesday, February 20 following the release of his latest album Mountains.

Released last October, the Liverpool troubadour returned having lost none of the radiance that has made him so popular. Payne returns to play in the city for the first time since playing Buyers Club in the build-up to the release, with Getintothis there to review a night with plenty of warmth and even more love.

Beth Orton, meanwhile, will play at Arts Club on Wednesday, February 7. She last brought her dazzling leftfield alt-folk to Liverpool in the form of a UK tour date at The Kazimier in 2013.

She’ll play songs recorded over a career spanning more than 20 years, with tracks that vary from electronica to folk. Her most recent album, Kidsticks, was hailed as her most experimental yet.

Organisers of Liverpool’s Africa Oyé festival have revealed the event will take place on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday June 17 in Sefton Park. It’s the biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK.

Howie Payne

Howie Payne

Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé now attracts crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the world each year.

Over at Constellations, the third part of Abandon Silence‘s 8th birthday series, welcomes Daphni for the first time. As CaribouDan Snaith has played some huge headline shows in Liverpool including as part of Liverpool Music Week in 2014 – this will be a rare treat for lovers of experimental dance music.

TV ME are heading out on tour, too, their date at 81 Renshaw will double up as their EP launch of A Broadcast From TV ME.

Africa Oye

Africa Oye

Finally, The Racket will return to The Magnet on Saturday, February 3. They last appeared supporting Trampolene in November and the lads from Widnes have grabbed a Saturday night slot of Independent Venue Week with the support of Sisteray, Girls With No Faces and Connah Abraham.

In new music news, The Blurred Sun Band, have released their debut EP including this a six minute psychedelic jazz odyssey entitled Where Are We, What To Do – listen to the full hit on Spotify.

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