Swinging into action for 2018, Getintothis‘ David Hall brings you the inaugural gig guide for a new year of live listings, same stack of quality.
Happy new year, y’all!
After a well-earned rest for the artists, promoters and venues across Merseyside over the festive period, it’s time to rev up that gig machine once more.
There’s not a trace of the January blues if the gig listings are to be believed. Okay, so maybe there’s a little rust to shake off, and perhaps this isn’t the most packed schedule that you’ll ever have laid your eyes on.
But the quality is all there, with lineups suggesting the Merseyside scene is ready to get back on the grind, and we’ll be churning out the hot gigs like nobody’s business before January is out.
So we hope you saved up some of your Christmas money from Great Aunt Muriel and you’re ready to shed some of that Chrimbo weight in a sweaty mosh pit.
We’ll see you down the front.
Getintothis Deep Cuts is ONE: Buyers Club, Friday January 12
Notching up a dozen Buyers Club nights, Getintothis‘ Deep Cuts celebrates its birthday in conjunction with RongoRongo, who launch their latest single Euclid on the night.
Jo Mary, Pale Rider, King Hannah, Mamatung, Beyond Average, Rico Don and guest MCs, Eyesore and the Jinx and Bill Nickson make up the rest of the bill, with Bernie Connor and Buddy, and Hail Hail Records spinning some sounds in between.
Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2017 Showcase Final: Leaf On Bold Street, Saturday January 13
Ten local songwriters have won a place at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2017 Showcase Final, ingeniously taking place in January 2018. Winning songwriters in each category will have their songs professionally recorded at Crosstown Studios.
Finalists are Operation Lightfoot, Emma Thuy Linney, Freya Halvorsen, Hilde Gundersen, Iain Paterson, Junior Dayvis, Keir Howard, Lydiah, Michael Aldag, Sarah Jones and Tom Stichbury.
Celebrating Sgt Pepper with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles: Echo Arena, Saturday January 13
It’s a right old knees-up down at the riverside this weekend, as the Echo Arena celebrates its tenth year of opening. What better way to celebrate a musical milestone than with the music of the city’s most famous sons, playing their most famous album that has just seen it’s half century birthday.
The Bootleg Beatles do the business up front, ably backed by the talented girls and boys of The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
SisBis presents Nabihah Iqbal: Buyers Club, Saturday January 13
Nabihah Iqbal, FKA Throwing Shade, released her latest album – first under her birth name – on storied indie label Ninja Tune late last year. Dropping at the start of December, Weighing Of The Heart has received particular attention over the past few weeks in the music press.
Iqbal hits Liverpool for a DJ set at Buyers Club with support from Giovanna, and all proceeds going to MRANG, a charity for Merseyside refugee and asylum seeker women.
Duds: The Bagelry, Saturday January 13
It’s a heck of a line up over at Chinatown’s newest and most unlikely sweatbox gig venue The Bagelry this week, as the bakery shuts down its ovens just long enough for some frenetic punk hi-jinx.
Duds drag along Ohmns, Mincemeat and Eyesore & the Jinx for a stacked roster every bit as mouthwatering as The Bagelry’s more usual produce.
This Is The Kit: Leaf On Bold Street, Sunday January 14
It’s a big one folks, as Winchester-born Kate Stable – more usually known by her stage name of This Is The Kit – brings her folk rock sounds to Liverpool by way of Bristol and Paris.
Championed by Elbow‘s Guy Garvey and having supported the likes of The National and Sharon Van Etten, This Is The Kit‘s fourth album Moonshine Freeze was released last year through Rough Trade to positive critical reception, being their album of the month.
- White Mammoth, Atanmir, Slipperface, Safari Inc: The Zanzibar, Friday January 12
- Grave Diggers Union, Live Transmission, New Columbia: The Zanzibar, Saturday January 13
- Two Crude Dudes Presents Synthnights featuring Futurecop, Ex-Machina, White Tiger, Aeronexus: EBGBs, Friday January 12
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
Moon Duo: District, Friday February 2
Good times ahead for the spacey San Franciscan two-piece Moon Duo, as they land to establish a base of operations at the not inconsiderable confines of the Baltic Triangle’s District venue. More accustomed to its use as a stage for Psych Fest, District somehow seems an appropriate setting for the psychedelic drones of Moon Duo.
Support comes from some of the most exciting crossover acts from Merseyside. Scene veteran Lo Five is set to warm the crowd up, with relative newcomers God on my right bringing their industrial electronica to the fray.