With a host of acts set to play across Liverpool for Independent Venue Week, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald is here with the full lowdown.
Now in its fifth year, Independent Venue Week returns at the end of the month with a plethora of talent set to play some of Liverpool’s best loved venues from January 29 to February 4.
With their new album hopefully not to far away, Stealing Sheep headline one of two Getintothis nights in the week, as they head down to EBGBS on January 31, with the dazzling electro pop set to entice many to the venues depths.
Stealing Sheep have become somewhat of a DJ-ing live draw in recent months with Becky, Emily and Lucy dropping in live orchestration and their vocals into a mix of grime, exotic pop, heavy hip hop and chart friendly blockbusters packing dance floors at Festival Number 6 and Fiesta Bombarda on New Years Eve at the Invisible Wind Factory.
Joining the trio will be three of the city’s finest new acts as former Zutons frontman Dave McCabe brings his enigmatic new project Silent K alongside rising cinematic rock and rollers Pale Rider and electronica maestro Vain Male.
The following night we present a bill with Ali Horn playing a special acoustic show at The Jacaranda with fellow songwriter Emilio Pinchi also joining the party together with new artist Charity Shop Pop.
Earlier in the week, False Advertising get things underway in the legendary innards of The Jacaranda together with psych wizards Deja Vega, rock upstarts Spark and the feral charms of SPILT on January 29. Meanwhile up at Studio 2, Sunstack Jones make a long awaited comeback before Frank Turner plays his smallest date in the city for years, as he heads down to EBGBS.
Elsewhere in the week Seprona, Generation, Red Rum Club, Edgar Jones, Pure Joy, Arno, Jo Mary and Salvador join Bisch Nadar, Polar States, Brothers of Mine, Samurai Kip among some of the near sixty acts set to play across the week.
Traditionally a mix of new and established acts, Independent Venue Week marks the end of the winter hibernation for gig goers, with venues of varying shapes and sizes welcoming familiar favourites and the next ones to watch for many of us.
With the likes of Bang Bang Romeo, Peach Fuzz, Salt The Snail joining Katie Mac, The Racket and many more in the likes of The 27 Club, The Magnet and Zanzibar, there is something for every music lover to enjoy at some point through the week.
With backing from Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland, the fifth year of Independent Venue Week comes as many of the countries venues face crippling costs, rising rents and the looming shadow of gentrification, with 35% of the UKs music venues closed in the last decade.
As the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill continues to get debated in parliament, Independent Venue Week finds itself being a crucial reminder as to how important these venues are to our cities, society and industry as a whole.
- Independent Venue Week takes place from January 29 to February 4 with The Jacaranda, EBGBS, The Magnet, Zanzibar, Studio 2 and The 27 Club all taking part. Ticket sales on sale now here and here.