A bank holiday weekend incoming and a piggybank of top gigs in the offing, Getintothis‘ David Hall gives this week and rattle then reaches for the hammer.
Reasons to be cheerful: we’ve got two four day weeks coming up, a four day weekend, and the beer garden weather is arriving! Well, as long as you’re wearing a jacket of course, let’s not get carried away here.
Yep, life is bonito, and you’ll find even more reasons to be cheerful after laying eyes on this week’s gig guide and picking out those acts you want to check out.
As ever there’s the usual level of variety that any week on the Merseyside gig scene brings to proceedings, with acts old and new gracing stages large and small.
With Spring in the air, it’s the time of year in which new life comes to the face of the Earth, and also to the face of a revitalised gig scene. Hibernate no more!
One bit of Spring cleaning before we start; if you’re expecting to read about Flight of the Conchords‘ Echo Arena date, it’s off! Following Bret McKenzie injuring his hand, it’s to be rescheduled. Now, onwards…
La Violette Società 16 – Irvine Welsh, The Living Brain, Gintis, Peach Fuzz, Russ Litten: Studio 2, Tuesday March 27
Going from strength to strength and ploughing a decent little furrow all its own, La Violette Società returns for another outing over on Parr Street.
With another first class lineup headed up by Irvine Welsh, and all proceeds going directly to the acts appearing on stage, you can see why Violette is turning into a pleasing little cult. Submit.
Deaf School: Arts Club, Wednesday March 28 + Thursday March 29
You want a cult? You got one, in Liverpool art pop royalty Deaf School! These one off performances really seem to suit the storied mob, and they follow up their last stand at the Kazimier and anarchic New Year shows at spiritual successor the Invisible Wind Factory with a double header at the Arts Club this week.
Tickets are predictably like hen’s teeth, so unless you know any drop-outs for this one, you’re either going or you’re not midweek!
No Age: Buyers Club, Friday March 30
Their glory days with Sub Pop which saw debut compilation-come-album-come two EPs surgically grafted together Weirdo Rippers lauded to the skies and back may be behind them. But the two piece have returned with their first record in half a decade, and hit Merseyside in a much anticipated show this Friday.
ENRG presents Jon Hopkins, Joe Goddard, A Love From Outer Space: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday March 30
Hopkins will drop new album Singularity later this year, and swings by the docklands for a rescheduled show that was down to hit the Wind Factory late last year.
Sunflower Bean: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday March 31
Following debut Human Ceremony with the just-released Twentytwo In Blue has seemed a breeze for the Bean, and has earned them rave reviews. In a busy week for the Invisible Wind Factory, get down there to find out what all the fuss is about.
Liverpool Disco Festival: Baltic Triangle, Saturday March 31 + Sunday April 1
Ah, freak out! There truly is no better way to way to spend your Bank Holiday weekend than in a boogie wonderland, getting down to some funk, soul and disco cuts from live acts including Kerri Chandler, Jeremy Underground and Derrick Carter.
Always an eclectic treat for the eyes and ears, Disco Fest takes place across the Baltic Triangle on the Bank Holiday weekend, leaving you with Monday to recover.
If you still have some loose change rattling around in your pockets, check out Getintothis‘ Gigbites for those penny treats (please note tickets may cost substantially more than one penny):
- Broken Witt Rebels, Mad Alice: EBGBs, Thursday March 29
- The Wonder Stuff, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin: O2 Academy, Thursday March 29
- Horseman & The Upper Cut Band: District, Friday March 30
- Deathwave Presents – Pist, Battalions: EBGBs, Friday March 30
- MerseyGrime 3 – C-Two: Jacaranda, Friday March 30
- Cabana Presents Residents Showcase – Josh West, Elliot Fitzgerald, Tom Ford, Jake Howarth, Daniel Davies, Wignal, Jake Read: North Shore Troubadour, Saturday March 31
- John O’Connell: Sefton Park Palm House, Sunday April 1
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
40 Years Of Disco 2: Echo Arena, Saturday March 23, 2019
Yeah, yeah. We know. This gig is over a year away, with tickets going on sale tomorrow (if you’re reading this on the day of publication – they hit outlets on Monday, March 26). Yes, we probably could be using this opportunity to highlight a criminally undersold, achingly hip basement gig going on next week.
But fuck that, two things; firstly, the stars have aligned for tickets to be released the same week as Disco Fest. Secondly, get onto this lineup – The Village People, The Trammps, Imagination featuring Lee John, The Gibson Brothers, The Three Degrees, The Real Thing and Eruption. The fucking Village People are coming to Liverpool, folks! This is not a drill!