What did we do to deserve May? We’re blessed with another bank holiday this week. Oh yeah, work like dogs the rest of the time. No matter, we’re not ones to look a gift horse in the mouth.
So if you don’t have Monday off, we feel bad for you. But hey, at least you’re getting time and half. If you’re not getting that either, you might want to consider a career change.
If you love lads with guitars, HOO boy! Is Liverpool the place to be for you this week! We’ve got at least three gigs you’re gonna want to get the bevs in with the lads in town first. Then you can go and bounce up and down singing along dreadfully. You might even be able to get some football chants going.
Away from the bigger venues this week however are some interesting prospects. The Merseyside gig scene serves up the usual smorgasbord of intrigue. There are up and coming bands, local acts, and maybe one or two you’re destined to hear more about in years to come.
The Hunna: Olympia, Monday May 28
Nonsensically-named Hertfordshire four-piece The Hunna return to Liverpool for the first time since 2016.
In the intervening period, they’ve had their debut album 100 go Top 20 and enjoyed national tours along with festival listings. See how album number two is shaping up with a sizable Olympia gig this Bank Holiday Monday.Stereophonics: Echo Arena, Wednesday May 30
Since their formation all the way back in 1992 – but it would be five years before the release of their debut album – Stereophonics have become a mainstay of British rock.
Ten albums in and they show no signs of letting up. Scream Above The Sounds last year continued their unbroken run of terribly named records. Anyway, this Echo Arena gig sees the quartet warming up for a busy summer. They have monstrous outdoor dates planned in Wrexham and Cardiff, plus a summer of festivals ahead.The Regrettes: Sound Food And Drink, Wednesday May 30
LA punk four piece The Regrettes collide with Liverpool this week. In what’s sure to be a riotous basement gig, they visit Sound midweek.
With riot grrrl and garage rock influences plus major label backing, they released their debut album Feel Your Feelings Fool! a year ago. Check on how new EP Attention Seeker has progressed them on Wednesday evening.
Charles Howl: Shipping Forecast, Thursday May 31
The mysterious Charles Howl visits Liverpool with his neo-psychedelia for a Harvest Sun-sanctioned Shipping Forecast date. Bubbling away below the radar even in the midst of his second record release My Idol Family.
See if the retro charm of tracks like The Dinner Party hit home on Thursday. Support comes from Beija Flo, Samurai Kip and Jellyskin.
Tom Clarke: Arts Club, Friday June 1
Two years ago, for whatever reason, The Enemy split up. Now, singer/guitarist Tom Clarke is back with a solo project. Again, for whatever reason.
It’s not really our sort of thing since The Enemy’s music has little merit to it. But if it’s your bag then cool, Clarke plays the Arts Club this Friday. Lap it up, lads.
Baltic Weekender: Baltic Triangle, Friday June 1 – Saturday June 2
Omar S, Mo Stack and Helena Hauff headline the Baltic Weekender 2018. That’s ahead of the likes of Redlight, Kenny Dope and The Streets’ Mike Skinner providing a DJ set.
The Baltic Triangle’s clubbing festival of all things electronic returns to 24 Kitchen Street plus other venues this weekend. All ticket releases have so far sold out. So if you plan on hitting this one up, you had better snag a ticket from the final release now.Gatecrasher Classical Liverpool: Empire Theatre, Saturday June 2
We’ve had Haçienda classical, and Cream classical, and so now another club label Gatecrasher wriggles in on the classical thing. Because why the fuck not.
Perhaps the Empire doesn’t quite match the Cream classical’s home of choice the Anglican Cathedral in terms of grandeur. Still, it should be an intriguing venue for a show. Plus the lineup features Faithless frontman Maxi Jazz, plus a formidable DJ and vocal lineup of Merle Forbes, Jan Johnston, Marcella Woods and Judge Jules.
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- The Rutles: Philharmonic Music Room, Friday June 1
- The Beat Starring Dave Wakeling: O2 Academy, Friday June 1
- Tom Hingley, Liz Owen, Visions Of Albion: 81 Renshaw, Friday June 1
- Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles: Sound Food And Drink, Friday June 1
- General Levy, Prince Fatty: Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, Friday June 1
- Nick Heyward: O2 Academy, Saturday June 2
- Neildsy: Zanzibar, Saturday June 2
Did anyone predict the Scissor Sisters frontman would come to Liverpool for a solo date this time last week? Well, you’re a damned liar. Not that we’re turning our nose up at this gig. Quite the contrary.
Jake Shears‘ Arts Club date is set for just over a week after his debut solo album drops. Overall, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the adoptive New Yorker. Following on from his solo single Creep City last year, Shears releases his self-titled album this year. He made his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots, and also published an autobiography, Boys Keep Swinging. How will he fare at the Arts Club? Well. Boys always work it out.