LightNight 2014: Guide to music and performance highlights


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LightNight 2014 in Liverpool is on May 16 – and the city will once again be transformed into a late night hub of arts, performance and activity, Getintothis’ Peter Guy runs down the music highlights.

LightNight 2014 is once again just around the corner with the festivities set to unravel on May 16 from 4pm til the early hours of the morning.
There’s a whole host of cultural highlights to choose from, but we’ve neatly packaged up the picks from the musical spectrum including psychedelic offerings in the Cathedral, avant-garde AV gear from those mad heads HIVE and a gorilla gig across the city from the Dynos.
Get ready for a sensory feast.
SYNDROME at FACT: 9-10.30pm.
A large-scale, interactive work by glitch artist Antonio Roberts will transform Ropewalks Square into a digital control panel and light show, where visitors influence and disrupt a live audio-visual performance with their movement.
SYNDROME is a new collaborative project curated by Mercy and HIVE in partnership with FACT.
Sound Battle at various slocations
The Kazimier clash with The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band to create an audio-visual battle.
Heavy rhythmical drums and synth-mobile on one side, versus melodic brass and percussion on the other. Clad in opposing pattern coded versions of dazzle camouflage, the players move in choreographed formations that create visual illusions and a dramatic soundscape, while exploring sound to light technology to produce a sensory piece that will encircle you. Performances last 10 minutes.
5.45pm at Church Street (M&S), 7.30pm at Tate Liverpool, 10pm at Hope Street/Blackburne House, 11pm Anglican Cathedral.
PZYKSONG at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia present a unique musical and visual collaboration between leading musicians both from the global psychedelic underground and Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.
Based on the traditions of choral Evensong, the collaboration will see two seemingly disparate creative worlds gloriously converge within the Anglican Cathedral’s awe-inspiring confines. Expect anthemic drones and mesmeric strobes.
20 Stories High: HEADZ and JAM at The Bluecoat
Live music, open mic, slam poetry, club tunes. MCs, musicians, singers, actors, beat boxers and dancers join the 20 Stories High Young Actors and special guests at this exciting Light Night jam.
The event will be a mixture of performances from new and emerging artists.
Adronite live at St Luke’s (Bombed out) Church, Leece Street
Experience some of Liverpool’s most exciting electronic acts enhanced by experimental light projection mapping and lighting designs within the astonishing surroundings of St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church.
Adronite combines James de Graeph & Tom O’Connor‘s love for electronic music.
Their live act combines live vocal, bass guitar and synth with midi controllers powering music software Abelton. £5.
Seismic at 24 Kitchen Street – off Jamaica St
Inspired by post-war culture from North Africa through to the Middle East, Deep Hedonia and 24 Kitchen Street host ‘Seismic’, an indoor street party celebrating the identities of new nations. Starting with short films into DJ sets and live music inspired by 20th century cultural exchange, expect a raucous end to this year’s LightNight at the Baltic’s most exciting new space.
The Mix Delusion at Baltic Social at Elevator Studios
Shine a light it’s the Mixnots. The six men entrenched in the UK festival scene, who bring an over the top outrageousness to any party they enlist for. With Balkan Funk, German techno and Blighty’s finest disco plus special guest Sound City‘s Dave Pichillingi will be joining the crew for an insight into his musical influences.

For full listings see LightNight 2014 official site here.
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