Liverpool music gig calendar 2016: guide to what’s on in Merseyside this year


imageAs 2016 begins and the days start to lengthen, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald offers an indispensable guide to the best live music Liverpool has to offer over the coming months.

Now that you have lashed the selfie stick in the bin and finally finished eating the last of the selection boxes, the New Year heralds the start of another stellar season of gigs in Liverpool to look forward to. We all know how busy this time of year can be for everyone, so here at Getintothis, we have put together a helpful guide to make sure you know who’s playing, when and where over the next few months.

With The Kazimier now consigned to musical mythology, 2016 marks the dawn of a new chapter in Liverpool with plenty of talent to go and check out throughout the city over the next few months – and this is only what’s been announced so far!

Last years Sound City was the first to step out of the regular confines of town and although this years event is over two days, a solid first wave of acts already announced will wet the appetite for this years event over May 28 & 29 2016.

Further into the year, Liverpool Psych Fest has a lot to live up to following a truly cosmic affair in 2015 and with tickets already on sale for this years event on September 23 & 24 2016, we fully expect the Pzyk colony to be out in full force.

With Positive Vibration Fest hitting Constellations 10 & 11 June 2016 and the madness of the The Voodoo Ball to come on 29 October 2016, there are plenty more highlights to keep an eye out for.

So, get your new clobber ready and get looking at what gigs tickle your fancy this Spring. Don’t forget to keep keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for future additions and competitions to win tickets to some of these too. If you’re curious to hear what any of the artists sounds like in the guide, then have a scroll though our playlist below.

Clean Cut Kid at Leaf – January 8 2016

Last year was a whirlwind of a year for Clean Cut Kid as the group rightly gained the attention of many. With two singles released already and a full album expected this year we can expect some new tunes when they play Leaf. A talented supporting lineup comes in the form of The Bad Habits, Polar States, The Vryll Society and Cavalry.

Too Many Poets at Maguire’s Pizza Bar – January 9 2016

On a night that will showcase the talent being under Elevant Music Limited’s growing brethren, Too Many Poets bring their crushing gothic rock to Maguire’s Pizza Bar ahead of their debut EP release. With epic post rockers Pocket Apocalypse and the superbly talented Duke Mercy and SPQR also on the bill, this is a special way to start the year off 

Alien Ant Farm at Arts Club – January 9 2016

In celebration of their ANThology album turning 15, US rockers and Jacko cover enthusiasts Alien Ant Farm will be bringing their band of smooth criminals to Arts Club with support coming from fellow noisemakers inME.

Hozier at Liverpool Empire – January 12 2016

The gangly towering frame of Hozier arrives at the Empire as he tours the UK in support of his self titled debut album. If you really want to hear Take Me to Church for the thousandth time then this is the place for you.

Slaves at O2 Academy – January 12 2016

Much loved rabid gritty punk pairing Slaves return to our fair city when they tear up O2 Academy in this rescheduled show as part of their Are You Satisfied? tour. Expect this to be loud, sweaty and full-on from the past Sound City favourites.

Read our full preview here.



Drifts at Maguires Pizza Bar – January 15 2016

With The Futureheads on a hiatus, Ross Millard has combined with members of Rivals to form Sunderland four piece Drifts. With brooding guitars and continuing to stick to their North East roots, they will easy please fans of the original bands as well as gain new supporters.

Brand New Zeros at Lantern Theatre – January 16 2016

Taking influences from grunge and blues, quartet Brand New Zeros make a return to the Lantern Theatre as they bring their self titled debut album to town. Fronted by Ronan MacManus, the brother of Elvis Costello proves that the gift of music is rich in the MacManus clan.

Lisbon at Studio 2 – January 19 2016

Hailing from Whitley Bay, alt-pop four piece Lisbon head into town to play Studio 2 later this month. With songs like the insatiable Native gaining them a raft of new fans on the festival circuit last year and with comparisons to Foals, the group are geared up to grab 2016 firmly by the horns.

Beardyman at Epstein Theatre – January 21 2016

From the creaking of doors, to the sound of your latest vape blast, beat-boxing behemoth Beardyman aims to twist and turn sounds created on the night into a full long player when he takes to the stage at the Epstein Theatre as part of his One Album Per Hour tour.

Silent Sleep at Oh Me Oh My – January 21 2016

Following the release of their acclaimed second album Stay The Night, Stay The Morning Too last year, Silent Sleep frontman Chris McIntosh plays an intimate solo show in the secluded grandiose surroundings of Oh Me Oh My. In a stripped back night of song, this is sure to be an early treat for the new year.

Eduardo Niebla at Philharmonic Music Room – January 22 2016

Spanish multi soundscaping guitarist Eduardo Niebla plays the new Philharmonic Music Room. From techno to Indian tablas and hailed as one of the greatest guitarists alive, his gigs are renowned for being dynamically poetic as he expands his sonic horizons.

Daughter at O2 Academy – January 22 2016

The evolving sounds of Daughter make a much welcomed return to Liverpool when they play the O2 Academy. With new album Not To Disappear set for release this month, the slow-core folk trio will be at their emotive best as they tackle themes of loneliness and maturity. We fully expect them to surpass the closed confines of the venue.

Read our full preview here.

Louis Berry

Louis Berry

Louis Berry at Arts Club – January 23 2016

The 2015 GIT Award One to Watch winner plays a rescheduled date at the Arts Club following an incredible year for the 23 year old. Expect the likes of 45 and Rebel to be smashed out to a thirsty crowd as the Scouse songsmith blasts out his rasping vocals with full force in a hometown show as part of his headline UK tour.

Read our full preview here.

Denim and Leather at Maguire’s Pizza Bar – January 23 2016

In what should be a classic night of loud decibel defining noise at Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Manchester rockers Denim and Leather will look to create and almighty clatter when they roll into town. Support on the night comes from in the form of Bad Meds and Sheer Attack.

Thom Morecroft at Scandinavian Church – January 27 2016

Talented honourary Liverpudlian Thom Morecroft celebrates the release of his latest EP with a show in the much too often overlooked venue Scandinavian Church. His charismatic vocals are emotionally piercing, yet subtly fragile in equal measure and are sure to be at their enchanting best.

Cancer Bats at O2 Academy – January 27 2016

Canadian metal merchants Cancer Bats bring the noise to O2 Academy as they play in support of their fifth album Searching For Zero. For those who like their metal fast paced and their vocals screaming to the point of no return, then head down and join in with your fellow moshers. You may even get to see a Sabbath cover or two.

Read our full preview here.

Fronteers at The Shipping Forecast – January 28 2016

Following in the sounds of Oasis and Arctic Monkeys, Hull’s Fronteers are the latest bad to stake their claim in the new age of lad rock. The four piece are seeing their stock gain momentum with their addictive Brit Pop influenced sounds and, following a supporting slot on Blossoms‘ recent tour, the group take to The Shipping Forecast as they look set to continue their fine form in 2016.

The See No Evils at Sound Food and Drink – January 28 2016

Hawkers of sixties inspired garage pop, Leeds based quartet The See No Evils bring there blend of psyche garage grooves to Sound Food and Drink. One for fans of The Strypes and The 45’s to go check out.

Lindi Ortega at Arts Club – January 29 2016

The second of our two Canadian visitors this month comes in the form of the soulful siren Lindi Ortega. Described as “Toronto’s best kept secret”, the sultry songstress has been compared to country heavyweights Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn with her deeply moving songs. In the cozy walls of the Arts Club, this will be a passionate showcase of her contemporary work.

Read our full preview here.

Ovvls at The Nordic Church – January 29 2016

Experimental duo Ovvls celebrate the release of their debut single Pain Is Beauty, with a show in the spiritual splendour of The Nordic Church. The intimate surroundings will serve as the perfect backdrop to their intimate show and will also feature support from the distinctive sounds of Zachariah Jones and Alx Green.

Gabrielle Alpin at O2 Academy – January 29 2016

After firmly shaking off the weighty tag of John Lewis advert endorsement, Gabrielle Alpin brings a far more expansive sound to O2 Academy, then many would have thought possible at one point. Part of that transformation is down to her work with Irish folk-pop duo Hudson Taylor and the pair take up supporting duties on this night too.

Xander and The Peace Pirates at View Two Gallery – January 29 2016

The soulful blues rock sounds of Xander and The Peace Pirates make a rare appearance at View Two Gallery as they look to play new material in the intimate surroundings of the Matthew Street venue. Filled with charisma and melodies a plenty, their fan base continues to grow.

Black Stone Cherry at Liverpool Echo Arena – January 30 2016

As Liverpool’s thriving metal scene continues to grow, the metallic mayhem is sure to reach breaking point when heavyweights Black Stone Cherry bring The Carnival of Madness Tour to the Echo Arena. With the equally riotous Shinedown and Halestorm on the bill, you can expect this to be an earsplitting evening down by the docks.

Immix Ensemble with Dialect and James Canty at The Buyers Club – February 3 2016

Following their amazing collaboration with Stealing Sheep last year, the creative minds behind Immix Ensemble team up with Dialect and James Canty to bring two new collaborative commissions to The Buyers Club. If last years is anything to go by, then this will be spectacular.

NGOD at Studio 2 – February 4 2016

Bradford group NGOD will be hitting Studio 2 as they demonstrate their blend of complex melodies with dynamic harmonies to create a distinct sound that has found them being called anything from math rock to alt-pop. Either way, they certainly know how to create epic valleys of sonic hedonism that grip hold of you in an instant.

Loyle Carner

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis at Leaf – February 4 2016

An eagerly anticipated return from roots royalty comes in the form of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis as they return to Liverpool for the first time time five years to play Leaf. The group have an ever-growing legion of fans that will no doubt be out in force when they bring songs from their latest album The Third. They continue to push the boundaries of their chosen field to great effect.

Read our full preview here.

Transit at The Buyers Club – February 4 2016

Making pop punk and emo sound compelling is a mighty task for any group to undertake but that’s exactly what Boston five piece Transit have some how managed to accomplish with their latest effort Joyride. The New England boys bring fellow Americans Daisyhead to The Buyers Club on an night that should tempt fans of Weezer and the likes of Jimmy Eat World.

KANAVAL Des Animaux at The Cellar, Liverpool Guild of Students – February 5 2016

KANAVAL is a night like no other, shamelessly shaking the foundations of the city. A tribe of terrifying party partakers embrace the kaos, demolish the dance floor and hail to the Haitian heretics of hedonism. So get in your get-ups to get through and get down, as DJs and devils of dance, divert you in the direction of demonic destruction.

Emotion Wave at 81 Renshaw Street – February 5 2016

Following their launch last year, the Lo Five curated Emotion Wave makes a much welcomed return in 2016 in the new settings of 81 Renshaw Street. Showcasing the best of electronic and instrumental music, the first event will feature sets from The Gentle Sex, Mark Lawless and Lorentzian as well as Queen Maud on the decks.

John Grant at Philharmonic Hall – February 7 2016

Having seen his Grey Tickles, Black Pressure album feature in many peoples Album Of The Year lists last year, the phenomenal John Grant returns to the Philharmonic Hall in what should be a glorious occasion. Just ask anyone that saw him play the great hall a couple of years ago. We have seen him grow from playing the tiny Static Gallery to become the charming giant of song he is today and no doubt he will impress all that see him play on the night.

Read our full preview here.

John Grant

John Grant

together PANGEA at Studio 2 – February 7 2016

LA rock and roll powder keg together Pangea are unpredictably raw and who knows what may occur when they take to the stage at Studio 2 in support of their latest cut The Phage. With Didsbury’s finest “snot-pop” quartet FLESH also on the line up, its bound to be a stifling time down on Parr Street.

The Stone Foxes at Maguire’s Pizza Bar – February 7 2016

If you’ve watched Sons Of Anarchy then chances are you are more than familiar with the blues rock of San Francisco band The Stone Foxes although you may not realise it. The group are known for being a mass frenzied beast live and the setting of Maguire’s Pizza Bar should be perfect for their explosive persona. The epic blasts of duo Bite The Buffalo will only add to the decibels.

Martha Ffion at The Shipping Forecast – February 7 2016

The quaint sound of Irish born Glasgow based songwriter Martha Ffion finds its way to The Shipping Forecast. On tracks like the irresistible So Long, her surf grunge tinged take on folk has seen her hook in anyone that has been lucky enough to have listened to her as she slowly but surely covers the land with her charms.

Eliza And The Bear at Studio 2 – February 9 2016

With enough gusto to supercharge the confined setting of Studio 2, the big heartfelt tunes will be dished out in abundance when Eliza and The Bear roll back into town. The group are set to release their debut album this year and as new single Lion Heart demonstrates, they have lost none of their talent for writing songs to ignite mass inebriated sing-a-longs.

Crowd enjoying themselves at the Bombed Out Church

Crowd enjoying themselves at the Bombed Out Church

Public Service Broadcasting at O2 Academy – February 10 2016

In what is quickly becoming a habit to the early part of 2016, another rescheduled show finds the idiosyncratic delight that is Public Service Broadcasting play a much anticipated gig in the O2 Academy. The tour is in support of their second album The Race For Space which was released to critical acclaim last year. Their eerie yet captivating live persona has rightly gained them the recognition they deserve.

Read our full preview here.

Minor Moguls at Leaf – February 10 2016.

Rising from the flames of their former group, three piece Minor Moguls make a long awaited return to launch their self titled debut EP at Leaf. Having not released any material in three years, there is much anticipation to hear their new work.

Loyle Carner at 24 Kitchen Street – February 11 2016

Following an emotional slot supporting Kate Tempest last year, Loyle Carner brings his whip smart rhymes to 24 Kitchen Street as part of his headline UK tour. Seen as one of the hottest acts in the British hip hop scene at present and now gaining a name for himself State side, the South Londoner returns to Liverpool to bring cuts like the eloquent Aint Nothing Changed and the soulful Florence. The equally impressive talents of Nelson and Sertone take up supporting duties.

Read our full preview here.

Sheepy at Sound Food and Drink – February 11 2016

The infectious sounds of pop punk trio Sheepy make a welcomed stop off at Sound Food and Drink as they look to show their newest tracks. The three piece play irresistible blends of warped rock and roll that will get plenty of folk bouncing down Duke St.

Willie & The Bandits at Philharmonic Music Room – February 12 2016

Three piece Willie & The Bandits bring their unique take on blues and roots to town as they make an appearance at Philharmonic Music Room. From full on traditional lap steel to somehow even verging on the cusp of techno at times, the group have a versatile appetite to their chosen craft.

MONEY at Leaf – February 12 2016

With their much anticipated second album Suicide Songs set to drop later this month, MONEY return to play their first headline show in three years as they take to the stage at Leaf. With soaring vocals and atmospheric guitars they have seen their stock continue to rise and we fully expect this to be one hell of a night if any of their last appearances are to go by.

Read our full preview here.

Saltwater Injection at Maguire’s Pizza Bar – February 13 2016

If you like your music with a full force punch to the face, then Ellesmere Port noise squealers Saltwater Injection could be just the thing your looking. Playing Maguire’s Pizza Bar in support of their new EP, the group have a blend of perverse vocals and fuzzy dirty bass set against pounding drums that should rattle the venue to the core.

Fatherson at Arts Club – February 14 2016

If you are looking for a slightly morose Valentines Day then the misery soaked indie sounds of Fatherson will be right up your street as the Scots trio head to the Arts Club. One for fans of Frightened Rabbit and Belle & Sebastian to get excited about we imagine.

Little Comets at O2 Academy – February 14 2016

The vibrant astral sounds of Geordie trio Little Comets make a much welcomed return to Liverpool as they play O2 Academy in support of their latest album Hope Is Just A State Of Mind. Their tight compositions of off-kilter art rock has seen them become one of the most experimental indie groups of recent times and are a breath of fresh air in a much too saturated scene.

Fickle Friends at Studio 2 – February 16 2016

2016 could be the year that sends Fickle Friends into spotlight so don’t be expecting them to be playing venues of the size of Studio 2 much longer. The ridiculously catchy Say No More is already a contender for song of the summer and we predict much more to come from the Brighton quintet.

Read our full preview here.

PINS at O2 Academy – February 16 2016

One of the country’s rising talents come to O2 Academy in the form of Manchester’s PINS. Flipping the image of a girl group on its head completely, the foursome will bring an unstoppable arsenal of grunge guitar bite with them in support of second album Wild Nights. An equally impressive supporting bill comes in the form of the superbly named Peace and Love Babershop Muhammad Ali, the soaring sounds of Scarlet and the intense Pink Kink.

Read our full preview here.



Cage The Elephant at O2 Academy – February 18 2016

Following the release of their Dan Auerbach produced fourth album Tell Me I’m Pretty last year, Kentucky five piece Cage The Elephant check into the O2 Academy as part of their UK tour. With a more frenzied edge to their latest work, their new direction has seen them take on a far more grittier skin to their usual rock.

Read our full preview here.

Carnist at Drop The Dumbells – February 18 2016

The highly political sounds of London hardcore outfit Carnist crash into the little known venue Drop The Dumbells. They play like they want to go through you and their DIY sound finds them tackle issues such as gender politics, animal rights and anti fascism head on.

The Crookes at Studio 2 – February 19 2016

Sheffield quartet The Crookes follow up a recent supporting stint for The Fratellis by heading out on their own tour in support of new album Lucky Ones. Their latest work sees the group in a far more enigmatic light then their previous efforts and will no doubt get plenty of bodies moving when they hit Studio 2.

Black Peaks at Arts Club – February 19 2016

With their debut album Statues released the same month, Brighton post rockers Black Peaks bring their spasmodic euphoria to Arts Club in February. Taking elements of hardcore, metal and math rock to form a schizophrenic eruption of sound, if you like the sound of Mars Volta and Dillinger Escape Plan then this one’s for you.

Will Varley at The Buyers Club – February 19 2016

The poetic charms of Will Varley make a stop off at The Buyers Club as he showcases his latest album Postcards From Ursa Minor following on from a supporting slot on fellow label mate Frank Turner‘s latest tour. With a richness to his contemporary work, he can be equally heart breaking and elating in his spectrum of emotions.

The Sherlocks at Arts Club – February 19 2016

The second Sheffield act to visit our city on the same night comes in the form of the anthemic group The Sherlocks. Following a string of singles and after gaining strong reviews on the festival circuit last summer, the group set out on a UK tour that brings them to the Arts Club. Possibly one for those who like the beer-swilled raucousness of The Courteeners or The Libertines.

Walk The Moon at O2 Academy – February 20 2016

Viral sensations Walk The Moon make a pit stop at O2 Academy as part of their UK tour. The energetic Ohio group will be hoping to build on their popularity having seen their single Shut Up And Dance gain an army of new fans.

Slabdragger at Bumper – February 20 2016

Heavy hitters Slabdragger celebrate the release of their new album with a stop off at Bumper as part of their UK tour. The power trio helm from London and are being seen as potential pioneers in the British sludge and doom scenes.

Dublin's Girl Band

Dublin’s Girl Band

Cattle and Cane at Studio 2 – February 20 2016

Now that the travelling waistcoats that are Mumford and Sons have discovered electricity, there seems to be a void in the folk-shaped market. Middlesbrough rabble Cattle and Cane could be ready to fill such a gap as sincere songs like Come Home continue to enhance their reputation.

Girl Band at The Buyers Club – February 24 2016

Following the release of their astonishing debut album Holding Hands With Jamie, Dubliners Girl Band play a highly anticipated show at The Buyers Club at the end of February. As a live act they are equally as impressive as on record and we for one cant wait to see them hit this one hard.

Read our full preview here.

Wilson at Arts Club – February 24 2016

A Detroit hard rock shaped fist punches its way into the Arts Club in the form of Wilson as they play in support of sophomore album Right To Rise. The five piece play their rock with a hard line that matches their determined attitude. In their turbulent hometown, they offer a new hope of what may rise from the once great city.

The Feminists at Sound Food and Drink – February 25 2016

Trashy German rock and roll trio The Feminists hit up Duke Street venue Sound Food and Drink. Hailing from the underground worlds of Berlin, their stage persons is a mental as the glammed up tracks they construct sometimes with meaning and sometimes improvised on the spot.

Fufanu at The Shipping Forecast – February 25 2016

The latest act in the seemingly never ending conveyor belt of talent to come from Iceland comes to town in the form of Fufanu with the one time techno duo bringing their curve balls of mechanical alt rock to The Shipping Forecast this February. For fans of Joy Division and the like this should definitely be in your diary.

Ryley Walker at Philharmonic Music Room – February 25 2016

With his magnificent album Primrose Green featuring in our Top Albums of 2015, the powerfully eclectic Ryley Walker comes to town to play the fledgling Philharmonic Music Room. With effortless skill he can create beautiful guitar melodies to match his compelling vocals. His recording companion Danny Thompson also joins him for what should be a fantastic night.

Read our full preview here.

Little Sparrow at View Two Gallery – February 26 2016

The stunning voice and beautifully crafted songs of Katie Ware AKA Little Sparrow make a much welcomed appearance in the delicate surroundings of View Two Gallery which should only escalate her captivating persona.

Rudimental at Liverpool Guild Of Students – February 27 2016

Hackney dance-pop quartet Rudimental bring their carnival formulated reworkings of drum and bass to Liverpool Guild Of Students. Will the venue be filled with fans or guest appearance makers? Who knows.

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra at Philharmonic Music Room – February 27 2016

Hailing from Newcastle and two albums into their career, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are slowly making a name for themselves on the Americana and folk scenes. The six piece group play an array of instruments and make a stop at the Philharmonic Music Room before hitting the festival circuit this summer.

Cast at Philharmonic Hall – February 27 2016

John Power and co take to the Philharmonic Hall again to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their debut album All Change in the second of two special shows with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as they crank up rehearsals before they no doubt headline this year’s LIMF.

Read our full preview here.

Goodness, gracious, great ball of fire

Goodness, gracious, great ball of fire

Fairport Convention at Camp and Furnace – February 27 2016

British folk pioneers Fairport Convention are seen by many as being one of the most influential acts of their chosen field. The groups longevity is a testament to the high quality the continue to demonstrate as they look to celebrate their 49th year in existence. For those who think Mumford and Sons are a folk band, go and see what a proper one looks like at the Camp and Furnace.

Flowers at Leaf – February 27 2016

London trio Flowers roll up to Leaf with their blend of hazy indie pop as they crank up support for their new album Everybody’s Dying To Meet You. Pairing lo-fi grit with sugary pop melodies, they fill your eardrums with a surge of hooks. Heavenly Records new signings Britain and local upstarts Pure Joy provide support on the night.

Jack Savoretti at O2 Academy – February 28 2016

Bohemian Jack Savoretti brings his seductive sound back to the O2 Academy in support of his latest album Written In The Scars. From pained heart break one minute to joyous melodies the next, he has seen his appeal grow since his major label debut dropped last year.

Joanna Newsom at Philharmonic Hall – March 1 2016

With her album Divers continuing to gain rave reviews, the uniquely talented Joanna Newsom makes a much anticipated appearance at the Philharmonic Hall as part of her UK tour. Profoundly fearful at times, her latest offering is perhaps her most refined to date, but still finds her meandering on her own eccentric path. If you have yet to see her play live then prepare to be astonished.

Read our full preview here.

C Duncan at Leaf – March 3 2016

Our pick for last year’s Mercury Music Prize with his tremendous debut Architect, the murky Glaswegian pop of C Duncan makes a much welcomed stop off at Leaf as he comes to the Bold Street venue. After a frankly ridiculously lowly attended support slot for Lucy Rose last year, we are hoping for more to be witness to his talents. With another firm favourite in the shape of Tom Low in support, this should be a quality night.

Read our full preview here.

Saul Williams

Saul Williams

Saul Williams at 24 Kitchen Street – March 5 2016

The much lauded hip-hop poet Saul Williams finally makes his debut Liverpool appearance as he plays 24 Kitchen Street in support of his latest album Martyr Loser King. One for hip-hop heads not to miss!

Read our full preview here.

The Pink Punk Party at Drop The Dumbells – March 5 2016

Launching new label and promoters Bitchisim, The Pink Punk Party bring all the razzle dazzle to Drop The Dumbells for what will be a celebration as the collective champion equality through punk. With the likes of Pink Kink, SEXDREAM and Queen Zee & The Sasstones to check among the glitter cannons and raving, this will be one hell of a party.

Matt Corby at Arts Club – March 7 2016

Australian Matt Corby has the power to bring audiences to a complete stand still with his emotionally charged lyrics. With debut album Telluric having already been compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley and an empowering stage presence, he will no doubt captivate many that goes to check him out at the Arts Club.

The Puppini Sisters at Epstein Theatre – March 8 2016

Innovators of retro sophistication, The Puppini Sisters play the Epstein Theatre to tie in with the release of their new album. The sisters have grown from once being hailed as the 20th century’s answer to The Andrews Sisters but they still have that sweet charm that makes you want to boogie till the wee hours.

Elevant at The Buyers Club – March 9 2016

Initially put together as a project, Elevant have continued to flourish to a melting point of sounds. The group play effortless hooks as they amalgamate krautrock, psyche and post punk. They take to The Buyers Club as they launch their long awaited third album There Is A Tide.

Bill Ryder-Jones at Arts Club – March 10 2016

Following the release of his critically acclaimed third album West Kirby County Primary last year, Bill Ryder- Jones looks to continue his rich vein of form as he makes a homecoming appearance at Arts Club as part of a handful of shows around the UK. As his show at District proved, this will be one not to be missed and with the tremendously talented Trudy in support this is going to be a solid night in your diary.

Fiesta Bombarda at Williamson Tunnels – March 11 2016

The outrageous carnival antics of Fiesta Bombarda finally make a much anticipated colourful return to the cavernous depths of Williamson Tunnels this March. The likes of Ady Suleiman and All We Are having played past events, this will no doubt be one hell of a party.



The Wonder Stuff at O2 Academy – March 11 2016

With a newly rejuvenated line up, Miles Hunt and co celebrate the 30th Anniversary of alt rockers The Wonder Stuff as they play the O2 Academy. Support on the night comes from the equally boisterous delights of The Icicle Works on what should be a rowdy night of pure rock and roll goodness.

Foxes at O2 Academy – March 12 2016

The Grammy Award winning sounds of Louisa Rose Allen AKA Foxes return to town, as the Southampton 26 year old plays the O2 Academy in support of her new album All I Need. The once shy, quirky singer has truly grown into a confident character that places her right at the forefront of British female pop. With her new album promising a more slick, stripped back sound, we predict an intense night to be in store.

Mick Flannery at Leaf – March 14 2016

Seen by many as one of the best songwriters to have come from the Emerald Isle for years, the gravelly tones of Mick Flannery make an anticipated appearance at Bold Street venue Leaf. With tinges of Americana to his character drawing comparison with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, his honest songwriting can at times be brutally dark yet hopeful .

The Deer Hunter at The Scandinavian Church – March 14 2016

The self-styled Proust of prog rock Casey Crescenzo rolls up to The Scandinavian Church as he descends upon Liverpool with his group The Deer Hunter. Last year saw the Rhode Island band continue the abnormal journey of their self named character as they released their sixth album Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise. The equally unique setting of the Nordic church should add to the occasion.

Liverpool Acoustic Festival at various venues – March 18 &19 2016

Now into its third year, the Liverpool Acoustic Festival descends upon various venues including the Unity Theatre & Philharmonic Music Room with a vast array of acoustic talent to see over the weekend. With the likes of Scott Matthews, Ellie Rose Smith, Ian McNabb & Tommy Scott and more on the bill, there is plenty to take in.

Walking On Cars at The Shipping Forecast – March 19 2016

Hailing from the tiny coastal town of Dingle, Irish five piece Walking On Cars have gained a vast following in their homeland for their anthemic, hook-riddled tracks. Having supported The Kooks on their recent tour, the quintet are set to embark on their own tour with a date at The Shipping Forecast along the way.

The Hanging Stars at Buyers Club – March 19 2016

Cosmic country comes to Buyers Club in the form of London five piece The Hanging Stars as they showcase their blissful harmonies fused with psyche guitars. Support on the night comes in the form of the bewitching tones of Marvin Powell to make what should be a quality night at the Hardman Street venue.

Robyn Sherwell at Studio 2 – March 19 2016

Gunsey born Robyn Sherwell brings her confident brooding sounds to Studio 2 in what should perfectly welcome the Springtime to our city. Filled with fire and tribal delights to hook you into her groove, she offers a much needed pick me me up after the winter months.

Half Moon Run at O2 Academy – March 21 2016

Canadian indie folk rock brilliance comes to the O2 Academy in March in the form of Montreal based Half Moon Run. With a more expansive sound to their second album Sun Leads Me, the dexterity the now-quartet possess in their well crafted work will be on show for all to see, as they return to make their first appearance in two years.

Read our full preview here.



Battles at O2 Academy – March 23 2016

Headlining EVOL‘s 12th birthday celebrations after what seems an age, the heroic Battles return to Liverpool, bringing their new long player La Di Da Di with them. A far more infectious offering then Glass Drop with its elemental clarity. The gig will be their only UK appearance outside of London this year and with pioneering electro duo MIXHELL on supporting duties this birthday bash is bound to go off with a massive bang.

Read our full preview here.

Blossoms at O2 Academy – March 25 2016

One of the bands who we predict to make a massive dent in 2016 return to what is swiftly becoming their second home. Stockport’s finest Blossoms are one of the most loved bands in Liverpool and they continue the love affair by playing their second show in the city in under a year as they hit the O2 Academy. Two impressive Merseyside-based groups add to the stellar line up in the form of The Vryll Society and Viola Beach. If you haven’t already, then get this one boxed off now!

Read our full preview here.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott at Philharmonic Hall – March 26 2016

Now two albums into their vocal pairing, one time Beautiful South singers Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott return to Liverpool with their exuberant blend of pop and soul music. Filled with Northern wit, the duo make a stop at the Philharmonic Hall on their biggest tour to date.

Dave Clarke, Speedy J & Luke Slater at Constellations – March 27 2016

The crew at 303 bring a triple header of big hitters to the Baltic Triangle as they hit Constellations with a bill that finds Dave Clarke, Speedy J and Luke Slater ready to send techno waves shuddering through the venue. This will be one of the nights over the Easter weekend.

Read our full preview here.

Riggots at Maguire’s Pizza Bar – March 30 2016

Possibly the most aggressive thing to come out of Wigan since a Spicy Steak Bake, the duo that make up Riggots like to play their cuts loud, fast and hard. When they hit the confines of Maguire’s Pizza Bar, many will be surprised by just how much of a sound the two can make.



Teleman at The Buyers Club – April 1 2016

Following on from their stellar debut Breakfast, London quartet Teleman kick off their UK tour at The Buyers Club as they prepare to release their sophomore album. With drops of psych to their sweet alt-pop cuts, the group can be a truly gripping sensation.

Read our full preview here.

Protomartyr at The Magnet – April 1 2016

Another group who kick off their UK tour in Liverpool this April are post punk heavyweights Protomartyr who will decimate The Magnet with their harrowing dirgy epicness. Hailing from Detroit, the group make use of their surroundings by creating doom-laden decayed brilliance, as their latest LP The Agent Intellect demonstrates perfectly.

Read our full preview here.

Threshold Festival at multiple venues – April 1 to 3 2016

One event that should be in everyone’s diaries is the grassroots multimedia celebration of all things music, arts and performance that is Threshold Festival. Taking place over an array of venues as it continues to develop and drive forward art and musical talent. Now into its sixth year, the event takes place slightly later then usual this year as it brings some of the best up-and-coming talent in Merseyside and further afield to play over the first weekend of April. So far the likes of Galactic Funk Militia and Baba Soul & The Professors of Funk are just some of the names to have been added to the bill.

Mike Dignam at Arts Club – April 3 2016

Having carved a name for himself with his debut World Of Our Own some eight years ago, the poetic talents of Mike Dignam have blossomed into an emotionally soaked songwriter. Having released his debut long player last year he plays a date at Arts Club as part of his latest tour.

Leon Bridges at O2 Academy – April 7 2016

In one of only two dates on his visit to our shores, the immense Leon Bridges plays what should be a sell-out date at O2 Academy. Seen by many as one of the best acts in the modern soul scene, Bridges was without doubt one of the stand out acts to have emerged into the limelight in 2015 with his debut album Coming Home featuring on many peoples end of year lists.

Read our full preview here.

Kris Drever at Philharmonic Music Room – April 8 2016

Away from his usual role as a member of the kings of experimental folk Lau, the superbly gifted singer songwriter Kris Drever celebrates a decade of being a solo artist by releasing his latest album If Wishes Were Horses this year. Tackling subjects of social migration, sex and self employment, its a deeply personal piece that shows why he is considered to be one of the most renowned artists in his scene.

The Three Degrees at St Georges Hall – April 11 2016

With enough former members to probably fill St Georges Hall themselves, the legendary trio The Three Degrees will bring their huge back catalogue of Philly soul to town as they play the venue in celebration of over 50 years in the industry.

Holy Esque at Arts Club – April 14 2016

Riffs-a-plenty will be on display when Glaswegians Holy Esque rumble into Arts Club as they look to build up support for their debut offering At Hope’s Ravine. With post punk layers and melodic guitars at the ready the four piece have a shivery feel to them. Imagine The 1975 left out in the cold and catching pneumonia till its narcissistic flesh fell off and you’re on the right path.

Cream & The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Liverpool Cathedral – April 15 & 16 2016

A true spectacular on the Spring gig calendar drops mid April, as Cream bring a whopper of a gig to the hallowed grounds of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral when they team up with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to play a set of Cream classics over two nights. The night will be a must for all in the Liverpool dance community following the closure of Nation.

Read our full preview here.

Discharge at The Magnet – April 15 2016

Pioneers of the D-beat sound and highly influential hardcore punk veterans Discharge will be tearing up the underbelly of The Magnet as they release their first album in eight years. Seen as a key influence by the likes of metal gods Metallica and Slayer in how they created their own music, Discharge play the only way they know – loud and fast. Very loud and very fast.

Gregory Porter at Philharmonic Hall – April 17 2016

With a thrilling stage presence an a voice to match, Gregory Porter has gained many plaudits for his award winning jazz which he will be demonstrating to his congregation at the Philharmonic Hall, as he rolls up with his hat to the Hope Street venue on his UK tour.

Bellowhead at Philharmonic Hall – April 19 2016

If their appearance at the Philharmonic Hall last year was anything to go by, then the return of Bellowhead will be one hell of a party. In what will be the band’s final tour, expect them to go out on a high. They may even invite you to carry on into the wee hours in the pub over the road.

ALXNDR at O2 Academy – April 19 2016

Now a three piece, Newcastle’s ALXNDR celebrate the release of their debut EP RWND by hitting the road and making a stop off at the O2 Academy along the way. The alt-pop group take influences from 90s pop acts like The Cardigans and Natalie Imbruglia and are looking to build upon the momentum they have gained.

Moose Blood at Arts Club – April 23 2016

Emo punk dynamos Moose Blood make a welcome return to the Arts Club following a rapturous appearance at the venue last year. With the follow up to their debut I’ll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time in the works, there could be a chance to hear some new offerings on the night.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Liverpool Echo Arena – April 25 2016

In a double header of indie legends, the Mancunian mouthy marvel that is Noel Gallagher brings his High Flying Birds to the Echo Arena with Welsh icons Super Furry Animals on supporting duties as he kicks of his UK tour. With Chasing Yesterday being the best thing the former Oasis man has done in years, here’s hoping he maintains his form in what promised to be a quality night by the docks.

Read our full preview here.

The Bluetones at Arts Club – April 27 2016

In what seems like a never ending conveyor belt of nostalgia, another chapter from the 90s makes a Slight Return to Liverpool this year, coming in the form of newly reformed four piece The Bluetones, as they play the Arts Club in celebration of their 20th Anniversary. Expect the third edition of The Best be on its way in due course.

65daysofstatic at O2 Academy – April 28 2016

Sheffield math rockers 65daysofstatic make a rare stop off in Liverpool, as they take residence at O2 Academy. Having created a name for themselves by building vast soundscapes of electronica epicness, the group have turned their hand to the world of video games recently as they create equally infinite valleys of sonic charge to the soundtrack of the No Man’s Sky.

Read our full preview here.

The Young’uns at Philharmonic Hall – April 29 2016

Fresh from clearing up at the BBC Folk Awards, Teeside trio The Young’uns bring their glorious harmonies to the Philharmonic Hall as part of their tour. Their vocals are simply sublime and with a stinging wit to their repertoire they have grown into much more then the cider chugging rabble from Stockton Folk Club.

Submotion Orchestra at 24 Kitchen Street – April 29 2016

The all-consuming multi-instrumentalists that are the jazz-dance-dub behemoths Submotion Orchestra make a long awaited return to Liverpool this Spring as they hit 24 Kitchen Street in support of their new album Colour Theory. The transition of their high energy music from recording to playing live in the flesh is seamless. This will be a pulsating night in your diaries.